iBook Author is an amazing Mac App that allows users to easily create iBooks that can be shared on the iBook store. I used this app with my fourth and fifth grade students as they worked through their research project, and created a book to share their learning. Fourth graders researched topics of their choice, ranging from Native Americans to Helen Keller and One Direction. Fifth grade was given the task of choosing a career, generating guiding questions, conducting research, and compiling findings into book form. Students found iBook author user friendly, and commented how easy the templates were to change, and the variety of widgets allowed students the choice in how they wanted to present their information. One caveat for teachers before setting students loose with iBook author is the existence of one template. This template is artistic in nature and contains sculptures that I did not find appropriate for my upper elementary students. I will leave it up to you whether you want to keep this template, but if you don't, I have included directions on how to remove this template: Directions to use on Mac:Quit iBook author, Open "Applications"
Find iBooks Author
Right click on iBooks Author
Choose "Show package content"
Scroll all the way down to templates
Select "Textbook 04"
Click, drag to trash and empty trash
Open iBook author
It should be gone! If you are lucky enough to have Mac Laptops as our fifth graders do, I highly recommend giving iBook Author a try! Not only will your students have another publishing option, but you can share your work in the iBook Store, allowing students to expand their readership.