The past few days I’ve been trying to get my head around iBooks Author to see if I’d consider making e-versions of my photobooks to see if I could expand my book making understanding with this new media.
Disclaimer: the following sweeping statements are based on my own personal experience using iBooks Author for about four or five days and it’s likely that, if someone is reading this knows the app well, my experience won’t mirror yours.
I do believe I’ve found an application that I could genuinely say is welcome in the upper echelons of Illogical App Hell, up there with the likes of GE’s EchoPAC PC a terrible and buggy 4D ultrasound DICOM viewer.
It’s terrible but only because it appears to have it’s own eco system of control-concepts, at times breaking away from standards played out for years in apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and MS Office.
The main thing that annoys me to no end is the Table Of Contents (TOC). I wanted to add/remove items but I’m not allowed despite following the instructions to specify Paragraph Styles or remove default placeholder text, it doesn’t give a shit.
I’ve now got two TOC title pages, one for an ‘About the Author’ page and the other for the actual book(?)!
Anyway, silly rant aside it’s actually been great to see an interactive-ish version of my book ideas on the small screen, or big screen if your using your Mac. For this ‘Beasts’ iBook conversion I even re-edited my original books video tour an appended it to illustrate the iBooks origin.
Despite the less than stellar start I’ve not been beaten down, I’m sure I’ll give it another go and try to do it ‘correctly’ or rather how Apple thinks I should do it.
If you are interested in seeing the book yourself, download it from my DropBox Share.