Apple's free iBooks Author is an easy way to get started in electronic textbook publishing. Just know there's a middleman standing between you and your adoring public: Apple. Read more about Apple's tricky software license agreement, which as InformationWeek
's Thomas Claburn points out, puts severe restrictions on authors' rights.
BYTE's Chris Spera has his own opinion about Apple's moves in the textbook market.
Start creating a new ebook in iBooks Author by choosing one of six templates. Each template gives you a sample chapter to work with. You can open existing work files using the buttons in the bottom left of the screen.