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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

• macOS 10.11 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 1.3 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 2.5

• New templates for creating interactive ePub books
• Support for publishing to iBooks using an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
• Improved workflow when publishing books on behalf of multiple sellers
• Performance and stability improvements


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Customer Reviews

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1. Working with text styles is awful. It can't normally apply styles to text and I have to click it twice, but in this case all the other styles in the text will be ruined.
2. There is NO WYSIWYG editor!
3. Working with images is also not in quite good way.
4. Pages?! OMG, I didn't find any chance to change page size, especially for EPUB format (it makes it as two pages like landscape mode)
5. So on…

I'm not sorry for being so picky-choosy to free application though. I remove this app, because I can't use it as intended.

crashes on every attempt to import any EPUB

Hangs then crashes whenever attempting to import/open *any* EPUB— simple or complex, small or large. The details simply doesn’t seem to matter. This is catastrophic for an application which purports to allow one to create and edit eBooks and EPUBs. (Note that the EPUBs do *not* have any type of DRM applied— these are public domain items from open source repositories and/or Project Gutenburg.) Can you imagine a word processor not being able to open and edit a small .TXT file? Metaphorically speaking, that is exactly the case here— iBooks Author cannot open/import EPUBs without crashing.

I erased iBooks Author entirely from my system and downloaded a fresh copy in case my installation was damaged or defective. Unfortunatately, the freshly installed version is also unable to import EPUBs and hangs and then crashes on all attempts to do so.

A newer version of iBooks Author is available which might address this issue. However, all attempts to download it caused the App Store program to hang indefinitely. I’ve been trying to download the update repeatedly for two consecutive days to no avail.

I’ve given up on iBooks Author for now. Accordingly, I downloaded the free and open source eBook authoring and editing program, Sigil. Every one of the EPUBs that crashed iBooks Author loaded easily and quickly into Sigil with no issues whatsoever and I’ve been able to edit them without incident.

Apple should take note that a free and open source program created by a small group of developers is kicking the snot out of the current version of iBooks Author. Apple’s halo has slipped badly here.


Please update the Media, iTunes and Photo won’t open to populate the list. Every meaningful update forgets this function.

iBooks Author
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 405 MB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.11 or later

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