When iBooks Author launched last year, most people were talking about textbooks and novels. In fact, that’s how Apple pitched it at it’s demo debut. But iBooks Author is capable of so much more…
Imagine a sales rep visiting a client and using the iPad to show off the company’s portfolio of products. Imagine a paper brochure being replaced by an interactive catalogue iBook complete with videos and interactive elements to really show off a company’s offerings. Imagine interactive employee handbooks or Ikea instruction manuals that someone will actually read them and understand what to do next.
The possibilities are endless.
Yesterday we received this awesome question from a customer and we’d thought we’d share the cool things he is trying to do with iBooks Author as a photographer and how you can do the same. Rish, from India, writes:
“I’m a wedding photographer from India and was thinking of making customised digital story books (iBooks) for my wedding clients (how awesome is that), and came across your website. So many beautiful templates. I’m looking to buy a few but I have a doubt. I’m fairly new to this iBook publishing and I don’t know if it’s possible to just create an iBook using a template and make it downloadable to clients on their iPads. Does it work that way? Or do I *have* to get it published on the store via Apple?”
What a cool idea! Here’s how he can do it:
1. First, create your book in iBooks Author.
2. Then, on the Apple menu bar, select “Share.” There, you will see two options: Send via email, and Export.
3. Within the “Send via email” option, there are three other options: iBooks Author for Mac, iBooks for iPad, and PDF. Depending on how you want to send the file, you can choose any of these. Whichever you choose, you will be brought to an email window. (Note: when sending the file for iBooks Author for Mac or iBooks for iPad will call for creating a significantly larger file than PDF).
4. Choose “Proceed.” The file will already be attached, and you’ll just need to enter your client or friend’s name, your subject, and a message if you wish. Send it off!
5. You can also choose to simply export the file on your computer, and then share it with a client by other means. Through this option, you can export the file as an iBooks file for the iPad, as a PDF, or as a text file. Simply choose whichever option you prefer, click next, choose where you’d like to save the file, and click export. It will export very quickly to wherever you save it. From there, you can transfer it to a friend’s computer with an external hard drive, flash drive, or by uploading it online. You could even share via a cloud service like Dropbox.
You are all set! Now you can share your portfolio or deliver your client’s photos in a completely new and engaging way. Are you taking advantage of the possibilities? Let us know in the comments below!