Written by long-time ebook designer and instructional software developer Michael E. Cohen, Take Control of iBooks Author kicks off by explaining how to plan your Multi-Touch ebook project to fit the capabilities and assumptions made by Apple's free iBooks Author app. Using comprehensive step-by-step instructions, Michael next describes how to produce your ebook by customizing the many available layouts and arranging your text and media. Finally, you'll learn how to publish your ebook, whether for distribution on Apple's iBookstore or through some other means.
Apple's Multi-Touch ebooks boast visually impressive, template-driven layouts that can contain many types of interactive media—including interactive images, slideshows, audio and video files, rotating 3D images, and quiz questions. You create them on your Mac in the free iBooks Author application from Apple, and you can sell them to iPad users in the iBookstore or distribute them for free in any way you like. (iBooks Author runs on Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion and later.)
Read this ebook for expert advice on how to:
Plan Your Project! • Give your content a "spine," and design it to flow comfortably into an iBooks Author template. • Determine what special types of media your book will contain—including audio files, video files, slideshows, charts and tables, graphics, interactive graphics, 3D rotating graphics (COLLADA), and study questions. You'll learn what your options are, and what file formats are needed. • Decide whether to write your text in iBooks Author or in another program—and, if you decide to write outside of iBooks Author, learn how to import your content efficiently.
Produce Your Book! • Pick an iBooks Author template and customize it—you'll learn about the dependencies and interactions between the portrait view layout and the landscape view, and find specific advice and steps for customizing both types. • Add new chapters, sections, and pages to your book. • Make your text flow through your book, and understand how to control the flow. • Import and position graphics, videos, and other media items, so that they appear where you want them to—and understand why and how these elements may appear as thumbnails. • Make an imported graphic interactive with tappable elements that reveal additional information. • Create and configure study questions (and answers). • Add an interactive glossary and index, and understand how they interact. • Learn how iBooks Author generates a table of contents, and tweak your table of contents. • Make internal hyperlinks and external links to the Web.
Publish! • Export your ebook as a basic PDF or text file (for people who want to read your book, but don't have an iPad). • Export your ebook as a Multi-Touch ebook that can be read exclusively in iBooks on the iPad. • Get set up to make your ebook available through Apple's iBookstore. • Upload your completed project to the iBookstore.
Table of Contents • Read Me First • Introduction • iBooks Author Quick Start • Understand the Format • Plan Your Book • Write Your Book • Add Your Assets • Include Study Aids • Publish Your Book • About This Book
Read Me First Welcome to Take Control of iBooks Author. This book introduces you to iBooks Author, Apple’s new software for creating and publishing what Apple calls “Multi-Touch books.” Although iBooks Author was specifically designed with textbook publishing in mind, Take Control of iBooks Author shows you how to conceive, plan, produce, and publish Multi-Touch books for a variety of uses and audiences. This book was written by Michael E. Cohen, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.