Create EPUB Multimedia eBooks By Hand for Apple iBooks & iOS
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Create EPUB Multimedia eBooks By Hand for Apple iBooks & iOS

Build EPUB files with HTML, CSS & audio to create fixed layout children’s eBooks & more for Apple devices & iBooks Store
4.7 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
35 students enrolled
Created by Eric Larson
Last updated 11/2015
English
Price: $30
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 11 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Create a multimedia eBook by hand for Apple devices by creating an EPUB with HTML, style sheets (CSS), text, images, audio, video, and more
Dissect and edit existing EPUB files
Record and edit audio for narration with read-along highlighting text and background sounds
Upload your book to the iBooks Store using iTunes Producer, manage, sell, and update your book using iTunesConnect
Join the iTunes Affiliate program to earn even more money from the iBooks store
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Requirements
  • Building an EPUB file for iBooks by hand is similar to building a simple website. Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Photoshop, and Audio software are recommended to get the most out of this course, but are not required. Those who do not have those skills can still get a lot out of this course and uncover the mystery of EPUBs, children’s e-book creation, the Apple iBooks app, submission to the Apple iBook Store, and e-book creation in general. I even include a crash course in HTML and CSS, and audio recording and editing. Knowledge gained from this course can be used to create many different types of e-books, not just children’s e-books.
  • The minimum requirements for this course include an Apple computer running OSX, the Apple iBooks app (free), a text editor and browser. An Apple iOS device like an iPad or iPhone, a photo editor and audio editor are recommended as well.
Description

Learn how to create a multimedia EPUB eBook by hand for Apple iBooks and Apple devices (including the iPad and iPhone), and submit it to the iBooks store. Obtain complete control over your project by building from scratch, and implement unique features and functionality where WYSIWYG solutions fall short.


Build a strong foundation in the EPUB e-book format for the Apple iBooks platform and its many features.

  • The main example of this course is a published children's e-book, but knowledge gained from this course can be used to create many different types of e-books, not just children’s e-books
  • Complete review of all Apple sites and tools including the iBooks App, iBooks Store, iTunesConnect, and iTunesProducer
  • Crash course in HTML and style sheets (CSS)
  • Detailed look at all EPUB files and folders, and all of their sections, definitions, properties, and values
  • Custom narration with read-along highlighting text, and background sounds
  • Complete and extensive review of basic audio recording and editing
  • Submitting a final book to the iBooks Store and selling your book globally


Powerful and desirable skills for authors, publishers, developers, and freelancers.

The e-book market is growing exponentially, and the EPUB format is a cross-platform standard. The adoption of and demand for e-books on iPads and other Apple devices is soaring. With over 2.5 million books on the iBooks Store, a number that is rising continually, the electronic book market is here to stay. This market presents an amazing opportunity not only for publishers, but independent authors and freelancers alike.

This unique and extensive course covers the entire scope of creating a multimedia EPUB iBook, from Apple support tools and sites, to a complete dissection of an EPUB project, to HTML and audio recording crash courses, to submitting, selling, and managing your final e-book.


Content and Overview

This course represents months of research, reading extensive documents, examining files line-by-line, dissecting and creating projects, and successfully publishing a children's iBook, which we will use as the main example throughout this course. Now let me show you how to do it in a fraction of the time!


We will not be using iBooks Author (or any EPUB creation software) in this course. Instead, I'll show you how to do this by hand. But even if you already use WYSIWYG solutions to create EPUB files, this course will show you what is happening behind the scenes, and will give you the skills and felxibility to implement features that WYSIWYG solutions do not currently support. In this course I will be using screencast videos to show you exactly what I'm doing, with over 10 hours of lessons and practice challenges, documents, downloadable sample EPUB files, and more.


