Comic Writer Tries Out iBooks Author

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new iBooks Author application enables users to make interactive iBooks on their Mac. Apple says the software allows authors to make "stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad." Richard Stevens, author of the Diesel Sweeties webcomic, has expanded that list of possibilities to include comic strips.


    Diesel Sweeties author Robert Stevens writes of the project:
    Stevens is offering the iBook free via download from his website, not via the iBookstore, but it is fairly simple to acquire the book:

    - Click the book link while using Mobile Safari on your iPad.
    - Download to your desktop machine and email it to yourself to open in iBooks.
    - Toss it in your Dropbox and open it in iBooks from there.
    - Add it to your iTunes library and sync the book to your iPad

    The author says he is considering how to combine his twelve years of comics into one huge collection, and appears to be interested in iBooks Author as a potential production device for his ongoing comic collections as well.

    The Waking Up With the Diesel Sweeties iBook is available from the Diesel Sweeties website. [Direct Link]

    iBooks Author is available free in the Mac App Store. [App Store]

    Article Link: Comic Writer Tries Out iBooks Author
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    This is a nice idea, I've actually been working on something similar... :)
  3. macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    Isn't it free to offer books on the iBookstore? I wonder why he didn't have it listed?
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Yes, but you need to buy an ISBN from somewhere, as Apple will only accept titles with one. Single ISBNs are only around $100, but still too much for offering something for free. (They are much cheaper in bulk, but if you don't need them…)
  5. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yes (with the ISBN caveat) but you don't have to use the store. Those that have no intentions, at least at the moment, of involving Amazon etc are likely to want to bother with the ISBN. If he decides to later charge or he's going to go to other stores that also have that requirement then he might. but at the moment the free book could be a way to draw folks to his site which is likely monetized via adsense etc. so it's a win (but not for Apple)
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2012
    No need to sync and stuff.

    No need to sync and stuff. Just download the iBook from mobile Safari to your iPad. You will be asked to open it in iBooks (v2) right away.
  7. macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2003
    Boston, MA
    grey linen screen of death

    Completely kills iBooks on my iPad 1 - just get a grey linen screen with no tap targets. Force closing the app doesn't seem to help.

    Not saying this is widespread at all, but anyone with ideas?
  8. macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2011
    Apple would never have allowed this in the store, even for free. Apologies to the author, but I would have been embarrassed to have this link posted...
  9. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2009
    And you say that why?
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Like the comic, but I don't really see much that convinces me this couldn't have been done with a PDF.
  11. macrumors newbie


    May 14, 2003
    Link has 509'd his dropbox URL (heavy traffic has temporarily disabled public links). Anyone have a mirror?
  12. macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    I was curios how publishing worked now i have the answer, but one question will the book auto update even if it is not published in the iBook store? like if i want to make a book just to distribute to my piers can i somehow give it to them for free and say i add some things will it update on their books as well?
  13. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000

  14. macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2011
    I spent a few hours porting a book from InDesign (previously distributed by pdf) to iBA. The book-like presentation is a bit nicer than a PDF. My book hasn't been published yet, but the thing I'll be most interested in is to see if the downloading is quicker. This heavily illustrated book is a large PDF and takes forever to download.

    If someone doesn't already own one, they no longer have to spend hundreds of dollars for software like Quark or InDesign. While iBA does have a few annoying ways of doing things, it is a full featured - and free - page-layout software.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    I went to go make an iBooks account and it tell me that i have to use a different account because mine is already developing apps. Does that mean i need 2 separate counts or is it just telling me i basically have an account already?
  16. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Caloocan City, Philippines
    You need a second account.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    My first generation iPad did exactly the same thing with the free "Life on Earth" iBook. However, after a forced quit of the iBook app via the task bar it opened without problems (I guess that didn't work for you).

    As for the iBook experience (i.e. a Multi-Touch iBook), I found the interface a little slow on my iPad. It's usable but I'd expect that you'd need an iPad 2 to make it anything near to a fluid experience (or anything like the demo videos). In fact, I suspect that the iBook 2.0 experience is really designed for the iPad 3 given that that device will probably have a higher resolution screen which will make it a much better digital reader.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Caloocan City, Philippines
    You might have luck by downloading another file that can be opened in iBooks, such as a PDF or ePub, and choosing 'Open in iBooks'... If it opens, then you should be able to exit to the shelf and delete the offending file. I've occasionally had to do this in some apps that would try to automatically play a corrupted video and get stuck.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    New Jersey
    You can get it to show the cover like that? I thought it took you right into the book when you opened it. Or did MR just snap a screenshot really quickly?
  20. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Problem with the way the book is currently formatted is that there's no way to really zom in to the pictures. You can zoom momentarily by spreading with two fingers, but it springs back to regular size when ou let go. I want it to work like the free Beatles Yellow Submarine iBook, where you can zoom in on the pages and they stay zoomed in.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I'm an Austronaut
    Dear Diesel Sweeties author,
    please return my 30 seconds back.

    (seriously, a pdf would had been much better. content is lame)


    Not even for free, I agree.
  23. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Does anyone know exactly how Apple is going to vette books?

    I can easily see hundreds of thousands of free "books" being uploaded by families or kids.

    Pretty much like how the App Store is full of junk; only much worse.

    Heck, I and my 9 year old already create little pay-to-print books online. We'd love to post free books for our family members with iPads to look at.


    Or is their store ONLY for text books?

    If Apple is smart, they'll set up a different library "store" just for people sharing creating personal books.
  24. macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2003
    Me too, but a reboot fixed that, and once had to quit iBooks.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    iBook Author

    Tech republic posted an article about IBook Author. The EULA stats that using this program you are required to sell your book only through Apple and they get a cut. Watch out!

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