Five examples of advanced iBooks

Some multi-touch ebooks are pushing the envelop. Since Apple came out with its iBooks™ format that revolutionized the e-publishing world, many great books have surfaced in the Apple Bookstores, and many more are also distributed free outside the bookstore, generally on a company Web site.

I’ve selected 5 iBooks that really stand out for their creativity as well as how they push the envelop of interactive widgets. So here they are in no particular order:

1. IFC Sustainability Framework: The iBooks version is an exact copy of the printed version in terms of text and overall layout, but the similarities end there. We added an introductory video, an interactive line chart of a Harvard study report, an interactive timeline of the implementation process as well as a filterable and sortable list of milestones.

2. Learning Board Annual Report: This is an internal publication, so we can only share some screenshots and a short video. The publication uses two interesting custom widgets: An interactive table of budget expenditures where readers can filter the data to focus on a specific group; and an interactive list of board members, which is more engaging than a static list.

3. Virtual Meetings Guide: With its extensive use of videos and cheat sheets embedded throughout this iBook, staff are able to access information about the full list of virtual meetings services available. The book opens up to a table of all the services with links to more details. We also developed a custom widget for interactive FAQS.

4. PC Refresh: This guide contains all the reference and training material to new PCs and software rolled out at a large international organization: Cheat sheets and videos accessible on a portable device like the iPad increases staff efficiency, while lowering printing costs. It also reduced the need for clinics and the number of calls to the help desk.

5. LAC Dashboard: This internal monthly publication is a greatly enhanced version of the typical PDF that was distributed to high-level managers of this important region fro an international organization based in Washington, DC. Simple tables and charts as simply enlarged with a double-tap, but we developed custom widgets for the more complex tables and some of the charts and graphs. The end result as a publications that is now accessed by 100% of the staff that were using the PDF version only.

Note: iBooks™ is a trademark of Apple, Inc.