From Ebook Friendly:
On January 19th Apple announced the new publishing tools, getting as usual a huge media coverage. The common description was “reinventing the textbook for the iPad”.
An important part of the new ecosystem was a free authoring app for Mac computers – iBooks Author. Many people got excited with it, and immediately downloaded the app to play with it.
It’s two months after the announcement and it’s good to check what this reinventing means – both when it comes to interactive books published by top K-12 publishers, and self-published authors.
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When we count all books created with iBooks Author, not only the ones deserving to be placed in the Textbooks category, things look essentially better.
To read an interactive book you’ve got to have iPad with iBooks 2 installed. The copy associating each such book is “This book can only be viewed using iBooks 2 on an iPad”.
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This is big: up to 2,390 books created with iBooks Author were published in the iBookstore within two months! And we all know how restrictive Apple is about publishing content created with this authoring application.
To compare: there are 710 ebooks with audio/video in Kindle Store. It’s only 200 more than in September.
Link to the rest at Ebook Friendly