iBooks becomes available on the Mac
What I hear you say? About bloody time that the iBooks application was available for reading the books that you can make in iBooks author, directly on your Mac. You have to wonder why it is that it took them so long to make the application so that it would work on the desktop and laptop computers as well as on the iPad. I wonder when there will be a version available for the iPhone?
Really good news for students
I suppose to a large extent you might say that the best reading experience for the iBooks would be on an iPad anyway, but why not cover all bases with a Mac app also. When you consider that many of the iBooks are for educational purposes students that are studying and using a MacBook to be their primary computer might not also have the iPad. So this new application that is now going to be available for Mac OS X, from the App Store will be marvellous for students, whatever the course might be.
Control it with Magic
Obviously this is going to work better when you are using a laptop or if you have the desktop computer with the Magic trackpad. This is so that you will be able to make the gestures that you need to get into certain parts of iBooks author publications. You will be able to control things like widgets and photo slideshows with gestures from the Magic trackpad. It will also be nice when you can have two or three items running on your screen, especially if you have a large screen or an extra display or two. This means that you can have a whole lot of information in front of you alongside the tool that you use for writing, such as Byword or Scrivener. Using the iBooks reader application like this could be much more efficient for getting your work done and in this case probably a better scenario than when using the iPad.
This will also be good for when you are authoring a new book
When you’re first putting together your book with iBooks Author, it will be very handy to have the iBook reader application available on the same machine that you are creating the book. You will be able to do faster proofing. Obviously it will be necessary to try out your book on both of the destinations so that you know that it is going to work with your using it on an iPad or a 27 inch iMac.