Apple’s iBooks Author app isn’t just about making your ebook look better. The layout, font and organizational tools are very useful when it comes to making an impressive ePUB title, but they pale in comparison to the options made available from the Widgets menu. This integral part of the iBooks Author platform offers a number of solutions to make your iBook unique and display information and media in new and exciting ways.
When Steve Jobs talked up iBooks earlier this year, it sounded like it had the potential to put reigning e-book champions such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon on the ropes.
However, after six months of offering up downloadable text content to capable iOS devices, it appears that the once seemingly mighty contender hasn't been able to do much more than land a few rabbit punches. Despite the iPad's rabid popularity, neither major publishers, nor the book buying public have embraced iBooks.
After more than half a year online, Apple's iBook Store is still only offering up approximately 60,000 titles. When held up against the 700,000 titles offered by Amazon for their Kindle reader software and hardware solutions, Cupertino's library looks pretty weak. Did we mention that about half of the titles available as iBooks are also available from Project Gutenberg? C'mon Steve, this is embarrassing.
With Apple's iAd venture off to a bumpy start, and iBook sales moving along slower than expected in the face of the Kindle's enormous popularity, Apple is considering a move that will either be embraced by publishers and consumers, or despised. According to The Wall Street Journal and CNET, Apple is seriously considering the insertion of iAds into the content available to consumers through the iBook Store. You read that right--the eBooks you paid good money for could soon come with advertising material as part of the package.
Are you a budding author? The next Stephen King? Or an author currently looking to cut out the middle man as you rollout your own books? It looks like your time has come Apple has released information on self-publishing for the iBookstore!