Publishing with iBooks Author
An Introduction to Creating Ebooks for the iPad
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Tools of Change
Final Release Date: February 2012
Pages: 108

iBooks Author is the first tool of its kind. Never before have publishers, authors, and content creators had a tool for making dynamic, interactive ebooks in a WYSIWYG environment. This book is intended to get you up and writing in iBooks Author. You’ll learn what to expect from this new tool and what its strengths and limitations are. You’ll see how you can create beautifully designed pages and how you can bring those designs to life with interactive content in ways that, before now, were only possible in a web browser on the Internet. You’ll also find out how to navigate the occasionally tricky terrain of Apple’s ecosystem so that you can get your book published to the iBookstore.

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  • Easy to understand (11)
  • Well-written (9)
  • Concise (8)
  • Helpful examples (8)

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3.0

Helpful, not indispensable

By Safety Scribe

from Victoria, BC

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Pros

  • Free
  • Helpful examples
  • Not Overly Long
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Goes Off On Tangents
  • Needs A Bit Of Editing

Best Uses

  • Getting Started

Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

You can't beat free, and I really appreciate the friendly accessible and positive writing style of the book. iBooks is useful and it's great when you can deliver something to a client to use on an iPad, it looks slick and professional, fun for workers to use, and easy to update. It can be frustrating though, there are some less than unintuitive techniques, although given what the program attempts to achieve, perhaps expecting the usual Apple ease of use is not realistic. This is really one where you need to experiment, but a guide is useful, and one I can refer to on my iPad is great.

There are some areas in the book I found were a bit obscure, or which actually made it a bit slower for me to sort through the quirks of iBooks than if I were doing it by myself, but it's a good resource. The one caveat is that the software is starting to drift with each iteration so keep an eye on how far away the edition is from the current version.

 
4.0

Truly useful

By Peter

from Lausanne

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  • Easy to understand
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    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

    The book teaches you accurately what you need, and this in less than two days.

     
    5.0

    Publishing made easy

    By Andy photographer

    from London England

    About Me Designer, Educator, Maker

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      • Intermediate
      • Novice

      Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

      A comprehensive and thorough introduction to iBooks Author. Easy to follow and well written, it covers everything needed to get up and running with a first iBook. Highly recommended.

       
      5.0

      One of the best iBooks Author tutorials

      By iBooks Author User

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Maker, Student

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Not comprehensive enough
      • Not enough examples
      • Not Enough Pictures

      Best Uses

      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

      I used this tutorial to learn how to use iBooks Author. It was a great introduction to the program. It is sometimes hard to understand without having the application open and following along.

       
      4.0

      Great Information for IBook Beginners

      By Miki the Solo Traveler

      from Venice, Italy

      About Me Maker

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to understand

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

        I came across this book and I was very happy as I had no clue on how to start writing a book with ibooks Author. Information and description is very accurate and detailed. A very practical handbook with complete inoformation for beginners to intermediate writers.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect in depth view of iBook Author

        By SirJozzi

        from Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

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          • Expert
          • Intermediate
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          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

          As a user of InDesign you will recognize the way of working, but building a digital document requires some other operations. This book covers the depth of the iBook Author software, making you a power user and makes you produce the iBook you want.

           
          4.0

          Useful for reference

          By Muso educator

          from NZ

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          • Easy to understand

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              Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

              Very useful to have alongside for reference.

               
              5.0

              The only book you will need.

              By Flash

              from Monterey ca

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                Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

                I have tried other books and tutorials. None are this informative . The subjects I needed to know about were in the advanced categories. This was the only book that addressed my concerns. Thank you!!! I am very thankful that you made it available.

                 
                5.0

                Very helpful

                By Timbuktu

                from Toronto

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                Pros

                • Easy to understand

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Intermediate

                  Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

                  The book helped a great deal in writing my first ibook. Cheers!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Making iBooks Simple

                  By Regina

                  from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to understand
                  • Helpful examples

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                    • Novice
                    • Student

                    Comments about oreilly Publishing with iBooks Author:

                    Publishing with iBooks Author is a very straight-forward explanation of how to publish using iBooks. The language is easy to follow and the images included made understanding the process much simpler. If you are a beginner at using iBooks, this book will definitely help you through the basic steps to get you started.

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