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Apple iBooks AuthorOverview

Apple iBooks Author helps you create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.

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.

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 new 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 iBookstore or iTunes U

  • Preview your book in iBooks on iPad to see how it looks and works
  • Submit your book to the iBookstore 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


  • Import ePub files
  • Import Adobe InDesign IDML files
  • Create customized books with new Blank templates
  • New hyperlink options: link to a location in another book, link from an image, and more
  • Improved transition support in Keynote widget
  • Enable auto-play for media widget, Keynote widget, and HTML widget
  • Readers can now interact with the HTML widget right on a book page

Apple iBooks AuthorTech Specs

File Size
412 MB
Operating Systems
Mac OS X
System Requirements
  • OS X 10.9 or later

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