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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.
iBooks Author is a fantastic application for building dynamic, interactive, beautifully designed books. But at the core of every single book is the text that the user is going to be reading. And in this chapter, we're going to explore the three basic ways of importing text from other document types directly into our iBooks Author project. And let's begin that with the most basic type of document, a plain text document. Now, if you're following along, I'm in EC_03_start, and we're going to start off in chapter 7, Nature Watch.
In the exercise files, I've included a few files for us. The first one is called Nature Text. We'll go ahead and bring that file up so you can see it here on the screen. If you need to, you can pause the video and copy this text into a plain text file. We're going to import this directly into iBooks Author. We've already seen how we can select the text, copy it, and paste it into a layout, but let's explore another way of doing this. I'm going to go ahead and close my document. I'm going to start off in iBooks Author with chapter 7 Nature Watch selected, and then I'm going to go up to the Add Pages tool in the upper left-hand corner and select Pages.
And we're going to choose the 2 Column layout. This is going to add the filler pages for us with the base text. Go ahead and click inside of that text and then press Command+A on your keyboard to select all of that text, and then simply press the Delete key. Now, I'm going to jump over to my Finder where I can see my text file here on my exercise files. I'm then going to simply take the text file, drag it, and drop it directly into iBooks Author. When I do, the text is automatically added to the page. The next thing we need to do is go ahead and format the text.
The easiest way to begin formatting the text is simply to click inside of the text and then press Command+A on your keyboard again to select all of that text. And then simply define this text as body text by clicking on the Body style in our Style sidebar. Now, we can easily see all of the individual paragraphs of our text. Let's go ahead and add the additional formatting to our text here. The first paragraph of text we want to define as a block quote, so we'll select the text and then click Block Quote in our Paragraph Styles panel.
We can next select The Fossil Tour and define it as a heading 1, Coastal Experience also as a heading 1, and then if we move over to the second page, we can find our Endangered Species Expedition. We'll go ahead and select that and also define that as a heading 1 tag as well. We scrub back to the first page, let's go ahead and open up our Media window and in the chapter 3 Images folder, we have a nature baby sea lion image. We can go ahead and drag that into our layout, close our Media window, and then simply drag the image and scale it into the desired location.
I've also included in the chapter 3 exercise files a Desert to Sea text that if you would like to, you can add that text with the included image from the Media folder into the Desert to Sea chapter on your own. And in the next movie, we'll look at adding a Pages document directly into our layout.
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