Woke up, downloaded iBook Author from Apple Mac App Store, actually woke up, wow!
This tool makes it very easy for content developers to create eBooks for iPads (and only for iPads), with no coding or tricks required to make Front Covers, Contents Pages, Chapters, Interactive Diagrams, Embedded Audio/Video, and what is very useful in a TextBook scenario, Self-Check Quiz questions, to help readers check/reinforce their understanding.
There are a variety of Self-Check objects that can be added to your book, called ‘Review’ in the selection of Widgets. A ‘Review’ can be added to any part of a book, made almost any shape and size and even be created as a full screen Widget.
iBook Author: Review Question Types:
- Multi Choice (text with optional side image block)
- Multi Choice (images as ‘choices’)
- Drag Label (drag to image, define dropzone)
- Drag Thumbnail (drag images to bigger images with dropzones)
Does it store user results? No.
Custom made HTML Widget plugins will no doubt be made for iBook Author-ware that could save and send results.
Exporting your eBook
Once you have something finished, which will take you longer than you might think, because as beautiful as this application is to use, it won’t write your content for you. The exporting options will disapoint anybody who has already started the eBook authoring journey, as the emerging universal eBook format ePub is not supported. So in the limited context of making great books for iPads, iBook Author gets *5* stars.
iBook Author: Export Formats:
- iBooks (like an incompatible ePub)
- PDF (useful for class handouts)
- TXT file