I haven’t downloaded the iBooks Author application yet. This article suggests it will be easy to use for anyone who owns and loves a Mac, Apple’s iBooks 2, iBooks Author: Bids to own publishing’s future – latimes.com:
“If you’ve ever used Apple’s Keynote or Pages (or Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Word) apps, then you should be able to hit the ground running in iBooks Author. There are templates for different types of book layouts, and adding the interactive 3-D models, photos, videos and diagrams that Apple demoed iBooks 2 textbooks on Thursday is as easy as clicking and dragging a built-in widget… “
It’s great to see that Apple’s producing tools for self-publishers.
I’m in two minds about it however.
On the one hand, I love new tools, especially Mac tools produced by Apple. On the other hand, I wonder whether Apple is as committed as Amazon to creating an entire environment for self-publishers.
The big lure of the Kindle platform, especially for novelists, is that each book helps to sell your other books. Apple doesn’t as yet have that environment. Time will tell whether Apple intends to devote time and money to creating such an environment.
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