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July 9, 2012

Take Control of iBooks Author--New from TidBITS: New ebook helps Mac users plan, produce, and publish their own Multi-Touch book for the iPad using Apple's free iBooks Author software.

Take Control of iBooks Author

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Ithaca, NY—TidBITS Publishing Inc. is pleased to announce Take Control of iBooks Author ($15.00 USD), a 150-page ebook that has all the advice and directions that Mac users need to plan, produce, and publish a Multi-Touch book for the iPad with Apple's free iBooks Author application.

Written by digital-textbook pioneer Michael E. Cohen, this ebook explains how to plan a Multi-Touch book project to fit the capabilities and assumptions made by iBooks Author. Cohen provides detailed step-by-step instructions for producing an ebook by customizing the many available layouts and arranging text and media. Finally, he discusses how to publish an ebook, whether for distribution on Apple's iBookstore or through some other means.

iBooks Author enables Mac users to create Multi-Touch books for the iPad. These ebooks boast visually impressive, template-driven layouts that can contain many types of media such as audio and video, slideshows and interactive illustrations, rotating 3D images, quizzes, and more. Although iBooks Author is especially made for creating textbooks, it can be used for wide variety of publication types, including catalogs, journals, and brochures.

The $15 Take Control of iBooks Author is available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi formats so it can be viewed on any computer or ebook reading device. A free companion ebook, Take Control of Getting Ready for iBooks Author, is available as a Multi-Touch book and can be read only on the iPad. Take Control of Getting Ready for iBooks Author contains about 40 pages of content from Take Control of iBooks Author, and its media examples are fully operational—you can play a video file, view an image gallery, tap an interactive illustration, take a visual quiz, and more. Download it here:
http://tid.bl.it/tco-getting-ready-for-ibooks-author

Readers of Take Control of iBooks Author will learn how to:

  • Design content that will fit comfortably in an iBooks Author template.
  • Decide whether to write in iBooks Author or elsewhere.
  • Add media, including audio, video, slideshows, charts and tables, interactive graphics, 3D rotating graphics (COLLADA), and more.
  • Pick an iBooks Author template and customize it.
  • Add new chapters, sections, and pages.
  • Control the flow of text in a layout.
  • Create and configure study questions.
  • Add an interactive glossary and index, and understand how they interact.
  • Generate a table of contents that works with your content.
  • Make internal hyperlinks and external links to the Web.
  • Export an ebook as a basic PDF or text file.
  • Export an ebook as a Multi-Touch book.
  • Do the digital paperwork necessary to work with Apple's iBookstore.
  • Upload a completed project to the iBookstore.

For a review copy or more information please email takecontrolpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781615424030.do

Take Control of iBooks Author Take Control of iBooks Author
Publisher: TidBITS
By Michael E Cohen
Ebook ISBN: 9781615424030  
Pages: 150
Ebook Price: $15.00  
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1-800-998-9938
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About TidBITS
The Take Control series is published by TidBITS Publishing Inc. TidBITS co-founders Adam and Tonya Engst have been publishing highly regarded news and editorial since 1990 when they created the online newsletter TidBITS, which covers Macintosh and Internet-related topics. The Take Control series has helped many thousands of readers with high-quality, timely, real-world, cost-effective documentation since 2003.

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