iBooks comes to the Mac

iBooks comes to the Mac

On October 22, 2013 Apple released Mavericks, the latest version of their popular operating system for Mac computers.  The tenth version of OSX is named after the big wave surfing destination off the California coast near Half Moon Bay.

Among the big surprises with Apple’s release was the price tag: $0.00 ! Mavericks was released for free through the App store, and it is backwards compatible with Mac computers made as long ago as 2007.

We are excited that this new operating system brings interactive, enhanced iBooks created with iBooks Author to Mac users.  Before the release of Mavericks, iBooks distributed through Apple’s iBooks store could be read on iOS devices: iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches.  Enhanced iBooks with embedded movies, audio files, media galleries, 3D images, and more were only readable on iPad.  Now, anyone with the latest version of Mac OSX can enjoy these books.

I’ve been using the iBooks app for a long time on the iPad and iPhone. It was exciting to open iBooks on my MacBook Pro laptop and pick up reading right where I left off on the iPad. My whole library was instantly synced through my iCloud account.  Experiencing enhanced books created with iBooks Author is great on the Mac screen.

The first edition of 49 Faces of Alaskan Adventure will be released in iBooks format. We want to share stories of Alaskan adventurers in a book that can include video and audio clips, interactive galleries, and links to web content. We are glad that we’ll have a much larger potential audience for the first edition of our publication!

Peter Mel surfing Mavericks (Public Domain image)

Peter Mel surfing Mavericks (Public Domain image)

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