You’ve probably heard of iBooks, which is available on iOS. It’s where you can download books and then read or listen to them. It’s an Apple product, so you’re purchasing content through Apple. In general, it’s a great way to read. But what you probably didn’t know is that there is an app to help you create iBooks. Called iBooks Author, you can create and publish amazing books for your iPad and Mac. It’s a free app as well. It’s not like Apple is charging you money in order to purchase this app. You can get it for free.
Whatever kind of book you’re in the market to write, you’re definitely going to want to check this out during that process. You can start with a blank page and let your imagination guide you. But if you’re like me, and need a little bit of help, you can use one of Apple’s beautifully designed templates. You can choose from a variety of styles, like classic textbooks, cookbooks or photobooks. They come in both landscape and portrait orientations. You can also choose from a number of page layouts in each template or create one of your own.
Building a book is as easy as dragging and dropping.
iBooks Author makes it simple to add text, graphics, movies and more, so your book looks exactly the way you want. Drag and drop a Pages or Microsoft Word document to the Book pane to add it as a new section. Then, when you drag and drop in images, your text automatically flows around them. You can even import Adobe InDesign and ePub files and edit them to perfection in iBooks Author.
Customize with a click.
iBooks Author has everything you need to create a great-looking book — beyond the written word. Add shapes, charts, tables, text and widgets anywhere on the page with a single click. Style your text down to the letter with custom fonts, write elegant mathematical expressions using LaTeX or MathML, and add video or audio elements to liven up the read.
Add widgets. Add interest.
Widgets add Multi-Touch magic to books on iPad and Mac. They bring your reader swipe-friendly photo galleries, animations that burst off the page, scrolling sidebars to linger over, Pop-Over widgets for an element of surprise, and engrossing 3D objects that are entertaining and interactive. And now widgets can be set to play automatically, offering your readers a fun surprise when they turn the page. With iBooks Author, it’s easy to create a book that’s as much fun to explore as it is to read.
Accessibility built right in.
Accessibility is near and dear to my heart, and that’s why I love this app so much. iBooks Author lets you create books that people with disabilities can read and experience. The table of contents, glossary, widgets, main text and more are built to automatically take advantage of VoiceOver technology. Add accessibility descriptions to any widget or media — including movies and reviews — so people with vision impairments can use them.
Get the word out.
As you’re editing, use iBooks Author to preview your book on iPad or Mac. When you’re ready to publish, iBooks Author walks you through a step-by-step process to help you submit it to iBooks for purchase or free download. And to keep your work current, add updates by publishing new versions of your original title. iBooks will automatically notify your readers that a new version of your book is ready to download.