iBooks Author Training - Populating Your iBook

iBooks Author Training - Populating Your iBook
Now that Chris Mattia has populated the pages of the sample iBook, which he is building in iBooks Author for the lynda.com iBooks Author Essential Training video course, he demonstrates how the table of contents performs differently in the portrait and landscape iBooks and in the ePub formats. He also covers how to build a table of contents from existing pages and working with images, styles and page numbering in the TOC.

Once the table of contents is complete, Mattia moves on to creating a glossary and previewing your iBook on a MacR and iOSR devices.

The next major topic is iBooks AuthorR templates and Mattia begins by discussing the individual parts of a template. He then demonstrates how to modify an existing template and apply those changes to your iBook.

For those interested in a DIY template, Mattia walks through the process of creating your own template starting from a blank canvas. He demonstrates how to define both auto updating variables and placeholders, as well as how to assign them as editable design elements. For this DIY template, he also builds a custom photo collage layout and linked text boxes. Finally you are ready to save your new template. Mattia demonstrates how this works and where to find the template file on your Mac.

In the next section, Mattia covers the three ways to import external text into your iBook. He begins by importing a .txt document, which has no formatting to consider, and demonstrates how to format the imported text in iBooks Author. Next, he imports a .pages document and discusses how the matching style names for both AppleR applications help to maintain the formatting and floating images within the content.

For the third example, Mattia demonstrates how to import external text from a non-Apple application such as a Micorsoft WordR .docx document. He discusses how to handle the problem of non-matching styles.

The final example is importing from InDesignR and Mattia discusses the two step process. He demonstrates how to export from InDesign as an InDesign Markup .idml format and the various import options when moving the content to iBooks Author.

Chris Mattia is an instructional designer and educator with a broad background in product management, video production and systems administration and ecology.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this article. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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