iBook Author

So, I just found out about Apple announcing rp_ibookauthor.jpgiBooks Author which according to the information they provide  “is an amazing new app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks” and is a free download from the Mac App Store.

Installation was not too slow, considering that perhaps lots of other users were doing exactly the same. I had a quick go at  selecting a template and it really seemed to be quite straightforward to use. It does look like a combination of Pages and Keynote. I will have to play more with it, but something that I did find disappointing was the lack of support to handle mathematics. I am not after LaTeX (I already use that quite a lot), but it would be nice to be able to handle equations natively. I do hope someone at Apple is reading!