Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharing an ebook via email, part of iBooks Author for Teachers: The Basics.
iBooks Author can of course be used to publish projects to the iBookstore. The process isn't difficult but it is a little complicated. It involves several extra steps, plus you have to wait for Apple to approve your project, and that extra work and waiting is really not necessary if all you want to do is distribute your project to students. One much simpler option is to simply export the project in iBooks format and distribute it yourself via the web or email. Let's see how it's done. Here is my geology project, and it's time to share it.
I'm going to share it in a format that will allow my students to view it in iBooks or on their iPads and take advantage of all the features I've built into it. One option is to simply email the finished project to students. To send a project via email, go to Share > Send via Mail > iBooks for iPad. When you do, you'll see an alert telling you the size of the attachment, and since this isn't over the limit for what I can email, I'll Proceed.
When the email is opened in Mail on the iPad, the student can tap the attachment to open it in iBooks. Another option is to place a copy of your project in iBooks format on a web server so your students can click a link to download the project to their iPads and then open it in iBooks. To do that, again go to the Share menu, but this time, choose Export. For the Format choose iBooks and click Next. Then just name your file and pick a destination, I'll just save it to the Desktop.
There is my complete iBooks file that I can put onto a server for users to download. When it comes to sharing your finished project with students or others, you have several options. In this video, we saw how to send a project via mail, and how to export a project so it can be placed on the web for users to download. In the next movie, we'll see another option that you can use when you want to share with someone who may not have iBooks or even an iPad, sharing a project via PDF.
- Creating and editing layouts
- Setting text preferences
- Working with color and images
- Importing and moving content
- Adding an image gallery widget
- Creating scrolling sidebars and pop-overs
- Incorporating audio and video
- Creating reviews with multiple choice and matching questions
- Sharing iBooks Author projects via email and PDF