iBooks Author: Creating Multi-Touch Books for iPad

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Slides from a talk given on Jan. 30, 2013, at the New England Chapter of ASIS&T, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Slides from a talk given on Jan. 30, 2013, at the New England Chapter of ASIS&T, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

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  • 1. iBooks Author creating Multi-Touch books for iPad New England Chapter of ASIS&T MIT, Cambridge, MA January 30, 2013 http://nicolehennig.comWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 2. Outline • What is iBooks Author? • Examples • iBookstore • Why choose this platform? • Other authoring platforms • Software overview • My book projects • Learn more • DiscussionWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 3. Slides available http://tinyurl.com/ayd8fhb Sign up to be notified! http://eepurl.com/uHAifWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 4. What is iBooks Author? free Mac appWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 5. What is iBooks Author? • creates multi-touch ebooks that can be sold (or offered for free) in Apple’s iBookstore • or create non-interactive books that can be sold elsewhere (PDF)Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 6. Textbook creatorWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 7. Other interactive booksWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 8. Interactive widgetsWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 9. Math equations •Equation editor •MathML or LaTeX •works with MathType applicationWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 10. iBooks ShelfWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 11. ExamplesWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 12. Examples [ live demo on iPad ]Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 13. iBookstoreWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 14. Why choose this platform? • easiest way (at present) to make interactive books without being a developer • Apple’s audience • you get 70% • design and distribute free booksWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 15. Why choose this platform? • designed to work with volume discount plan for schools purchasing textbooks • easy to distribute in iTunes U • Apple accessibility guidelinesWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 16. Accessibility guidelines http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5073Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 17. Legal What you can’t do: - You can’t sell your multi-touch book on other platforms, or your own website. What you can do: - If you are making your title free, you can distribute it both on the iBookstore and your own website.Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 18. Legal More things you CAN do: - take the written content from your book (without interactive elements), and publish it on other platforms (such as Kindle or print). - export your book to a PDF file that you can sell on any platform.Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 19. ExampleWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 20. Other authoring platforms $4.99Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 21. iBooks and file types iBooks app on iPad can read: • epub • epub (with DRM) • PDF • .ibooks used by iBooks AuthorWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 22. Ebook file types https://www.writelydone.com/blogs/darnzen/understanding-e-book-file-formats-00818Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 23. Ebook file types made simple • epub = iBooks and many others • mobi = Kindle • PDFWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 24. Book types in iTunes •Book = a book you downloaded from the Internet •Purchased book = DRM-free book from iBookstore •Protected book = copy-protected book from iBookstoreWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 25. Best practices (in my opinion) DRM-free multiple formatsWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 26. Best practices DRM-free (in my opinion) multiple formatsWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 27. Why I don’t mind that .ibooks files are proprietary • On the proprietary nature of the iBooks Author file format - John Gruber http://daringfireball.net/2012/01/ibooks_author_file_format • Why the Emotional Criticism of iBooks Author is Wrong - Mike Elgin http://www.cultofmac.com/141832/why-the-emotional-criticism-of-ibooks-author-is-wrong/Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 28. Software overview Mac app store, freeWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 29. TemplatesWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 30. TemplatesWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 31. Software overview [ live demo on MacBook Air ]Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 32. My multi-touch book projects Elder Stories Apps4Academics using the iPad to bring your family history to life Sign up to be notified! http://eepurl.com/uHAifWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 33. My online courses http://www.udemy.com/bookapps course preview: https://vimeo.com/52980759 http://apps4librarians.com/Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 34. Learn more - books free $15 free - free - multi-touch - sample of full bookWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 35. Learn more - video training Mac app $5.99 iOS appWednesday, January 30, 13
  • 36. Discussion Are you planning to make a multi-touch book?Wednesday, January 30, 13
  • 37. Slides available http://tinyurl.com/ayd8fhb Sign up to be notified! http://eepurl.com/uHAifWednesday, January 30, 13