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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.
New in iBooks Author 2 is the addition of new Portrait Only templates. These templates are similar to the regular templates that we've already seen and will be using throughout the rest of this video training series. However, there are a few key differences. So let's have a look at them now. The Portrait Only layouts are located here at the bottom of the Template chooser. To select a layout, simply double-click on the icon for the templates you want to preview. In this case, let's double- click the Photo Book layout.
When the template opens up, you'll notice that everything looks fairly similar to the landscape book layouts that we have been working with so far. However, if we look up here in the toolbar, at the Orientation option, you'll notice that we no longer have the ability to switch our view between the Landscape and Portrait views, as we saw in the "Customizing Your Table of Contents" movie. You are now locked into only laying out your book in the Portrait view, which more resembles a traditional book and is how your reader is likely to be holding their iPad when reading your book anyway.
Let's have a quick look at some of the other key features of this template. If we start over here in the left-hand column, you will notice that all of the common elements that we've seen thus far are present. Items such as the Book Title, the Intro Media, the Table of Contents and the Glossary. In fact, we can even come up here and still grab the small Grabber handle and pull down in order to access the layouts for this template. Here, we can see all of the layouts for the Chapters, Sections and individual pages for this template.
We still have the ability to click on the individual pages of our book down here in the bottom and edit the Chapter page, the Section page, or the individual pages inside of our book. In fact, we can even click the small dropdown menu still and change the layout for a particular page right here in the left-hand column. In fact, everything about the functionality of a Portrait Only layout works exactly the same as it does in a landscape view, with the exception of the Table of Contents.
In a landscape book, you need to the Portrait view to edit the Table of Contents as we saw in the previous movie. But in the Portrait Only template, you simply just edit the Table of Contents. The Portrait Only templates are a great addition to iBooks Author 2 and I encourage you to explore the additional templates on your own and perhaps build your next book in this new format.
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