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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.
Now that you've put all of this hard work in creating your iBook, it's time to publish it to the iBookstore and distribute it out to the world. This can be accomplished in three easy steps. The first step is to create an iTunes Connect account. The second is to download and install iBooks Publisher. And finally, we'll use iBooks Publisher to submit our book up to the iBookstore. To get started with these steps, all we need to do is come up here and click the Publish button in our toolbar.
A sheet will pull down, letting us know that it's time to publish our book to the iBookstore. We'll go ahead and click the Continue button and then on the next screen, we can see on the left-hand side our Pre-Publishing checklist. Let's go ahead and click the Continue button and then go ahead and click the button for Create New Account. Your browser should automatically open and take you to itunesconnect.apple.com. We'll go ahead and click the Get Started button. And on the next screen, we'll see that there are two different types of accounts that we can create, a Free Books Account or Paid Books Account.
Now, when you're publishing your books to the iBookstore, you can only publish your book via one of these two accounts, and each account can be tied to only one Apple ID. So, if you want to have some books that you offer for free and some books that you want to have customers pay for, you'll need to have two separate Apple IDs. You can create an Apple ID directly through the iTunes application on your Mac. In this case, let's go ahead and create a Free Books Account so that we can offer our book for free.
Click the button for Create a Free Books Account and on the next screen, you'll need to fill in your first and last name as it appears in your iTunes account. Enter in the Apple ID used with that account and then enter in your password. You'll then need to check the box to allow the iTunes Store to verify your account information. When you click the Continue button, there will be a couple of more screens that will ask for some personal information about your account. Go ahead and fill those out and when you're finished, a verification email should be sent to your account that you'll need to reply to in order to get your account fully set up.
Once you've done that, you can return back to iBooks Author and then click the Continue button. The next step allows you to download iTunes Producer. Simply click the blue button here and it will take you directly to itunesconnect.apple.com. Go ahead and sign in with your new iTunes Connect account that you just set up. And then click the Sign In button. Then, go ahead and scroll down on the page, until you find the iTunes Producer application and then click the Download button.
The application should download to your Mac. When the application finishes downloading, you can go ahead and go to your Downloads folder and then drag the disk image file out to your desktop. You can double-click the disk image file for iTunes Producer and then double-click iTunesProducer.pkg to begin the installation process. When the installer opens up, you can go ahead and click Continue. You can then click the Install button to accept the default installation location.
Type in your password and click Install Software. When the installation is completed, go ahead and click the Close button. Now that the software's been installed, go ahead and return back to iBooks Author and click the Continue button. Now, you're prompted to sign in to your iTunes Connect account here inside of iBooks Author. And then click the Sign In button. You then can say whether or not this book that you're creating is a new book or if it's one that you've previously published and you're just publishing an update to the book.
In this case, we're publishing a new book. So, we'll leave the first option selected and then click the Continue button. Next, you are asked to select a sample chapter for your book for the iBookstore. You can click the dropdown menu and all of the chapters that you've created in your book will appear here. I'll go ahead and leave mine set to the Introduction chapter and then click the Continue button. Now that the pre-flighting is done, you can click the Export button to export your book. When the export is complete, you're prompted to open up iTunes Producer.
Go ahead and click Open iTunes Producer and iTunes Producer is opened up for you. In the next movie, we'll step through the process of filling in all the information in iTunes Producer to complete the process.
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