Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using fonts in iBooks Author, part of iBooks Author for Teachers: The Basics.
Unless you're creating something like a lesson on photography, most of the content in your iBooks Author project is going to be text. So let's begin our look at working with text by considering some important issues related to fonts in iBooks Author. When it comes to choosing which fonts to use in your projects, you should be aware the iBooks Author can embed two kinds of fonts in your projects, true type fonts with a .ttf suffix, like this Times New Roman, and open type fonts, like this MyriadPro Regular, with the suffix .otf. Other kinds of fonts, like this Utopia, which is a PostScript Type 1 font, won't work in your projects and will be substituted for by a different font.
Fortunately, there's an easy way to know whether a font will work in your project. The Font menu in the Format bar only shows supported fonts. So if I click here and scroll down, I can see that Utopia isn't listed here even though I have it installed in my computer. However, if I open the Mac OS Font panel by pressing Command+T, and I scroll down my list of Fonts, I will see Utopia here. If I click on it to try and apply it, iBooks Author will give me a warning.
I could click Use Anyway, but remember if I do that, another font will be substituted for it. So I'll cancel out and remember to avoid using fonts that aren't true type or open type. Another issue to consider with fonts is licensing. If you intend to publish projects to Apple's iBooks Store, you need to check that the licenses for the fonts you use allow you to distribute them in eBooks. Consult the documentation that accompanies your fonts. For example, here's a font, Sofia Pro Light. If I open the folder, I can see there's a text file that's the font license.
I'll press the Spacebar on my computer to preview it, and I can see the list of allowed uses, and the policies on embedding and linking fonts. If you need to get new fonts that are free and licensed for a commercial work, check out a website called fontsquirrel.com, which has hundreds of high-quality fonts that are free for commercial use. Also check out Google Web Fonts, where you can find and download hundreds of free fonts that will work in your iBooks Author projects. When it comes to working with fonts in iBooks Author, you are limited to using only the fonts that iOS supports.
iBooks Author tries to help you by only displaying supported fonts in the Format bar. Just remember that no matter where you get your fonts, be sure to check that the license allows you to use them the way you intend to.
- 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