Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and even Apple’s iBooks have been working on moving us away from reading physical books and toward embracing the digital revolution. But until now, there was very little to convince us just how good an idea this could be, since digital books look very much like their real-world counterparts, right down to the page-turning effect.
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.
Steve Jobs may be gone, but he lives on in the hearts and minds of Apple fans everywhere. Nowhere was that more obvious than at the Apple retail store in the co-founder’s hometown of Palo Alto, where thousands of sticky note tributes were posted by passers-by -- and now we can all own some of those memories in a new non-profit book called iiii n4S.
Originally scheduled for release in early 2012 and first bumped up to November, former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs is now in stores -- and if you happened to preorder it as a Kindle title via Amazon, you might have gotten it a little early, too.
As the calendar moves from summer to fall, many of our thoughts turn to OfficeMax and their free, now-legendary ElfYourself service -- we’ve all been sent one (or more!) by a friend or family member, right? Now the creators of that clever holiday fun have turned their focus to the App Store with a free iPad only app called JibJab Jr. Books.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. It's only the latter part of July, and the last thing you probably want to be thinking about is school being back in session. However, it'll be here before you know it, and one way you can be prepared is by looking into renting e-books, or rather e-textbooks. Heck, you might even save some money along the way!
A hectic schedule doesn’t mean your brain has to go hungry -- just let your ears do the reading during your next commute. Audible (audible.com) offers downloadable audiobooks, comedy, and news programs, periodicals, and more for sale individually or in subscriptions starting at $14.95 a month. If you’re on a tight budget, check your local public library’s website. Many libraries now loan downloadable audiobooks playable on your Mac or iOS device.
After making their mark with unique iOS apps using characters licensed from Dreamworks animated feature films, the folks at iStoryTime have teamed with publishing house Esslinger to offer two new “Flip Flap” books which help children learn their ABC’s while having fun doing it.
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.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is heading to theatres on May 26 starring the voices of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, but parents don’t have to wait until then to entertain their kids with a sneak preview of the sequel thanks to iStoryTime’s latest iOS app.