Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll want to know if you want to do some iBooks 2.0 publishing:
– The iBooks creator itself is free, but you’ll need to install Mac OS X Lion to use it (so yes, no Windows support !).
– You don’t need a developer account and there is no up front cost to publish on iBooks.
– Apple takes the same 30% cut as with apps.
– You will need ISBN numbers for the books you want to distribute.
– This is not a replacement for a word processor, but you can import easily from both Pages and Word. You do get many text formatting options so once you’ve written your content you can format it in iBooks Author.
– You can implant shapes, text, tables, and charts just like you can in the iWork line of apps.
– There is a widget for touch controlled 3D models and the preferred format is OpenCollada.
– Apple provides some custom other widgets allowing you to easily embed a slick touch enabled image gallery, movies or audio, quiz style questions, Keynote presentations, and interactive images.
– You’ll need an iPad to preview the books you’ve created.
– iBooks creator can export beautiful PDF’s, but the PDFs are watermarked with an Apple iBooks stamp.
– Published books are quite large and can be up to 2.0 GB so you probably should have bought the iPad with the bigger storage!