We will cover:

  • Review and dissect a published children's EPUB ebook, and other EPUB files
  • A complete review of all Apple sites and tools including the iBooks App, iBooks Store, iTunesConnect, and iTunesProducer
  • A crash course in HTML and style sheets (CSS)
  • Zipping and unzipping EPUB files
  • A detailed look at all EPUB files and folders, and all of their sections, definitions, properties, and values
  • Image formatting
  • Custom narration with read-along highlighting text, and background sounds
  • A complete and extensive review of basic audio recording and editing
  • Submitting a final book to the iBooks Store and selling your book globally
  • The iTunes Affiliate program


This course is designed for an author who is ready for the challenge of creating a multimedia EPUB iBook, as well as a publisher, developer, and freelancer whose goal is to complete projects for clients. Whichever it is, this is a hands-on endeavor that gives the student a thorough education into EPUBs for iBooks, and complete control of their project by diving deep into the code and files, and assembling a masterpiece by hand where WYSIWYG software solutions fall short.

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to create an EPUB ebook by hand for Apple devices by creating an EPUB with HTML, style sheets (CSS), text, images, and audio, dissect and edit existing EPUB files, record and edit audio for narration with read-along highlighting text and background sounds, upload your book to the iBooks Store using iTunes Producer, manage, sell, and update your book using iTunesConnect, and join the iTunes Affiliate program to earn even more money from the iBooks store.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for: Those interested in the process of creating an EPUB multimedia e-book for Apple devices by hand, using HTML, CSS, images and audio, in addition to the complete start-to-finish workflow and tool overviews for submitting and managing the book on the iBooks Store.
  • This course is not for: Those who want to use iBooks Author, Apple Pages, or other software to create an EPUB e-book file automatically.
  • This course is designed for an author who is ready for the challenge of creating a multimedia EPUB iBook, as well as a publisher, developer, and freelancer whose goal is to complete projects for clients. Whichever it is, this is a hands-on endeavor that gives the student a thorough education into EPUBs for iBooks, and complete control of their project by diving deep into the code and files, and assembling a masterpiece by hand where WYSIWYG software solutions fall short.
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INTRODUCTION
2 Lectures 18:33

Introduction, Course Goals, Overview, Full Course Agenda

The goal of this course is to show students how to create an EPUB eBook by hand for Apple iBooks and Apple devices including the iPad. I will review examples (including a published children's book), documents, and Apple iBooks Guides, dissect EPUB files and all of their folders and files, define all sections of every single EPUB file, edit files, review submission to the iBook Store, give a crash course in HTML and style sheets, do a complete review of audio recording and editing, and more.

  1. Introduction
  2. Course Goals
  3. Overview
  4. Full Course Agenda
Preview 13:09

Important and Helpful Downloadable Files
  1. Downloadable files and what they are used for
Important and Helpful Downloadable Files
05:24
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TOOLS, SOFTWARE, AND SUPPORT WEBSITES
6 Lectures 01:05:00

Tools and Software Overview - iBooks, EPUB, Sample Children’s Book, Zip/Unzip, Images, Audio

  1. Applications and items we will explore
  2. iBooks App
  3. Open EPUB files in iBooks App
  4. Samples: Apple fixed layout, Apple flowing layout, children's book example
  5. Children’s book example goals: mimic actual hardcover book, add audio narration, highlighting text, background sounds
  6. Hardcover children’s book photos
  7. Proof file of children’s book opened in iBooks.
  8. Feature review
    1. Turning pages, layout, copyright, title page, narration instructions, pages with text and illustrations, font face, size, layout, narration feature, toolbar audio controls, pages turning, soundtrack
  9. EPUB very brief file review
    1. Mimetype file, container.xml file, package.opf file, xhtml files, stylesheet.css, JavaScript files, smil files, toc.xhtml, audio and image files
  10. Zip and unzip utility, other tools, command line zip/unzip option
    1. Zip utility used in this course, quick demonstration
    2. Examples: unzip EPUB, review folders and files zip EPUB folder
  11. Image editor – used to crop, size, save. Examples of open image files in Photoshop from children’s book
  12. Audio files – narration and soundtrack. Open files in Audacity, quick review, and examples from children’s book.
Overview - iBooks, EPUB, Sample Children’s Book, Zip/Unzip, Images, Audio
14:09

