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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.
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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