Importing into iBooks Author - dummies

Importing into iBooks Author

By Galen Gruman

Part of iBooks Author For Dummies Cheat Sheet

iBooks Author lets you work with lots of content items to create your dynamic e-book. But it’s particular about some file types, so use this quick guide to figure out whether your files are ones that iBooks Author can work with.

iBooks Author-friendly text files

Here are your text-importing options:

  • Microsoft Word and Apple Pages documents can be imported, with each file becoming a separate chapter in your book. Tables are retained, but footnotes are stripped out.

  • Paste text from other applications into iBooks Author, but not import their files.

  • Drag text-only and RTF files into text boxes to paste their contents into iBooks Author.

  • Paste spreadsheet data from Microsoft Excel and Apple Numbers into iBooks Author.

Graphics files that will work with iBooks Author

iBooks Author can import most popular graphics formats: GIF, Illustrator (.ai), JPEG, Photoshop (.psd), PICT, PNG, PDF, RAW, TIFF, and Windows bitmap (.bmp), as well as Collada 3D graphics (.dae).

You can also copy and paste graphics — such as charts — from other programs into iBooks Author, which pastes a JPEG or PNG preview version into your book.

Apple Keynote presentation files can also be imported into Keynote objects for playback in the book.

Media files compatible with iBooks Author

iBooks Author is pickiest about media files: videos, screencasts, and audio recordings. It can import iPad-compatible MPEG-4 video (.m4v) files — including movies and screencasts — and AAC audio (.m4a or .m4v) files. The popular QuickTime (.mov) and MP3 formats aren’t supported. You must use the Media Browser panel to access these files. Furthermore, the media files must be in the content libraries of iTunes (for video and audio), iMovie (for video), iPhoto (for images), or GarageBand (for audio), or they must be in the Mac’s Movies folder (for video).