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iBooks Author, PhoneGap, or Baker Framework? - That is the question

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We've developing an interactive picture book in iBooks Author that primarily uses iBA as the shell, with most of the content and interactivity done in the HTML widget. I'm using Hype (http://tumultco.com/hype) to create the HTML5 & CSS, and the book looks great ... in Safari on my Mac. The book works fairly welll in iBooks on the iPad, but there are glitches and some images break up during animation sequences. Reading through these forums and elsewhere, it appears that iBA is inconsistent in how well it handles HTML5 animations, transitions, and audio.

 

We're keeping images optimized (total iBA file will wind up being only about 25MB), re-using graphics when possible, and trying not to do too many things at once on the screen, but I'm starting to wonder if iBA is the best solution for publishing a picture book. Perhaps having a large HTML widget causes iBA to choke?

 

The point of all this is that I've been pondering other solutions: i.e., PhoneGap (http://phonegap.com/) and the Baker Framework (http://bakerframework.com/). These allow development in HTML and publishing on the iPad. PhoneGap and Baker Framework both use Apple's X-Code tool to create an application shell, which is then submitted through Apple's Developer Program (not iBooks' iTunes Producer / iTunes Connect method). Although these tools create "apps," some of the apps are being published as books in the iBooks store.

 

My inquiring mind wants to know:

 

== Anyone have any experiences, pro or con, with PhoneGap or the Baker Framework?

 

== Any caveats to know if using iBooks Author with HTML to publish a picture book?

 

== Does Apple decide if something submitted as an "app" is really a "book" and therefore gets sold via the iBooks store? Or, vice versa?

 

== Is there any way to submit an X-Code built app to the iBooks store without going through the Developer Program?

 

== Does Apple allow selling an app in the iTunes store and the iBooks store?

 

Just trying to pick your brains about the best, easiest, most appropriate route to get our picture book published successfully.

 

Thanks for reading this far... JP

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  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)

    ....PhoneGap or the Baker Framework?

    Haven't and wouldn't waste time w/PG. Both mean working with Xcode in the end. I prefer Baker FWIW.

    == Any caveats to know if using iBooks Author with HTML to publish a picture book?

    HTML would need to be stripped and reformatted/styled for use w/iBA. iBA is iPad distribution only, so you won't be reaching iPhone or touch owners.

    == Does Apple decide if something submitted as an "app" is really a "book" and therefore gets sold via the iBooks store? Or, vice versa?

     

    Apps are apps....books are books - two different programs. You decide which to take your chances with. I have 'books' in both.

    == Is there any way to submit an X-Code built app to the iBooks store without going through the Developer Program?

     

    Totally different programs. You can't submit an 'app' as a book unless you make it into a book and then you need to use either the free or paid books programs having nothing to do with a developer account.

    == Does Apple allow selling an app in the iTunes store and the iBooks store?

     

    Again, two different programs, registrations and processes. If you can make the same subject matter apply to, and work with/thru both, go for it with two efforts, but it won't be one thing in two stores.

     

    For me, you haven't really made it clear what you want to do in the end, so these responses are primarily cached in my guessing what that may be, exactly.

     

    Your skills, budget, timeline, resources and content-in-hand may well define only one option regardless...or none - who knows.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)

    There are books developed with Baker and other books in the iBooks store that are not developed with iBA - so how are they submitted? Is this still done through iTunes Producer? I had assumed that iTunes Producer was only for submitting iBA books.

    All books are submitted using iTunes Producer.

     

    epubs that work on both iPhone and iPad (w/iBooks) can come from working with Pages, inDesign, calibre, etc....any number of tools that generate a regulation epub. The book Yellow submarine is a good example here.

     

    iBA outputs a hybrid epub from Apple that only works on iPad with iBooks. Life On Earth is a good example here.

     

    You still haven't alluded to your skills, budget, timeline and content....let's hope you're working on a book and not just letting others write your blog

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