iBooks Author

Apple announces new version of iBooks Author

Apple announces new version of iBooks Author

Apple has announced a brand new version of iBooks Author, and there's a few very important things to note. Starting today, iBooks Author comes with a bunch of new Apple templates, making textbook creation even easier. Publishers can also use their own fonts right there in their digital books, which should do something to give their books some personality that make them stand out.

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350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

Apple's iBooks 2 digital textbook launch last week may not have convinced everyone that the classroom is the best place for the iPad, but over 350,000 downloads of textbooks in the first three days of availability suggests there's big demand for learning on the iOS slate. The figures were tracked by Global Equities Research's proprietary monitoring system, AllThingsD reports, while downloads of the free iBooks Author tool have also apparently been successful.

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Apple Education Event video now online

Apple Education Event video now online

Apple put the cat among the publishing pigeons yesterday at its education-themed event, with the launch of iBooks 2 with textbooks, iBooks Author to create interactive digital books, and iTunes U for full, free university and K-12 courses. Almost a million of you joined SlashGear yesterday for our Apple event liveblog; now the whole thing is available to stream from Apple itself, complete with all the on-stage demonstrations.

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iBooks Author Hands-on

iBooks Author Hands-on

It's taken a special kind of ebook to make headlines over the past year or so: anyone can throw together a basic document, but a rarified breed of immersive, interactive app/ebook hybrids has also developed. Often seen targeting children or delivering iPad versions of print magazines, they've invariably taken big money and plenty of time. Now, with iBooks Author, it's simple enough for the layman. Check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

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iBooks Author is here

iBooks Author is here

Apple has only just finished announcing iBooks Author, its ultra-simple drag & drop interactive book creation tool, and already it's up for download. A 136MB OS X application, you can download iBooks Author through the Mac App Store [iTunes link] and be creating ebooks in minutes. Although Apple's focus today was on education, the scope for iBooks Author is a lot broader than just classroom and lecture hall tools.

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iBooks Author revealed, free to download

iBooks Author revealed, free to download

A brand new application was revealed this week at the Apple education event by the name of iBooks Author, this app brought on aside the iBooks 2 app update and the addition of interactive Textbooks to the fold. This event has played host to a set of updates to the iPad-based world of books, the iBooks Author app at the center of how you'll be making books yourself with your Mac desktop machine. Templates will be included and a simple interface will be in place so that anyone, no matter their background, can make a fully interactive book for use in the iBooks world.

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