October 31, 2013 Last Updated 7:04 am

iBooks Author 2.1.1 released by Apple, a fix for custom font embedding issue

Last night Apple released its eagerly awaited fix for iBooks Author (iBA). The release of version 2.1.1 will return custom embedded fonts to eBooks produced by the digital publishing solution.

CustomFont-iBA-lgPrevious to the update, users found that they custom fonts that were using when building an eBook with version 2.0 would revert to a default font when previewed on an iPad. If the eBook were previewed on a Mac, which is a new feature of version 2.1, the fonts would look OK – after all, the custom font would be installed on that Mac if the designer were choosing to use that font. iBooks for the Mac is one of the new features introduced to the Mac by the recent release of OS X Mavericks.

The worst part of the bug was that once a file had been opened and saved with version 2.1 the ability to have custom fonts was gone forever. This led to some publishers beginning the process of rebuilding their eBooks using an archived version of iBA.

The update version not only restores custom font embedding to new files, but old files, as well. This will save a lot of time as eBooks will not have to be rebuilt from scratch (a rescue solution was posted here and one the Apple community support board yesterday).

My own tests show that the update should solve the font issues, but I will update this post if any designers find they are still having troubles. In the meantime, iBA 2.1.1 is available for download. One might want to save that old version of 2.0 in a new folder, just in case.