Apple Books seems to be one of the lesser-known ebook marketplaces online, as it looks to be overshadowed by Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and Kindle devices.
However, for those who regularly use Apple Books, I’d argue there is a feature in its app that could be useful for readers with both digital and physical book preferences.
The feature that I am speaking of is Apple needs to look into adding a book tracker in the Apple Books apps, and add a lock screen widget to it too.
Apple technically does do this for books that have been read and purchased through Apple Books, but there is no widget of any kind when it comes to books that are purchased outside of Apple Books.
There are apps like Goodreads that enable you to add the book you are reading to the account on its app and then you update your progress in the book based on the number of page you are on which will show you percentage-wise how far you’re in your current book.
Goodreads does not have any widgets in its app right now as this is being written.
I think if Apple wants to not only focus on users’ mental health, as well as encourage reading on Apple Books and physical reading books, then the company should add a regular widget and a Lock Screen widget so users can track and see how far they are in their book, digital or physical.
Heck, Apple could make a widget like that so integrated that it even works on the Apple Watch. If Apple wanted to make it even better, it could add an alert for each day to remind the user to catch up on their reading that day.
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