By Greg Mills
I have gotten a lot of feedback on my article regarding publishing iBooks. One conclusion I made was spot on: that Pages would soon offer an Export option in the ePub format required to publish books on-line.
An update of iWork 9 that went on line last night does just that. This makes it a snap to write books in Pages and simply choose ePub as the output format. One just creates an ePub format file directly from Pages and uploads to Apple’s servers. I don’t know if the process of uploading the ePub file has been streamlined or not. That would be cool and typical of Apple thoughtfulness.
Two interesting issues came up from my readers that I have not been able to answer. How does a non-US citizen publish iBooks since they don’t have a Social Security number or US Tax Number required to open an iTunes account used for iBook publishers? Once an iBook is published and an ISBN number is assigned, can the book be modified or have errors corrected?
Now that iWork has been updated, is iLife 11 going to be released Sept. 1 at the coming Apple event? I hope so, as I use iWeb for creating and managing web sites and I would like to see more options for high end web site design added, such as animation and Flash -ike content. (Oops, “Flash” is a cuss word at Apple’ sorry Steve, it just slipped out.)
(Greg Mills, is a Faux Artist in Kansas City. Formerly a new product R&D man for the paint sundry market, he holds 11 US patents. He’s working on a solar energy startup, www.CottageIndustrySolar.com using a patent pending process of turning waste dual pane glass into thermal solar panels used to heat water. Greg writes for intellectual web sites and Mac related issues. See Greg’s art web site at www.gregmills.info ; His email is firstname.lastname@example.org )