Amazon’s ‘Kindle Textbook Creator’ for Mac now available, looks to compete with Apple’s iBooks Author
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Amazon’s ‘Kindle Textbook Creator’ for Mac now available, looks to compete with Apple’s iBooks Author

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News / Mobile phones Amazon’s ‘Kindle Textbook Creator’ for Mac now available, looks to compete with Apple’s iBooks Author

Amazon is not afraid to launch competing devices or services, and that’s exactly what it has done with the just-announced “Kindle Textbook Creator.”

Looking back in time, Apple first released iBooks Author, a way to create interactive textbooks for Apple’s iBooks, in 2012. Now, Amazon has come around to launch its own competitor with Kindle Textbook Creator, which is meant to make creating textbooks for Kindles easier than ever before. It’s a textbook creation tool for Mac, in which the author can easily publish their creation to the Kindle Store for easy access of millions of customers.

It’s available right now, for free, as a beta for not only Macs, but also PCs.

The textbooks are published through Kindle Direct Publishing, which helps authors create their own works and publish them on their own. With the new app, authors will be able to create textbooks that feature all sorts of interesting and interactive ways to get their readers engaged. That includes a Notebook, which will allow readers to capture specific sentences, entire sections and more and save it for later. The tool will even let the author create Flashcards, too, to help readers study important terms or other snippets of information.

Here’s a full breakdown, as noted by Amazon’s official announcement:

  • Multi-Color Highlighting—Highlight and categorize key concepts for easy reference.
  • Notebook—Capture key passages, images and bookmarks and automatically add them to the notebook. Students can add their own notes and easily access them from one location.
  • Flashcards—Create flashcards and study important terms, concepts, and definitions in each chapter with a simple, easy-to-use interface.
  • Dictionary—Find definitions and Wikipedia information for difficult terms to improve retention.
  • Buy Once, Read Everywhere—Read eTextbooks on the most popular devices students use, including Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones, Mac, and PC.

The app is available for free right now through Amazon Direct Publishing. Do you know someone who might want to take advantage of this cross-platform tool?

[via Amazon]

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