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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.
When you open up the iBooks Author application, you're first presented with the Template Chooser, to select from one of the pre-defined templates that Apple ships with iBooks Author. To select a template, simply double- click on any of the templates on the screen. This will open up a brand-new document, and it shows you all of the different configurations that Apple has pre-defined for us. If we look over on the left-hand column, we can see a sample of what some of the pages will end up looking like. Simply click on the individual pages to jump down between the various different views.
Oftentimes, depending on your screen resolution, you may not be able to see all of the document on the main screen. To adjust this, simply go down to the bottom and click the little dropdown menu where you see 100%, and scroll down to the bottom until you find the Fit Page link. This will display the entire page within your screen. Now when you go to the next page, you can still see all of the layouts there. Another thing to check when you're evaluating the various different templates is to look and see the various different styles that ship with that particular template.
To look at the styles, you can click the small gear icon down in the bottom and then select from the Paragraph Style or Character Style links on the bottom. Here you can see a WYSIWYG, or What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get, view of what the different styles that are used throughout this template look like. Let's go ahead and close this document and look at another template. Simply click the red close ball in the upper left-hand corner and then click the File menu and you can either choose New or New from Template Chooser; either one will do the same thing.
Next, let's go ahead and look at the Classic view. I'll double-click on Classic and that opens up this template. Here you can see there's a slightly different view. I'll go ahead and adjust my page size so we can see the entire page again. As we click down through the various sections and pages, we can see the basic layout differences between this and the basic template. Again, let's go ahead and click on the gear and look at the Paragraph styles to see the basic styles of the text that's used throughout this template.
Let's go ahead and close this document and let's choose File, and this time I'll select New from Template Chooser. And we can see that it takes us back to the same place. For this training title, we're going to go ahead and use the Contemporary template. So I'll click one time on it and this time instead of double-clicking on a Contemporary template, I'll go ahead and click the Choose button in the lower right-hand corner. This does the exact same thing as double-clicking. Once more, we'll reset our page view so that it fits within the page and then we'll go ahead and look at the various different pages.
It's a pretty simple layout, but I like the starting fonts and the basics of this template, so we're going to go ahead and use this one for the training. To save the document, simply go up to the File menu and choose Save. And you can save the document wherever you'd like. I'm going to go ahead and save mine into my Documents folder and I'm going to call the document EC for Explore California, EC_01_ start. I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and now we can see that my document name is appearing up here in the top of my document and I'm ready to proceed on with the next task.
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