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Apple updates iBooks Author with iBooks for OS X support

Apple has released an update to iBooks Author, its iBooks design, layout, and creation software for OS X. The iBooks Author 2.1 update addresses a number of stability issues and bug fixes, as well as adding support for the new iBooks app included in OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Now with the click of a butto...

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Consumer alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud: practical software choices

Yesterday, Adobe introduced Creative Cloud, an on-line subscription based suite with $49.99 monthly charges that moves into the Creative Suite subscription space first started back in 2011. Existing customers of CS 3 to CS 5.5 and academics will pay $29.99 per month. Both Adobe and Microsoft are ...

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New iBooks Author supports LaTeX and MathML

LaTeX is document markup system (similar to the popular Markdown) that's popular among high-level academia and mathematics authors. iBooks Author 2, which was released during Apple's big event, now supports the LaTeX protocol. It works through the MathML markup language, which a lot of educatio...

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iBook lessons: Mac clients and built-in updates

iBook Lessons is a continuing series about e-book writing and publishing. Since yesterday's announcement, I've been having a series of conversations -- in email, on the phone, on Twitter -- regarding iBooks, the iBookstore, and why iBooks for Mac remains missing in action. Many in the book wo...

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Apple releases iBooks 3, iBooks Author 2

Hours after announcing updates to iBooks and iBooks Author at Tuesday's iPad mini event, Apple has released iBooks 3 through the App Store and iBooks Author 2 through the Mac App Store. iBooks 3 changes include: The ability to see all iBookstore purchases in iCloud in iOS 6 Endless s...

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Daily Update for October 23, 2012

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requi...

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Apple updates iBooks Author with support for multitouch widgets, OTA book updates

Apple used its press event today to introduce a new version of iBooks Author. The latest version of the book authoring tool lets users embed custom fonts, insert mathematical equations into a book and add multitouch widgets. There's also over-the-air book updates and a handful of new templates ...

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Why Amazon's Whispercast matters

Apple's upcoming media event isn't scheduled until next week. I've already gone on record about my views about the so-called iPad mini's potential. I think with the mini, Apple has a big chance to push forward the education initiative the company introduced earlier this year. That's why Amazon'...

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Why the iPad mini? One word: Textbooks

I was at the dentist the other day, where I was talking to Laura-the-receptionist about tablets. "I'm sick of paying for rebinding [my kids' textbooks] every year," she told me. "My kid's teacher suggested we buy a tablet and purchase textbooks from Amazon instead of fixing them. Which tablet sho...

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iBook Lessons: Traditional publishers react to new trends

iBook Lessons is a continuing series about ebook writing and publishing. A year ago, traditional publishers seemed hopelessly left behind as a new world of instant-pub media emerged. Self-publishing, specifically via services and tools like those provided by Apple's iBookstore/iBooks Author and...

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iBook Lessons: Adding ASL support to iBooks

iBook Lessons is a continuing series about ebook writing and publishing. Bilingual books have existed for a long time. Bilingual ebooks have also shown a presence in online stores. Adding American Sign Language (ASL) editions to ebooks? That's a proposition that has been hard to accomplish alth...

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iBook Lessons: BookWidgets

iBook Lessons is a continuing series about ebook writing and publishing. Developer Niels V. has been hard at work developing customizable HTML5 widgets for iBooks Author integration. He and his partner started working on this project when iBooks Author first debuted this past January. Since the...

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iBook Lessons: Can an iBooks-only strategy work?

iBook Lessons is a continuing series about ebook writing and publishing. One question I keep encountering is this: "If iBooks Author is so great, can I make enough money selling only through Apple and only to iPad owners to stay in business?" The answer to that is that results will vary. Can ...

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iBook Lessons: Style sheets

One of the challenges Steve Sande and I face, when building our ebooks, is to present our manuscripts with reasonable typographic flair. That's harder than you might first think because readers can customize many ebook features, including fonts. In iBooks, they may choose sans-serif Seravek ove...

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Cleaning Mona Lisa: Bringing iBooks to a new standard

TUAW was treated to an advanced look at a new iBook from Tapity. "Cleaning Mona Lisa" offers all of thirty-odd pages of content. Of those, perhaps half are a gallery of pictures. Those numbers are deceiving however, as the application's video content, gorgeous imagery, and interactive widgets -...

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