As well as providing a simple and effective route into publishing an ebook, iBooks Author has a number of tricks up its sleeve to make your titles truly stand out. One such trick is its Review widget, available from the Widgets menu. This offers publishers the chance to include tests within the pages of their book to help readers learn or recap topics covered. While these tests are mainly useful for textbooks and other educational materials, the question styles provide a number of possibilities, and are easy to implement.
The Kindle, and later the iPad, have sparked a huge interest in e-books, but most merely replicate what we’re used to on the printed page. Well, that's not good enough for our former vice president. Al Gore has worked with Push Pop Press to produce something different: a digital version of his book Our Choice that takes advantage of the unique technologies offered by Apple’s iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
It is hard to believe that in just under a year ago, Apple introduced the iPad and persuaded many to change their views of mobile computing. The iBook Store was launched a few months later, and changed people's perception of e-books, but when Steve Jobs said Apple planned to "Stand on [Amazon's] shoulders and go a little further," he may have been mumbling more than just some marketing terms.
There can only be one... or in this case, two, if you're talking about the current state of the e-book reader market. The always insightful Ars Technica has posted an interesting read on the state of the e-book reader. The broad strokes? The iPad and the Kindle bring da noise like no one else for the time being.
Sure, we all swooned with delight when Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed us how we’ll be reading books on our iPad in the future, courtesy of the new iBooks app. But what if you want to load up your new device with e-books that aren’t from Apple’s own iBookstore?
Seemingly contradicting recent reports that iBookstore pricing on the iPad will fall between $12.99 and $14.99 for new releases, The New York Times has a new report which indicates the $9.99 price point may not be dead after all.
As we all look forward to going to sleep tonight with visions of Apple tablets running through our heads, there’s a rumor floating around that Cupertino may be joining hands with bookseller Barnes & Noble to bring e-books to the device.