Why would you spend the time to create an interactive, digital book using Apple iBooks Author? It is a great way to showcase your photography and share it with others. That is not the only thing it can do. In this video, author Richard Harrington explains the benefits photographers have when publishing their work digitally.
- So why would you spend the time to create an interactive digital book using iBooks Author? Well, the truth is it really makes your photography look great and bundles it up in a way that's easy to share with others. The iBooks Author platform can not only create the iBooks format, but can also create PDFs or printed books from within. One thing to consider is that the tablet market is truly growing. According to the Pew Internet Life Study, they found that tablet ownership has continued to rise.
For example, right now more than half of all Americans own a tablet of some sort. Now, this is broken down between Apple and Android, but Apple actually does have the lead here. Additionally, dedicated e-readers do exist. These include devices like the Amazon Kindle. Now, these saw their heyday in 2014 and have dipped a little bit, but they are still readily out there. Keep in mind with iBooks Author, not only can you create a rich interactive e-book, but you can also create traditional e-pubs and PDFs that can be enjoyed by people on all platforms including desktop computers and Windows or Android devices.
There are a few trends about eBooks that you should also know. The Pew Internet Life Project found for example that 23% of all Americans have read an e-book in the past year. This is a very high rate. The number of e-book readers also tended to increase as well along with tablets. This jump is always tied to the Holiday Season. What we're also seeing is that women tend to read more than men. Books targeted to women will perform better in general.
30% of those who read electronic content say they now spend more time reading. And 42% of e-book readers said that they're now reading more than before because long-form content is now available in the digital form. Additionally, 42% of all e-book readers do say that they use a computer to consume an e-book, 41% use an e-book reader and 29% are consuming their books on their cell phones.
While the original versions of iBooks for iOS did not support iBooks Author formatted books, that's now changed. Due to larger screen sizes and higher resolutions, it is possible to view an interactive e-book on a phone these days. And 23% of e-books are being consumed on a tablet computer. What we're also seeing is that e-book readers prefer to buy their books. 48% have actually bought their books. This is much more likely than other styles of book reading.
24% have borrowed an e-book from family, friend or co-worker. Many platforms support sharing. For example, in the iBooks Store, if you have family sharing turned on, it's possible to share books with other people within your household or extended family. Other platforms like the Amazon Kindle also allow certain books to be shared with friends or others. And traditional libraries are also lending e-books. And others found another way such as downloads or for free.
Now that you see that electronic books are truly becoming viable, let's explore how to create your own book using iBooks Author, but before we can do that, you've got to get your assets organized.
- Preparing a book's assets
- Tips on writing
- Using an EPUB template
- Setting up a book's structure
- Working with photos for a book
- Adding video and audio to a page
- Adding hyperlinks to a book
- Finalizing a book
- Distributing a book