iBooks Author gets a competitor-Inkling Habitat

Apple reinvented the textbook with iBooks 2 but to create books publishers had to use iBooks Author.

iBooks author was a great mac app which was easy to use and really productive. Only a few days later iBooks Author has a competitor-Inkling Habitat.

Complete details about the Inkling Habitat are available here.

Publishers can also take part in the early adopters program to get early access to this software.

Here’s Apple’s much talked about clip from yesterday’s education event at NYC (video)

We are done and dusted with Apple’s education-centered event in NYC held several hours ago where they “reinvented textbooks” and the way students go about their studies, releasing three new apps in the process – “iBooks 2” and “iTunes U” for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and “iBooks Author” for the Mac. While there has been much talk about Apple’s endeavors at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, a fair share of the attention has been garnered by a heartwarming clip Apple played at the event. The video, embedded below for your viewing pleasure, shows how teachers and students are unhappy at the mess that is the United States education system and how Apple solves this problem by introducing iBooks 2 and iTunes U, making studying more easier, accessible and fun. Without a doubt, the video is truly worth the 7 minutes and 22 seconds of your precious time.

For more such videos check out Apple’s iBooks Page.

Apple confirms media event for Jan 19, wants to make an ‘education announcement’

As previously speculated, Apple was alleged to have been planning a low-key media event towards the end of this month, featuring no hardware news but instead focusing on its iBooks and other education-related stuff. Today, the Cupertino company has confirmed this by sending out invites to industry bigwigs, asking everyone to “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.” The evetn is scheduled for next Thursday, January 19, and will focus on, apart from iBooks, the regular textbooks students use and probably revolutionize the way everyone studies from now on. After all, that was one of Jobs’ long-hauled wish, right?

As previously speculated, the presser is said to involve Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

Via 9to5mac

Apple planning ‘low-key’ event this January-end, will turn Jobs’ dream into reality?

Several sources have confirmed that Apple is planning a ‘low-key’ event later this month, though the general consensus is that the event wouldn’t accommodate any kind of hardware or news related to any kind of hardware.

According to a source close to TechCrunch, the event, contrary to people’s expectations, will not shed light on Apple’s preparation of the iPad 3 or a redesigned Apple TV, but instead will focus on media and publishing, generally focusing on Apple’s eBook publishing platform, iBooks.

According to the source the event will not involve any hardware and instead will focus on publishing and eBooks (sold through Apple’s iBooks platform) rather than iAds. Attendance [will] also be more publishing industry-oriented than consumer.

The event will unveil improvements to the iBooks platform according to the same source, and is not “major.”

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs always had a dream (as noted in an interview with biographer Walter Isaacson) of reinventing the textbook. His vision and dreams were made known to the public after his tragic death and it is only fitting that Apple is taking the initiative to achieve what Jobs couldn’t. More fitting is that the event will be handled by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, whose responsibilities range from the App Store, iTunes Store, iAd, iCloud, and iBooks.

Via  TechCrunch

Apple updates iBooks to version 1.5, brings in major changes

Apple has updated its iBooks application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to version 1.5, bringing along a host of changes in the app including a new nighttime reading theme for a better digital reading experience in the dark, a full-screen option to focus on content and remove the tool bar, page numbers, and other distractions, new “beautiful covers” for classic titles, popup footnote support, and an improved annotation system.

Apart from these cool new additions, the update also features some performance and stability enhancements.

iBooks 1.5 adds the following new features as well as some stability and performance improvements:

• Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
• Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
• iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
• Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
• Support for pop-up footnotes, included in select iBookstore titles.
• A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.

Apple releases new iPad 2 commercial “Learn” (video)

Apple has released a new TV commercial for iPad 2 titled “Learn” which focuses on Apple’s long-time cause of iPad for education. The new ad is a continuation of Apple’s most recent iPad advertisements which focus on education, and also has the same narrator on board. The ad showcases a user reading in their iBooks app, an astronomy application, a chess application, a language learning application, etc. Video below:

Apple updates iBooks to v1.2, improves your reading experience

Apple has updated it’s iBooks application to version 1.2.

What’s New in Version 1.2

  • Experience fully illustrated books, from children’s picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
  • Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
  • Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
  • iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

You can update your iBooks to v1.2 via iTunes

iWork Update lets you convert directly to iBook Format

The new iWork Update 4 has added one of the most necessary feature for all book editors i.e ePub Format. This ePub Format is used by Apple iBooks so if you are an author and want to publish your books to the iBooks store you will need to convert it to this format. Earlier people used to spend around $20-$25 to buy a converter. Now you can save that money.
iWork now lets you convert directly to iBook Format.
Also want a full guide for publishing a book to iBooks click here.

Released: iTunes 9.2.1 and iBooks 1.1.1 (bug fixes and improvements galore)

Apple seems to be on fire today. They just released iTunes 9.2.1 and iBooks 1.1.1 few hours ago. Both the apps have undergone major changes.

iTunes 9.2.1

Whereas you can download the iTunes update from Apple’s website, it is not yet available as a Software Update application worldwide (but we can expect that sooner).


Bug Fixes:

iBooks 1.1.1

Apple has released iBooks 1.1.1 as a Universal Update few hours back with multiple media improvements, like, experiencing books with audio and visual capabilities, viewing photos, advanced word-search, etc. The most notable performance enhancement has been in the PDF reader.

Download from iTunes


With new iPhone comes new iTunes: Version 9.2 released with iOS4 Support

After all the drama that unfolded on Day One of the iPhone 4 pre-orders, Apple, who apologized for the chaos, have acted smartly with a new version release of iTunes – version 9.2. This new version will support iOS4 and take the attention away from all the mishaps caused by Apple and its partners which resulted in a temporary suspension of further pre-orders for iPhone 4 and left many fans stranded. And yeah, iTunes 9.2 is the only way you can sync if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to pre-order your iPhone 4 on time (you’ll anyway want it if you’re using iOS4 on any iPhone).

Official Apple Press Release

iTunes 9.2 comes with several new features and improvements, including:

• Sync with iPhone 4 to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on-the-go

• Sync and read books with iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 and iBooks 1.1

• Organize and sync PDF documents as books. Read PDFs with iBooks 1.1 on iPad and any iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4

• Organize your apps on your iOS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes

• Faster back-ups while syncing an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4

• Album artwork improvements make artwork appear more quickly when exploring your library

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

So upgrade to the latest version of iTunes as iOS4 will release on June 21st and the iPhone 4 will reach your hands on June 24th (which reportedly Apple has delayed to a 2nd July release).