Books for iPad

Books for iPad–Apple’s Push Into Education With Study Cards

Books for iPad–Apple’s Push Into Education With Study Cards

If you’re still walking around thinking that the iPad mini is something to go after the Kindle or Nook, maybe this will finally cure you of that misconception.  With the Study Card feature that now works in iBooks 2 and iBooks 3 for iPad and iPad mini, this clearly, maybe more so than anything else, marks the way for Apple’s big push into the education arena.

Study Cards for Books for iPad clearly mark Apple’s keen interest in the educational arena for iPad and iPad mini.

Now, within books for iPad made with iBooks Author, there is the inclusion of what Apple is calling “Study Cards.” This is probably one of the most un-marketed features of these books for iPad, but it is truly a helpful aspect.

Within each book for iPad, there now is the  “My Notes” section of the book, which includes a chapter-by-chapter listing of all notes taken within the book by a reader. That may not seem like a big deal, as surely, when you make a note in a book, you’d presume it’d go somewhere.  But it’s what happens to them that’s cool.  I should also point out that “My Notes” can be formatted within a book’s text in traditional highlighter colors.

Study Cards

As a book is being built with iBooks Author, the publisher/author has the ability to create an extensive glossary of key terms or words used throughout the work.  Those all populate in the glossary section, but it’s when the book is done, that they reappear in the “Study Cards” that can be generated from the notes made by the reader as well as through glossary terms within each chapter. Glossary terms also may include options for illustrations and index links to every use of the word in the text throughout the book.

Let me explain in simpler terms. If you’re reading a book for class, you come along a section you would have highlighted with a Sharpie in a traditional offline book, you can still highlight it in the same way.  Just rub your finger across the text in question, a dialogue box pops up and you can choose the color you want the text highlighted in.  But on that same menu bar is an option for making a note. When clicked, the on-screen keyboard pops up and the opportunity exists for the reader to add a commentary like, “I NEED TO REMEMBER THIS! THIS WILL BE ON THE TEST!”

When the reader is ready to review, they can follow to the My Notes section of the book and find all the notes and highlights they kept throughout their reading.  But they can also turn those notes into study cards that are going to feature their notes, as well as glossary terms so that as they are studying, they can be quizzing themselves about the definition of terms within each chapter.

And that, friends, is powerful when it comes to self-paced learning, and in Apple’s foray into the education arena with books for iPad and iPad mini.

 

 

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Scholar To Release Daily Debunk Of Mayan Calendar Ending Predictions

Scholar To Release Daily Facts To Debunk Mayan Calendar Doomsday Predictions

SAN FRANCISCO—Maya Scholar Dr. Mark Van Stone Thursday announced that beginning Nov. 21 and running until Dec. 21, daily emails, texts and web postings will be available to highlight and debunk the many myths that have been perpetuated about the upcoming end of the Maya calendarin 36 days.

Fill out our Maya Myth Debunk Sign Up and begin receiving daily factual updates on Nov. 21, 2012 that debunk wild doomsday or bliss out predictions cast upon the ancient Maya..

Available through the publisher of his book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, Dr. Van Stone said each daily update will feature one of the more common “predictions” that have been wrongly projected onto the Maya, and answered with helpful resources to debunk them.

“There are dozens of misconceptions, myths and just plain wrong pseudo-scientific claims that have been cast upon the innocent Maya and now that we’re under 40 days before the end of their calendar, I expect them to grow in number,” Dr. Van Stone said.  “To counter the non-sense, we have assembled a list of 30 myths and we’re going to focus on educating the public on how wrong they are.”

Among the chief misconceptions Van Stone said he will address are:

  • The frequent misuse of the Aztec Calendar Stone to represent the Maya calendar
  • The galactic alignment will cause the earth to be sucked into the heart of the universe
  • Massive pole shifts will cause major magnetic disruptions around the world
  • There will be massive earthquakes
  • We will enter a new era of blissful human consciousness

To subscribe to the daily messages, parents, teachers, and children who are hearing about the predictions and are concerned, can visit ClaxtonCreative.com and register to receive daily emails, texts, or can log on to read more.

