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.

T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

~~~~~~~~~~

We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.