iBooks Author is free software, but it's only available for Macintosh. Learn some basics of creating an ebook and its chapter structure by using a template.
- [Instructor] How do you make one of these wondrous Ibooks with Ibooks author? It's pretty simple, you start up the program and as you can see I'm in the middle of working on an Ibook here, now before we get more into it let me show you how it would look like starting from scratch. You can just go to the file menu and choose new, and then choose from any of these templates that come with the program and there are other templates that people sell that you can download and have those available to you as choices. There's three different categories, the first one is landscape which is what people typically think of as an Ibook.
It's a landscape fixed layout and then you can choose to allow people to turn on the scrolling option when it would change into a reflowable epub with all of the art and interactive objects in the left margin. That's what that means up here include scrolling view option. Then they also have portraits Ibooks where you are able to include the same interactive features that you would in a regular Ibook, but keep it locked to portrait with no scrolling option. I know a number of authors who prefer this because they don't want people to mess up their designs, they want pictures where they put them next to a certain paragraph.
And finally in recent versions of Ibooks they added the Epub version, so you can create a reflowable epub, not a fixed layout epub, only reflowable epubs, but you can include some of the interactive elements in your reflowable epubs and Ibooks will only allow you to include those interactive objects that are supported by the Ibook store. So you don't have to worry about adding some cool quiz or something that no ebook reader can understand.
And the one that I created for our English cottage gardens book was one of these guys. So you can start with any of these, like for example, high renaissance, the classic format. The way that the interface works is on the left you see the chapter opener and then a section and then pages underneath. Now you don't need to have a section you could just start with the chapter opener and then pages, but every Ibook has to have at least one chapter and most of them have multiple.
The downward pointing arrows next to these allow you to change the chapter layout from chapter to preface, oh that's kind of cool. Let's go back to chapter and then the section opener can change to all these different kinds of sections, and then the page can change different layouts. So we could have one column, two column or simply a blank page. Up here will be the book cover and title. And now I'll say that I want to select this and edit it and I just click inside it and swipe and say "My Book." The inspector tab over on the right changes depending on what you have selected.
The inspector panel has a ton of controls in it for working with the document, working with images, working with text as I want to change here. So for example if I wanted this to be left aligned versus right aligned versus centered, so there it is left aligned. And other text controls are in this formatting bar going across the top. Let me switch to the one that I was working on. And you'll see what it looks like as in the middle of being created here is my cover and then I have a chapter opener and then here's a page, just with no graphics.
But if I wanted to add an image I would go to the media panel, this button right up here, the media browser. And here I've just dragged and dropped the folder called links from the exercise files right in here. You could drag and drop any folder that you want. This allows you to quickly locate an image but you can also drag and drop right from the finder. And if I wanted to add an image right in the middle of here like maybe this cool cactus, I could just bring it here and it automatically wraps. And then there's all sorts of formatting things that I can do to it.
But when you're done or when you're done with your work session, you would save the document and come up to the file menu and choose save, and it saves it as you can see up here in the .iba format that means it's an editable Ibooks author document. It's not something you can read in Ibook the application, but it's just for editing. If you do want to preview the book as you work you can just click here preview and it'll just ask you which program do you want to preview in it. I'm going to cancel out of here. Now if you want to learn more about working with Ibooks author, I recommend that you go to the online training library and search for Ibooks author.
A couple of my favorite ones are from Mike Rankin where it says Ibooks author for teachers the basics but he has a lot of information about working with widgets and adding video and all sorts of fun stuff in here. And then Chris has also an excellent course for getting started with Ibooks author. It's an easy to learn program but there are a lot of bells and widgets that you might want to learn how to use and for that I recommend that you follow one of those other courses.
- Finding, downloading, and reading free ebooks
- Choosing the right format for your ebook
- Building reflowable EPUBs and fixed-layout EPUBs
- Using tools like Word, Sigil, calibre, Jutoh, Pages, PubCoder, and InDesign
- Adding animation and interactivity such as clickable buttons
- Creating ebooks for the Kindle
- Learning the pros and cons of PDF ebooks
- Creating reflowable and multitouch ebooks with iBooks Author