Tools and Software Overview - iTunesProducer, iTunesConnect

  1. iTunesProducer – quick overview
  2. iTunesConnect – quick overview
Overview - iTunesProducer, iTunesConnect
05:28

iTunesConnect Account Set-up and Overview, Resources and Help

  1. iTunesConnect Account intro
  2. Apple website, iTunes link, Sell Your Content link
  3. Books account link and account setup overview
  4. Actual setup process for new accounts
    1. Open iTunes
    2. Create Apple ID process walkthrough
    3. iTunesConnect account setup process walkthrough
    4. iTunesConnect account settings walkthrough, for free and selling options
    5. iTunesConnect main page overview
    6. iTunesConnect Resources and Help overview
    7. Recommendation to download guides and example files to reference during the course
iTunesConnect Account Set-up and Overview, Resources and Help
12:03

CHALLENGE: Set Up Apple ID and iTunesConnect Account

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Set up an Apple ID and iTunesConnect account for yourself
CHALLENGE: Set Up Apple ID and iTunesConnect Account
01:10

HTML and CSS Crash Course Part 1

  1. HTML Review
  2. Definition
  3. Page structure
  4. Tags
HTML and CSS Crash Course Part 1
17:10

HTML and CSS Crash Course Part 2

  1. Adding text
  2. Changing text styles and positions
  3. Changing background colors
  4. Adding images
  5. Changing image positions
HTML and CSS Crash Course Part 2
15:00
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DEFINITIONS AND OVERVIEW OF FILES, GUIDES, AND EPUB EXAMPLES
4 Lectures 19:49

Important Definitions, Resources, and Guides

  1. Definitions and Resources
  2. iBooks guides, disclaimer
  3. Definitions: e-book, iBook, EPUB, Multi-touch book, fixed layout, flowing layout, Apple specific features
Important Definitions, Resources, and Guides
06:18

CHALLENGE: Download Guides and EPUB Examples

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Download Apple guides and EPUB samples from iTunesConnect
CHALLENGE: Download Guides and EPUB Examples
01:23

EPUB File Review - Folders and Files, Definitions, Editing Files, Common Errors

  1. EPUB folders and files
  2. Screenshot of open folder
  3. Folder and file definitions: mimetype, META-INF folder, container.xml, OEBPS folder and subfolders - package.opf, xhtml files, toc.xhtml, audio folder, css folder, images folder, js folder, smil folder, video folder
  4. Working with files, opening and editing in text editor, Text Wrangler, errors when opening certain files
EPUB File Review - Folders and Files, Definitions, Editing Files, Common Errors
08:09

EPUB File Review - What is XHTML?

  1. What is XHTML?
  2. Well formed code and nesting examples
EPUB File Review - What is XHTML?
03:59
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A CLOSER LOOK: iBOOKS, iBOOKS STORE, AND EPUB TYPES
3 Lectures 22:27

Why EPUB?, iBooks App, iBooks Store, iBook Features, Flowing Layout EPUB Example

  1. Why are we making and EPUB file? Self publishing, hired for a project, other projects
  2. iBooks App
    1. iBook Store overview, features, sections, links, download free books, search books
    2. Overview of book in iBooks app, flowing layout, page layout view options, toolbar and feature overview (library, table of contents, notes and highlighting text to save for reference, copying text to paste, “more” menu – lookup, dictionary, search web, social media, text-to-speech, font choices and resizing – “flowing”, search function, bookmarks)
    3. Apple flowing book 3.1 example: formatting text, fonts, links, pop-up notes, sidebars, page breaks, SVG custom text paths, media (images, audio, video), PDFs, tables
Why EPUB?, iBooks App, iBooks Store, iBooks Features, Flowing Layout EPUB
13:00

CHALLENGE: Explore iBooks App and iBooks Store, Download Free Books, Import EPUB Into Your iBooks Library

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Explore iBooks App and iBooks Store, download some free books, import Apple EPUB samples to iBooks library
CHALLENGE: Explore iBooks App, iBooks Store, Get Books, Import EPUB Into Library
02:35

iBooks Fixed Layout EPUB and Multimedia Features

  1. Fixed layout example
  2. Apple Fixed Layout Example 3.2 – open, read to me, read and play, narration with highlighting text, animated images, clickable images, glowing animated text link, audio triggers, two-page landscape layout, features, toolbar, drag-able images, click to add image, exploring images, video
iBooks Fixed Layout EPUB and Multimedia Features
06:52
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EXPLORING, CHANGING, AND PROOFING EPUB FILES
6 Lectures 54:24

