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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.
We're still working on building our custom layout of a photo collage for our Explore California Travel Guide. Our layout is coming along nicely. The next thing we need to do is define our image as a placeholder image so that when this layout is used on a subsequent page, we'll be able to drop an image directly on top of it. To do this, simply click on the image to select it, then go up to the Format menu at the top, and go down to the Advanced menu, and then select Define as Media Placeholder.
Just because that image is defined as a media placeholder though, doesn't mean that our users will be able to edit the image. To do that, we need to go up to the Inspector and make sure we're on the Layout tab and check the box for Editable on pages using layout. If we wanted to give this image a custom tag, we could do that here. We're going to leave this off because we're going to duplicate this image in a later movie. Our image is complete. In the next movie, we'll go ahead and define the placeholder text.
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