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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 2.1.3

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Great Software, Bad Politics

While creating my latest book with iBook Author was enjoyable, as the software is powerful and fun to use, using the ibook format was detrimental to sales. After a mediocre start, I went two whole weeks without a single sale on the iBooks store. Apple says that an .ibooks file can only be sold through the iBooks store. This annoyed my potential customers without an iPad or a Mac. The created document wasn’t even compatibile with the iPhone.

One person said they bought an iPad to read my book. But unfortunately, my book wasn’t available India – even though I checked all available regions. That’s a billion blocked customers right there. In general, the iBooks store is cluttered with books. I had trouble finding it listed in the new releases section – and I knew where to look for it. I have since given up on the iBook store and I started converting my book to a normal epub file.

The iBook Author software is technically great. I was really impressed with what I could create with iBooks Author. Unfortunately, it’s the rules that ruin the software. To fix this, Apple should allow export to other platforms… like Kindle, PC, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Crashes at times, but overall a decent program

I’m working on my first iBook now and this program can be hugely frustrating because it will ‘close unexpectedly’ and you can lose all of the information you entered from your previous save point. Save, save, save. I write in Word then upload each chapter to avoid this, but when I edit, I instantly save it to prevent data loss. I would recommend doing this.
Otherwise, it’s a pretty nice program. Also, another reviewer wrote that he couldn’t put his book in a format that could be used on Kindle. That’s not entirely true. You can export to PDF, which is used in Kindle. As far as the publishing part…(I don’t know if he was referring to that aspect as well)…as I said, I am only working on this for the first time and haven’t actually ‘published’ anything to iBooks so that might be a concern if iBooks wants certain ‘rights of publishing’.

Problematic with it’s glitches if you’re not careful with your saving, but overall a good program.

Love it, but the latest update made it even more unstable

It’s really a fun and enjoyable way to write ebooks. But after the latest update I’ve suffered 5 hard crashes of the app over the course of two days. One resulted in losing some of my work. Not cool.

iBooks Author
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2014
  • Version: 2.1.3
  • 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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