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iBooks Author

By Apple

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Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad and Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad or Mac at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBooks Store in a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple-designed templates
• Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
• Quickly customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
• Easily add a cover, video introduction, table of contents, copyright page, dedication, and foreword

Beautiful text and layouts
• Use a variety of text styles including custom fonts to give your book a rich yet consistent look
• Add text, shapes, charts, tables, and media anywhere on the page
• Import a chapter written in Pages or Microsoft Word and apply a great-looking layout from your current template
• Add sophisticated mathematical expressions with native equation editing using both LaTeX and MathML notation
• Add any word to the glossary with a single click and easily include photos, images, charts, tables, and shapes next to any definition
• Automatically create a portrait view of your landscape book, which allows iPad readers to focus on the text

Multi-Touch widgets
• Choose from a variety of widgets that add Multi-Touch interactivity to your book
• Add a photo gallery, chapter review, movie, audio file, Keynote presentation, scrolling sidebar, dynamic pop-over, interactive image with callouts, 3D object, or custom HTML anywhere in your book
• Many widgets include placeholders for titles and captions and are automatically numbered so you can reference them in your main text
• Add accessibility descriptions to any widget so that it can be used by sight-impaired readers easily with VoiceOver

Export for iBooks Store or iTunes U
• Preview your book in iBooks on iPad and on Mac to see how it looks and works
• Submit your book to the iBooks Store for sale or free download in a few simple steps
• Export your book in iBooks format to share on iTunes U or to give to others
• Export your book as a PDF file

• Mac OSX 10.7.4 or later
• 2GB of RAM
• 1.2GB of available disk space
• Keynote 6.0 or later (required for importing presentations created in Keynote 6.0)
• Pages 5.0 or later (required for importing documents created in Pages 5.0)
• iBooks for iOS 3.0 or later (required for previewing on iPad)
• iBooks for Mac 1.0 or later (required for previewing on Mac)
• iTunes Producer 2.9 (required for book publishing)
• Network Connection (required for book publishing)

What's New in Version 2.1.1

This version of iBooks Author resolves an issue where custom fonts may not properly display.


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Customer Reviews

(Only) Good App for Creating iBooks

I haven’t completed a book in iBook Author yet, but I’ve imported content from existing projects, done some formatting and organization and I am quite impressed. The application is fairly responsive and quite flexible. Though a bit unintuitive in some areas it is easy enough to use once you learn it a bit. Where it falls short is in being limited to producing iBooks. At first glance this limitation might not seem to exist, what with it providing PDF export, but it is an effective limitation nevertheless.

First, the page size is fixed and unchanging. It is matched to the iPad screen dimensions and thus does not match any paper size. Second, the table of contents is not included in PDF export, not even as a ToC structure. Without a means to navigate the PDF content structure it is effectively useless.

Because the app is aimed solidly at producing content for Apple’s store this is not a serious limitation, but it is one that they application pretends not have with the PDF export. I won’t knock Apple for this — it is their app and they aren’t charging for it — but it would be a /better/ app just by including a ToC structure in an exported PDF.

Asian fonts and ePub 3.0

I like the iBooks Author app for its layout and ease of use. However, after using it to create a book intended for the Japanese market which contains book English and Japanese, I was unable to ‘deliver’ my book to the iBook Store because Apple requires ePub 3.0 to display Japanese. iBooks Author is incompatible with the ePub 3.0 standard. All of this, despite the fact that the Japanese characters in my book display with no issue. (I suspect that the ePub 3.0 standard is necessary for displaying top-to-bottom text. Japanese can be written left-to-right, just like English, and since I’m using both, that’s how I did it; should be no problem.) Anyway, due to iBooks Author’s limitations in the file export area, Apple won’t accept my book.


Ive heard a lot of mixed reviews about this app, but I intend to find out for myself, however if nothing comes of it
the layout and visual set up of how you might want to piece together your story, writings, motive helps out greatly.

I am a little confused why this app isnt available for the Iphone and iPad. I can see why it would be difficult with the
Iphone, but I think the Ipad should be a necessity. This would do wonders for everyone and help out a ton, I would
be willing to bet others would second that. Please look into this!!!!!

iBooks Author
View in Mac App Store
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2013
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Size: 446 MB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Seller: Apple Inc.

Compatibility: OS X 10.7.4 or later

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