Daniel Steinberg lamenting the lack of recent progress on iBooks Author:
iBooks Author could have been a trojan horse into the personal
publishing business. It would have been classic Apple. Instead of
small authors going to Amazon’s platform, they would have started
with iBooks Author. Apple should have made it easy for them to
push to Amazon as well. Why? Because these people wanted to
publish on Amazon but they weren’t considering publishing with
Apple. Thousands of authors would have come to Apple to create
content and stayed with Apple after publishing content there.
iBooks Author is a perfect example of how the iPad is not self-sufficient. I wrote yesterday about how you can’t develop iPad apps on the iPad itself. But Xcode is very complex, and also has longstanding roots that tie it, as currently imagined, to MacOS. iBooks Author was announced in January 2012, when the iPad was two years old. The iPad itself, seemingly, would be a fine device for creating books with iBooks Author. But iBooks Author remains Mac-only.
★ Wednesday, 8 February 2017