This is really major news, especially for self-publishers!
Liz Castro has really been doing some magnificent work, testing the limits of ePub on the iPad.
And now she’s discovered the way to embed video in an ePub that will work on the iPad in iBooks!
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Source: Liz Castro’s Flickr
At Liz’s blog is also a link to a sample ePub with embedded video.
There are still bits I’d like to see her discover:
1) How to embed just audio
3) A way to embed a photo album where a swipe changes photos
But still, this is an incredible development.
This also frees everyone from a reliance on Apple to create digital books. This is a freedom not enjoyed by app developers who must adhere to Section 3.3.1.
The one sore point for me is that the controls are visible and fugly. But I suppose a method can be devised to modify that in the future.
One important point: Remember that the iPhone will have iBooks too this summer. It has a smaller screen than the iPad (duh!). Make sure videos won’t run off its screen. Bookmark Liz’s blog to keep up on breaking developments about video sizing.
Well done, Liz!!
Writers, start your engines!
Previously at The eBook Test:
How To Properly Integrate Video Into Fiction Digital Books
Why Digital Books Will Win
The Essential Ingredient For Digital Book Video
Digital Books: More About Video Use
Creating The Breakthrough Digital Novel
Hybrid iPhone/Print Book Glimpse Of The Future
Digital Books: From “The Kiss” To “Avatar”