Let's Have Some Fun! Dissecting and Exploring EPUB files in Detail, Finding iBook Content Within the Files

  1. Explore and dissect, reference files with the open iBook.
  2. Unzip utility, unzip Apple Fixed Layout 3.2 example
  3. Unscripted exploration of folders, subfolders, and files
  4. Open and quick review - explore and reference with open iBook: mimetype file, container.xml, package.opf, toc.xhtml, audio folder and mp4 files – open with QuickTime player, stylsheet folders and files - css, image folders and files, open images in preview, JavaScript folder and files, smil folder and files, xhtml pages, smil file review
Let’s Have Some Fun! Dissecting and Exploring iBooks and EPUB files in Detail
19:01

CHALLENGE: Download and Install Zip/Unzip Utility, Explore Sample EPUB Files

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Download zip / unzip utility, zip and unzip Apple example EPUB file, explore files
CHALLENGE: Download and Install Zip/Unzip Utility, Explore Sample EPUB Files
03:43

Working With Proofs and Seeing Changes in Real Time - Text, Font, Images Layout

  1. Children’s book sample
  2. Folder version and zipped EPUB version
  3. Proof version – creating by adding EPUB extension to folder version
  4. Import proof version into iBooks
  5. Open proof in iBooks
  6. Make and show live changes in xhtml pages and style sheet files – text, font, images
  7. Viewing changes on external devices – suggestion, not demonstrated yet

Working With Proofs and Seeing Changes in Real Time- Text, Font, Images Layout
10:12

Working With Proofs and Seeing Changes in Real Time - Audio Spans, Layout Spacers

  1. Children’s book sample
  2. Make and show live changes in xhtml pages and style sheet files – audio spans, spacers
  3. Viewing changes on external devices
Working With Proofs and Seeing Changes in Real Time- Audio Spans, Layout Spacers
09:17

Working With Proofs and Seeing Changes in Real Time - Viewing On External Devices

  1. Children’s book sample
  2. Showing iPad mini through QuickTime view
  3. See live changes on MacBook iBooks app and on external device
  4. Always proof in iBooks MacBook app and on external devices to confirm layout and behavior
Working With Proofs and Seeing Changes in Real Time- Viewing On External Devices
06:12

CHALLENGE: Change EPUB Sample File to Proof Version and View in iBooks

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Change Apple EPUB sample to proof, open in iBooks
CHALLENGE: Change EPUB Sample File to Proof Version and View in iBooks
05:59
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DEEPER DIVE: EPUB CONTROL FILES - SECTIONS, PROPERTIES, AND VALUES
7 Lectures 01:14:53

EPUB Control Files - File Sequence, Detailed Review of Mimetype and Container Files

  1. Deeper look at EPUB folders and files
  2. EPUB folder structure and file sequence overview
  3. EPUB folder structure screenshot
  4. Mimetype file
  5. container.xml
File Sequence, Detailed Review of Mimetype and Container Files
08:36

EPUB Control Files - Overview of the Package.opf File

  1. package.opf review without detailed comments
Overview of the Package.opf File
05:44

EPUB Control Files - Detailed Review of the Package.opf File: Metadata Tags Definitions and Values

  1. package.opf details
  2. Package (metadata, manifest, spine, guide)
    1. Complete list of metadata tags and their definitions and values
      1. Title, bookid, language, dcterms:modified, rights, creator, ibooks:version, rendition:layout, rendition:spread, rendition:orientation, ibooks:ipad-orientation-lock, ibooks:iphone-orientation-lock, ibooks:binding, ibooks:specified-fonts, media:active-class, media:duration
Detailed Review of the Package.opf File - Metadata Tags Definitions and Value
19:03

EPUB Control Files - Detailed Review of the Package.opf File: Orientation Change Examples

  1. package.opf details
    1. Orientation change example
Detailed Review of the Package.opf File - Orientation Change Examples
03:42

EPUB Control Files - Detailed Review of the Package.opf File: Manifest, Spine, and Guide

