MacMost Now 661: iBooks Author Overview

Take a quick look at iBooks Author, the new tool from Apple that lets you create textbooks for the iPad. You can design and layout pages like in iWork Pages. You can also add special elements like photo galleries, quizzes, 3D objects and interactive images.

Comments: 20 Responses to “MacMost Now 661: iBooks Author Overview”

    Antrim
    8 years ago

    Great overview. Thanks.

    Kathryn Durkin
    8 years ago

    Want to get the most out of my iMac and appreciate your way of making understanding different aspects so much easier for this grand mother. I have been using my Mac to create all kinds of memories for my children and grandchilren with iPhotos and iMovies.
    Now I am wondering about continuing to use iBooks Author for doing a personal book of memories, using my page documents and photos.
    I have for this past week been transferring the beginning of many page documents in my personal journal of 40 some years, along with photos inserted to document as the years go by, to iBook Author and have a good start going there.
    Thank you for the extra hints in your overview of iAuthor yesterday, however I am wondering if I will have the available memory to continue and complete this large endeavor. I am thinking of publishing it as a PDF for family only, rather then printing out the many pages that would be required. It would also be a very heavy book.
    Even though some of my grandchildren have iPods and iPhones, I am the only one to have an iPad at this time so that is why I am considering the PDF route.
    Sorry for being so wordy but would appreciate any suggestions that you can offer.

      8 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful project!
      The only suggestion I would have is to think about using Pages instead of iBooks Author. iBA is really meant for textbooks. The special features it has that Pages does not are things like the glossary, quizzes, 3D objects, etc. Things that you would not be using because of the nature of your project — and because they wouldn’t export to PDF anyway.
      I think Pages would better suit any project that was going to result in just a PDF. I would only use iBooks Author for projects that either were meant for iBooks on the iPad, or to be sold in the iBookstore.
      But that is just a suggestion. I can’t think of a reason why you need to switch at this point if you have already begun.

        Kathryn Durkin
        8 years ago

        Thank you Gary. I did do a short trial with pages but found that it was easier for me, to work with inserting and captioning the photos anong the words, so have opted to stay with iBA.

    Grant
    8 years ago

    What export setting should people use to add a video to iBook Author?

    For example, should we export to a mobile size video from iMovie to our desktop and drag and drop it in?

    Thanks in advance!

      8 years ago

      Try different ones to see what you like. I’d imagine that “mobile” is too small. I would try something larger.

    JoRiley
    8 years ago

    I am writing a book in pages, how do you transfer to iBook author? Thanks for your help.

    JoRiley
    8 years ago

    Should I be doing this is the proper way to do it?

      8 years ago

      It depends. Pages is a much more versatile tool. iBooks Author is really just for textbooks. Pages is for all sorts of things. Unless I was writing a textbook specifically, I would use Pages.

    Patricia Carbon
    8 years ago

    Nice video, very helpful! I am using iba to create a textbook and though I have some familiarity with Pages I’ve usually just used blank pages rather than templates. Is there a way in iba to insert a new page between existing pages? What does you do, if you get half way through your book and realize you need to add some material to a previous chapter? Thanks for your help!

      8 years ago

      There are many ways to insert pages. In fact, there is a whole Insert menu at the top in the menubar. You can also control+click and select Insert Page.

        Patricia Carbon
        8 years ago

        Yes, but I haven’t found a way to insert anywhere except at the end of my document. I’ve tried to insert a page between pages 4 and 5 for instance but it always appears at the end. I know that pages can’t be dragged in the book pane. You are supposed to be able to drag sections but I just tried creating a section page, a preface, and was unable to drag it to the front of the book. I probably haven’t set my book up properly and am having problems as a result.
        Thanks.

          8 years ago

          When I control+clicked on page 1 of a section, and chose Insert Page, it put the new page after page one and shifted all the rest down.

    Patricia Carbon
    8 years ago

    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I think I see my problem. I haven’t created any sections, just pages. I guess you really have to use their format of pages within sections and sections within chapters.

    Russ Mead
    8 years ago

    I have started a new textbook with iBooks Author for a class I will be teaching. Any ideas on how to print the book out for students who don’t have an ipad?

      8 years ago

      Printing is definitely not what Apple had in mind when making iBooks Author — it is for interactive iPad books. But they did include a File, Print menu command in the usual place. Is that what you mean?
      You can also save it out as a PDF and then students can read it on a variety of computers and devices as well as the iPad.

    Tom Cummins
    8 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    I just bought an IMac and iPad 2 and I am in the process of writing a textbook in iBooks Author. I am learning hands on because I’ve been on a PC for the last 15 years. Your videos are extremely helpful. Thanks!
    I am having some difficulty when I edit my text in for the textbook to be read in the horizontal view. It seems to mess up the text when the iPad is turned to the vertical view.
    This doesn’t happen in the sample textbook by Prof. Wilson. Is there something I’m doing wrong. I am just learning all the word processing techniques for a Mac since I was strictly a Word guy for so long.
    Thanks,
    Tom C.

      8 years ago

      Just a matter of playing around with it and learning how to use all of the features. I’m not writing a textbook with it, like you, so you are way ahead of me — most people probably at this early stage.

    william rice
    8 years ago

    how do i change a video format to m4v format so i can use it in iBA? please advise

      8 years ago

      Many ways. Open it in QuickTime Player and export. Or use MPEG Streamclip, Miro, FFMPEGx, or one of many other free solutions. It doesn’t need to be “m4v” — it can be mp4 (if the file contains the right type of video).

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