After recently overhauling its iBooks apps for iOS 7, Apple has enabled the ability to purchase iBooks for others through its gifting system as Macworld first noted.

Previously, you could purchase credit for the iBooks Store for someone else, but you could not purchase a specific book intended for someone else’s account. Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem has allowed e-book gifting for a few years now, but the feature’s absence remained a point of confusion for many iBook customers before today…

The change comes at an opportune time as the holidays approach and gifting will likely be quite popular.

With the launch of OS X Mavericks in late October, iBooks debuted on the Mac for the first time enabling Mac users to read iBook purchases away from iOS for the first time. iBooks gifting support extends to the desktop as well.

For more information and support for iBooks, check out our tutorial on managing iBooks for Mac as well as the iBookstore.