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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.
A great option for you to be able to export a copy of your book so it can be viewed on a device other than an iPad is to export your book as PDF. All of your widgets will not necessarily work when you export as a PDF. But your general layout and much of your content will still be intact. Let's look at how to export our finished Explore California Travel Guide as a PDF. To do this, all we need to do is come up here to the File menu and select Export. When the sheet pulls down, simply click on the middle button, which is PDF, choose the image quality that we want to have from the dropdown menu.
I'll go ahead and select Better. If you want to apply any security options you can click the dropdown triangle here. You can choose to require a password when the document is opened. You can choose to restrict printing of your document or you can choose to restrict copying of content directly from your document. All you do is simply check the box and type in a password that you want to have. That way, your document is password- protected, and you can distribute copies of it and control who has access to it by who you give the password to.
For this document, I'm going to go ahead and leave all of the security settings unchecked. I'll then close the Disclosure Triangle and click the Next button. Next, I can choose a name for my document. Go ahead and type in Explore California, then choose a location where you want to save your document to. I'm going to go ahead and select my Desktop and then click the Export button. My document is exported as a PDF, and it's added directly to my Desktop. Now, we can preview this document by first minimizing our iBooks Author document and then go ahead and double- clicking on the PDF file.
The PDF will open up in your computers default PDF Reader. We can use the Scroll bar on the right- hand side to scroll down and look at each of the pages in our layout. Notice that some of the quizzes are not interactive anymore. They'll simply show the corrected answer for the first question and the other options are not clickable. We can go ahead and scroll down through the rest of our book and check and see how all of the layouts look. When you're satisfied with it, go ahead and close the document. You can now freely distribute this document to anyone that you would like regardless of what kind of computer or mobile device that they are using, they should be able to open a PDF.
They just won't be able to get the full experience of all of the multimedia aspects that you may have added into your book.
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