Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a 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 at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you're a published author.
- Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
- Easily customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
- Use the Book Navigator to organize your book and add a cover and table of contents
Beautiful text and layouts
- Use a variety of text styles in each template 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 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 book, which allows readers to focus on the text
- Choose from a variety of widgets that add Multi-Touch interactivity to your book
- Add a photo gallery, chapter review, movie, Keynote presentation, interactive image with callouts, 3D object, or custom HTML anywhere in your book
- 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 iBookstore or iTunes U
- Preview your book in iBooks on an iPad to see how it looks and works
- Easily add a cover, video introduction, copyright page, dedication, and foreword
- Submit your book to the iBookstore for sale or free download with a few simple steps
- Export your book in iBooks format to share on iTunes U or to give to others
- Create a version of your book as a PDF file
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This is a very useful tool if you want to create and publish your own ebook. The pre-design templates are very good looking and you don't need to put in much work in terms of design in creating your own book. Since it is an apple application, it is design pretty well. It can also be combined with other applications available in the app store in case you need to. I recommend this to anyone who wants to publish their own ebook in case they need to. This is also great for educators who wants to create their own book with lessons to learn and read by their students.
Fairly straight forward as is most apple applications, produced a trial book in an hour from scratch, works well with the many additional templates and options available on the app store.
However, unless you are going to publish to iBooks, your only other option is PDF which undermines interactivity, or embedding on your own web page. The file is far too big to send as email.
For the aspiring writer in your or in your students, if you are a teacher, iBooks is great and very useful tool to utilize. When using iBooks, you are given the opportunity to tap into the market of book creation and selling. Students can start from the very beginning of book creation by typing in the book's content. Then, they can create images to go on each page, and a cover and back cover design for their new book.
Creating a book through iBooks puts you in the driver's seat, if you will, because you do it all on your own and based on your own personal preferences. I think this tool could definitely be used in the classroom as a group project or an individual project.