“We want to get the word out to the public. Already we’re hearing daily from parents who say their son or daughter heard something at school and are very scared about what’s going to happen on Dec. 21, 2012,” Dr. Van Stone said. “As a scholar, but even more importantly, as a father myself, I feel there’s a duty to ensure as many people get the right information about this as is possible. There is so much bad information out there. In many ways it’s become sickening.”

Van Stone is recognized internationally and in the field of Maya studies as one of four Maya scholars who have written a book about the 2012 phenomena that should be taken seriously.

In August, he released his first book for iPad, which is 179 pages long, has 53 videos of 14 additional Maya scholars, four 3D animations, and hundreds of interactive multi-touch images.

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Books for iPad Now Have Puzzles!

It made me smile when I saw for the first time that books for iPad now can have puzzles.

In Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, we used the iBook-Widgets.com app to build one of Tortuguero Monument 6, one of the most important elements in all of Maya prophecy.  In the book we’re wrapping up, There’s A Zombie In My Treehouse, we’re including one of the book’s cover.  In What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books for iPad, we also included one of the cover.

They’re very easy to make and they’re even more fun to try to solve.

The good thing about them, is that they add interactivity to your book.  They’re also challenging, as you have to figure out the right pattern and movements to make the things all come back together.

And that’s part of what Apple likes most about them. They fit the requirement for what these books are all about–interactivity.

Want to see how one works?  Easy.  Just download What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad–it’s free here on ClaxtonCreative.com. Also check out the other cool aspects we’ve been featuring and highlighting here on the site.

Do you have a book you’re ready to submit? We invite you to fill out the submission form and let us take a look.

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Books for iPad–interactive images for iBooks Author

Books for iPad–interactive images for iBooks Author

Some call them “timelines” or “interactive images for iBooks Author.”  We say “scrubbers” or “sliders.” Apple says they’re “multi-touch images” for iPad.

How about we just call them cool graphics that tell a story you can’t tell in a traditional book?

What am I talking about? With books for iPad and widgets made for iBooks Author, you can now display multi-layered images, link them together in a squential form, and most importantly, require interactive particpation by the reader.

Typically these images feature a progressive series of photographs, drawings, images and illustrations that one rubs their finger on from left to right and that changes the image from one frame to the next.

One of the best things we found about “scrubber/slider” images was the amount of real-estate we saved on the pages of a “book.”  With maps of where Mesoamericans lived, Dr. Mark Van Stone’s print edition of 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya showed only four frames and took up two, entire printed pages to display his maps.  With the widget we created for his book for iPad, we included close to 20 different frames and it took up only one screen/page in the book.  Nearly five times as much material was presented in half the amount of space.

Earlier this year we began working with the founder of iBooks-Widgets.com from Belgium. He has a great widget-maker for these kinds of interactive images.  Another option is classwidgets.com, now being rebranded as bookry.com.

What is required to make these images is a graphics package that allows you to add levels to an image and turn them on and off accordingly, while also keeping the same registration for the image so as one scrubs from one image to the next, the image does not seem to “bounce” from frame to frame. The best thing we’ve used for this is the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite version of CS6’s Photoshop.

The great thing about “scrubbers” or “sliders” is that they require participation from the reader to change. They’re not going to loop or change on their own, which means a reader is going to interact, and hopefully, take a closer look at the evolving imagery unfolding before them.

And word of caution for those of you out there thinking about creating a book for iPad made with iBooks Author.

We’ve seen comments about Apple rejecting or sending books for iPad back to authors who aren’t adding this kind of thing into their work. The idea of a book for iPad, after all, is that it has interactivity.

If you don’t add anything that requires your reader to interact and thereby learn from it, you might as well still be making a book for Kindle or Nook.

See our point?!

Ready To Submit Your Work?

We’re a Dallas-based publishing company of books for iPad and would enjoy the opportunity to evaluate your next book and create a book for iPad. Just fill out of the form above on this site and we’ll be back in touch with you immediately to talk about the process of moving forward.

