One of the most critical steps in creating a book in iBooks is testing a proof of your book on real iOS devices. Learn how to preview your book on an iOS device.
- [Instructor] We've done a lot of work on our Explore California Travel Guide already. Now let's preview our work inside of iBooks. Since iBooks is available for Mac OS 10.10 and all iOS devices running iOS seven or newer you'll wanna test your book on as many of these devices as possible to ensure that your book appears as you expect it to. To begin, make sure that your iOS devices are plugged into your computer's USB port via a dock or a lighting cable, then touch the iBooks icon to launch the iBooks application.
Then in iBooks Author click the Preview button in your toolbar. A sheet will pull down where you can select what devices you wanna preview your book on. To demonstrate this I've connected several devices to my Mac and I've named each device, so we can see what the devices are and which version of iOS they're running. With Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or new you should see an option for This computer iBooks for Mac in order to preview your book on your local computer.
This is very helpful to see how your book will appear on a Mac's version of iBooks. Next, we can see the connected iOS devices. In order to preview your book from iBooks Author you need to have a device that's running the latest version of iOS. So for these older devices you'll need to follow the procedures that we're gonna step through in the next movie. You will also need to ensure that the iOS device that you're testing on is yours and has been authorized to sync with the copy of iTunes that's located on your computer.
This iPhone is not mine and therefore, even though it's running the latest version of iOS I can't preview my book on it. This iPhone and this iPad however are good to go. So I'll choose the iPad and then click the Preview button. A sheet may pull down reminding you that in order to preview your book you must have iBooks open on your iOS device. Click OK and then iBooks Author will compile your book and prepare to load it onto your device.
(upbeat music) After your book opens for the first time it should play the intro video that we added and then take you directly to the Introduction chapter. You'll notice that we're in the pagination view's table of contents for chapter one. You can swipe over to the next chapter by dragging your finger across the screen from right to left.
You can see all of the content that's associated with this chapter underneath of it and jump to a page by touching the thumbnail at the bottom of the screen and then swipe from page to page throughout our book. Here you can see the term that we added to our glossary. It's bolded. And by touching on the term the definition that we created becomes visible. We can also access the index from here as well by touching the Glossary Index link. This'll open our book's Glossary where we can see the term, the definition, the related links that we created, and then links to the Index at the bottom.
I'll touch one of the other links in the Index and we're taken directly to that page in our book. You'll wanna take some time and look through every page of your book. Look at each page for formatting and layout issues. Pinch in to go to your table of contents view, and then make sure you visit each chapter. Keep detailed notes of any issues that you find. Once you've worked through the whole book touch the screen and then touch the tools icon in the upper right, then turn on the Scrolling View.
If this option is not available to you then you may have a table of contents page open or you've disabled the scroll view in the document inspector of iBooks Author. Once you're in the scroll view rotate your device up to the portrait orientation and then scroll through your whole book in this view. Again, looking at each and every page. Pinch in on the screen to jump to the scroll view table of contents. I'll navigate over to my Taste of California chapter, which is at the end of the book, and as I scrub through I can see that keynote file that we added in an earlier movie.
Let's return back to the pagination view by touching the screen, going back to the tools icon, and turning off the scroll view. And I'll rotate my device over and swipe over, so we can have a look at this keynote presentation. Pinch out on the keynote presentation to open it into full screen mode. Since this presentation was created as an interactive keynote you should test each and every one of the links to make sure that they're all working inside. It looks like this link opens up a video file that you can play.
(upbeat banjo music) Touching the screen will pause the video. You can then pinch in on the screen to return the keynote presentation back to the normal document view. Repeat this process on an iPhone and a Mac, testing every page of your book on each device. This may seem like a tedious process, but it will save your readers a great deal of frustration by ensuring that everything in your book works as you expect it to. You may need to go back to iBooks Author, fix problems that you find, then proof those pages again.
Once everything is working it's time to share your book and we'll do that in the next movie.
- Installing iBooks Author
- Choosing a template
- Creating a book cover
- Inserting chapters, sections, and pages
- Adding interactive content
- Previewing, publishing, and sharing your book