iBooks Author Essential Training

Publishing to the iBookstore


iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

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Video: Publishing to the iBookstore

In the last movie, we stepped through the first two steps of the publishing process by creating our iTunes Connect Account, by downloading and installing iTunes Producer. We then finished off the process of exporting our book to iTunes Producer. Now, we'll finish off the process by completing all of the steps necessary to publish our book on the iBookstore, inside of iTunes Producer. If you missed the last movie, you'll need to go back and follow the steps in that movie in order to catch up to where we are here.
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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 23s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 26s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 14s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 7s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 46s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 55s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 25s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 52s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 52s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Watch the Online Video Course iBooks Author Essential Training
6h 3m Appropriate for all Jul 03, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing iBooks Author
  • Creating a book cover
  • Creating pages, chapters, and sections
  • Adding visual interest
  • Creating a table of contents and a glossary
  • Working with templates and placeholders
  • Importing text from Pages or Microsoft Word
  • Formatting text
  • Adding objects such as titles, labels, and captions
  • Inserting images
  • Adding tables and charts
  • Working with widgets such as movies, 3D objects, and interactive images
  • Creating review sections with multiple choice and matching questions
  • Exporting a book as an iBook, PDF, or text document
  • Publishing to the iBookstore
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iBooks Author
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Publishing to the iBookstore

In the last movie, we stepped through the first two steps of the publishing process by creating our iTunes Connect Account, by downloading and installing iTunes Producer. We then finished off the process of exporting our book to iTunes Producer. Now, we'll finish off the process by completing all of the steps necessary to publish our book on the iBookstore, inside of iTunes Producer. If you missed the last movie, you'll need to go back and follow the steps in that movie in order to catch up to where we are here.

Now, let's publish our book. In iTunes Producer, we'll need to step through each of the different tabs at the bottom of our screen and at the top of our screen. We'll begin on the Info tab. All of the items that have the red asterisks (*) next to them are required by iBooks in order for us to publish our book. Some of the information should automatically be filled in, such as your Vendor ID. The next thing we need to fill out is the Book Type. When we click the dropdown menu here and choose between Book or Textbook, the main difference here is that textbooks must be created in iBooks Author and there is a special category for them on the iBookstore.

Everything else is a Book, whether it was produced in iBooks Author or produced in a third-party application. We're going to go ahead and leave our's set to Book. Next, we need to set the Language. We can click the dropdown menu and choose a language from here or, we can simply begin typing in the language name, such as English. I'll just type in En, English is selected and I'll hit the Enter or Return key on my keyboard to accept that item. Our Title has already been filled in for us and has been captured directly from our iBook.

If we add a Subtitle to our book, we can go ahead and enter that here. For the Publisher, I'll go ahead and type in lynda.com. You can also add the Publication Date, Series Name, and any Numbers in the Series, if they're applicable to you. Next, we'll add in the Book Description. I've gone ahead and included a file called Book Description.txt in the Chapter 12 Exercise Files. Let's go ahead and select all of that by pressing Command+A on our keyboard and then Command+C to copy. We'll then jump back into iTunes Producer and press Command+V to paste in that text inside of the Book Description.

This page is now complete. Let's go onto the next tab which is Categories. We need to add a primary category for our book to appear inside of the iBookstore. To do this, simply click the Add Category button. You'll then click the dropdown menu and select a Primary Category. Find the category that most closely matches your particular content. I'm going to go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of the list here and find the listing for Travel, since we've created a travel guide. Next, we need to create a Subcategory.

We'll click the dropdown menu and once again, scroll down to the very bottom of the list where we can find the United States / West / Pacific. Here's a section that lists California. So go ahead and click on that option. We'll make sure the check box is selected for Primary. If we need to add any additional categories, we can do that by simply clicking the Add Category button again and repeat the process. Next, we'll go into the Author section. Click the Authors tab, and now we'll click the Add Author button.

We can select the Role here in this first dropdown menu. The Roles could be Author, Illustrator, a Primary Content Creator, or Editor. We'll go ahead and leave this set to Author. Go ahead and fill your name in here. For Sort name, if you have multiple people in your company, you can go ahead and add a Sort name here. In this case, I'll go ahead and enter in lynda.com. And once again, since you'll be the Primary author of this book, go ahead and leave the check box set to Primary.

If you needed to add any additional authors, you could do so by clicking the Add Author button. Let's go ahead and click the Next button to move to the next tab. Next is Related Products. If there are any other related products in the iBookstore that you would like to link this product to, say for example, you've created a whole series of books, you could go ahead and add those related items here. Since we don't have any related items, we'll go ahead and skip this step. Go ahead and click the next button, and now we can set our Target Audience.

Go ahead and click the Add Criteria button, and then under Target Audience Criteria, we can select whether or not we want the Interest to be an Age, specific to Apple, Grade Schools, or any of these other different options that are available to us. We'll go ahead and leave our's set to Age and then Target Age Range. And then in the Target Age Range dropdown menu, we'll select 13 and up, as that's the most appropriate target audience for us. Then, we'll simply click the Next button. This automatically jumps us from the Books tab into the Assets tab.

Here, since we've used iBooks Author, our Publication document has automatically been added here for us as well as our Publication Preview. We can then click the Next button to jump over to the Cover Art section. Once again, our Cover Art has been automatically created for us, because the document was created in iBooks Author it's using our book cover here for our Cover Art. Once again, we'll click the Next button and if we wanted to we could add in some Screenshots. Now in the pre-flighting movie, to take screenshots of your book to use as notes, well, you could use that same technique to take screenshots of your book and then upload them into iTunes Producer.

One thing to keep in mind, you need to make sure that your screenshot files are in the pixel dimensions of 1024 x 768 or 768 x 1024 and they need to be in either the JPEG or PNG file format. I'm going to skip this step and we're not going to add any screenshots to our book. So, then we'll click the Next button and we're all set. If we had any errors or any additional items that we needed to take care of, we would see those listed here. But it looks like our process has gone along smoothly, and we're not seeing any errors.

The very final step to publishing your book is to simply click the Deliver button. Now, once you click the Deliver button, your book is going to be sent up to the Apple servers and it is going to begin going to the review process at Apple. Once that review process has been completed, your book will be available online. I'm going to skip this step, since the book that we've produced here in this training title is just a demonstration book that's got a collection of a variety of different items. If you'd like to see the finished book, you can download it as a free file as part of the Exercise Files.

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Q: This course was updated on 02/18/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers changes included with iBooks 2.0. We added movies to address portrait-only book templates, embedded equations, scrolling sidebar and popover widgets, and updated movies on publishing to the iBookstore.
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