iBooks Author Stories September 25, 2017

iBooks Author for Mac updated with wide color gamut image support, improved photo and video adding

Apple’s iBooks Author app has been updated for the first time since last year following the release of macOS High Sierra. The new version introduces an improvement to working with photos and videos as well as wide color gamut support.

iBooks Author Stories June 30, 2015

iBooks Author for Mac updated with iPhone textbook support, new ePub templates

Apple has published an update for iBooks Author to accompany today’s iOS 8.4 mobile software upgrade. The new version of the Mac app allows content creators to export their rich media textbooks for the iPhone. Previously these types of books were reserved exclusively for the iPad, but iOS 8.4 enabled compatiblity on a wider range of devices.

iBooks Author 2.3 also includes new ePub templates to make multi-touch textbook creation easier. You can download the free update now from the Mac App Store.

What’s New in Version 2.3

• iBooks for iPhone now supports books made with iBooks Author • Create Multi-Touch books using new ePub templates

iBooks Author Stories January 22, 2015

Apple first released its iBooks Author Mac app for creating interactive textbooks for the iBooks Store back in 2012, and now Amazon is delivering its own textbook composing Mac app for publishing to the Kindle Store. Kindle Textbook Creator, announced today, is available in beta for both Mac and PC with the competitive benefit of publishing to the cross-platform Kindle Store, which is available on iOS, Mac, Android, and more. expand full story

iBooks Author Stories October 24, 2014

Apple today emailed out registered authors for iBooks to announce some interesting changes and enhancements to the program. Some notable enhancements, via Apple’s email:

  • To help you get your book to readers quickly, we review 95 percent of all book submissions within one business day. Note that you do not need an ISBN to deliver a book to iBooks.
  • You can now request up to 250 promo codes per book. Promo codes allow you to provide free copies of your book to reviewers, bloggers, or others to build momentum for your book.
  • Screenshots can now be delivered or updated after a book is available for sale on iBooks.

The email to authors also tells developers about recent updates to both the iTunes Connect app on iOS and the iBooks Author application on the Mac. Like it usually does for App Store app developers, Apple tells authors how to prepare for the upcoming break for book reviewers. “To account for an anticipated increase in book deliveries during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday week, books scheduled to go live between November 24, 2014 and December 1, 2014, should be delivered by Friday, November 14, 2014,” the notice reads.

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iBooks Author Stories October 16, 2014

iBooks Author updated with ePub and InDesign importer, new templates, and more

Apple has updated iBooks Author for OS X Yosemite and added support for new file formats and other enhancements. First among these is the ability to import Adobe InDesign and ePub files to a project. New blank templates have been added to accommodate custom designs, and authors can now use hyperlinks to jump to a specific location in other book or add a link to an image.

The app’s widgets have also gotten a few upgrades. Auto-play is now available for the media, Keynote, and HTML widgets, and the HTML widget can now be used directly on the page of a book. The Keynote widget gained improved translation support.

You can download iBooks Author for free on the Mac App Store. The change log is below.

What’s New in Version 2.2

• Import ePub files • Import Adobe InDesign IDML files • Create customized books with new Blank templates • New hyperlink options: link to a location in another book, link from an image, and more • Improved transition support in Keynote widget • Enable auto-play for media widget, Keynote widget, and HTML widget • Readers can now interact with the HTML widget right on a book page

iBooks Author Stories June 16, 2014

Apple Store Camp is back for summer 2014 with iBooks Author, iPad content creation

Apple has posted a new page on its retail website to announce that Apple Retail Store Camp is back for the summer of 2014. The annual event allows kids on summer vacation to work on projects within their local Apple retail stores. Interested campers can sign up on Apple’s website. This year, Apple says that kids will create movies in iMovie and books in iBooks Author.

Macs will be used for final production (editing in iMovie and making books in iBooks Author), but music for the movies will be made using GarageBand for iPad and and drawing apps on the iPad will be used for illustrations for the iBooks. It’s amazing that just ten years ago Apple Store campers edited movies in iMovie HD for Mac, and now the participants will be drawing and making music on iPads. (Via iFOStore).

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