After reading the recent article about iBooks Author in The Bookseller, I decided I would blog about my user experiences.
I downloaded iBooks Author soon after its launch with a view to launching a range of iBooks. I thought it would have more features than it does and so, for a month or so, I was struggling to get it to do what I wanted.
I still haven’t managed to recreate the image of the interactive books that I expected it to be able to produce but along the way I have learned how iBooks is best utilised!
In my opinion iBooks Author is an extremely useful and essential free tool for creating digital books for iBookstore and I think it is best suited for specific educational/ information tools and simply reading.
I was hoping it would have more features to create more personally interactive children’s books.
I would like to see Apple create updates or add-ons which can provide some super-duper interactivity for use in children’s books, perhaps simplifying animation software somehow. I would definitely be at the front of the queue for more widgets… Apple might also want to consider charging for extras (with free trials).
If anyone from Apple is reading this – I would love to test anything you are working on to improve the iBooks Author with a view to making it even more useful!!
The Pros to the iBooks Author are:
It is very user friendly.
Apple do not own the rights to the content of your iBook. (As I understand it…) but they do own the format in iBooks – which means you can create in iBooks Author and sell on iBookstore, but if you want to take the content to other digital platforms you have to reformat it.
The interactive widgets are user friendly, albeit very basic.
The lack of ability to save to different digital formats (again Apple – something I am sure people would be prepared to pay for the option, as it saves time and effort!).
Limited templates (though I think you can download others online now).
Limited Interactive widgets.
All-in-all if you haven’t already downloaded iBooks Author, I would advise you give it a go!
If you don’t fancy trying it yourself, VixenUK offers iBooksAuthor conversion services (initial consultation is free)!