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Apple is reportedly redesigning its iBooks app to challenge Amazon in digital books again

  • Apple's redesigned iBooks app will feature a simpler interface and a new tab specifically for audio books.
  • It's set to be released in the coming months.
  • In December Apple hired Kashif Zafar as global head of iBooks from a position with Amazon's audio book unit, Audible.
A woman runs an Apple iPad  with the iBooks application.
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A woman runs an Apple iPad with the iBooks application.

Apple is going to again challenge Amazon dominance of digital books with a redesigned iBooks app, and has recently hired a former Amazon executive to help, according to a Bloomberg report.

The updated app will feature a simpler interface and a new tab specifically for audio books and is set to be released in the coming months, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the development.

In December Apple hired Kashif Zafar, former senior vice president with Amazon's audio book unit Audible, to lead the effort.

The renewed effort in iBooks seems to be an attempt to regain market share in e-book services. Apple was once a bigger player in the space, but was fined in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Justice for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read the full Bloomberg report.