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Beginners Guide to Creating an eBook with iBooks Author

The simplest & fastest way to create and publish an eBook for iPads & iPhones (iBookstore) with a Drag & Drop Interface.
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This course is the about teaching you the simplest and fastest way to create and publish an eBook for iPads and iPhones on the Apple iBooks store using a free software called iBooks Author.

If you ever tried to create an ebook before you’d know that you have to use upwards of 5 different programs, mess with endless outdated formats and pull your hair out.

iBooks Author not only simplifies the entire process with a beautiful drag and drop interface, it makes publishing a ebook to the biggest eReader platform out there a piece of cake.

In this course I will show you the very basics, step by step instructions on how to create, format and publish your ebook to the iBookstore. I’ve distilled this to the essence of all you real need to get this done with the minimum amount of effort. All you need is a Mac. You don’t even need an iPad

Who is the target audience?
  • Independent Writers
  • Online Educators, Teachers & Instructors
  • Online Publishers
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What Will I Learn?
Learn to Create an eBook
Publish an eBook on the iBookstore (for iPads and iPhones)
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  • Any Mac Computer with Mac OSX 10.7.4 (Lion) or later
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Start Here
1 Lecture 01:24
The Basics
4 Lectures 17:14

iBooks Author is Free and you can download it by clicking This Link

If your Mac OS is older not compatible with iBooks Author then good news! The new Mac OS is FREE and compatible with all Mac desktop and laptops from 2007 and up. You can download it here.

It is a good idea to update your operating system anyway and it comes with iBooks for Mac.

Preview 00:47

Pages in iBooks Author vary from template to template but the structure is always the same. Chapters are a top level Page, Section is a secondary level Page and Regular Pages can extend a Chapter or a Section.

This helps you break down the content to segments.

Preview 05:03

You can import content (text and images) from a Word or Pages document by dragging and dropping files into iBooks Author or copy and paste text directly from anywhere.

Importing from Pages usually gives the most compatible formatting transition but Word documents work well most of the time with no issue.

I would always recommend doing the formatting in iBooks Author itself instead of prior to import, so there will be less need to fix any issues.

6 Lectures 45:14

A quick overview of how to rearrange pages, change page template and understanding the flow of content

Styles and Layouts

Jumping into the nitty gritty of text formatting, we dive in and learn how to make words fit well with the template and how to make our lives easier with Paragraph & Character Styles.


Images can greatly enhance your book (and sometimes is a an inseparable part of it).

In this lesson I go over adding, adjusting and styling images within the text layout as well as dipping into the awesomeness that is Masks.


The books cover is the first thing people see when your book shows up in the iBookstore. The templates in iBooks Author make it easy to format the cover as well as include an image or video introduction to your book.

Video introductions are great and I think they are a wonderful new way to provide a more direct and lively "word from the author" that is always in text format. This gives you a chance to speak to your readers directly.

Book Cover and Intro Media

Depends on the content of your book, a Glossary can be a very useful way to clarify words or phrases that you think your readers might not know and save them the effort of having to look them up.


The Table of Content is created almost automatically, but can also be fine tuned and customized. Here I go over a few of the options on how to work with the TOC.

Table of Contents
2 Lectures 21:15

iBooks used to be an app only on iPad and iPhone, but with the latest version of Mac OS X (Mavericks) iBooks was comes with it and allows up to preview our book even if we don't have an iPad.

If you haven't updated to the latest OS, I highly recommend it as it also comes with a vast set of improvements to speed and functionality. You can get it here for free.

But what if you can't (or don't want to) update the operating system to Mavericks but you don't have an ipad either? If you can't borrow an iPad from someone, you can still email yourself a version of the book (see next lesson) and swing by an Apple store, grab one of the demo iPads, log into your email and open up the book! (don't forget to logout before you leave). This of course is if you really don't want to upgrade your operating system.

Preview and Publish

You can also export your books as an iBooks file and share it with someone directly. You can also send it via email or export it as a PDF or text file.

Just remember, PDFs might lose some of their dynamic nature and become more static but will still likely look good. A text file will strip away all images and even text formatting, leaving just the text.

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