Originally published at Mike Cane’s No Flickr Blog:
Jobs illustrates just how “complex” a program should be. Apple wins, thinking like that.
See Roughly Drafted: iDVD hung out to dry as Apple pushes movies online
– originally published on Flickr January 30, 2009
I repeat this because people seeing the Editis post are probably scoffing at how “difficult” it would be to create Intelligent eBooks such as those.
Yet look at how Apple managed to bring movie creation and DVD authoring to the masses:
It’s all been made drag-and-drop simple.
But what does this have to do with eBooks? It’s what I’ve mentioned before: Pages.
Hop to 3:22 in this video to see a demo of Pages:
If you’ve watched that, and you’re a writer who has struggled with HTML, XML, ePub or any other eBook format, you must be drooling at the mouth over the utter simplicity and obviousness of that approach.
No coding, no dicking around with screwy CSS, no “Let me try this and then go into Preview Mode to see if that works” nonsense.
As the opening quote stated, people drag and drop their stuff and hit Burn.
Apple could easily extend Pages so after everything has been assembled, the final button to hit is Make eBook.
I don’t know a single writer — including Moriah Jovan — who would choose manual labor for building an eBook over an automated approach.
Plus, Apple lists resources for commercial and community-created Pages templates. When Pages has been extended to handle eBooks, sites such as ePub Zen Garden will be a quaint (though still nightmarish) memory.
That day cannot arrive soon enough.
For writers as well as readers.