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Books for iPad and iBooks Author Video

Books for Ipad Now Can Include Video

Another one of the most amazing aspect of books for iPad s the capability brought about by the iBooks Author Video widget.

In our opinion, it’s really hard to decide if 3D animations or videos are the most compelling interactive feature of this new form of book.  Really, at this point, you don’t want to publish a book for iPad without them both.  On one hand you could say leaving out one of these ingredients would be like not putting icing on a cake, but really, it’d be more like trying to make a cake and not using flour or even sugar.

From The Opening Of A Book For Ipad You Know This Is Different

In iBooks Author, a publisher has the option to open a book with a video. The video is actually embedded in the opening trigger mechanism of the book and starts immediately. For Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, we even added TA-DA music for when the video cues up just to add to the surprise of someone not expecting it.

To play on iPad, videos within the book are specially formatted. In our 2012 book, that allowed for us to add as much as two hours worth of clips from 15 Maya scholars all adding to the value of the book in ways that words and pictures are not able.

Because of the Retina Screen, videos can be HD, but we found saving them at a lower bit rate makes the file size smaller and even on a Retina Screen, you really can’t tell the difference.

iBooks 3 Update

With the iBooks 3 update from October 2012, in the iBooks 3 app, controls have been added for video navigation for the opening video clip. This was a good update as the only way to get back to the beginning of the opening clip before was to either let it finish playing and start over, or exit the book in iBooks 2, then reopen it.  It was a pain and we heard complaints.

Having video in books for iPad shows that Apple has recognized that in our ever-increasingly visually oriented world, video in books is not only logical but also necessary and preferred.

Done right, readers can get more out of their books if they have video references to use.

Thinking Different

The inclusion of videos in a book for iPad requires a different thinking process in writing a digital book.

Before books for iPad, an author would have to focus on telling their story or providing all their information within the text of a book. Now, it’s necessary to understand a little about video production, visual locations, backdrops, ambient noise, lighting and more. And while an author can do these things on their own, this is why a publishing/production company like ours can save time and money, and ensure the product looks as professional as possible.

Ready To Submit Your Manuscript?

We are a publisher of books for iPad in Dallas, Texas, USA. But we can make these books for anyone in any country on the planet. If you’re ready to submit a manuscript for production, please go to the form link above and submit your book today. Yes, you can try to do this yourself, but we look at it like this.  With changes in software, most people now can get access to software like Photoshop, too, but you know what?  That doesn’t mean what’s going to get produced is going to be expert quality.

That’s what we provide at Claxton Creative.  We’ve done several of these books for iPad now, and we’ve worked with the traditional book publishing world.  Add to that our experience in video and audio production, graphics and now 3D animation.

Working with us frees up the opportunity for you as the author to concentrate on telling your story in a new way, and we work on the nitty gritty details and technical aspects.  Trust us, that’s a lot to figure out.

 

 

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Books for iPad, Submit Your Manuscript

We now are accepting submissions for manuscripts for books for iPad. Please complete the form on our site and we will be in touch with you promptly to discuss how to make these amazing new “books.”

German

Wir haben jetzt akzeptieren Einreichungen für Manuskripte für Bücher für iPad. Bitte füllen Sie das Formular auf unserer Seite und wir werden mit Ihnen in Verbindung sein, zeitnah zu diskutieren, wie diese erstaunliche neue machen “Bücher.”

Japanese

我々は今、iPadのための本のための原稿の提出を受け付けています。当社のサイト上のフォームに記入し、我々は速やかにこれらの素晴らしい新しいようにする方法を議論するためにあなたに連絡される “本を。”

French

Nous acceptons les soumissions de manuscrits de livres pour iPad. S’il vous plaît remplir le formulaire sur notre site et nous prendrons contact avec vous rapidement pour discuter de la façon de rendre ces étonnantes nouvelles «livres».

