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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 this chapter, we're going to take a deeper look at how to format text inside of iBooks Author. If you're following along, I'm in EC_04_start, and I'm in the Section 1, Big Sur Retreat page. When you go to format text inside of iBooks Author, the first thing you need to do is make a selection of your text, and you can do this in a variety of different ways: you can simply click and drag to select some text, you can double-click on a word in order to select it, or you can triple-click inside of a paragraph to select the entire paragraph.
Once you've made your selection, the next thing you need to do is apply some formatting to that text from one of three locations: either from the Format bar, the Inspector, or the Format menu. If you don't have your Format bar showing, simply go to the View menu and select Show Format Bar to turn it on. The Format bar is arranged so that you can control the styles of your text over here on the left-hand side. Then you can control specific parameters of your font here in the center section.
Over here on the right, you can control specific formatting for paragraphs or blocks of text. And finally, you can control formatting for lists. The second location that you can control your formatting for your text is inside of your Inspector and inside of the tab for Text. The Text Inspector is arranged in a series of tabs as well. The first tab allows you to control parameters about the paragraph and alignment of text. The next tab allows you to control lists, then you can control your tabs, and then there is a More setting which has some more advanced controls for text.
The final location to be able to access even more text controls is up under the Format menu. And it's under these two submenus for Font and Text. The Font submenu allows you to control the specific formatting of your font, while the Text submenu allows you to control the formatting of paragraphs or blocks of text. Now that you know the general location to be able to find the formatting, let's go in and apply some specific formatting to our text.
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