January 19, 2012

Apple Announces Free iBooks Author OS X App

Dana Wollman, writing for Engadget:

“We’re here at Apple’s education-themed event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, and the company’s just followed up its long-awaited textbook announcement with something unexpected: iBooks Author, a free OS X program for creating books.”

The greater story here is the disintermediation of publishing companies. Just as musicians can easily reach fans by self-publishing music through iTunes, now, too, authors can reach readers by publishing their work by self-editing and publishing in the new iBooks Author.

Perhaps the next great employment opportunity is for the freelance editor, who hires herself out to self-publishing authors to tweak-up a title before publication.