Learn about the publish command that is built-in to the software, but only makes your ebook readable by iBooks.
- Remember, as I said in the pros and cons video earlier in this chapter, actually, that was the cool and not cool slide, one of the not cool things about the iBook format is that it's the most restrictive out of all of the ebook formats that I've talked about in this title. You can only distribute your iBooks on the iBooks store. It's prohibited in the license agreement to sell them or distribute them even for free elsewhere anywhere on the planet. Only in the iBooks Store.
You can create an iBooks proof though that's local to your hard drive for you to look at in iBooks if you want. It's essentially the same thing as clicking Preview. But, depending on the template that you started with, you can export an ePub or a PDF, and those you are allowed to post elsewhere or to sell on your own. So, I have a layout here that I'm in the middle of working on, and let's say that I wanted to publish it to the iBooks Store. You just use this handy dandy little guy, Publish.
Publish your book to the iBooks Store. Click Continue. And it does some sort of test that it doesn't tell me what it's testing, but apparently I passed. I like to hear that. And then if you click Continue, it wants to know what your account is, and it's usually your Apple account, and then you have to install a special program called iTunes Producer, and you only get iTunes Producer after you have set up your iTunes Connect account. That's what this account is that you use your Apple ID for.
Got that straight? I'm going to talk about these steps in much more detail in another video in a later chapter. But, it's nice that you can publish directly to there right from this program. Now, to get your book out in other formats that you can distribute on your own, you have to go to the File menu and go down to Export. So if I choose to export this, I can choose to export it as an iBook, and this would save it as an iBook somewhere in hard drive that I could open up in iBooks, again, the same thing as doing Preview. I can also export this as a PDF with my choice of image quality, and if I wanted to create a PDF ebook from this file, I would of course choose best.
There's also some security options that you can set. Same kind of things that we saw in Acrobat in a previous video. The PDF that gets exported, though, of course has no support for any of these widgets, any of the interactivity. Not even the video that you bring in does it support. It just has screen shots of all the things. So, unless your able to hold yourself back from including any interactivity, and it's simply text and graphics, then don't even bother creating a PDF, but if you did do that, that's a great solution. Go ahead and export the PDF.
And as I said, you are allowed to distribute and sell that on your own site. That's perfectly cool with Apple. If you started with a template that was one of the ePub templates, let me go ahead and open it up, resize this, and you created chapters and so on, and you added widgets to the ePub, then you can of course publish it directly to the iBooks Store just as we were able to publish the Multi-Touch ebook, but you can also go to the File menu and choose Export, and you can export it as an ePub 3 document.
Ah hah! That's kind of cool. And that ePub document you could convert to a Kindle or get it ready for Kobo, that's, again, perfectly fine with Apple. It's only the iBook format that is proprietary and solely sold through the iBooks Store. So, those are your choices. Not as limiting as what you might have thought in the beginning because there are some interesting export formats, and it's nice that if you do want to publish to the iBooks Store, you can do so right from inside the program.
- 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