Topic for TONIGHT’s #storyappchat: iBooks Author

The January 19 announcement from Apple about iBooks2, iBooks Author and the future of educational publishing is a pretty big deal, no matter how you slice it. Apple intends to revolutionize textbooks and to make publishing and consuming educational materials easier for everyone.

But for those of us interested in creating electronic storybooks for kids, this represents both an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity, since Apple has created a free tool (called iBooks Author) for creating interactive electronic books with obvious advantages for both the author and the reader. A challenge, since Apple’s licensing agreement for iBooks Author raises several troubling questions for content creators. One of the biggest issues surrounding the use of iBooks Author is the ability to sell the content elsewhere. The language in Apple’s terms of use for iBooks Author is pretty clear about the fact that materials created with the tool and later sold for a profit can only be sold in the iBookstore, but what isn’t clear is: can the content be repurposed using other tools, and then sold elsewhere?

Have you downloaded iBooks Author? Do you have other questions about the use of the tool, or about Apple’s aggressive move into the textbook arena? Come by tonight (1/29/12) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and let’s discuss it! Just use the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter, and chat away!

One more note: David Fox of Electric Eggplant is happy to announce that their new Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind app is now live in the App Store–and he will be giving away some promo codes for this and their other app, Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are. Don’t miss it!


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