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iBooks Author Essential Training

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Video: Creating chapters

The next step in building our Explore California Travel Guide book is to break up our content into a series of chapters. In our book, we're going to have nine separate chapters: one for each of the eight major tours that we have, and then one that's going to be an introduction chapter. To begin, when we created our new document within our template, we were given chapter 1 already set up for us, but let's go ahead and customize chapter 1 and then build the other eight chapters. To title our chapter, we simply double- click on the text that says "Untitled" at the top and type in "Introduction." Next, we can go ahead and enter in some text that describes what the users are going to find in this chapter.
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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 22s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
      50s
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 25s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 13s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 6s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 45s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 54s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 12s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 24s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 57s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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iBooks Author Essential Training
6h 3m Appropriate for all Jul 03, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing iBooks Author
  • Creating a book cover
  • Creating pages, chapters, and sections
  • Adding visual interest
  • Creating a table of contents and a glossary
  • Working with templates and placeholders
  • Importing text from Pages or Microsoft Word
  • Formatting text
  • Adding objects such as titles, labels, and captions
  • Inserting images
  • Adding tables and charts
  • Working with widgets such as movies, 3D objects, and interactive images
  • Creating review sections with multiple choice and matching questions
  • Exporting a book as an iBook, PDF, or text document
  • Publishing to the iBookstore
Subjects:
Elearning Design Digital Publishing Ebooks Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education
Software:
iBooks Author
Author:
Chris Mattia

Creating chapters

The next step in building our Explore California Travel Guide book is to break up our content into a series of chapters. In our book, we're going to have nine separate chapters: one for each of the eight major tours that we have, and then one that's going to be an introduction chapter. To begin, when we created our new document within our template, we were given chapter 1 already set up for us, but let's go ahead and customize chapter 1 and then build the other eight chapters. To title our chapter, we simply double- click on the text that says "Untitled" at the top and type in "Introduction." Next, we can go ahead and enter in some text that describes what the users are going to find in this chapter.

To save us time, I've gone ahead and typed out a lot of text already for us. I'll go ahead and open up that file. It's in the chapter 01, exercise files folder, and it's called Chapter Text.txt. All the text that we'll be using through this movie is located here. So if you need to pause the video and go ahead and type it in, you can go ahead and do that now. So let's go ahead and select the text here for the introduction and copy it using Command+C or Ctrl+C on our keyboard. Then we'll go back to iBooks Author, double-click on the text description, and paste the text using Command+V. Next, we want to change the placeholder image that was provided to us by the template to something that's a little more appropriate.

We'll go up here to the Media window. We'll go into Photos > Events, and then double-click on the chapter 01 event that we have. We're looking for the image for the Introduction chapter. Scroll down and you can find it. And we'll simply drag that image and drop it right here. I'll move the Media window off to the side so we can still see our whole page. Let's go ahead and add some additional chapters. To add a new chapter, simply go up to the Add Pages plus button in your toolbar, go down to the chapter listing, and select chapter.

A new chapter is added for us. The next chapter that we're going to have is called Desert to Sea, and we'll go back over to our text file and get the text description for that one. Again, copying with Command+C, and then we'll click back into iBooks Author, double-click on the text, and paste it in. We'll next add in the Desert to Sea image background, drop that into place. Let's create our next chapter. The next one is going to be called Taste of California. We'll get our text, copy it with Command+C, paste with Command+V. We'll drop in the Taste image.

We'll add another chapter. This one is called Nature Watch. Go ahead and get that text. There we are. Grab the Nature Watch, drop that image in. Now, when we drop the Nature Watch image in, we'll notice that the pelican image is showing up so that it's a little bit too far over to the right. Let's go ahead and make a slight adjustment to that.

If we double-click on the image, we can bring up the Edit Mask tool. Then we can move our slider to the right to zoom in just a little bit to expand that out, and then we click again on the image. We can drag it a little bit over to the right So we can position the image where it looks a little bit better for our layout. Go ahead and close the Media Browser for a second so we can make sure that we're seeing the wing and see where we've got the feathers coming in at. That's looking a lot better. Let's add the next chapter.

The next chapter is called Snowboard California. And we'll go ahead and get our text, and we'll double-click and paste that in. We'll bring back up our Media Browser. Here's our snowboard image. I'll go ahead and drop that in. Now, when we look at the snowboard image, we see that the snowboarder is oriented so that he's jumping and he's completely behind the text here, and that's not quite what we'd like to see. It would be better if the image was flipped horizontally. To do that, we'll simply click one time on the image to select it.

We'll go up to our Inspector. Then we'll go down and select the Metrics tab. At the bottom of the Metrics tab, there's a Flip horizontal left to right, and we can click that one time and the snowboarder flips over. We'll go ahead and add another chapter. The next one is Cycle California. And we'll get the text, copy it, and go back in here, double-click, and paste. Let's get our Media Browser back up.

There's our Cycle image. We'll just drag that and drop that in place. We'll go ahead and add another chapter. The next one is called California Calm. We'll get our text for that, copy it with Command+C, double-click, and paste, drop in the California Calm image. Let's go ahead and zoom this image in just a little bit. So again, we'll double-click it, we'll drag our slider to the right just a little bit, and then we'll click the image and drag it up just a little bit.

And we want to make it so that the candles up here at the top are not quite off the screen and we have a little bit of the front edge of the shelf showing. Let's go ahead and add another chapter. The next one is Backpack California. So we'll double-click, and we'll go over to our text, and we'll select the Backpack California text, and copy it. Double-click and paste, and we'll come back over here.

We'll drop in our Backpack chapter image. Let's go ahead and close the Media Browser for a second so we can get a full view of this. That one looks pretty good. Although this one, the top of the rock face is going off the page, so let's go ahead and double-click that and pull the image down just a little bit so we get a little tiny bit of sky peeking out at the top. That looks better. Let's go ahead and add one more chapter. And the last chapter is called Golden Gate. And we'll get the text for that, copy it, go back over, double-click, and paste.

Let's go ahead and open up our Media. Here's the Golden Gate image. We'll drop that in place. Now, the Golden Gate image, when we're looking at this, the bridge itself is going down on an angle like this. I think it would be nice to have that straightened out a little bit. So let's go ahead and open our Inspector again. And again, we're on the Metrics tab, and with the image selected, we can adjust the rotation of the angle, and you can do this by simply clicking and dragging around a little bit or you can use the up and down arrows to rotate incrementally.

And we'll just use the horizontal line here as an indicator to let us know when we're about level. So that looks pretty good right there about three degrees' rotation. Now, when we did that though, our image is showing a little bit of extra white space around the edges. So we'll go ahead and zoom that in. I'm going to go ahead and hit the green ball so I fill my screen again. We can see our little handles over here of the image. I can click and drag that image just a little bit bigger and move it up into place so that we get all four corners completely filled with the image.

And so now we've been able to straighten out that image a little bit and drop it in place so that it looks pretty good for us. Now when we look at our book, we have all of the different major chapters set up, and next we need to start adding in the sections of text that go along with each chapter.

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Q: This course was updated on 02/18/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers changes included with iBooks 2.0. We added movies to address portrait-only book templates, embedded equations, scrolling sidebar and popover widgets, and updated movies on publishing to the iBookstore.
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