Apple's iPad tablet computer has a built-in reading application called “iBooks.” The iBooks application works with either ePUB or PDF files, but only ePUB files may be sold on the iBookstore as “eBooks.” Apple has high barriers to entry for self-publishers. They require approved iTunes Publisher applications before accepting content. Each book is run through what is called “ePubcheck,” a program that tests the technical perfection of the book, and each is vetted by Apple personnel for acceptability, based upon criteria that are not public.

 

The iPad tablet is 7.31” wide and 9.50” long. The screen size is 5.81” wide by 7.75” long. Obviously, the iPad is the largest of the now-available “readers.”

The iBooks application also allows for a fixed-format book to be created. Books may have embedded video, audio, and even embedded PDF's. Arguably, as of this writing, the iBooks application has the most advanced technology for multimedia books. Many publishers prefer it for those titles that need multimedia, like cookbooks or “how-to" titles. It is also very popular for children's titles, and many of these titles are public domain books (free) like “Alice in Wonderland” or “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

Like the Nook and the Fire, iBooks allows readers to change orientation (portrait or landscape), one-page or two. It allows the reader to choose from a wide variety of fonts and background colors, as well as font-sizes. Many advanced eBook features and formatting can be used in the iBooks application that are not available in other readers. If you have a book that requires very advanced features, like embedded audio or video, you may wish to consider pursuing distribution to the iBooks platform for your book.

Below, you can see how embedded video looks on the "page" in an ebook, in BooksBnimble's comedic romp, Phone Kitten.  In the first image, you see how the video is show to exist, with a small placeholder, or "poster" on the screen, and in the second image, you can see the video, tapped by the user and now displaying and playing full-screen size on the iPad device. 

BooksBnimble's wonderful comedic romp, Phone Kitten, on an iPad Reader, displaying the video capabilities

 

BooksBnimble's wonderful comedic romp, Phone Kitten, with the video now full-screen size.

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