Are you ready to take the plunge into authoring your own books? Take a look at the recently released (and free) iBooks Author app.
Here’s the great features of Books Author:
- Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more
- Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts for a quick start
- Add accessibility descriptions to any widget so that it can be used by sight-impaired readers easily with VoiceOver
- Export to iTunes U or iBooks or save as a PDF
Just like Keynote, iBooks Author comes packed with a variety of different book templates that authors can use as a starting place to design their books.
The cover can be customized to showcase the book.
Each template comes with a number of different layout options, both in portrait and landscape, that the user can customize.
Books created in iBooks Author can include an introductory video for a more rich multimedia experience.
The user can build a glossary into the book.
The table of contents can be customized and labeled. It automatically updates based on what options and elements are chosen in the program.
The “Chapter” section has different layout options for a chapter title page or for a “preface” page.
Section layouts can include text accompanied with graphics, forward or copyright information or standard layout text.
There are multiple page layouts to choose from, including one, two and three column pages. Users can also insert blank pages.
Users can import text directly for a chapter from a Pages or Word file.
The formatting within that file is preserved when possible and text size and line height can be adjusted as usual.
Numerous interactive widgets can go inside pages. These include interactive images, 3D objects, video or other types of media, photo slideshows and Keynote presentations. Users can also insert quiz questions or custom HTML widgets.
A chapter layout page as it will appear in landscape.
That same chapter page in portrait mode.
Interactive images include animation control points. If you have used Keynote, the controls will be familiar.
Speaking fo Keynote, full Keynote presentations, including animations, can be inserted into an iBook.
Users can preview their books on the iPad before publishing. Simply connect an iPad to your Mac, open iBooks and then click the “Preview” icon. A proof will be sent to the device.
Proof copies have a special designation in the Library of iBooks 2.
The cover of our book in landscape.
The cover in portrait
The table of contents.
The landscape chapter view.
The portrait chapter view.
Widgets within the app.
The Keynote widget.
When in full screen, the user can control the presentation and its action as if it were a regular presentation.
iBooks 2 includes an area for users to keep their own notes and highlights in a book.