Sample workflow

To give you an idea of the possibilities, a sample process for creating a book with iBooks Author is described below. You don’t have to do every step, and you might do others that aren’t listed. The workflow isn’t necessarily linear, either; for example, you can preview your book at any time.

Step 1: Plan your book

Before you start, it’s a good idea to decide how you’ll organize your book into chapters and sections, what types of media you’ll include, and so on.

Step 2: Choose a template

Choose one of the many Apple-designed templates included with iBooks Author. The templates are optimized for viewing in either landscape or portrait orientation, and include everything you need to create a book. Fonts, colors, tables, and charts are coordinated to give your book a consistent and professional look. After choosing a template, you can modify it however you like.

Step 3: Add your content

Write text, add graphics and other objects, add widgets (interactive media such as images, movies, review questions, and 3D objects), and so on. As you write, apply styles to your content to make formatting easier. Mask (crop) and adjust photos right in iBooks Author. Add tables and charts. Your table of contents, figures, sections, and other elements are automatically numbered in your document.

Step 4: Create glossary entries

If you want your book to have a glossary, you can identify words you want linked to a definition, and create a definition for each word. You can add text, images, or graphics to the definitions.

Step 5: Preview your book

As you work—and before you publish—preview your book in iBooks to experience your book as your readers will.

Step 6: Share your book

Submit your book for publication on the iBooks Store, or export it and distribute it yourself.