Apple just released a new iBooks app version 1.3. Beside several bug fixes, the major new feature is read-aloud that works with certain children books in the iBookstore. The main difference from let’s say Kindle 3 is that read-aloud uses a real person to narrate the books and some books will help your children read along by highlighting the words as they are spoken. The new feature closely resemble the interactive books available on the Nook Color since last year. Some books even have video clips and other interactive features integrated. The new 1.3 update also increases iBooks speed when very large books are opened.
Read-aloud is very simple to use and iBooks allow automatic page turning and volume control from inside the application.