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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.
In order to install iBooks Author, we need to make sure that we're running Mac OS 10.7 or later. To check this, simply go up to the Apple menu in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and select About This Mac. You'll see the version number right here in the middle, and you need to make sure that you're running at least version 10.7. Mac OS X Lion is the code name for it. I'm running 10.7.2, so we're good to go. We'll go ahead and close that window. And then down on our Dock, we should find a copy of the App Store. We'll go ahead and launch the App Store and we'll search for iBooks Author in the upper right-hand corner.
Simply type in "iBooks Author" and hit Return, and the App Store should come back and show you the iBook Author app. If you want to go ahead and click on the link, we can see a little bit more information about iBooks Author, including the current version number. I'm going to be installing version 1.1. This is a free app, so simply click the Free link, and click the link that says Install App. You may be prompted to type in your password for your App Store account, so go ahead and type that in and click the Sign In button.
iBooks Author should begin automatically installing onto your system. Once iBooks Author finishes installing, we can go ahead and add the icon down to our dock. We can do that by simply clicking anywhere on our desktop, getting rid of the App Store by closing that window, and then go up to the Go menu and select Applications. You can then hit the I button on your keyboard to jump down to any applications that start with the letter I. We find iBooks Author right there. Then go ahead and click and drag that application down into our Dock and go ahead and drop it so that it's nice and convenient for us to be able to access.
We can then close our Applications folder. Now, we're ready to get started using iBooks Author.
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