iBooks Author
Original author(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseJanuary 19, 2012; 10 years ago (2012-01-19)
Stable release
2.6.1[1] / September 24, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-09-24)
Operating systemOS X 10.11 or later[1]
Size419 MB
Available in29 Languages
TypeWord processor, Desktop publishing, Digital distribution
LicenseProprietary freeware

iBooks Author (iBA) was an e-book authoring application by Apple Inc, released in early 2012, only available for macOS, and discontinued in 2020.[2]


Documents created by iBooks Author could only be sold for a fee if they are accepted by and distributed by Apple,[3][4] but authors also had the option to distribute their work elsewhere for free.[5]

It allowed many aspects of a document to be edited in WYSIWYG fashion, including text, fonts, colors, foreground and background images, interactive widgets, and charts.[6]

iBooks Author was discontinued on July 1, 2020, with Apple suggesting Pages as a replacement.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Mac App Store – iBooks Author". Apple Inc. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Chloe Albanesius (January 19, 2012). "Apple Targets Educators Via iBooks 2, iBooks Author, iTunes U App". PCMag.com.
  3. ^ "If you publish with iBooks Author, does Apple 'own' you?". Los Angeles Times. January 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Gary Marshall (January 20, 2012). "Hands on: iBooks Author review". TechRadar.com.
  5. ^ Apple modifies EULA for iBooks: Lays no claim to content, allows authors to distribute elsewhere. 9to5Mac. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Dilger, Daniel. "First Look: Apple's new iBooks Author". Apple Insider. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  7. ^ "Apple Discontinuing iBooks Author on July 1, Encourages Writers to Transition to Pages". MacRumors. June 10, 2020. Retrieved December 16, 2020.