Apple releases iBook Author
Apple have had a pretty good run, and the announcement of iBook 2 was certainly welcome news. But if you’re a writer, editor or subeditor, the announcement of iBook Author was even more exciting. Free, this software allows you to create iBooks of incredible style and detail, and even gives you the opportunity to include widgets and other multimedia in the iBook itself.
Even if you are only creating a plain text document, never fear – Apple doesn’t want your actual content rights, whether it’s a groundbreaking novel or a guide to partypoker – they just want an exclusive on the file itself. It’s not a bad trade-off, really.
The actual innovative aspect of the new iBook Author software is its ability to incorporate code, and therefore widgets and other features. Interactive images, galleries – there are a lot of possibilities for an author who wants to show the reader more than just text.
It’s worth considering, however, that you will need the right device to preview your work as it’s being created, as iBook 2 is iOS software, and OSX (the required OS for iBook Author – sorry, Windows and Linux users, but iTunes is as far as Apple will go with you, it seems) cannot run iOS apps, currently.
If you’re eager to get on with using iBook Author, we don’t blame you, and whether you’re formatting a textbook or a novel, you’re going to enjoy yourself. Good luck, and have fun.