Whether you’re creating an entire lab manual or just a unit to support a lesson, here are some simple steps to start making your materials more engaging using the free iBooks Author app for Mac.
A great way to get started with iBooks Author is to look at the materials you’re already using — worksheets, presentations, photos and more — and organise them into chapter or section folders on your desktop.
Next, choose from a variety of built-in templates with predefined layouts to make your project look professional from the start. When you have a lot of media along with your text, choose a landscape layout and enable the portrait view to give two experiences in one.
Drag and drop content from Pages or Microsoft Word documents directly into iBooks Author — all the formatting for headings, outline levels, paragraph structure and styles are automatically recognised. Next you’ll be ready to add interactive elements.
When you’re ready to distribute your book, iBooks Author takes the guesswork out of publishing, so you can focus on getting the word out.
To publish, you need to create an iTunes Connect Books Account — paid or free. Free Books Accounts only allow work to be published free of charge.
Create an account
Before making your book available publicly or privately, use the built-in preview tool to check your work on both iPad and Mac. Editing and peer review are an important part of any published project. Our quality control checklist can help you manage the details.
Publishing checklist (PDF)
Get your book discovered in the iBooks Store by having a high-quality cover image (at least 72 dpi and 1400 pixels), an accurate description and short title, and screenshots taken directly from your iPad. And don’t forget to share the published link on your social media networks.
Review the iBook Store Identity Guidelines (PDF)
If you plan to include your book in an iTunes U course, it’s best to publish it to the iBooks Store first so others can find it, then add the link to your course.
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