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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You can see a sample of the Microsoft Word document I imported into iBooks Author in the screenshot above. Text and images from the original document flowed flawlessly into the two-column template. Adding or deleting text or images automatically reflows the pages. You can choose whether the primary document format is dual-page landscape or single-page portrait. However, like Microsoft Publisher, iBooks Author requires you to work with each page individually for other formatting tasks.