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iBooks Author Build the Story Section
Now that we have the front matter finished, we can add the storybook pages to your iBooks Author book. This section in the template begins the story portion for your book. For short early reader books, one section may be all that is needed. But the template has three story section layout designs.
iBooks Author - Building Title Page
The templateís first section begins with the title page. From there, you can add other pages to this section, such as the foreword, copyright, dedication or introduction. If you prefer, you can just have the Title Page and no other pages in the front matter.
iBooks Author Building Table of Contents Layout
In the last tutorial, we began building your book in iBooks Author by customizing the Book Title layout with your own title and book cover illustration. Now, itís time to tackle the Table of Contents.
iBA Building Portrait Book Cover Layout
The portrait or vertical Book Title page is the first image that the reader will see after downloading your book. When reduced to a thumbnail graphic, it will be displayed in your bookís listing in the iBooks Store and in your readerís iBooks Library.
Character Development Design by Mary Begin
In this video training course entitled Character Development and Design, at Lynda.com, Mary Jane Begin discusses both her own and other artistís create their characters.
Custom iBooks Author Table of Contents
As most early reader books are short, the number one customization requested by my BellaOnline readers is to change the default Table of Contents page in iBooks Author. After reviewing sample books in the iBooks Store, I noticed that many childrenís books omitted the iBA TOC page.
iBooks Author and Meta Data
The first task you have when creating a book in iBooks Author is to give titles to the chapter and sections of your book which will determine the Table of Contents. In the Book Pane are the pages that create the foundation of your book, as they contain hidden code, called meta data.
The iBooks Author Template
All iBA templates contain several chapter, section and page layouts. As in traditional books, an iBA book chapter contains sections and those sections contain pages. Letís discuss just what you will find in any iBooks Author template and the extras I have added to my template for childrenís books.
iBooks Author Placeholder Magic
iBooks Author placeholders make creating your own storybook as easy as dragging and dropping. Each layout in a template has the graphic and text placeholders already position on the page. You can use these as is or rearrange or delete them.
Install iBooks Author Template
Before we begin building your book, you should download and install iBooks Author on to your computer. If already installed, be sure that itís the latest version. You will find it free in the App Store. Once you have iBA installed, you are ready to load the template.
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