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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.
Another way for us to share a copy of our iBook is to simply email it to another user. If you have added a lot of content, especially a lot of Multimedia content, you may not be able to use this feature, because your email program may not allow you to email a document as large as what the attachments will be. If your document is small enough, all you need to do though is go up to the Share menu and select Send via Email. You have three options. The first is to choose iBooks Author for Mac. If you choose this option, the iBooks Author Document that you've been working on will be packaged up attached to an email message and ready for you to send to another user.
This is a great option if you're collaborating with another Author who is helping you develop the book. This way, you're sending them a version of the book that they can continue working in as well. The next option, iBooks for iPad is a great option, especially for teachers who want to email a copy of their book directly out to their students so that your students can click on the attachment inside of the email on their iPad and have it open up that text book directly inside of iBooks on their iPad.
The final option is for emailing a PDF copy of your book. Now the PDF copy is great, because it will work on just about any device, regardless of whether it's a Mac or a Windows, whether it's a Desktop or a Laptop or any kind of mobile device. Most devices are able to open up a PDF. Now the drawback to using a PDF is that you're interactive multimedia features of the iBook will not come through. Let's go ahead and select PDF from the menu, and we'll get a pop-up Window that will let us know how large the attachment is going to be and ask us if we want to proceed.
At 16.6 megabytes, this just makes it inside of my email program's file size attachment limit. So I'll go ahead and click the Proceed button. My email message will open up. I have my document attached, I can then simply address it to another user, type in a Subject and then press the Send button. iBooks Author provides us lots of ways of being able to share our documents with other users, whether it's the native iBooks Author Document, the iBooks for iPad Document or the PDF version. There are many options that we have available to share our content.
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