iBook Development

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by AQ_OC, Apr 8, 2012.

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    I would like to develop some content for iBooks targeted for use on the iPad.

    Anyone doing this? I understand you need iAuthor and to run that you need some kind of Mac PC. I'm a strong Wintel guy and have nothing beyond iDevices on the Apple side.

    What is the minimum hardware I need to run iAuthor and write for iBooks?

    Mac Mini? 4GB, i3?

    I really would not like to spend a lot for this as I really don't need another PC (laptops included).

    Thanks.
     
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    Seem as if I like to ask question for which no one has opinions? I can't be the only one here thinking of creating content for iPad.
     
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    iBook Author needs MacOSX Lion. Snow Leopard isn´t supported.

    MacMini with MacOSX Lion is all what you need.
    I have a 2009 MacMini with 2GB RAM and a nvidia9400 graphic. To use Lion i suggest to upgrade to 4GB RAM.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    iBooks Author is nice enough, but it is not necessary (or necesarily the Best way) to make a book for iBooks.

    iBooks supports standar ePub books. Just about any tool that will let you create an ePub is going to work. Off course a good tool that specifically says it optimizes for iBooks would be best. No, sorry, I don't know what tools those would be.

    iBooks Author extends the ePub stanard in a way that makes the book compatible only with iBooks. As a trade off you get the ability to add some extras not possible in a standard ePub. Because it was intended for the creation of text books, it is best suited for creating highly structured books with multimedia content. If you are looking at creating a novel or other other conventional ebook, iBook Author can actually get in the way.

    That is about all the advice I can add. I've played a bit with iBook Author, but not with any other tool.
     
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    Thanks. I do want to include multimedia elements so it sound as if iBooks Author is exactly what I need. I just wish it were available on windows. Oh well.
     
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    There is the ability to add limited multimedia content to a standard ePub. Nothing too fancy, but video and audio are possible. There are at least a couple of books in the store that do this.

    I still can't recommend any tools. Sorry.

    To get an idea of what iBooks Author will do, and how the book will be organized go to the new Text Book category and download one of the free books. They are big, really big, so it will take a while.
     
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    O'Reilly just published a new book on how to use iBooks Author. It called Publishing with iBooks Author, and it is free in the iBooks Store.

    That will do more to answer your questions about the tool than I can.
     
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    Thank you, kind sir!
     
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    You're welcome.
     

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