Use iBooks Author to Create and Self Publish your next Art Book or Picture Book
When it comes to creating and self-publishing a fixed layout art, or picture book, there is absolutely no better choice than using iBooks Author.
Here are my 12 Reasons why you should try iBooks Author
1. iBooks Author has a small learning curve
The user interface is similar to other Apple software like Keynote, Pages and Numbers. Apple always tries to make using any of it’s software and apps as user-friendly as possible. It has a drag and drop functionality that simplifies adding images and text… straight off your desktop.
2. Book Templates
You don’t need to have any design experience when creating your book. iBooks Author has a number of templates that you can start with, and adapt to your liking. From textbooks to photo books and cookbooks… templates give you a great starting point.
It’s easy to add interactivity. Widgets are included that make it easy to add Slideshows, Text Pop-ups, Keynote Presentations, Interactive Images, Galleries, Scrolling Sidebars, 3D Images and Simple Quizzes.
To give your book the complete interactive feel you can add videos to your pages. Also you have the ability to include an Intro Video that starts the moment the book is opened.
5. Great for Textbooks
iBooks Author is perfect for teachers to create textbooks and lessons for modern day students that have grown up with technology. The ability to highlight text, take notes, find definitions in the glossary and search for content takes textbooks to whole new level.
6. Keynote Presentations
Let readers browse Keynote presentations with custom animations — right inside their iBooks. iBooks Author includes intuitive controls for slide navigation and optional self-playing presentations.
7. HTML5 Animation and Effects
The built-in HTML5 Widget gives you the power to bring your iBook to a completely different level, by allowing you to create Custom Widgets. The boundaries of this widget are set only by your imagination, and take your iBooks as close to an iOS app as you are going to get.
8. Free Inspiration
There is quite a large number of high quality, free iBooks on the iBookStore for you to download and use as inspiration for your own iBook. See how others have designed their pages. What types of different interactivity have they added. Colors, fonts, layouts etc. etc. There are a lot of ideas you can pick up and use to make your iBook that much better.
Remember it was Steve Jobs who once quoted Picasso when he said:
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
9. Share or Publish
With iBooks Author, publishing to the iBookStore is not your only choice. You can send your iBooks Author file by email, to be opened directly in the iBooks app. You can also export your book to a PDF to share (without the interactivity of course).
10. Large iBooks Market
The iBookStore is not the largest market where you can publish to, but with over 800 million iOS devices out there, it’s big enough!
11. Easy Picture Book Self Publishing
There has never been a simple way to create and self publish a Fixed-Layout Picture Book. That is before iBooks Author came along. Create your layouts with images and text where you want. Set the book to Portrait only, and publish away. Everything will stay where it’s meant to.
12. It’s FREE
I think this benefit speaks for itself.
So there’s my list of reasons to try iBooks Author
Have you tried using iBooks Author to create your own book? Leave a comment and let me know how you went.