  1. package.opf details
  2. Package (metadata, manifest, spine, guide)
    1. Manifest (or the “inventory” of files)
      1. supplementary, fonts, JavaScript, content, images, av, smil
    2. Spine – linear reading order of the content and non-linear content
    3. Guide – the guide is optional and will not be discussed in this lesson
Detailed Review of the Package.opf File - Manifest, Spine, and Guide
13:51

EPUB Control Files - Children’s Book Package.opf and Important File Inventory Review

  1. Actual children’s book package.opf and file inventory check
Children’s Book Package.opf and Important File Inventory Review
17:56

EPUB Control Files - Detailed Review of TOC File

  1. toc.xhtml
    1. toc file sections: html, head, title, body (toc, landmarks, page list)
Detailed Review of TOC File
06:01
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DEEPER DIVE: EPUB CONTENT FILES - CONTENT, LAYOUT, STYLES, AND AUDIO
12 Lectures 02:10:44

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of XHTML Cover, Copyright, and Title Pages

  1. XHTML book page files close up review with detailed comments – cover page, copyright page, title page
  2. Children’s book example files
  3. HTML, head (title, metadata, css, js), body (text, images, audio, soundtrack, narration link, span tags)
Detailed Review of XHTML Cover, Copyright, and Title Pages
14:38

CHALLENGE: Change XHTML Page Content, View Changes in Proof on Computer and External Devices

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Change XHTML pages content and save, view changes in proof on computer and external device
CHALLENGE: Change XHTML, View Changes in Proof (Computer & External Devices)
08:09

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of XHTML Story Pages, Text Layout and Formatting, Image Sizing Requirements, and Read-Aloud Narration Properties

  1. XHTML book page files close up review with detailed comments – main story pages
  2. Children’s book example files
  3. HTML, head (title, metadata, css, js), body (text, images, audio, soundtrack, narration link, span tags)
  4. Image sizing, maximum image size, images in image editor (does not have the calculator footage)
  5. Text formatting, spacers, span tags, read-aloud link
  6. Bottom decorative image
Detailed Review of XHTML Story Pages, Text, Images, and Read-Aloud Narration
11:55

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of SMIL Audio Files and Span Tags

  1. SMIL file detailed review
  2. Audio file opened in audio editor
  3. Finding audio clip begin and end times, adding audio file labels per word, exporting labels
  4. Managing span tags
Detailed Review of SMIL Audio Files and Span Tags
11:43

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 1

  1. Stylesheet deep dive part 1
  2. Children’s book example files
  3. Detailed comments in example style sheets for each style: body, images, all font style attributes (face, size, color, style, position, alignment, spacing, etc), positions, spacers, etc.
  4. Proofing on laptop and devices
  5. Body page size
  6. Font size, face, color, position, width,
  7. Soundtrack position
Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 1
07:48

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 2

  1. Stylesheet deep dive part 2
  2. Children’s book example files
  3. Detailed comments in example style sheets for each style: body, images, all font style attributes (face, size, color, style, position, alignment, spacing, etc), positions, spacers, etc. (cont.)
  4. Text position, read-aloud link position, parent and child styles, read-aloud start/stop link, audio position options, first word large styles
Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 2
06:26

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 3

  1. Stylesheet deep dive part 3
  2. Children’s book example files
  3. Detailed comments in example style sheets for each style: body, images, all font style attributes (face, size, color, style, position, alignment, spacing, etc), positions, spacers, etc. (cont.)
  4. Main page text position, justification, width, compare to printed book layout, simulated page curves, line height, first two paragraph line positions, first word multiple classes, letter spacing
Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 3
13:26

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 4

  1. Stylesheet deep dive part 4
  2. Children’s book example files
  3. Detailed comments in example style sheets for each style: body, images, all font style attributes (face, size, color, style, position, alignment, spacing, etc), positions, spacers, etc. (cont.)
  4. Bold and italic emphasis, single word placement and formatting, transparent spacers
Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 4
09:42

EPUB Content Files - Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 5

  1. Letter spacing, more word formatting, image style settings and placement, bottom image placement, highlighting read along text style and color, webkit effects mention,
  2. Wrap up and external device verification
Detailed Review of Style Sheets Part 5
08:28

