Monday, February 18, 2013

Morning Brief: Presidents' Day, the holiday that doesn't really exist; Jumsoft updates its iBooks Author template app Book Palette, adds 5 new templates

Today is Presidents' Day here in the U.S., another of those holidays celebrated more with sales on sofas and bathroom towels than with days off and family gatherings.

Technically, there is no such thing as Presidents' Day. That is, Congress never passed a bill officially creating the holiday. Instead the reason Presidents' Day exists is that Congress pass the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 and moved the observance of Washington's Birthday to Monday. As this moved the holiday to the third Monday of February it meant that it would fall between Lincoln's Birthday and Washington's Birthday. Marketers took it from there.

Jumsoft has issued an update to its Book Palette Mac app. The app has added five new templates to the program that is to be used in conjunction with iBooks Author, Apple's book publishing software solution.

"It’s been a while since we last updated Book Palette, our set of templates designed to enhance Apple’s iBooks Author app for creating and self-publishing iPad books," the Jumsoft website announced on Friday. "We are full of remorse for treating you this way and happy to announce 5 new templates to help you design your own lovely books."

Apple last updated iBooks Author in October when it changed the program to allow for portrait-only layouts and the embedding of custom fonts.
 photo Decorum-layouts-sm_zps909dd2c2.jpg