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 to your book, but there are some differences you should know.

To add chapters to a book, you have four options:

  • Drag the chapter layout from the Layouts panel into the Book panel. When you release the mouse button or touchpad pointer, iBooks Author adds a new chapter by using that layout after the chapter onto which you dropped the layout (after you released the mouse button, of course).

  • If the Book panel is active, click the Add Pages icon button in the toolbar. A menu of layout types that you can apply to the added page appears: chapter, section, or page. Each, in turn, has a thumbnail list of existing layouts. Choose the desired layout type and then the desired layout, and a chapter, section, or page based on that layout is inserted after the last page in the current chapter or section.

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  • In the Book panel, right-click or Control-click a chapter, then choose Duplicate Chapter from the contextual menu to copy that chapter (including its contents) after the current chapter. You can also choose Copy Chapter, then go elsewhere in the Book panel, right-click or Control-click again, and choose Paste from the contextual menu that appears to insert the chapter after that location.

  • Create a new chapter by inserting a Word or Pages document (choose Insert→Chapter from Pages or Word Document). A settings sheet where you can choose the document appears, and after you select a document and click Insert, a second settings sheet showing the available layouts appears. (You can also select the Preserve Document Paragraph Styles on Import check box, which loads the paragraph and character styles defined in that document.) Pick the layout you want to apply, and then click Choose.

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To add sections to a book, you can use the drag method, the Add Pages icon button, and the contextual menu, except you work with a section rather than a chapter.

To add pages to a book, you can use the drag method and the Add Pages icon button, but you also have two other methods available:

  • Right-click or Control-click any page (chapter, section, or page) in the Book panel, then choose Insert Page from the contextual menu that appears. A new page, which uses the selected page’s layout template, is added below that page.

  • Right-click or Control-click a chapter page in the Book panel, then choose Add Page from the contextual menu that appears. A new page, which uses the chapter layout’s right-page template, is added before the start of the following section.

You can add only one page at a time (except when you’re importing a Word or Pages file). Likewise, you can delete only one page at a time: right-click or Control-click the page, and then choose Delete Page from the contextual menu that appears.

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