CHALLENGE: Update EPUB Sample Proof Style Sheets and View Changes in Proof on Computer and External Device

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Change EPUB style sheet and save, view changes in proof on computer and external device
CHALLENGE: Change Styles, View Changes in Proof (Computer & External Devices)
04:58

Extra Features – EPUB WebKit and CSS Fun Part 1
  1. Adding Video
  2. Adding audio button
  3. Adding blinking items
  4. Adding drag-able items
Extra Features – EPUB WebKit and CSS Fun Part 1
16:34

Extra Features – EPUB WebKit and CSS Fun Part 2
  1. Adding toggle-able animating items
  2. Adding items with an animated swelling effect
  3. Experiment on your own with more WebKit tools
Extra Features – EPUB WebKit and CSS Fun Part 2
16:57
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AUDIO: RECORDING, EDITING, AND EPUB INTEGRATION
13 Lectures 02:10:32

CHALLENGE/Lesson: Installing Audacity Audio Software, Common Errors and Updates

  1. Challenge/lesson
  2. Install Audacity audio recording software
  3. Common errors – security and codec libraries
  4. Installing codec libraries
CHALLENGE/Lesson: Installing Audacity Audio Software, Common Errors and Updates
10:59

  1. Audio Recording Overview
    1. Audio Recording Overview
      1. Microphone -> mic input or interface -> pop shield -> room reflection dampening -> recording software, multi-track
Audio Recording Overview
07:10

  1. Audio Recording Process
    1. Recording audio
      1. Audacity, recording software in general
      2. Experiment and document your settings
      3. Example record new audio with mic – simple narration, with mistakes
      4. Audacity overview
      5. Set levels and recording format
      6. Add new mono audio track
      7. Record new audio
      8. Stop recording
      9. Viewing recorded audio, zoom in and out
      10. Listening to the recorded audio
Audio Recording Process
09:09

Audio Editing - Content

  1. Editing audio content
    1. Viewing recorded audio, zoom in and out
    2. Listening to the recorded audio
    3. Copy original track before editing if possible to preserve, copy multiple steps as you go
    4. Delete portions - edit out mistakes
    5. Solo a track for playback
    6. Move a portion from one place to another
    7. Copying a portion
    8. Saving as a project – preserving all tracks and edits, saving periodically as you go
Audio Editing - Content
07:24

CHALLENGE: Record Your Own Audio Vocal Sample

  1. Challenge/lesson
  2. Record your own audio vocal sample using audio recording software
  3. Edit content – remove unwanted audio, keep usable audio
  4. Save project
CHALLENGE: Record Your Own Audio Vocal Sample
05:32

Audio Editing - Quality and Effects: Overview, Remove Noise, Undo, Copy Tracks, Normalize, Compression

  1. Editing audio quality
    1. Effects overview
    2. Remove noise
    3. Undo/redo
    4. Copy unedited file to preserve
    5. Normalize
    6. Compression
    7. Normalize again
Quality & Effects - Overview, Noise, Undo, Copy Tracks, Normalize, Compression
12:22

Audio Editing - Quality and Effects: Equalization, Compressing and Normalizing Again, Change Pitch

  1. Equalization
  2. Compressing
  3. Normalizing again
  4. Change pitch
Quality & Effects: Equalization, Compressing, Normalizing Again, Change Pitch
08:13

Audio Editing - Quality and Effects: Consistency, Deleting and Adding Silence, Saving Projects, Saving Final Output File

  1. Consistency
  2. Deleting and adding silence to beginning and end of track
  3. Save as project to preserve originals
  4. Save as MP4 – properties, quality, and file size differences
  5. Optimize quality, minimize file size
  6. It is important to review quality and use smallest size file for overall smaller EPUB with faster download
Quality & Effects: Consistency, Delete/Add Silence, Saving Projects, Final File
11:20

CHALLENGE: Edit Your Recorded Audio File, Improve Quality With Effects

  1. Challenge/lesson
  2. Edit your recorded audio vocal sample to improve quality with effects
CHALLENGE: Edit Your Recorded Audio File, Improve Quality With Effects
06:37

CHALLENGE: Add Labels To Your Recorded Audio, Update Proof SMIL File Timings, Replace Audio File, View Changes in Proof (Computer & External Devices)

