iBooks Author Resources (You’ll Want to Bookmark These)

Happy New Year to you, authors!

As 2013 kicks off, we want to make sure you have everything you need to make this year the year you publish. Some incredible things are going to happen this year in the world of digital publishing and we’ve got some goodies in store for you that are going to knock your socks off. While we can’t spill the beans just yet, we’ll keep you updated on the blog and newsletter (go sign up here if you haven’t yet)!

In the meantime, we’ve got a list of helpful iBooks Author resources just for you from around the web. Check them out below:

You can download the free iBooks Author Application here.

Beginner and User Guides

O’Reilly Media has a fantastic 110 page free guide to help you get up and writing with iBooks Author.

John Seely writes about the pro’s and con’s of iBooks Author and why he eventually decided to publish using it.

Peter Papas has a great iBooks Author Scoop.it feed here.

Arstechnica reviews iBooks Author and the whole iBook publishing experience.

Avoid the #1 eBook Killer (and learn how to write, publish, and market your eBook) with this free guide.

How-To Tutorials and Videos

iBookCreatives wrote a great tutorial on how to use a powerpoint presentation in iBooks Author and another one on useful keyboard shortcuts for authors.

Great back to basics video on importing a word document into iBooks Author.

Here’s a blog post detailing how you can add a full screen image to your book.

How do you include a Prezi into your iBooks Author eBook? Check it out here.

Worried about the 2GB file size limit? Maybe you should check out this tutorial on compressing your images.

The Department of Journalism over at Emerson College has about 40 free video tutorials to cover everything from beginner to advanced iBooks Author tactics.

This tutorial shows you how to add audio in iBooks Author

Cool 3rd Party Applications

Using Tumult Hype, you can create beautiful custom HTML5 widgets for your book (no coding required).

Looking for more iBooks Author widgets? Check out Class Widgets.

Want a better design? Check out premium templates by iBooks Author Templates.

Publishing in the iBookstore (or elsewhere)

Dave Ursillo writes an interesting blog post on everything he learned his first time self publishing. The Guardian continues the cheer with a blog post about why it pays to self-publsih.

Have you heard there might be some controversy about Apple’s Terms and Conditions. The L.A. Times clears it up in this article.

Want to quickly compare Kindle, iPad, and the Nook? Check out this platform comparison sheet.

$30,000 in eBook sales after two months and the author reveals it all here.

Marketing Your Book

Ever wonder what the most popular hashtags for authors are on Twitter? Or what the best time to post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc?

A great post about How Nathan Barry and I Sold $39k Worth of eBooks

Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist trying to get your work noticed? Here’s some interesting ideas on how you can use iBooks for your photography business.

Design is marketing according to Neil Patel of QuickSprout. And he’s got the traffic to prove it. We think so too.

Need to market but don’t have the budget? Here are some budget friendly tactics that actually work.

Want great reviews for your book? Here are some tips on how to ask nicely.

How to build links through guest blogging.

Industry Experts

Alex Lindsay writes a brilliant post on why he thinks iBooks Author changes everything. TechCrunch weighs in with their article on why every entrepreneur should self-publish.

Tim Ferriss writes a detailed piece on How Authors Really Make Money(and Death of Traditional Publishing). He’s also got another great article: How Does a Bestseller Happen? A Case Study in Hitting #1 on the New York Times. Oh, and one about the most common mistakes first-time novelists make.

Which Authors Benefit the Most from Self-Publishing? PRWeb interviews Pete Nikolai to shed some light here.

Here’s another great on on the 11 Keys to Self-Publishing Success.

‘I can make 3-times as much money selling my own work’: Children’s author GP Taylor on why he’s decided to self-publish.

Author Penelope Trunk leaves her publisher to Self-Publish. Here’s why.


“Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them.” via@paulg http://bit.ly/1539X

“Social reading is reading that recognizes that you’re not just a consumer, you’re a user.” http://bit.ly/I0LX62

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Ready or not, the world of books is going digital.” Gordon Kessler

“Image is everything: People are visual creatures, & tend to accept what they see at first glance: From book covers to websites” via@huffpost

“Self-published books are the new business card.” –@penelopetrunk

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  1. Davide Barranca January 16, 2013

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