updated 08:25 pm EST, Tue February 14, 2012
Inkling Habitat aims to compete with iBooks
Inkling is set to launch its free e-book publishing platform that aims to compete with Apple's iBooks. The platform, known as Inkling Habitat, enables users to publish cloud-based interactive e-books complete with embedded HD videos and 3D content.
"Apple spent a year and a half to build eight textbooks," Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis said, according to quotes in a MocoNews report. "In two years, we've built 200."
The books are published to a native iPad app and via HTML5 on the web, ensuring compatibility with other mobile and desktop browsers. Updates are pushed through both avenues simultaneously, while teams of authors and collaborators can work on projects from anywhere.
The company is currently inviting authors and publishers to participate in a limited 'early adopter' program, with full availability scheduled for later this year.