iBooks Author: The Complete Beginner's Guide



hello and welcome to the complete beginners guide to iBooks Author brought to you by tableau Comte you we make it easy to publish iBooks textbooks from anywhere in the world so in today's guide we're gonna have a look at setting up your books layout using hotspots and contents pages using basic widgets and how to set up glossaries as well so let's get to it we're going to start by opening up our books author and selecting a template now you do only get 6 templates with iBooks Author but they're great starting points and in later tutorials we're going to show you how to fully customize these as well first up we're going to have a look at hotspots hotspots are like live text fields they automatically control your books contents page and make navigating super easy we're going to jump over to the books title page to check it out when you select part of the book's title you'll notice a blue box appears around the text this indicates a hotspot I'm just going to change the title of our book to learning photography to show you the effect that it has and there we go you'll see now that because we've changed this live text field the books official title over on the book icon has automatically updated the same applies for chapters and sections as well so if we jump over to chapter one and rename that say camera features you'll see that the chapters title has updated in the icon as well let's try something slightly different for section one let's rename that in the icon to aperture and you'll see just like that the heading on the page changes to if you triple click on one of these hotspots you're also able to select what this section shows the real purpose of these hotspots will soon become very clear I'm just going to jump through and add a few other sections to fill out the content and then jump over to the table of contents and just there you'll see that the table of contents has automatically been filled with our chapter name and all the different sections navigation is ready to go with iBooks Author you can control your books design for both landscape and portrait mode you can easily toggle between the two modes right here on the toolbar the portrait mode is inherently very simple and consists of a long stream of scrollable text there are a few design limitations to be aware of with this portrait mode the top section of portrait is open to design modifications like text boxes images or shapes if I try to drag a shape below this blue line though and into the tax portion of the design then it disappears this section is text only and in many ways it's undesirable the hotspots in portrait and landscape mode are pretty well linked together so if I change the text color here to red then you'll see that on the landscape mode it's changed to red as well this can make custom designs quite tricky I'll show you what I mean I'll just whip up a quick new design here with a new background image and some custom typography and you'll see that when I jump back into landscape mode the text because it's linked has kind of screwed up the design typically iBooks Author requires a uniform design for both portrait and landscape mode but I'm now going to show you a quick and simple way to create custom designs on each section all you need to do is jump back to the portrait mode and then delete that hot text you'll see that even though we have deleted it the sections name on the left-hand side of the book still remains so this does not damage your books navigation but now that we've deleted this linked section we're free to add our own text box and recreate our custom styles when we jump back to landscape although we need to do once again is add a new text box and add our Styles once again by deleting these default linked sections and adding our own text boxes were able to create custom and independent designs for both the portrait and the landscape pages I'm just going to now hit command Z and undo all of that many authors only want to design their book for the landscape orientation if this sounds like you then there's one checkbox that you'll absolutely love if you head over to the inspector and click document all the way on the left hand side then right down the bottom is a button that says disable portrait orientation if you select this then your reader will only be able to view your book in landscape iBooks Author comes equipped with seven really powerful widgets that enhance the interactive nature of your book we're going to take a quick look through some of the basic ones the gallery widget allows us to display and interactively scroll through a number of photos to add these photos all we need to do is drag them on to the gallery widget readers can then scroll through the photos via the buttons or the arrows at the bottom or flick through them like in the normal photo app it is possible to modify the layout and the dimensions of this widget to suit your design or even to create a full page interactive gallery the interactive image widget is a really powerful way to annotate an image or a diagram after adding it to your page to set it up simply drag an image onto the top of the widget you can then drag both the labels and the anchor point to suit any areas you wish to annotate when you click the label the window will zoom right into that section on the widget you can use the panel at the bottom of the widget to adjust the level of zoom then drag the image to the right position using your cursor once you've set your labels and finalize the images position click set view and then whenever you tap that label on your iPad or widget will zoom straight in and show the layout you've specified iBooks Author allows you to set up glossaries that enable your reader to access thorough definitions by simply tapping a word a glossary like this can transform the way a reader uses your book to get started click the glossary tab on the left hand side use the plus and minus buttons to add and remove words then simply enter your word and your words definition once that's done head back to your page I'm just going to add some filler text here with the word aperture in it and then under the View button click to show the glossary toolbar then you can simply highlight the word aperture and then up in a tool bar select the word aperture and click Add link now whenever any reader taps the word aperture which will appear in bold they will see the definition for aperture in iBooks Author as well you can now click on a defined word and be taken straight to the glossary for that definition with this glossary toolbar open you can now highlight any new term such as depth of field and then up the top click Add term this will create a new section for that term and we can go ahead and add a definition photographers among us will know that aperture and depth of field are very much related terms iBooks Author allows us to link these words together in the glossary section simply click on one term drag and drop it on to the related term sections of another word and then whenever your reader views the definition of aperture right at the bottom will be a link to depth of field with a detailed interactive glossary you can make your iBook truly feel like a 21st century textbook and that is how you get started with iBooks Author this tutorial was brought to you by tableau for more tutorials premium templates or if you're ready to share your iBook with the world head over to tableau comte you we make iBooks publishing super easy from anywhere in the world

22 thoughts on “iBooks Author: The Complete Beginner's Guide

  1. we need to get him to 400 subs everyone sub or ill ban you on forty.

  2. Great tutorial. Hey do you know why I cannot seem to write in anything but capital letters.. I tried the usual things, caps lock etc but cant get it to stop all caps. thanks

  3. I just bought a Mac just to use this app…lol headed to pick it up now😩

  4. this is a formatting app and not a writing app. who wants to work in a crowded, distracting window full of sections and lorem ipsum? i need a clean window to write in, like a blank sheet of paper so that I can think of my story and not of your app.

  5. Excellant tut… I looked and could not find the Portrait Landscape buttons on my tool bar. Is this due to me having a different version to your tut??? I'm running 2.5 Ebook Author.

  6. Can you have page turn flip animation rather than sliding?

  7. IMy book is in PDF Format, need to edit so do I obtain a PDF Converter or can I convert the PDF to Word or Pages to edit then save as word, epub then export to e book sites? 

  8. Thanks for the tutorial.  I understand this is to be used on-line resource but can I make a textbook and have it printed? Thank you. 

  9. Rather than a Beginner's Guide, this actually showed some intermediate to advanced features…

  10. I want to change a color of a template fill but i don´t have any way to choose it, can you help me?

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