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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.
iBooks Author has the capacity to add interactive review questions to our books. These review questions are created using the Review Widget object and applying any of the six-question templates that currently ship with iBooks Author. In typical Apple fashion, it's extremely easy to add a Review section to our book. We only need to follow three simple steps. Step one, add a Review widget object to our book. Step two, add a type of question from the list of Review Question templates.
And step three, edit our question and select the correct answer. Now just because the widget is called Review, it doesn't mean that it can only be used at the end of a chapter, section, or even the whole book. The Review Widget is a great tool at your disposal for getting your reader to interact with your materials at any point throughout your book. For instance, you can use a Review widget at the start of a book to test the user's existing knowledge of your subject and set them into the correct mindset for discovering additional information that they'll learn along the way.
You can of course use the Review object to test reader comprehension at the end of your book as well. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Let's have a look at the six basic Review Question templates that currently ship with iBooks Author. These templates can be broken down into two basic categories, Multiple Choice and Matching Types of questions. First, let's look at the Multiple Choice options. Here, we have a very traditional Multiple Choice type of question template that simply includes text for the question and for the answers.
Then we have two Multiple Choice templates that add space for us to include an image. Now, these images can be used to either add visual interest to your question, or have the user examine the image or diagram in order to select the correct answer. Finally, we have a Multiple Choice type of question where the answers are all images themselves that the user can select from. The second type of question templates are Matching Styles of questions. Both of these question types are very visual in nature. They both have a place for you to type the text of your question and then users can drag either a text button to an available location on the image, as in the first template, or an image thumbnail, as in the second template.
Let's dive in to using the Review widget object in iBooks Author to whet our reader's appetite for the kinds of information they will discover while reading through our Explore California Travel Guide.
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