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
You can use the Quicktime software that comes bundled with Mac OS X to convert common video types to iBooks Author's preferred M4V format. Quicktime also can resize video to the required 720p (or lower) video resolution.
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