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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 iPhone, 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 iOS device 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 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 iPhone, 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

• OS X 10.10 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 4.3 or later (required for previewing on an iOS device)
• iBooks for Mac 1.2 or later (required for previewing on Mac)
• iTunes Producer 2.9 or later (required for book publishing)
• Network Connection (required for book publishing)

What's New in Version 2.4

• ePub templates now support the Pop-Over widget
• Minor usability improvements to the ePub templates


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Customer Reviews

Highly recommended

What I do not understand is that this software is absolutely free, whereas all other iWork apps cost $20. This app here, as I describe it, is what you get when you put together Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, all within a uniform PDF export.

Here’s a word of advice:

Before you purchase Numbers (if it’s not already on your Mac) try this app first for free. You can copy any chart or graph and paste it into TextEdit or Apache OpenOffice. If you like this app, you can keep it; if not you can just tell MacKeeper to remove it. I think you will like it, but if you don’t please don’t contact me about it. Send your complaints to Apple.

OS X El Captian

It seems iBook Author doesn’t want to open when using OS X El Capitan. It crashes. Waiting for an update to fix this problem.

This Is Great Software! 😃

Apple has been listening to feedback and dramatically improving iBooks Author. It is a delight to use this software, as it’s been a challenge to find a decent ePub editor. For a while, this software wasn’t the right solution. But now with the new ePub template, it’s great.

With this software, I can create books for iPhone, iPad and Mac. The advantage of using this, instead of building an app, is that it’s easier. It’s also nicer for customers. Only one purchase is needed. They don’t need to buy one app for OS X and another for iOS.

I’m busy working on “A Book About Hype”. If you’re not aware of this application, it’s a great companion for iBooks Author. Interactive widgets, built with HTML5, can be placed inside of the book. It’s like living in the future. Books can become more engaging and interactive. It’s a great way to teach complex ideas. Videos can be added too.

The software feels more stable too. I’ve been using the app pretty heavily, but I don’t remember the last time it crashed. And with automatic saving, I can just restart my computer and pickup pretty much right where I left off.

Hype, Pixelmator, iDraw and iBooks. These are reasons to own a Mac. It’s publishing in the modern age, but it’s fairly inexpensive – and iBooks is a free download. My six year old Mac Mini is still rocking! So if you’ve been thinking about publishing that book that has been stuck in your head all those years, Apple has created a massive opportunity with iTunes and iBooks.

There is room for improvement though. The software should work with iCloud – work on the iPad (like Pages) or work online. Even just quick backups would be an improvement. Also, the grammar check is excessive. Interface and parameter are computer terms. iBooks Author doesn’t need to highlight them with dotted green lines. I don’t like the floating Inspector window or the Paragraph pane. I feel like the application should just be one window, not a combination of three types of windows. Also, it should support responsive HTML widgets. Hype has the ability to create flexable and responsive layouts. Unfortunately, they don’t display properly in iBooks. So, I’ve been using fixed width widgets that run on the page. I’m not sure why Apple can scale a widget when it’s on a page, but not when its in fullscreen mode.

I still think It’s a 5-star app though. For years, I was stuck trying to publish The Interactive Stencyl Textbook. But with iBooks Author, the pages flowed like water. I prefer ePub over iBooks Author templates (.ibooks files) though. I find that ePub is less restrictive and has better compatibility.

iBooks Author
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.4
  • Size: 419 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
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later

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