Carol and I have a dream. We plan to retire to someplace like Belize and become writers. As a teacher, Carol has designs for creating children’s books, and I fancy myself a fiction novelist.
With every dream there’s a problem or two, and a solution waiting to be implemented. The book business is undergoing dramatic change in the digital world, but Apple has a rescue plan available.
Build A Digital Book
We are continually amazed at the number of Mac-toting writer wannabes who don’t know about the most underrated app on the Mac App Store and what it can do for authors.
It’s called iBooks Author and it’s free. If you’ve browsed Apple’s iBook Store, then you know about the digital book revolution.
iBooks Author is the tool that helps you create your literary masterpiece– not the writing– everything else.
Whatever type of digital book you can imagine can be produced using iBooks Author, including history books, photo books, cookbooks, textbooks, or anything else that looks good in the digital book world.
iBooks Author takes your writing masterpiece and brings it to digital life with embedded widgets, video, audio, 3D animated objects, and then makes it available to be published on the iBooks Store.
Think of this app as page layout for authors not content to share the wealth with unscrupulous publishers. You’re in charge of every aspect of your book’s production. iBooks Author comes with Apple’s notoriously well-designed templates that match fonts, colors, and layouts with all the standard digital publishing accouterments.
Not only are you in control of your written content, you’re in charge of layout, design, multimedia elements, and everything else. Fonts, text, shapes, charts, graphs, tables, movie clips, animation, and anything else that makes for a modern digital book is available– mostly drag and drop– in iBooks Author.
Your book can be previewed on an iPad so you’ll see exactly how it displays to potential buyers. Your book can be submitted to Apple’s iBook Store for sale or made available for free– at no cost to you.
As much as we like iBooks Author, there are a few issues. One of Carol’s friends teaches science, and the app doesn’t seem to like equations. Also, some users have had crashing problems but I suspect that’s caused by older Macs with limited RAM, and the app holds plenty of multimedia elements. On our duo of maxed out MacBook Pros, iBooks Author has worked flawlessly.