  1. Challenge/lesson
  2. Add labels to your recorded audio sample, export, update proof smil file timings, replace audio file in proof folder, preview proof changes in iBooks proof book
CHALLENGE: Add Labels, Update SMIL Timings, Replace Audio, View Changes in Proof
14:11

Audio - Multitrack Recording

  1. Multitrack audio recording
  2. Children’s book example
  3. Audacity multi-track project example
  4. Importing audio sounds
  5. Editing file length
  6. Cutting, copying, pasting
Audio - Multitrack Recording
09:28

Audio - Multitrack Mixing

  1. Changing track volume levels
  2. Mixing all tracks to final stereo track
Audio - Multitrack Mixing
10:11

CHALLENGE: Add Read-Along Text and Narration to Student Example EPUB
  1. Open Student Example proof EPUB and updated Apple Fixed Layout proof EPUB
  2. Copy text and span code from fixed layout to student example
  3. Update style sheet
  4. Update package.opf
  5. Test
  6. Troubleshoot mistakes
  7. Success
CHALLENGE: Add Read-Along Text and Narration to Student Example EPUB
17:56
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A CLOSER LOOK: iTunesConnect
3 Lectures 35:32

iTunesConnect Closer Look - Overview, Guides, “My Books”

  1. iTunesConnect detailed overview
  2. Apple Guides: iBooks Publisher User Guide updates v10.pdf, iBooks Store Formatting Guide v5.pdf
  3. “My Books” (books, metadata, pricing, territories, promo codes, view on iBook Store, customer reviews, “contact us” support)
iTunesConnect - Overview, Guides, “My Books”
16:44

iTunesConnect Closer Look - Sales & Trends, Payments & Financial Reports, Users & Roles

  1. Sales and Trends
  2. Payments and Financial Reports
  3. Users and Roles
iTunesConnect - Sales & Trends, Payments & Financial Reports, Users & Roles
08:24

iTunesConnect Closer Look - Agreements, Tax, & Banking, Tickets, Resources & Help

  1. Agreements, Tax, and Banking
  2. Tickets
  3. Resources and Help
iTunesConnect - Agreements, Tax, & Banking, Tickets, Resources & Help
10:24
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SUBMITTING AN EPUB TO THE iBOOKS STORE
9 Lectures 01:31:47

CHALLENGE: Download and Install iTunesProducer

  1. Challenge/homework
  2. Download and install iTunesProducer
CHALLENGE: Download and Install iTunesProducer
05:01

iTunesProducer - Detailed Review, Example New Project

  1. iTunesProducer
  2. Apple Guide: UsingiTunesProducerPaidBooks.pdf
  3. Sections: images, metadata, pricing, EPUB files
  4. Sign in -> open existing, import template, or start new project
  5. Overview – existing project
  6. Example new project to look closer
    1. Adding images – cover and screenshots, size requirements, add images, remove and reorder images
    2. Adding metadata – metadata items list, go through all metadata items, fill in actual example info
    3. Saving project
iTunesProducer - Detailed Review, Example New Project
15:55

iTunesProducer - Example New Project (continued)

  1. Example new project (continued)
    1. Adding pricing and territories: review price fields, fill in price fields, defines all fields well, regions, tiers explanation, does talk about editing regions, and deleting regions, does talk about deleting all and starting from scratch
    2. Adding EPUB files
    3. Submitting files to iBooks Store
    4. Downloading book and verifying
    5. Submitting updates, downloading, verifying
iTunesProducer - Example New Project (continued)
11:58

Resubmitting an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Changing Images

  1. Changes, fixes, and updates – resubmitting an iBook to the iBook store part 1
  2. Images and text change examples
  3. Updating images in Photoshop
  4. Image sizing
  5. Saving images to EPUB folder
Resubmit an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Changing Images
12:34

Resubmitting an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Changing Text, Proofing, Updating Package.opf File

  1. Changes, fixes, and updates – resubmitting an iBook to the iBook store part 2
  2. Changing text before finalizing
  3. Updating xhtml page files and style sheets
  4. Viewing on external devices to verify formatting
  5. Updating package.opf
    1. Example of missing file in the content section
    2. Updating modified date
    3. Updating book version
Resubmit an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Change Text, Update Package File
07:11

