Thoughts from a NeXTStep Guy on Cocoa Development

Experimenting with iBooks Author

Feb 08, 2012 by Bill Dudney

It was killing me to be on vacation with iBooks Author shipping. I could not wait to get home to experiment with the new shiny bits.

Well for the last week I've avoided doing any of the real work I'm supposed to be doing and instead focused on building an iBook. Very cool, there are a few things that I don't know how to do better and a few process oriented things that I'm still working on but overall a great experience.

This iBook is about loading images on iOS. If you heard me a few weeks ago on the wonderful iDeveloper Live #33 episode I spend a bit of time going on about how cool Image I/O is. This book does a bit of investigative digging on how much better Image I/O is at loading images than using the 'really simple approach'.

Without further ado, here (open the link on your iPad and you can 'Open In iBooks', otherwise drag to iTunes and sync) is the book for your iPad reading pleasure.

Please let me know what you think!


I've just finished reading the book. Overall I think the format certainly added to the content.

I think a few well placed page breaks would have helped the flow. Specifically a page break at "The Redrawing Approach".

The galleries and code snippets were useful but they were still auxiliary content. I think they could be more effective if they were used as the primary content. Gallery 2, for example, could have highlighted the relevant area of Instruments.

Thank you!

Posted by Benedict Cohen on February 08, 2012 at 08:01 PM MST #

Could you add a PDF version of the book? I do not own a iPad.

Posted by Daniel on February 09, 2012 at 10:40 AM MST #

Sorry Daniel but the whole point was to experiment with iBooks Author. I will probably recast the content as an HTML blog post at some point but not now.

Posted by Bill Dudney on February 09, 2012 at 10:41 AM MST #

Thanks, I found this interesting from an iBooks experiment and from learning something new technically.

Posted by Caleb on February 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM MST #

Hi Bill,
I found your experiment very nicely done, and useful (both form and content were nice).

I'm working myself on something on that same idea, and I'd like to incorporate code snippets the way you did. Apparently it doesn't come for freeā€¦ Could you explain how you've done it?


Posted by Cyril Godefroy on May 17, 2012 at 06:21 AM MDT #


I found the content to be great, and well served by the format. I would have liked more videos though, notably for instruments demo.

I'm also experimenting with iBooks Author and I'm very curious how you created the code snippets. I use a Textmate bundle that allow to convert syntax highlighted Objective-C to RTF in clipboard, but so far all widgets I have tried have not provided the same effect as the ones on your iBook.

Posted by Cyril Godefroy on May 17, 2012 at 06:21 AM MDT #

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