This afternoon I received an email from someone who had a question about iBooks Author. iBooks Author is an excellent tool for creating multimedia ebooks, but there are some elements of using it that can be confusing and or frustrating the first time you use it or if you don’t use it often. Here are a couple of resources that I’ve consulted when I’ve gotten stuck on problems in iBooks Author.
Publishing with iBooks Author is a free 110 page publication from O’Reilly Media. I just discovered the guide a couple of days ago and I wish I had found it earlier because it would have saved me a lot of time in learning how to use iBooks Author. Publishing with iBooks Author covers everything from copyright, DRM, and the End User Agreement to templates, layouts, media insertion, publishing, and distribution. You will have to register for an O’Reilly Media account to download the book (that does take a few minutes and requires email verification) but I think that’s a small price to pay for an excellent free ebook. Publishing with iBooks Author is available to download as an ePub file and as a PDF.
Kinetic Media has a nearly one hour video that takes you through every aspect of creating an iBook with iBooks Author. The video covers everything from choosing a template to using custom HTML5 widgets in your iBooks. That video is embedded below.
If sitting through a one hour video like the Kinetic Media iBooks Author video is a bit too much for you, take a look at this playlist of 25 iBooks Author tutorials from DIY Journo. The videos cover the same things as in the Kinetic Media tutorial, but each tutorial is its own short video.