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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.
Before we wrap up this chapter on customizing templates in iBooks Author, I'd like to share one more tip with you, and that's how to share a customized template that you've saved and exported. In an earlier movie, we showed how to save a blank template. Now, let's go ahead and share that template to another user that may want to use it. To do this, make sure you're in your Finder and then go up to the Go menu and select Go to Folder. You then want to type in a tilde, which is the Shift and the key usually just to the left of the number 1--it's that little squiggle sign--/Library.
Then click the Go button and your Finder window should automatically open to a hidden folder in your Mac OS X Lion account. You then want to go to Application Support/iBooks Author/Templates/My Templates, and you should find the blank template located there. If you hold down the Option key on your keyboard, you can then click and drag that template out to your desktop. You'll notice the green ball with the plus icon indicating that we're going to make a copy.
When you release, a copy is created and your blank template is left in place. You can go ahead and close the Finder window. You can then hold down the Ctrl key or right-click on that blank template and select Compress Blank. This will create a zip file of the template. You can then email this zip file, if it's small enough, or you can simply copy it to your local network or use some other method to be able to transfer the file to another user. All they need to do then is simply double-click the file to decompress it and then copy that file into the same location that we just got the file from.
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