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Jumsoft releases five new iBooks Author templates
February 17, 2013 | 3:39 pm

Two weeks after Apple unveiled its iBooks Author program for designing interactive e-books, template king Jumsoft was there with its first set of iBooks Author templates, dubbed Book Palette. Jumsoft has now expanded that collection to 25 with the announcement of five new designs that offer “ … upmarket design quality at a reasonable price.” The five new templates include the crisp Decorum, the elegant Royal Title, and the colorful Taste Buds designs. All 25 templates contain the full set of standard sections and page layouts provided in the iBooks Author app, including covers, chapter pages, text pages, tables of contents, glossary pages and more....

Three online tools to produce ebooks in-house – Part 1
June 29, 2012 | 9:40 am

Screen Shot 2012 06 29 at 9 30 55 AM That's the title of an article in Martin Taylor's ereport: One of the challenges ebook publishers face is poor ebook production tools. The tools that are out there are usually aimed at techies. When Apple introduced iBooks Author  earlier this year — an authoring environment that is powerful, supports rich media, and is very user-friendly — it brought this issue into stark relief. But there’s good news on the horizon as lots of companies jump into this vacuum. Adobe is the big one, but there are lots of start-ups too, many in an interesting new category: online ebook production tools. I’ll take a look at three online applications that...

Ars Technica reviews iBooks Author 1.1
April 29, 2012 | 5:15 pm

Interested in learning how iBooks Author works? On Ars Technica, Dave Girard has posted a 4-page-long review of the free e-book creator, with lots of screen shots. It goes into a lot of detail about what he learned in using it to create an iBooks version of his e-book 101 Autodesk Maya Tips. In short, Girard found that iBooks had some features he liked and a number of them he didn’t. A lot of the problems Girard had with the program stemmed from Apple limiting the options available to its users. There is no direct control over the...

Cartoonist Bill Amend releases $1.99 FoxTrot mini-collections on iBooks store, explains why
April 19, 2012 | 12:20 am

ScreenClip(38) Bill Amend of popular comic strip FoxTrot has recently begun offering a series of $1.99 100-strip mini-collections via the iBooks store. Created using Apple’s iBooks Author, the e-books are “short and curated primarily for an entertaining read on the go,” says Amend in an interview with TechCrunch. The collections came about, Amend says, after he had looked into e-book publishing but found most existing comic strip apps seemed too clunky and he didn’t have the wherewithal to roll his own. Then iBooks Author came along and allowed him to create his own e-books. The paper books will...

Apple clarifies iBooks Author EULA, only claims commercial rights over .ibooks format
February 3, 2012 | 9:37 pm

Fair’s fair. If we get upset over something Apple’s done, we should also mention when they fix it. So, remember the kerfuffle over Apple apparently claiming rights in the user agreement over commercial sale of any e-book created in iBooks Author? Well, Ars Technica reports that Apple has just released a patch to the app, and iBooks Author v1.01 includes a clarification in the EULA: it specifically covers only e-books generated in the interactive .ibooks format. (Emphasis mine.) If you want to charge a fee for a work that includes files in the .ibooks format generated...

iBooks 2 and iBooks Author: Another opportunity & headache
January 20, 2012 | 9:16 am

Vook logo From the Vook blog: People wax nostalgic about the smell of books, but no one pines for the smell of textbooks. They smelled like glue, they were heavy, and they were—usually—boring. So we were happy to read Apple’s announcement of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author: finally, a kind of book everyone wants to see go digital fast. It’s a great announcement for digital publishing, for readers, and for platform and tool creators like us. It also raises some interesting complications that we’ve spent months tackling. Here’s how we’re looking at this announcement at Vook. The Good eBooks Really Matter Finally, eBooks are coming of age....

iBooks Author – under the hood
January 20, 2012 | 9:10 am

Screen shot 2012 01 19 at 2 29 16 pm From a post on TUAW by Erica Sadun: I spent a good bit of time this morning taking a peek under the hood at iBooks Author and the files it builds. By request, here is a quick summary of some of the information I gathered on the topic. I warn you that this is going to be a non-generalist post, so do feel free to skip ahead on the site if this kind of info isn't really your thing. The iBooks format appears to be an EPUB-like variant specific to Apple. Like EPUB, it's a zipped up file that contains an archive...