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iBooks Author Formatting, Proofing, and Publishing

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Tips for Styling Imported Text in iBooks Author

If you're importing Microsoft Word documents into your iBooks Author text, you may lose all your nice formatting. Typically, when you do your text editing in a program such as Word or Pages, you format [more…]

How to Format Fonts in iBooks Author

iBooks Author supports a variety of typefaces (popularly called fonts) for your text. iBooks Author can use only the fonts in its Fonts menu, which are the fonts available in iBooks on the iPad. [more…]

How to Tweak Text Spacing and Position in iBooks Author

Print publishing uses four specialized types of typographic formatting that iBooks Author also supports —just choose Format→Font to access these formats through the submenu that appears. The first two [more…]

How to Set Line Spacing in iBooks Author

Known as leading (rhyme with bedding) to publishers, line spacing controls how close lines of text are to each other within a column or text box. In iBooks Author, you set line spacing in increments of [more…]

How to Set Alignment and Indentation in iBooks Author

iBooks Author provides formatting options for paragraphs that help you control alignment and indentation in your e-book; these options apply to the entire paragraph, no matter what text you may have selected [more…]

How to Define Styles in iBooks Author

Using styles in iBook Author ensures consistent formatting across the entire book. Rather than apply each of the desired local formats to text, you apply a single style that contains all that formatting [more…]

Techniques for Searching Your iBooks Author Text

iBooks Author provides a typical Find & Replace dialog box where you enter your find-and-replace terms, and then replace them all at the same time or go through each occurrence to selectively replace the [more…]

How to Replace Styles in iBooks Author

When you are writing an entire book, formatting it consistently can be a challenge. iBooks Author makes it easy for you find and replace styles you used throughout your e-book by using the typical Find [more…]

How to Control Text Flow in iBooks Author

iBooks Author doesn’t handle text flow in the same way that a traditional desktop publishing program does: You can’t link existing text boxes however you want to specify the order in which text flows from [more…]

How to Define Colors in iBooks Author

To define a color in iBooks Author, go to any of the Color panel’s panes. All the panes have one common feature: The Sampler tool (the magnifying glass icon). Click it, then move the Sampler tool to an [more…]

How to Apply Colors to Text in iBooks Author

You can apply colors to objects’ backgrounds and boundaries, as well as to text. But how do you get those colors? You use the Colors panel, which you open by clicking the Colors icon button in the toolbar [more…]

How to Apply Colors to Objects in iBooks Author

Tables, charts, and other objects you insert in your e-book look their best if you add a little color. iBooks Author lets you add fill colors, background colors, and stroke colors to make you objects pop [more…]

How to Format Bar Charts in iBooks Author

iBooks Author provides a set of common chart options at the top of the Chart inspector. The Chart inspector has three panes — Chart, Axis, and Series. To create a chart, use the Charts icon menu in the [more…]

How to Format Line Charts in iBooks Author

To create a chart in iBooks Author, use the Charts icon menu in the toolbar to choose the desired chart type (there are 19 types). Or you can choose Insert→Chart and then choose the desired chart type [more…]

How to Format Scatterplot Charts in iBooks Author

A popular way of showing information visually is by using a chart, which converts series of data (such as sales over multiple financial quarters) into bars, lines, and other graphical presentations. Scatterplot [more…]

How to Format Pie Charts in iBooks Author

Pie charts are great at presenting data that represents parts of a whole. If you’re working with a pie chart, the iBooks Chart inspector has no panes, just the common options that are always available, [more…]

How to Format 3D Charts in iBooks Author

If you’re working with 3D charts, iBooks Author offers an additional section called 3D Scene in the Chart inspector for pie charts and in the Chart inspector’s Chart pane for bar, line, and bar-and-line [more…]

How to Format Tables in iBooks Author

The tables you create in iBooks Author are very much like those you might create in a word processor or desktop publishing program, and most of the controls will be familiar, even if they reside in different [more…]

Editing Table Columns and Rows in iBooks Author

In the iBooks Author Table inspector’s Table pane, you can format and edit columns and rows. In the formatting process, you can add borders and backgrounds and reorder and resize your table’s columns and [more…]

Formatting and Editing Table Cells in iBooks Author

Once you have your table inserted into your iBooks Author pages, double-click the cell to edit its contents. Press Tab to move from left to right from cell to cell [more…]

How to Use Conditional Formatting in iBooks Author Tables

Unlike most other layout programs, iBooks Author allows you to set rules for conditional formatting of table cells' contents. (Numbers does have this capability, and Excel has a similar capability.) You [more…]

How to Add Formulas to iBooks Author Tables

You can let iBooks Author do the math for you within tables, just like you can in Excel or Numbers. But the e-book’s readers can’t adjust the calculations to experiment with values; instead, the calculations [more…]

Adding Chapters, Sections, and Pages in iBooks Author

If you're creating an e-book in iBooks Author, chances are you’ll want to include chapters, sections, and pages. You use many of the same techniques when it comes to adding chapters, sections, and pages [more…]

How to Import Word or Pages Documents into Your iBooks Author e-Book

If you want to use Word or Pages files in your e-book, iBooks Author can open Microsoft Word files (both the .doc and .docxversions) and Apple Pages files. You can also drag RTF [more…]

How to Control Hyphenation and Line Breaks in iBooks Author

Poor hyphenation and line breaks make your e-book look unprofessional. iBooks Author provides tools that help you control hyphenation and manage line breaks to give your book a polished look. By default [more…]

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