iBooks Author: Boring Layouts

Dave Girard’s article spoke about the frustrations I have been having with iBooks Author as I start playing around with it. One of the first things he notices about the program is that it is really geared towards textbooks with its templates. There is no blank template and it takes a lot of work to change the original templates into something that doesn’t scream “boring school books.” I also don’t like how you have to have a table of contents. Girard makes this observation and I had already noticed it. I’m doing a choose your own adventure book so I can’t have a table of contents.

iBooks Author...good or bad?

I can’t decide if this article scared me, or if it made me feel better. I defiantly like that it is easy to use. The whole concept of creating an iBook from start to finish is very daunting, but iBooks Author makes it a much more approachable concept. I feel like was designed for people who might not be so good at other programs like InDesign. I was excited to read about the widgets which will help make my book more interactive which is one of my main goals. The question and answer widget also seemed very interesting.

iBook Simplicity

There are so many possibilities that ibooks author has made a reality. I absolutely love ibooks author for its simplicity and ease of use. I will be the first to admit that I know little about computers and even less about Adobe InDesign. I do not like it at all. I find it unnatural and very deceiving. iBooks Author seems to me like a Microsoft Powerpoint for publishing books. It is just as easy and has some of the same features such as premade templates, chart creation, tables, etc... For a free apple app I believe iBooks Author to be awesome and super easy.


The Ars Technica article on iBooks Author gave me a sense of some of the potential features I may utilize in my individual project; in particular, I was glad to read about the support for "widgets," which will be key for providing the interactivity I want for my mystery book.

individual Project Log 5: Refining the Prototype and Creating More Assets

Here's what I did:

Gathered the creative commons music for the videos
Created 3 HTML5 widgets
Revised the book template
Created 3 versions of a Chapter 1 prototype
Ironed out most of the kinks in the template formatting

Here's what I need to do:
Iron out the kinks in my HTML5 widgets
Record the audio recordings
Create 5 additional HTML5 widgets
Create 3-5 Camtasia videos

iBooks Author Simple and Frustrating

iBooks author has some great features. 1) The interface is fairly easy to use. It looks similar to PowerPoint and employs mainly drag-n-drop for inserting media. Some of the automatic features like locking images and snaplines are surprisingly intuitive. 2) I like the formatting options available for images and shapes. Being able to change the opacity and layering is a nice option. 3) You can make a really nice looking book in a really short amount of time, no coding needed. (Although, sometimes the formatting doesn't translate as well as you think it will. . . .)


I wished we'd read the "Apple's iBooks Author: The iTunes of Self-Publishing Apps?" article much earlier in the semester because finally(!) I understand what we're doing in this class. Perhaps it was my lack of listening skills or my lack of technological savvy that prevented me from comprehending what we were doing up 'til now. By the number of questions I ask (about everything, not just what's going on in class), I'd say it's probable that I need fuller explanations than most, so maybe we can leave the explanation with that.

Hooked on iBooks?

Even with the corporate limitations of iBooks Author, the free program allows users to create their own publications to be viewed on their iPads. On a small scale it allows for individuals to share their photographs, portfolios, stories, and anything else in digital format with other individuals. But on a larger scale it allows individuals to digitally publish and share their work with a larger body of people. They can potentially profit from their work. Outside of the accessibility, iBooks Author lets the user to customize their presentation to whatever level they want.

It's FREE?!

In order to move beyond the beloved print and get over the oversize speed bump that stands int eh way of literature innovation, we might need to make it a fad. While I see many older citizens reading eReaders in coffee shops, libraries, public transportation, etc., the younger generation staggers behind wondering why on earth our grandmothers and tapping, and we're still making dog ears.

iBooks Author has its limitations

Girard does a fairly decent job of reviewing the iBooks author application, but there were a few things that he neglected to mention. I was glad to see that he mentioned the slow nature of Apple's review process for newly produced ibooks and this has been an often mentioned downside to the ibooks creation experience. I wonder what that review process consists of? I can only imagine that Apple gets bombarded with hundreds of new books to review every day, and this makes me think that this process will remain a slow one for quite some time.