8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2013 3:48 PM by Frank Lowney
GregM Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

Is it possible to have book content that appears only if the user is in a certain location?

 

(Can it be done via a widget?)

 

Thanks.


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 2nd-gen 13"
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Sounds like you should be looking to make an app

  • GregM Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Yeah, but then you lose all the cool functionality that iBooks gives you.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    iBA's functionality can be easily be replicated _and_ exceeded by an app, sorry.

  • GregM Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Easily? I've been an iPhone developer for five years (and a software developer for twenty before that), and I think it would take several months of work just to get to the point where iBooks Author gets me in an hour. (Embeddable media content, landscape/portrait orientation, navigation, user highlighting, etc. Not to mention the fact that iBooks Author will continue to get better, and it won't cost me a thing.)

     

    Though the iBook experience certainly can be replicated in an app, I don't think it's that easy.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    If you thought I said making an app is easy, you're reading a different thread.

     

     

    What do you want from me? Making an app assumes certain skills. No matter how easy iBA may be, that price of admisssion means you can't touch what an app can....witness location-aware as a feature.

  • GregM Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    >If you thought I said making an app is easy, you're reading a different thread.

     

    In your previous post you said: "iBA's functionality can be easily be replicated _and_ exceeded by an app". So you did say "easily".

     

     

    >What do you want from me?

     

    I just asked if location-awareness was possible in an iBook. (Since web pages can be location-aware, it doesn't strike me as impossible that an iBooks widget could be location-aware as well.)

     

    If it's not possible, then a simple "it's not possible" would be fine.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Thanks for confirming I didn't say it is easy to make an app.

  • Frank Lowney Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Location awareness in ePub has been amply demonstrated by Liza Daley (see: http://blog.threepress.org/2010/06/08/geo-aware-ebook-demo/).  As you'll note from downloading the source code, this is a relatively simple matter of applying well known web techniques. Unlike ePub, the innards of the *.ibooks format are not documented.  However, there are HTML Widgets and I think that might be the path of least resistance if what  you have in mind can be handled w/i the confines of a widget.