Courtesy of next web:
Apple has announced a new feature for Mac owners that want to be able to get their books on the iPad, introducing iBook Author, a tool that will allow authors to create interactive works for publishing on Apple’s new iBooks 2 platform.
With the new app, users will be able to choose from a template to create their books, much like the wizard in Microsoft Word, allowing them to drag and drop elements into the page and position them with ease.
The application supports interactive glossaries and also provides a slick iPad preview feature, which can show what the book will look like on Apple’s tablet device without having to publish it or port it across.
“In like 5 minutes flat, we created an e-book and deployed it to the iPad. I hope you find that as inspiring and empowering as I do.
So now you’ve seen, anyone can create interactive books. You can start with customizable templates, you can create multitouch widgets, you can extend that experience.”
The app will be made available today, free on the Mac App Store.