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'iBooks Author' eBook Authoring App for Mac Now Available


Today, during their education press event, Apple announced the availability of the iBooks Author App that allows users to create interactive iBooks on their Mac.
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.
The App allows you to start with a number of templates and then customize your book with images, videos, multi-touch widgets and even Keynote presentations. You can then preview your book on your iPad and then submit it to the iBookstore for sale or free download.

iBooks Author is available for free in the Mac App Store. [App Store]

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30 months ago

It's the "Apple way" to force you to upgrade.


It's 29 bucks. Poor baby.
Rating: 23 Positives
30 months ago

Requires OS X Lion.


It's the "Apple way" to force you to upgrade.
Rating: 13 Positives
30 months ago

Tell that to PPC users.


I know! I have a Mac Plus and I'm outraged...OUTRAGED that Apple doesn't support that at all. I bought that in 1986 and it's still working fine. How DARE Apple not support this anymore with software updates and programs. They're just trying to get me to spend more money with them. No. Thank. You. I spent enough back then and it's still working so why upgrade?

So I feel for the PPC users out there. It's only been 6 years since they switched to Intel and those PPC Macs have at least another 20 to 25 years left on them.

But seriously, I don't know how people work on those old machines. I have a 2008 MacBook Pro and that's getting to be slow as molasses in working with Photoshop and Lightroom. And don't even get me started on Aperture...that takes forever. I will do an adjustment then the CPU pegs to red and you wait and wait and wait for the adjustment to actually show up. It's not like I'm running out of RAM either as I have 8 gigs in this thing.

I guess if I was just surfing the web and doing emails or something, a PPC would still be okay. I just can't fathom doing Photoshop on them, but I guess some people do it all the time. But come on...time marches onward. Do you really expect Apple to keep developers around that code for the PPC with new products?
Rating: 13 Positives
30 months ago
I'm still on Snow Leopard primarily because I'm not a fan of the iOSification of Mac OS X. Gimmicky.

Kind of unfortunate. I'm still on Snow Leopard, and I really don't have any reason to upgrade. I'm ready for iBooks 2 to be released so I can play around with that.

Rating: 12 Positives
30 months ago

Requires OS X Lion.


Yup. Get over it.

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It's the "Apple way" to force you to upgrade.


It's the way the computer industry works. They're not doing this for fun.
Rating: 11 Positives
30 months ago
Nice, but still no iBooks reader for OSX :(
Rating: 9 Positives
30 months ago

It's 29 bucks. Poor baby.


I'm not complaining about the price as I too already own Lion. I'm simply saying it's unfortunate that Apple will not support new software on past generation operating systems.

Might I add your sarcastic remark is unnecessary.
Rating: 9 Positives
30 months ago

It's the "Apple way" to force you to upgrade.


Why would you expect new functions to be back-ported to old OS versions? As a software vendor myself, I don't know why anyone would do this-- the development and support costs are non-trivial. Users do need to pay for this, and maintenance fees or upgrades are alternative ways. A $30 upgrade fee seems pretty reasonable to me.
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago

It's 29 bucks. Poor baby.


I'm not complaining about the price - in fact, I already own Lion. But for a variety of reasons that I won't go into right now, upgrading will take a lot of effort, and I'm not willing to do it quite yet. It's alright though; I'm not exactly an author. But I look forward to playing around with this.
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago
Soooo... Apple releases a "New Apple Thing" that isn't compatible with an "Old Apple Thing"... and people on MacRumors act surprised and outraged?

I get it if you're a Windows user looking in from the outside, but how could this possibly surprise or outrage any Mac user with even a whit of Apple and/or Mac savvy :confused:

I just have to chalk it up to IMBRS*, otherwise it makes absolutely no sense.



* Internet Message Board Rage Syndrome
Rating: 7 Positives

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