iBooks Author

Developer: Apple

Current Version: 2.5

Last Updated: 11 months ago

Download Size: 404.7 MB - Download


Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPhone, iPad, and 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 iOS device or Mac at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBooks Store in a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple-designed templates
• Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
• Quickly customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
• Easily add a cover, video introduction, table of contents, copyright page, dedication, and foreword

Beautiful text and layouts
• Use a variety of text styles including custom fonts to give your book a rich yet consistent look
• Add text, shapes, charts, tables, and media anywhere on the page
• Import a chapter written in Pages or Microsoft Word and apply a great-looking layout from your current template
• Add sophisticated mathematical expressions with native equation editing using both LaTeX and MathML notation
• Add any word to the glossary with a single click and easily include photos, images, charts, tables, and shapes next to any definition
• Automatically create a portrait view of your landscape book, which allows readers to focus on the text

Multi-Touch widgets
• Choose from a variety of widgets that add Multi-Touch interactivity to your book
• Add a photo gallery, chapter review, movie, audio file, Keynote presentation, scrolling sidebar, dynamic pop-over, interactive image with callouts, 3D object, or custom HTML anywhere in your book
• Many widgets include placeholders for titles and captions and are automatically numbered so you can reference them in your main text
• Add accessibility descriptions to any widget so that it can be used by sight-impaired readers easily with VoiceOver

Export for iBooks Store or iTunes U
• Preview your book in iBooks on iPhone, iPad and on Mac to see how it looks and works
• Submit your book to the iBooks Store for sale or free download in a few simple steps
• Export your book in iBooks format to share on iTunes U or to give to others
• Export your book as a PDF file

• macOS 10.11 or later
• 2GB of RAM
• 1.2GB of available disk space
• Keynote 6.0 or later (required for importing presentations created in Keynote 6.0+)
• Pages 5.0 or later (required for importing documents created in Pages 5.0+)
• iBooks for iOS 4.3 or later (required for previewing on an iOS device)
• iBooks for Mac 1.3 or later (required for previewing on Mac)
• iTunes Producer 2.9 or later (required for book publishing)
• Network Connection (required for book publishing)


Release Notes:

• New templates for creating interactive ePub books
• Support for publishing to iBooks using an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
• Improved workflow when publishing books on behalf of multiple sellers
• Performance and stability improvements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.2
Review by BarrMed

The Best. - I am surprised why Apple does not promote this product, as it is an amazing resource and one of the best, most intuitive software programs I have ever used to create original creations (Adobe could learn from this with regard to an intutive interface and easy to use product). I feel like I can create without having to spend hours on tutorials, and this is the key to truly wonderful software that doesnt inhibit the creative flow or process (unlike Adobe, which has software engineers design products instead of creative professionals). The ONLY drawback (and it is a big one) is that there are no Windows programs that can run iBook Author creations and this limits the usefulness. I know the Mac is a better learning platform and this is an Apple product, but schools and businesses buy cheap these days and low end Windows computers are unfortunately the usual choice. iBooks Author simply great creative product (even Time Magazine agrees)!

Found helpful by 80 out of 83 people
Version 2.1.3
Review by Photics

Great Software, Bad Politics - While creating my latest book with iBook Author was enjoyable, as the software is powerful and fun to use, using the ibook format was detrimental to sales. After a mediocre start, I went two whole weeks without a single sale on the iBooks store. Apple says that an .ibooks file can only be sold through the iBooks store. This annoyed my potential customers without an iPad or a Mac. The created document wasn’t even compatibile with the iPhone. One person said they bought an iPad to read my book. But unfortunately, my book wasn’t available India – even though I checked all available regions. That’s a billion blocked customers right there. In general, the iBooks store is cluttered with books. I had trouble finding it listed in the new releases section – and I knew where to look for it. I have since given up on the iBook store and I started converting my book to a normal epub file. The iBook Author software is technically great. I was really impressed with what I could create with iBooks Author. Unfortunately, it’s the rules that ruin the software. To fix this, Apple should allow export to other platforms… like Kindle, PC, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Found helpful by 225 out of 257 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.5
Review by Yurkellis

Forgotten by developer - Such a great creative tool!!! Why errors? No sync with photos!

Found helpful by 9 out of 13 people
Version 2.5
Review by NaomiPage

Stunning - I’ve made quite a few books and things with this app and they look amazing. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t use templates as much because I know what I’m doing. I still have a few things to figure out, but I want to have a coffee shop someday and I’ve used this to make a barista training book, a barista trainer training book, and a couple recipie books. I’m very Impressed. Thank you iBooks Author!

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
Version 2.5
Review by coltnm

Who’s deciding on update specs - I am mostly repeating what two other users have already said but it bears repeating. For quite some time, iBooks Media Browser will not sync (work with at all) the Photos library or iTunes library. I find this amazing. It seems that Apple is simply providing updates to ensure iBooks (generally) works with the latest OS. Reminds me of the time Apple abandoned Aperture (and its customers). Also, the reviewer that questioned why iBooks does not have all the iCloud syncing abilities of so many other apps is spot on. iBooks feels like an app that is limping along simply to appease customers. Otherwise, if Apple is serious about iBooks, why not provide the necessary resources to provide a proper, fully functional update (including attention to UI improvements). I hope Apple provides the necessary reources to keep iBooks viable. Otherwise Apple, just tell us you no longer care, and drop the rouse.

Found helpful by 75 out of 77 people
Version 2.5
Review by Battery Monitor

Its great!!! But their is one problem. - It is a great program but it tales way to long to optimize a movie

Found helpful by 6 out of 9 people
Version 2.5
Review by Sixletterwordsplease?

crashes on every attempt to import any EPUB - Hangs then crashes whenever attempting to import/open *any* EPUB— simple or complex, small or large. The details simply doesn’t seem to matter. This is catastrophic for an application which purports to allow one to create and edit eBooks and EPUBs. (Note that the EPUBs do *not* have any type of DRM applied— these are public domain items from open source repositories and/or Project Gutenburg.) Can you imagine a word processor not being able to open and edit a small .TXT file? Metaphorically speaking, that is exactly the case here— iBooks Author cannot open/import EPUBs without crashing. I erased iBooks Author entirely from my system and downloaded a fresh copy in case my installation was damaged or defective. Unfortunatately, the freshly installed version is also unable to import EPUBs and hangs and then crashes on all attempts to do so. A newer version of iBooks Author is available which might address this issue. However, all attempts to download it caused the App Store program to hang indefinitely. I’ve been trying to download the update repeatedly for two consecutive days to no avail. I’ve given up on iBooks Author for now. Accordingly, I downloaded the free and open source eBook authoring and editing program, Sigil. Every one of the EPUBs that crashed iBooks Author loaded easily and quickly into Sigil with no issues whatsoever and I’ve been able to edit them without incident. Apple should take note that a free and open source program created by a small group of developers is kicking the snot out of the current version of iBooks Author. Apple’s halo has slipped badly here.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people