Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I forgot to mention

I forgot to mention...... my small book of experimental poems has been published on the iBookstore.  Available for your iPad or computer at $2.99.  A print version is available in the marketplace for $10...

A new day

Good morning he said... i have rolled out of bed ... the sky is still dark... but i spy some light just coming into my heart... 6:59 ante meridiem as i start on writing with half my brain fried...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Waiting for Apple

I hope my wait is not the same as in the Samuel Becket play, Waiting for Godot
.  I submitted my small book of poems , The River, to the iBook store vetting team in late August.  A few days later I was issued a 'ticket', which is AppleSpeak for there was a formatting problem that needed to be repaired before the next step in publication in the store. I used a template on the iBook Author program - I used this as I wanted to do a multimedia book and I expected fewer problems using an Apple program. Apparently some of the templates only work in landscape, while some work in both portrait and landscape... and I inadvertently picked a landscape only mode...but this requires the ticking of a box to prevent IOS devices from attempting to switch when rotated.  So I repaired that - it took all of ten seconds.... and resubmitted.

I noticed yesterday that the 'ticket' had disappeared, but that the book was not yet in the iBookstore.  I googled around and found that it can take anywhere from hours to weeks before it appears in the store.. in my case, stores.. as I submitted it to 51 stores around the world.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The River

Some time ago I began a short book of poems using the iBook Author tool - which, as far as I know, is the only easy to use tool for creating multimedia books. It is restricted to Apple's iBook store [and I pray that the judgement in the U.S. courts won't abort the bookstore!].  Apple as from the beginnings of its own word processor, Pages,  been the leader in multimedia for writing, and its development of iBook Author is only the most recent addition to this forward looking approach to writing.

Well I finished the book - I put a print version up on  I sent The River to Apple and received a return with a minor problem in the file to repair... I did that, but for several days after, the Apple site one must sent books to was down.  Then I was busy with the first day of a new term teaching at the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph/Humber began.  Today I will try again.....