Apple is on a roll with software updates today. In addition to releasing iOS 8.4 and Mac OS X 10.10.4, it’s also pushed out new versions of GarageBand and now iBooks Author. The software that allows you to publish iBooks moved up to version 2.3 today.
The update won’t move the needle for folks who don’t use the app, but it brings about some big changes for those who do. Perhaps the biggest new feature is that you can now create iBooks for both iPhone and iPad—instead of being limited to just the tablet.
Have you ever read a book or listened to music and wanted an autograph of the author or artist? For printed items, the wish is easily granted – not so for their electronic equivalent. Now Apple has filed to patent a method for embedding autographs in ebooks and other digital material.
The patent application, titled ‘Embedding an autograph in an electronic book,’ describes a way an author can use a special application to digitally sign an ebook, video, song or author content, then share it with owners of the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices…
Back in January of this year, Apple introduced a new tool for authors to import their content into iBooks called iBooks Author. The software allows writers to easily create interactive documents that can be read on the iPad.
A few moments ago, Apple announced an update to the suite with some nice new features like multitouch widgets and new portrait templates. And authors, you’ll now be able to choose your own fonts…
Apple updated the iBooks Author End User License Agreement (EULA) today to clarify who owns what when a book is published using the Mac application. TUAW gives a very clear explanation:
The change is an important one though, clarifying that Apple has rights over the format a book is in, not the content. If someone wants to charge a fee for an .ibooks formatted file, that document can only be sold or distributed through Apple, and that work will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.
Basically, Apple owns the format, you own the content.
Yesterday, Apple held an event focusing on education at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum to unveil a couple of new products that are supposed to change education. Apple opened up the event with the video below, where teachers explained what is wrong with education and why many students do not get the fullest education offered — or simply do not graduate.
Apple unveiled three new products yesterday: iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and iTunes U apps for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks 2 allows for textbooks publishers to sell their textbooks for $15 a pop, while iBooks Author allows for anyone to create text books simply through a Mac application. Lastly, iTunes U is an iOS app that allows for teachers to customize topics, provide students with office hours, post messages to the class, and give assignments.
With these announcements, Apple is working towards changing education, because really, education is not where it is supposed to be. But then comes the question: is Apple really the company that should be taking this charge, or should someone else? Moreover, will yesterday’s announcements make a difference? As someone infinitely familiar with the inter-workings of high school education, I try to breakdown why I do not think Apple is up for the task…
During its New York-based media event this morning, Apple announced its plans to get into the digital textbook publishing business. We have a good recap of the event in case you missed it, but the gist of it all is fairly straight-forward.
Using new applications like iBooks 2 and iBooks Author, Apple plans to disrupt the textbook industry by making it easier for folks to publish and consume educational content. And what’s more impressive, they’re giving the tools away for free…
Along with our hands-on video of iBooks 2, we’ve also tackled Apple’s latest content creation tool, iBooks Author.
iBooks Author is the free Mac App Store app that allows you to create book content for use in iBooks. What’s great is that it’s not just for so-called textbooks. No, it’s for cookbooks, history books, picture books, and whatever else you mind can come up with.