Resubmitting an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Zip EPUB, iTunesProducer Submission Tool, Errors, Pricing

  1. Zip up the changes into new EPUB files, saving older versions
  2. Submit to iBook Store (Looking for the package.opf error that we created on purpose)
  3. Open and sign in to iTunes producer
  4. Open recent same project in iTunes Producer
  5. Details – update “What’s New” info
  6. Important review and reminder on pricing when updating
Resubmit an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Zip EPUB, Submit, Errors, Pricing
08:12

Resubmitting an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Files, Uploading, Pending and Active Status

  1. Files – Replacing EPUB files – sample and full
  2. Submit
  3. iTunes Producer submission process – authentication, verify metadata, verifying assets
  4. Error! Error listing and details
  5. Fixing error by updating package.opf to replace missing content
  6. Re-zipping
  7. Re-submitting updated EPUB files
  8. Pricing info
  9. iTunes Producer submission process – authentication, verify metadata, verify assets, negotiating connection, uploading package, success notice!
  10. Success!
  11. Saving iTunes Producer session
  12. iTunesConnect update tracking
  13. Pending changes
  14. Comparing change process with a book in print
  15. Screenshots of pending status
  16. New version active status
  17. Update screenshots in iBooks
Resubmit an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Files, Upload, iBook Status
10:53

Resubmitting an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Mistakes Happen!

  1. Mistakes happen!
  2. Mistake noticed when downloading new active version of book
  3. Read-along instructions were too high on the page and overlapped the image
  4. This was due to the fact that the proof was fine, but the finals were not properly checked and a style class was missing and another was incorrect causing improper placement of that text
  5. Remember to always proof your final versions before upload and double check all layout and functionality
Resubmit an Updated EPUB to the iBooks Store - Mistakes Happen!
04:48

iTunes Affiliate Program and Sharing iBooks Links

  1. iTunes Affiliate program
    1. Sign up
    2. Sign in
    3. Features and tools
  2. Share book link from iBooks store
    1. Social media
    2. Copy link, share manually
iTunes Affiliate Program and Sharing iBooks Links
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About the Instructor
Eric Larson
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Hi my name is Eric Larson. I have been working with Internet technologies, and audio and video for over fifteen years, and have managed and trained operations teams for nearly ten years in a large corporate environment. I am very excited to be bringing this experience to my online courses as a Udemy instructor.

After receiving a four-year college degree in Business, I spent 21 years in the corporate world. I started my career as a purchasing agent for a leading wholesale building products supplier, and learned many of the basics about business, personal responsibility, organization, working with a team, and internal and external business relationships.

Feeling the need to be more creative, I left this position and taught myself web development and design, and graphic design, which I have now been doing for over 15 years. These new skills landed me a job working for an Internet search engine as a Data Analyst. This experience in a high-tech, start-up business culture gave me a whole new perspective on business and technology. Only three years into this new career, however, I found myself unemployed after the company was bought and then subsequently shut down. I used this time of unemployment to further my skills in web design and landed a consulting job building a website for a medical lab design and manufacturing company.

This new experience, and my love for audio and video technology, landed me a full-time position with a small start-up company that specialized in Corporate Communications, and live audio and video webcasting for fortune 500 clients. A large global technology company soon acquired this growing start-up, and we quickly became part of a very large global team. In this position in Webcast Operations, my abilities to learn new technologies quickly, and to teach and train employees, became apparent. I was offered my first corporate team management position after only a year and a half with the company. Over the next nine years I managed a live Webcast Operations team, and a live video encoding center, and worked with other webcasting teams in multiple locations around the globe, including Toronto, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Manila, Australia, Germany, and London.

I have now turned my focus to my real passion for creativity, technology, design, and teaching. Since embarking on this new journey, I have authored several books, continued to build websites, furthered my skills as a student of many online courses, and have embraced the role of an online instructor and course creator. In my free time I enjoy playing drums, guitar, and bass, writing, recording, and playing music, and exploring national parks around the world with my trusty camera by my side.