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In this course, author and educator Chris Mattia demonstrates how to use the Apple iBooks Author application to create and publish your own ebook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging ebook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic ebook, including engaging text, images, audio, video, 3D models, and dynamic web content. It also shows how to customize the iBooks Author interface and leverage built-in templates to produce a beautifully designed and polished ebook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
In previous movies, we've already seen that we can add objects directly to our iBooks Author project, by simply going up to the Media Browser; selecting an event; finding the image that we want to add, such as this three condors image in our chapter five exercise files folder; and simply drag and drop it directly on to our layout. We can then grab the object and move it to a desired location. But in this movie, I want to show you a couple of other techniques for getting content directly into iBooks Author.
And the first is to go up to the Insert menu and come down to the Choose option and select Choose. Then you can find the file that you want to add. In this case, inside of my chapter five exercise files folder, I've got an image called condors.jpg. I'll go ahead and click on that image and click the Insert button to insert that image then directly onto my page. I can then move it to the desired location that I want to work with the image at. Another way of getting content or objects directly into iBooks Author is to simply drag and drop a file directly out of the Finder.
So I'm going to go ahead and jump over to my Finder real quick, where I have a text file called condor.txt. Now, we've seen in other movies where we could open this file, select the text, copy it, and paste it directly into iBooks Author. But I want to go ahead and take this text file and simply drag the entire file and drop it right into iBooks Author. The text file is then automatically converted into its own text box that I can then begin working with and manipulate. I'll go ahead and park the text box over here on the right-hand side.
Throughout the rest of this chapter, we're going to be creating a couple of complex objects that are going to have a variety of different components. So we're also going to need a couple of shapes. And shapes we can simply create right inside of iBooks Author by going up to the Shapes menu in our tool bar then come down and select the rounded rectangle. This will create a rounded-rectangle shape that we can work with on our page. Go ahead and click and drag that up to the side and then go back up to the Shapes menu and select the rectangle shape.
This will create a rectangle for us to work with this well. Now we have all the key components that we're going to need to create our callout. We've got some basic shape objects, we have a text object, and we have some image objects to be able to work with.
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