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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The screenshot above shows the PDF version of my completed ebook displayed on an iPad 2. Looks good--but note that because it is a PDF document, the view won't switch to a single page if you physically turn your iPad to the portrait mode.