July 25, 2014 Last Updated 9:50 am

Apple appears set to separate the iBooks Store from iTunes, will they move Newsstand, as well?

Mac users can already access the iBooks Store through their iBooks Mac app, assuming they have updated their Macs to OS X Mavericks

The latest version of iTunes 12 beta seems to show that Apple intends to move the iBooks Store outside of its iTunes Mac app and into its own Mac app with the release of OS X Yosemite, according to developers working with the software.

iBooksStore-screenMultiple reports from websites such as AppleInsider and others show that, while audiobooks will still be found with iTunes, books are moved, making iTunes exclusive to apps, audio and video.

The move makes sense now that the Mac has its own iBooks app within OS X Mavericks which allows readers to buy books. But the move makes less sense for those who organize their iOS devices on their Macs rather than over the air. Books can be loaded and synced via iTunes.

But Apple has been moving its customers to over the air syncing, and working to make cosmetic changes to iTunes, somethings fighting its long time users along the way (the sidebar is a good example of this).

(Also: several developers have told me that they are currently seeing iBooks Author crashing when using the latest beta of OS X Yosemite. The thought is that another update to iBooks Author might be in the offing, though they said it is possible that a fix could be made within Yosemite itself.)

The Newsstand is a special case, it lies within the iTunes App Store and can be accessed on both iOS devices and the Mac, yet – as of today – digital magazine apps bought through iTunes on the Mac can only be accessed once installed on the iOS device. This leads to a couple possible changes to be considered: 1) could digital newspaper and magazines bought through the App Store one day be capable of being opened and read on Macs?; 2) might the Newsstand eventually leave the App Store since the Newsstand can be accessed directly already?

If the Newsstand were removed from the App Store, a publisher’s app would NOT by removed as all Newsstand app can be found both within the Newsstand and inside the App Store categories chosen by the publisher/developer. For instance, TIME Magazine is both inside the Newsstand under the News category, as well as inside the News category of the App Store itself.

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