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Exporting from iBooks Author

Part of the iBooks Author For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In addition to creating an e-book for use on the iPad, you may want to use your iBooks Author e-book’s text elsewhere, such as to create versions of your book for distribution as Kindle e-books or as ePub e-books that can be read on more devices than just the iPad. iBooks Author lets you export the book’s text so that you can create a version of the e-book in other programs (such as Sigil for ePub e-books).

You can also create a PDF version of your e-book that can be read on all sorts of devices that use Adobe Systems’ Adobe Reader software, as well as those that use the included Preview application in Mac OS X and the built-in Quick Look technology in both Mac OS X and iOS.

The export process is simple — just follow these steps:

  1. Choose File→Export.

    Alternatively, choose Share→Export.

    A settings sheet with export options appears.

  2. Open the Text pane if you want to export just the text.

    Alternatively, open the PDF pane to export the e-book as a PDF file. For a PDF file, you can set restrictions for the exported PDF’s use.

  3. Click Next in the pane.

  4. In the settings sheet that appears, specify the filename in the Save As field and navigate to the desired file location.

  5. Click Export.

An exported text file contains only the mainbar text — text in objects’ captions and in other text boxes is ignored. Plus, all the formatting is stripped out. And an exported PDF file has none of the interactivity of an iBooks Author e-book, except that hyperlinks are maintained.

Any interactive objects, such as reviews, 3D objects, and image galleries, are displayed only as static preview graphics. And a prominent iBooks Author logo appears at the bottom of each page. For these reasons, you may prefer to re-create the e-book in another program so that you can export a PDF file that doesn’t have the iBooks Author label all over it and can, for example, play videos and audio files.

If you’re looking to publish an e-book in multiple formats, don’t start in iBooks Author. Instead, do your text work in Microsoft Word or Pages, and then import those files and your various images, videos, and audio files into iBooks Author, add other interactive objects, and create an iBooks Author-savvy version of your book.

Take that same Word or Pages file and those various media files, and bring them into Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, or other publishing software to create a rich PDF file, if that’s one of your publishing formats.

Also, you can export a file directly from Pages, InDesign, and QuarkXPress to the ePub format, and then use a program such as the free Sigil to finalize the e-book layout and create an ePub for distribution in several e-book stores, including the iBookstore. You can use the free Calibre program to convert the ePub file to Amazon.com’s Mobi file format for its Kindle e-readers.

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