The iBooks format is largely meant to sell at the iBook Store. The format cannot be opened or read on Kindle or other devices, but it's beautiful and flexible.
- [Instructor] The iBooks format is compelling for authors and readers alike. But as usual, there is some good and there is some bad. Or, because we're talking Apple, there is some cool and there's some not-so-cool. Let's review. Under cool, first of all the creation software is free. iBooks Author is free and it is very intuitive, very easy to pick up on your own, and there are courses here in the online training library that can help you out as well. Also, the ebooks that you can create with iBooks Author can be a combination of reflowable and fixed layout.
So you have the best of both worlds. If you want that option, you can turn it on in iBooks Author and I'll show you where in another video in this chapter. But then readers, when they're looking at your ebook, will see it as fixed layout, but they can always tap a control in iBooks and turn on scrolling view. And then it turns into reflowable. It's pretty cool. From within iBooks Author, you can directly publish to the iBookstore. There's a publish button, I mean how easy is that.
iBooks Author has lots of interactivity that you can add all sorts of widgets for doing things like quizzes, and interactive images, scrolling sidebars, we'll take a look at a few of those. And you have full support on any Apple device. Any Apple device from a Mac desktop to a laptop to an iPad to iPhone can read ebooks created with iBooks Author and saved in the dot iBook format. So what's not so cool about this? Well, you can only sell in the iBookstore.
You cannot sell your iBook anywhere else, not from your own website, not from Etsy, not from Gumroad, you can't somehow upload iBook to Kindle, won't work. You can only sell it in the iBookstore. And you can only create this book on a Macintosh. iBooks Author only runs on the Mac, not on the PC. I don't know why, but that's the truth. And the iBook format can only be read on Apple devices. Which limits your audience quite a bit.
Also, as far as working with the program itself, it's a little bit difficult to import and export to other formats. It's doable but you'll get iffy results. In most cases, in iBooks Author you're either going to be copying and pasting from other source material into iBooks or writing from scratch. Okay, so if your book content would be greatly enhanced by interactivity like quizzes and slideshows and video, and your reading audience is heavily Mac-based, and you can live in the walled garden of the iBook format, then you should definitely consider using the iBook format.
- Finding, downloading, and reading free ebooks
- Choosing the right format for your ebook
- Building reflowable EPUBs and fixed-layout EPUBs
- Using tools like Word, Sigil, calibre, Jutoh, Pages, PubCoder, and InDesign
- Adding animation and interactivity such as clickable buttons
- Creating ebooks for the Kindle
- Learning the pros and cons of PDF ebooks
- Creating reflowable and multitouch ebooks with iBooks Author