Spanish

Ahora estamos aceptando solicitudes para los manuscritos para libros para iPad. Por favor complete el formulario en nuestro sitio y nos pondremos en contacto con usted a la brevedad para discutir cómo hacer que estas nuevas y sorprendentes “libros.”

Italian

Ora sono, iscrizioni aperte per i manoscritti di libri per iPad. Si prega di compilare il modulo sul nostro sito e saremo in contatto con voi immediatamente per discutere su come rendere questi incredibili nuovi “libri.”

 

Three Books for iPad. Submit Yours

Our three books for iPad. Submit your manuscript solicitation in English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish and Italian. All countries that regularly visit our site.

 

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Books for iPad–iBooks Author 3D Animations

iBooks Author 3D animations set books for the iPad apart from every other kind of book that ever has been made.  That’s not an exaggeration or a snazzy marketing claim.  It’s fact.

books for iPad--iBooks Author 3D Animations

Donny Claxton explains the latest in books for iPad–iBooks Author 3D Animations.

Books for the iPad, and the newly released iPad mini,  include iBooks Author 3D animations, videos, multi-touch interactive images, puzzles, study guide notecards and now, with the release of the iBooks 3 app—social media. All those things are cool.

Today’s post, however, is focused on iBooks Author 3D animations.

Welcome To The Museum Where You Touch EVERYTHING!

In short, you can’t do 3D animations in the eBooks format used by competitors of the iPad. Most don’t have the memory for it and they don’t have the technical capabilities.

The 3D animations in Claxton Creative-published books make reading one of our books like going to a museum where you are required to touch everything. They are absolutely the coolest part about books for iPad and the video below helps show you why.  With our recently released, “What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad,” (Available via free download) our goal is to help educate the public, parents, teachers, administrators, even corporate managers who are looking to improve their maintenance manuals and training materials, about how amazing this new form of book, really is.

One great example is in one of our published works. The 3D animations of Maya and Aztec artifacts in Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya set it apart from any other book ever made or written on the subject. It’s available on the iBookstore and selling well.

3D Animations–Where The “Magic” Happens

With 3D animations in books for iPad, this is where the true, jaw-dropping magic happens. We have been working with working with some incredible 3D developers here in Dallas and if you want to do a book that includes these cool animations, we’d be happy to work with you.

If you want to highlight an object in a book and have it rotate and allow users to pinch it or enlarge it, our 3D animations are the best thing that’s ever been invented for such.

Watch the video below.  If you have a book you’d like to submit for publishing, we’d be happy to set up an introductory conference call and begin the process.

If you have an iPad and haven’t checked out books for iPad in iBooks 3 yet, we encourage you do to so.

And if you haven’t downloaded our free book for iPad, “What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad,” there’s no time like the present! (Downloading the book takes time and you’ll need to do it over WiFi.  Also must be running at least iOS 5.o and have minimum of iBooks 2.0 on your iPad. It will not download to an iPhone.)

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Books for iPad–The Great Gold Landslide of 2012 And Beyond

Books for iPad–The Great Gold Landslide of 2012

Earlier this year I was having a breakfast meeting–one that lasted for 4.5 hours–with our colleague, George Saltsman from Abilene Christian University’s spin-off, Connected Consulting, (and there’s a story I need to share about George,) but this point I must make first.

We’d been talking about the rise in books for iPad and the adoption rate ACU is seeing as they work with public schools and colleges around the world, and I mean that, around the planet, and I said to George, “We’re in the middle of a Gold Rush.”  He looked at me and said words I never will forget.  “No,” he said. “This is a Gold LANDSLIDE.”

What Apple Isn't Saying About Books For iPad

What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad

A word about George before I go on.  It was George who fellow Claxton Creative developer and long-time friend, Ron Rose, and I met with back in January to talk about the books we wanted to make of the Wonders of the World for our sister-site project, The Wonders Expedition. We were on to making books for iPad, but didn’t realize Apple was releasing iBooks Author in a matter of days.  George knew, but didn’t tell us then. He just said be ready for a major announcement.

