Whether you have decided to try to read more books this year or just want to free up some time to listen to an audio book every day, building good reading habits can be difficult in a busy life. However, with iOS 13, Apple Books includes reading goals, which might give you that little bit of extra encouragement and responsibility to help you reach your goals.
With Apple Books you can set goals for the minutes you want to read every day. , as well as how many books and audio books you want to read in a year. By gradually adjusting these goals, Apple Books can help you become a regular reader slowly. With a little motivation, anyone can stand even the longest book, such as that copy of "Les Misérables" that has been on the shelf for years.
. View and adjust your goals
To view your current goals and progress, open Apple Books and tap the "Read Now" tab. You will see both your daily and annual reading goals below. However, if you have not completed any books or audiobooks this year, you may not see the annual target at all. After you have completed a book or audio book, it should appear.
"Read today" shows you how much progress you have made with your daily goal, whether it is reading words on the screen or listening to an audio file from someone else reading. By default, Apple Books sets a five-minute goal for everyone, so if you've never set one, that's what you'll be.
Below the target is a button that you can tap to "Explore the bookstore" if you have any books or audio books. If you have one, it says "Start reading" with a suggested title in your library or "Keep reading" to jump back to the last title you were reading.
You can also adjust your daily reading goal here. by doing the following:
- Tap the timer that shows your current progress of your daily reading goal.
- At the bottom, tap "Adjust Target".
- Turn the rotary selector to adjust your daily reading goal in 1-minute increments. It goes all the way up to 1,440 minutes, or 24 hours, of which we cannot see anyone choosing.
- When you have reached the desired minimum / day number, tap "Done".
- Tap the (x) in the upper right corner to close the daily target view.
The Books being read this year All books or audiobooks that you have completed within the calendar year record under the daily reading target. By default, Apple sets a standard three titles every year for everyone's purpose. But again, if you have not yet completed titles in your library, the section will not appear until you have completed at least one.
As with the daily reading goal, you can adjust the annual goal to your needs:  Tap one of the book or audio book titles, any placeholder for it, or the "# more books to your goal" option .
You can share your progress for both your daily and annual reading goals whenever you want. When you share your goals, Apple Books creates an image that shows how much progress you have made on your goal, which can then be sent using the share sheet.
If you have not yet reached your daily reading goal, the image shows the progress arch with the completed time and the goal in it, as well as the time remaining below. When it is achieved, it says "Daily goal achieved" with a large blue and white check mark instead of the arc. The Apple Books logo is in both cases at the top with the app icon.
For the annual purpose, you see the covers of all books and audio books completed, with " My year in books "and the number of titles for the current year below. Your actual goal will not appear, but if you made it, the text would say "Annual goal achieved" instead. The Apple Books logo and the app icon also appear.
To share a picture of your progress, simply:
- Open the target view by completing one of the first steps above to adjust your daily or annual goals.
- Tap the "Share" button at the bottom.
- Choose how you want to share your image using the sharing sheet
3. Making progress on your goals
It seems an easy thing to make progress on your goals, but there are a number of things to keep in mind.
- Both e-books and audio books count for both purposes, so if you prefer to listen than watch, you're covered!
- If you have things that you want to read in PDFs, they can also count. Just add them to Apple Books, then go to the Settings app of your iPhone, tap "Books" and then enable the "Include PDF & # 39; s" option under Reading Objectives .
- Only books that have been read and listened to in Apple Books count. Unfortunately, there is no way to record the time you have spent reading physical books or books and audiobooks in other apps, such as those through the app from a local library. However, there is a solution: download the book or audiobook in Apple Books and then view the tips in the bullet list below to mark those items as read.
- Reading targets are synchronized across devices, so if you want to read something on your iPhone while you're outside, and then curl up on the couch at home with your iPad or in bed with your Mac, everything will count.
In addition, there are a number of ways to add a book or audiobook to your list that you have completed this year.
- When you get to the end of a book, the last page gets a & # 39; Completed & # 39; button. Tap it and the book will be added to your list of completed books for the year.
- In your "Library", tap the ellipse button (•••) at the bottom right of each title to open the action sheet, then tap "Mark as complete" to add it to your completed list. If you have marked one as completed early and never completed it afterwards, you can go back to the action sheet and press "Mark as still reading" to remove it from the list.
- Marking more than one book or audiobook complete or still reading at the same time, tap "Edit" on the "Library" tab, select all titles, then click the Share button and choose the appropriate option from the list .
Apple Books sends you notifications when you reach one of your goals. It will also send you a warning when you have reached a new high streak to complete your daily reading goal.
Although encouraging, these notifications can distract you if you are in the middle of a good book or audiobook. To turn them off, scroll to the top of the "Read now" tab and then tap your profile photo. Then tap & # 39; Notifications & # 39 ;, which opens a screen where you can see the notifications & # 39; Reading target & # 39; can turn on or off.
If you enjoy using Apple Books but find reading targets distracting or simply not useful, you can quickly disable them. To do this, open the Settings app, tap & # 39; Books & # 39; and tap the switch & # 39; Reading targets & # 39; to turn it off. You can also delete all your target data by tapping the "Delete data reading objectives" if you want to start again or delete it.
Although not as extensive as the revision of Apple Books introduced in iOS 12 , the reading goals are a nice little addition to an already fully functional app. By using them, reading goals can help you build a good habit in your day. After all, we could probably all have a little less social media and a little more Dickens.