The software is aimed at textbook writers and publishers, but it can just as well be used for producing cookbooks, picture books, interactive fiction novels, how-to books, and the like. Feature Overview E-books designed with iBooks Author are basically geared to be read on the iPad platform using the recently updated iBooks 2 reader app. Both programs share a similar interface, including text editor formatting tools and page layouts, and the familiar drop and add multimedia features. You can write a book from scratch, but you also can import existing Pages and Word documents.
Learn how to make an eBook with iBooks Author! There are two recent changes that are to your advantage: Now that eBooks have become popular and even preferred by manyyou no longer have to worry about physically printing your books in order to sell them.
The other big change is that online stores like iBooks or Amazon. So this means to create and sell a book, all you have to do is create a file! Video Demo If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth ten times that!
Keep reading to find out how to get started. You can download all of the source files needed for this tutorial here. This compressed folder contains all of the media assets that you will need for this project, and it also contains the completed iBook for reference.
Save the folder to your desktop or some other easy-to-find place that you can access from iBook Author. Minimal setup — things are looking good so far! The next section shows you how to create your iBook from the library of existing templates available.
Fill in some basic information about your book in the Document pane, such as your name, the title of the book, and some basic notes about the book.
Click Book Title, which will bring up the book cover screen, as such: On the book cover, you can double-click any of the text fields directly on the book cover to edit them. Go ahead and edit them now. Note that you can also add, remove, and reposition text boxes to get your titles looking just the way you want, as seen below: In the iBooksAuthorTutorial folder that you downloaded, find the Media folder.
In this folder, you will see a file named cover.
The new cover should look like this: This is the cover that readers will briefly see as the book opens on their iPad. Going to the Movies — Adding Intro Media to Your iBook iBooks have a neat feature where when the book first starts, it can play a movie.
This is a great way to introduce the book with something interesting and motivating. Be patient; iBooks Author might need a few seconds to process the video.
Once the processing is complete, hit the play button and watch the exciting intro video! If you choose not to have a video as your Intro Media, you can instead use a still image.
If you opt not to use any intro media, then your iBook will open directly to the table of contents. Videos will only play when exported in the iBooks format.The reason people would like a Mac version over iBooks Author is that they have wildly different capabilities.
I recently tried to make a children’s picture book using ITA, but it forces you to follow a structure not suitable for kids’ books.
When you create your book in iBooks Author, one of the most important features to understand is Page Orientation. When viewing a book on the iPad there are two choices for orientation: landscape and portrait. I do understand that the normal way of writing a book isn’t to start an email, copy to Pages, then copy to iBooks Author, but I would bet it’s not uncommon for someone to write and think in one application and make it into a book in another application.
When you’re ready to publish, iBooks Author walks you through a step-by-step process to help you submit it to iBooks for purchase or free download. And to keep your work current, add updates by publishing new versions of your original title.
iBooks will automatically notify your readers that a new version of your book is ready to download. Apple iBooks Author helps you create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.
Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac/5(25).
iBooks Author is a free app available in the App Store on your Mac that you can use to create and publish ebooks. Using the tools in the app, you can add artwork and metadata to a book.