And then came the release of iBooks Author. George then talked about the work that’s been going on at ACU for a very long time. All incoming freshmen at the school here in Texas get an iPad. The iPad knows where the student is on campus by pinging and because it knows, for instance, it’s in Dr. Saltsman’s class, the student who has it gets all of the professor’s notes, lectures, quizzes–everything, from the iPad cos it KNOWS where it is.  For the next class, say the student heads to “Dr” Claxton’s class, iPad knows where it is, same deal.

I’ll let you think about that for a moment.

2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

So as 2012 has progressed, we’ve worked with Dr. Mark Van Stone of Southwestern College in San Diego to develop his one and only book for iPad on the ancient Maya made with iBooks Author. It’s an amazing product.

Ask yourself this question.

When was the last time you read a book with two hours worth of video, and four 3D animations of ancient Maya and Aztec artifacts that are almost 1,200 years old?

Readers around the world now are doing that with our book for iPad.

There’s A Zombie In My Treehouse

My company’s associates have been on an amazing learning curve this year.  We’re just now finishing Ken Plume and John Robinson’s There’s A Zombie In My Treehouse.  The print version has been featured in WIRED.  Wait until they see what we’ve done with it for iPad. There are more than 370 videos in the Zombie book.  Read that again.  There are more than 370 videos in their book.

From our offices in Dallas, we have produced some amazing work this year.  But this really is just the beginning.

What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad

Included on ClaxtonCreative.com over the next nine business days are going to be a series of videos that talk about “What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad.”  You can download a free copy for your iPad here.  If you don’t have an iPad and want to see how it looks on an iPad, minus the videos, which we will post here day by day, you can download a free copy of the .PDF version here.

This book isn’t meant to be critical of Apple.

Explained in our book is a basic important principle about Apple–they’re a hardware company. They don’t promote the software products they make. And they’re not doing that with iBooks Author. As a publisher, that frustrates the hell out of me. But think about this. Apple makes Aperture for photography. They make Pages as a word processing client.  They make Final Cut Pro and Express for movie editing.

When have you ever seen a TV commercial about any of those things?

Confusion Still Exists About Books For iPad.

We wrote, “What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad” for this reason.  As we’ve tried to market our 2012 book we’ve run into a wall of confusion. Apple has sold more than 100 million iPads, but at this writing, I’m not sure how many iPad owners even realize how cool iBooks 3 is.

I know what it’s like trying to explain one of our books to the man on the street. You tell them you’ve made a book for the iPad and they think you make words and stuff that appear just like on the Kindle or Nook.

We’ve called TV stations all over Dallas trying to just come by and show them that right here in their own backyard, “books” that are revolutionizing the way kids of all ages all around the world are being made, and there’s nothing.  One photographer suggested if we stood on a corner and assaulted a puppy with an iPad and then added that into a book, we might break thru the TV news ceiling at this point.  And of course, there’s also been the 2012 elections that have sucked up all manner of media attention.

Books Made With iBooks Author

But we feel, even for more than just our own business survival, that it’s important to help tell the story about a book that’s made with iBooks Author that appear on the iPad.

Apple received input from educators and publishers from around the world because Steve Jobs saw books for iPad as a way to make revolutionary changes to the way humans learn.  This was one of his major projects up till the very end of his life.

In January 2012, Apple released iBooks Author software to make what the company calls, “Multi-touch books for iPad.”  Books for the iPad and iPad mini include 3D animations, videos, multi-touch interactive images, puzzles, study guide notecards and now, with the release of the iBooks 3 app—social media.

Because of this development and the rise in published materials for these units now making their way into schools, we are on the verge of a major shift in the development of books and how they are used in the field of education.

Sadly, Apple just isn’t going to overtly promote the revolutionary developmental change in what we have come to know as “books.” They are waging a revolution in education and doing it quietly, but massively through the adoption and placement of technology in the classroom that is unparalleled and replacing the use of PCs and even Macs.

With the iPad mini, Apple is getting into more and more public school districts in America and around the world, which is going to have a profound impact on the way humans learn. More about that later in the series.

 

 

 

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