At today’s education event in New York City, Apple unveiled a new tool to create iBooks. iBooks Author was rumored to be the “GarageBand of eBooks”, but the WYSIWYG editor makes it feel more like the now-defunct iWeb, allowing users to drag and drop elements on a page without ever having to touch code. iBook Author is free, and available to download now in the Mac App Store. A number of template files are available to get started, and content can be imported from Pages, Keynote, iMovie, and more. Multi-touch widgets can be used to add touch-friendly interaction to a book, and finished projects can be exported to iTunes U or submitted to the iBookstore for sale or free download.
Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.