How to Set Chapter Titles in iBooks Author

When you create chapters in your iBooks Author e-book, the opening page shows Untitled as its title or — for chapters imported from Microsoft Word or Apple Pages — the filename of the imported file. You probably want a more descriptive title. To give a chapter a title, follow these steps:

  1. In the Book panel, Control-click (or right-click) that chapter to open a contextual menu.

    The Book panel is always open at the left side of the iBooks Author application window.

  2. Choose Rename from the contextual menu.

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    The chapter’s name is now selected, so you can edit it.

  3. Enter the desired title.

    The new title is automatically reflected in that chapter’s opener.

You change a section’s title by following the preceding steps, except you Control-click or right-click the section title, rather than the chapter title, to select it so that you can enter the new title.

But what makes that title appear in the chapter opener? By default, in the layout that the chapter is based on, the text box that contains the placeholder chapter title (Chapter) has metadata inserted that tells iBooks Author to substitute the current chapter name for that metadata’s placeholder text. Likewise, a section opener’s title is typically set as metadata, and so are the chapter and section numbers.

You can insert metadata into any text, not just the text boxes set up for you by the iBooks Author template. Place the text cursor at the desired location in a text box and choose Insert→Section Title.

The type of layout determines what replaces the metadata:

  • Chapter layout: The chapter name in a chapter opener and in any text boxes that use it in that layout’s subsequent pages

  • Section layout: The section name in a section opener and in any text boxes that use it in that layout’s subsequent pages

  • Page layout: The book name in whatever text box has that metadata

Related metadata are the chapter and section numbers. To add them to text, place the text cursor at the desired location and choose Insert→Section Number. While you add, delete, and rearrange chapters and sections, iBooks Author renumbers these references automatically wherever they’re used.

These metadata are also handy for use in folios, the headers and footers that often appear at the top of a layout’s pages to display the current chapter or section name and/or number, in addition to the current page number.

You can change what text the metadata displays. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the text box in the layout that contains the metadata and select that metadata.

    Don’t select just its text box.

  2. Control-click (or right-click) the metadata and choose Book (for the book title), Chapter (for the chapter title), or Section (for the section title) from the contextual menu that appears.

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If you want to change the metadata setting for a specific page in the document, select the metadata and choose the desired option. Only that one instance of the metadata is affected.

Likewise, you can change how chapter and section labels appear by selecting the metadata whose label you want to change. Control-click (or right-click) the metadata to open a contextual menu, and choose the desired display option.

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