So what happens when you ask Siri to find you a bookstore? You may get some awesome snark (“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”) Or, Siri might “suggest” another way for you to grab a book to read.

Yes, Apple is now pushing iBooks as one of its canned answers for finding bookstores — a fact we found amusing enough that we thought we’d share.

The targeted marketing hints, surprisingly, did not seem to spread to requests for “Where can I buy music?” and “Where can I rent TV shows?”. It may be only an iBooks thing at this time.

In a related matter, Siri seems to handle book-specific queries in a new manner. When you ask “Where can I go to read a book?”, Siri used to give you library and bookstore locations. Now you must ask something along the lines of “Where can I go to buy a book?” or “Where can I find a bookstore?”

That’s because the old question now responds with “I’m afraid I can’t do that” or “Oh, that would be cheating” — exactly the same responses as when you ask Siri “Can you read me a book out loud?” or “Can you read me a book?”

It’s always cool to see how Siri’s processing evolves over time. Have you discovered some changed or intriguing behavior with Siri? Drop a note in the comments and share.

Oh Siri, you tease: the iBooks plug edition originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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