When I first got my iMac, I was impressed by how intuitive and simple it was to download and use the applications that run on it. Things became even easier when they introduced the Mac App Store, which meant that you could purchase all the software in one place, and any updates would automatically appear.
Along with the iMac I bought the standard suite of applications called iWork which included Keynote 09, a presentation app, Pages 09, a document creator and Numbers 09, for building spreadsheets. These apps are the equivalent to Microsoft’s Office suite, although in my opinion they are much more feature rich and therefore able to produce some stunning documents.
In fact I am now using the Pages app to create a couple of weekly news flyers for work, which were so easy to make, even for an uncreative person like myself. Using the templates that are standard with the product, it didn’t take me long to customise it into how I wanted and feedback from work colleagues has been very positive.
Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago, Apple released a free application for the Mac called iBooks Author, which allows you to create multi-touch textbooks for the iPad. This app integrates really closely with the iWork suite and uses many of the features seen in those apps to allow you to create an interactive book, that you can actually publish to the world.
So I downloaded it and started to build my very own interactive book. Since October, I have started to keep a daily diary of events that happened to me, much of it around Rio and how he has changed our lives, but also the more mundane stuff like going to work and doing stuff with the family. Whilst I don’t think this book will get published and become a best seller (I don’t think my daily ramblings are that interesting), it is a nice way to present the diary and link it with photos, videos and music that are relevant to the entry for the day.
Whilst building the ‘iBook diary’ I then started thinking about what book I could write which actually could get published on the internet. In the past I have often though about writing a book but I’ve lacked inspiration as to what to write about. I did once think I would write my memoirs but having a brain like a sieve it would have not been very detailed and to be honest my life has not really been that interesting, so that one’s out of the running.
As I said earlier I don’t have many creative juices but I have had an online presence for a number of years and built websites and have run a blog for about fifteen years so I thought, why not document that all in an iBook. Although not interesting to everyone, some people might find it readable!
And so I am currently in the process of gathering information about my earlier websites, those that I have built for others and the blog that I started in the mid-2000’s, which the aim of pulling all together into an interactive book. I am struggling to find an information on my early sites but I do have copies of later ones and sites I have built for others. I also intend to pick out some of the highlight blogs from this site.
My only concern is over copyright; I have started to use a lot of photos in my blogs that I get from Google and other sources and whilst putting them on a website is probably considered ‘fair use’, but including them in a book is probably not acceptable. I need to look into this or else my project may never get off the ground.
As they say in publishing, watch this space I guess.