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
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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.