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soulhill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I've had about a dozen requests for a Mac version of my book in the week since it went live. I don't know how useful this might be for others, but it seems like it would be pretty easy for Apple to implement. I'll be making a feature request, but I'm curious if other people think this could be useful and expand the market a bit.

  • 1. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Apple have no intention of making iBooks available on the Mac or elsewhere (even though doing so would certainly be possible) because they see the book store as a major driver for sales of iPads. Remember, every school child is supposed to have one of those iPads in their bag, not a laptop or notebook computer.

     

    Michi.

  • 2. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,705 points)

    soulhill wrote:

     

    I'm curious if other people think this could be useful and expand the market a bit.

     

    Countless people have asked for an OS X version for iBooks for over 2 years now and Apple has never indicated any intention to create one.  On the other hand, there are free ereaders for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Googlebooks available for the Mac, so you could distribute your book via one of those sources if you want.

  • 3. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Use iBA's Share/Export (or print as) PDF option and send that out if it has to be available on a computer. It won't have any interaction, but it will be a basic way to review, read, etc.

     

    As always, feel free to use the 'Provide iBooks Author Feedback' menu item for features you'd like added in the future, etc.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ibooks-author.html

  • 4. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Tom Gewecke wrote:

    On the other hand, there are free ereaders for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Googlebooks available for the Mac, so you could distribute your book via one of those sources if you want.

    Yes, with the caveat that, as best as I've been able to find out, none of those can handle video. But, for simple ePub books with just text and images, there are viable alternatives, such as the ones you mentioned.

     

    Michi.

  • 5. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    soulhill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    K T wrote:

     

    Use iBA's Share/Export (or print as) PDF option and send that out if it has to be available on a computer. It won't have any interaction, but it will be a basic way to review, read, etc.

     

    I believe this is expressly forbidden by the terms of service,  is it not?

  • 6. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    soulhill wrote:

     

    I believe this is expressly forbidden by the terms of service,  is it not?

    No. The restrictions apply to the .ibooks output,but not to text or PDF generated from an IBA book.

     

    Michi.

  • 7. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    soulhill wrote:

     

    K T wrote:

     

    Use iBA's Share/Export (or print as) PDF option and send that out if it has to be available on a computer. It won't have any interaction, but it will be a basic way to review, read, etc.

     

    I believe this is expressly forbidden by the terms of service,  is it not?

    On the contrary, your contract says that you are free to deliver your content in other means.

    if the work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute it by any means;   

  • 8. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Moreover, if the book is not in .iBooks format, you can distribute it by any means and charge money for it. From the FAQ:

    If a fee is charged for the work and it is in the .ibooks format, the work may only be sold through the iBookstore. If the work is in a different format, such as PDF or ePub, this restriction does not apply.

    When the work is provided for free, it can be distributed through the iBookstore or by other means, including when the work is in the .ibooks format

    Michi.

  • 9. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

     

     

    I thought this was all old news by now, but I guess not...

  • 10. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    soulhill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    K T wrote:

     

     

     

    I thought this was all old news by now, but I guess not...

    Perhaps. But obviously not to me. It's too bad I can't find a simple way to export the interactive galleries. I have nearly a dozen with 24 images or more in them.

  • 11. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    I was referring to the original outcry of who owned what when iBA first arrived on the scene earlier in the year. It was soon made clear over that worked - your content is under your control.

     

    I don't think that topic is central to your issue, however.

     

    If the question is portability, the answer is... don't master in iBA.

  • 12. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    soulhill Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    K T wrote:

     

    I was referring to the original outcry of who owned what when iBA first arrived on the scene earlier in the year. It was soon made clear over that worked - your content is under your control.

     

    I don't think that topic is central to your issue, however.

     

    If the question is portability, the answer is... don't master in iBA.

    But, alas, I have. The PDF exports with the layout in tact, which is nice, but I'm not really sure what to do with it from there...

  • 13. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    PDF export is limited to what essentially amounts to screen shots. Anything in interactive elements, such as galleries, HTML5 widgets, video, sound, and so on, isn't exported with the PDF.

     

    If you want to use IBA to publish PDF, you will have to limit yourself to just text and images, or accept that some parts of the book are inaccessible in the PDF version.

     

    Michi.

  • 14. Re: Support for viewing on a Mac - useful?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    soulhill wrote:

     

    The PDF exports with the layout in tact, which is nice, but I'm not really sure what to do with it from there...

    It's useful for distribution as a platform-agnostic preview, content proof-reading, conceptual draft, idea bartering, brainstorming, translation reference, proof-of-concept, layout review, marketing material reference, and last, but not least, a desperation backup in case you need to mail a quick save to yourself just before the plane goes down.

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