Have you every longed to make your own books for the iPad? The kind that do more than sit on the page. The kind that people can touch, interact with and treat like a real media experience, you know, the good ones. Well if you have then you’re in luck. There is a free app designed to help you out. The question is, can this app really be any good? Today we’re going to find out together.
First off, the App is not shockingly, Mac only. Sorry PC users, but you’ll have to find your own app, this one’s not for you. Now that we’ve cleared out the crowds lets get down to it.
Installing iBook Author
Installing this app was as easy as pie. That is not surprising when you consider that it came from the app store. It was so simple that a seven-year old could do it. Trust me, she did.
The app ran well and did not have to close. Even when importing a hefty dose of media the app handled it without a fuss or any stress. It worked seamlessly. Again, we all kind of expect this from Mac software, but every rule has an exception and I would be remiss as a reviewer if its smooth running was not mentioned to you in this text.
The system comes with a variety of templates to help you out. The art is generic and inoffensive, but they give you a quick way to get off the ground running. You can just add more pages, or duplicate your template pages to make more of them. The really nice thing is what you can add to the template pages, which include a nice assortment and even 3D media and entire Keynote presentations, but only in the native formats of course.
The only pronounced downside is how hard it is to add video clips. You will have to use the HTML function for this, or put your video onto a slide, but in most cases this is minor. Like the Rolling Stones say, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need.” On the bright side the HTML widget allows you to do a lot with a little. As long as you can code it, you can do it.
Publishing your eBook is easy as pie – Here’s how it’s done
• Preview your book in iBooks on an iPad to see how it looks and works
• Easily add a cover, video introduction, copyright page, dedication, and foreword
• Submit your book to the iBookstore for sale or free download with a few simple steps
• Export your book in iBooks format to share on iTunes U or to give to others
• Create a version of your book as a PDF file
Its free. You really can’t argue with that price.
This app is well worth checking out if you have any interest whatsoever in making books for the iPad. This app only does one thing, but it does it well. If you want something truly custom you may have to put in a little bit of extra time and effort.