Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Create A Photo eBook
The tablet revolution has brought new life to e-books. We’ll show you how to make an impressive and full-featured e-book from your photos.
When you're done with your design, it's important that you preview it on your iPad. I've found problems that aren't necessarily obvious on the computer screen. Connect your iPad to your computer, open iBooks, then click the Preview icon in iBooks Author. A preview version of your e-book appears on your iPad, which is so cool!
When you're ready to publish your book to the iBookstore, save the project, then click on the Publish icon. This will take you through a series of steps to get your book to Apple. Additionally, you can export your book to your hard drive (and share it directly) from the File menu when you choose Export. You also can export a PDF file that can be read on any computer.
To publish your book, you'll have to set up an account with iTunesConnect. Additionally, you'll need to download iTunes Producer.
iBooks Author will take you through the steps needed to prep the book for iTunes Producer and this process is pretty painless. Put some effort into the description of your book in iTunes Producer and your choice of screenshots (you can get screenshots on your iPad by briefly pressing both the Home button below the screen and the Power button at top right at the same time).
Send the book to Apple and enjoy having your book published to the iPad!
Rob Sheppard has two photo e-books available for the iPad: A Nature Photography Manifesto (free) and Reports from the Wild.
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