iBooks 3.0 and iBooks Author 2.0 are both available
Just as Apple indicated during yesterdays iPad mini event, iBooks and iBooks Author have been updated. iBooks has been updated to version 3.0. The most notable new features include a new theme that provides endless scrolling, the ability to see all iBook purchases in iCloud and a new sharing feature that allows for sharing book excerpts to Facebook, Twitter, Messages and email.
iBooks 3.0 Features
• See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud—right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
• Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
• Receive free updates to purchased books—including new chapters, corrections, and other improvements
• Look up definitions for words in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese with iOS 6
• Share quotes or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail
iBooks Author is Apple’s software for creating iBooks for iPad. The free software is available only at the Mac App Store and requires a Mac to use. iBooks Author has been updated to version 2.0. Some of the key features added with the 2.0 update include the ability to create portrait only books, new pop-over widgets, scrolling sidebar and support for adding mathematical expressions.
iBooks Author 2.0 Features
• Create new gorgeous portrait-only books
• Embed custom fonts into books for complete control over text appearance
• Add even more interactivity with new Scrolling Sidebar and Pop-Over widgets
• Support for mathematical expressions with new native equation editing using both LaTeX and MathML notation
• Automatic optimization of media for iPad
• Improved support for embedded audio, including the ability to play an audio file by tapping an image
• Improved publishing workflow, including automatic sample book creation and pre-publish checking
• Additional Apple-designed templates
• Version numbering for books
• Enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro
• Performance improvements
• Usability improvements
The updated iBooks software along with the iPad mini are a couple of examples of Apple continuing to focus on education and at the same time compete with Amazon’s Kindle devices.