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We've put a lot of effort into creating a beautifully designed and dynamic book in iBooks Author. Now, it's time to export our book so that we can distribute copies of our book. And there's a variety of different ways that we can do that. In this movie, we're going to explore the first way of exporting our book, and that's to export it into the iBooks format. In the iBooks format, you're able to upload a copy of your book to your web site or your learning management system and distribute it out to users for free.
In fact, the copy of this book that we're going to export in this movie is going to be made available to all users for free on the lynda.com training library. Once you have your book exported, your users will then be able to simply navigate to that web page on their iPad, click on the link, and it should open into the iBooks application. Let's go ahead and do the export of our book now. To do this, simply open up your finished book, go up to the File menu and select Export from the menu. Then you want to make sure that this first icon is selected which is iBooks.
You'll then click the next button, Explore_California. Now notice that we've named this with an underscore instead of a space, and you want to make sure you do that to make it easier for web servers to be able to distribute your file. Now that we've got our document named, all we need to do is select where we want to save the file to. I'm going to go ahead and save the file directly to my Desktop and then Click the Export button. iBooks Author will then begin exporting your book. It's going to taking compress all of your images, audio and video and media files that are contained inside of it to produce some more compact document that's easier to distribute over the Internet.
When the export completes, you should find a file called Explore_California.ibooks on your computer. You can't open this file on your computer, but you can go ahead and upload it to a web site and then open up your web Browser in your iPad and click on the link to it, and it should download automatically for you. Now, one thing to note, if you choose to distribute your iBook yourself, the license agreement with Apple will only allow you to distribute your book for free. If you want to charge for your book, you'll need to create an account and offer it for sale to the Apple iBook Store.
We'll cover how to distribute your book to the Apps Store in a later movie. Next, we'll show you how to export your book into another format.
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