IBook Creation for the Classroom

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Contact Information

Doreen Pietrantoni doreen_pietrantoni@boces.monroe.edu
Introduction Video

Workshop Goals


  • Overview of what an eBook entails
  • Introduction to iBooks
  • Exploring iBooks
  • Step-by-Step with iBooks
  • Sharing and accessing iBooks

What are eBooks?

noun: ebook
an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose. A dedicated device for reading electronic versions of printed books.

iBooks textbooks on iPad offer a gorgeous, full-screen experience full of interactive diagrams, photos, and videos. No longer limited to static pictures to illustrate the text, now students can dive into an image with interactive captions, rotate a 3D object, or have the answer spring to life in a chapter review. They can flip through a book by simply sliding a finger along the bottom of the screen. Highlighting text, taking notes, searching for content, and finding definitions in the glossary are just as easy. And with all their books on a single iPad, students will have no problem carrying them wherever they go.

iBooks Software


iBook Software allows users to create a book that isn't just about reading. iBooks are reading and interactivity.

Students Can:

  • Manipulate images
  • Access 3 D images
  • Access Interactive images
  • Highlight, Annotate, Add Notes
  • Access Study Cards
  • Share or ask questions via Social Networking
  • Compatible with iTunes U Courses

Exploring iBooks

There are a plethora of iBooks already in the iBook Store that are applicable to K -12 education - to access, follow this link: iBook Store

To access already created iBooks:

  • Download the iBooks App from the iTunes App Store
  • In the bottom tool bar, click on Top Authors
  • Click on Categories in the upper left hand corner
  • There are numerous categories to search
  • To search by content, click on the search box in the upper left
  • Type in search criteria such as: elementary math
  • If the book says Get, the book is free otherwise the price is listed
  • Click on Get, then Get Book
  • You may be prompted for the iTunes password
  • Click on Read
  • The book will download into the iBooks app and be available in the library

How Toos

Importing Content into iBooks Author

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.

What can I add to my eBook?

  1. Images
  2. Text (copy and paste or import word docs)
  3. Review (Assessment questions)
  4. Media Widget
  5. Gallery Widget
  6. Interactive Image Widget
  7. Keynote Widget
  8. Scrolling Sidebar Widget
  9. HTML Widget
  10. Shapes
  11. Tables
  12. Charts

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).

iBook Creation Before you start creating an iBook, it is important to have everything organized. Think about the content and have any resources for content available. Have all images saved in iPhoto and ensure any video is available. Create a document that will have a list of all links you will use and make sure you label them. In regards to documents, you can import word documents into an iBook.

Here is a video of a teacher who uses iBooks - iBook Video

iBooks Author will need to be downloaded onto a Mac computer - iBook Author Application

Publishing iBooks

Sharing -
If you want to give away your books, you have several options:

  • Create a free publisher account, which lets you distribute your books in the iBookstore. If you create such an account, you can’t sell any of your books via the iBookstore.
  • Export the book as an .ibooks file (choose File→Export in iBooks Author), and then distribute that file however you prefer: as a web download, via e-mail, or in some other medium. Recipients just need to drag the file into iTunes on their computers and sync to their iPad, or open the link or e-mail attachment on their iPads. Remember, you can’t charge for such books.
  • For complete directions and restrictions, follow this link: Publishing an iBook to iTunes


iBook How-to *Highly Recommended
iBook Author - Apples instructions for creating iBooks.
iBooks Author for Dummies Cheatsheet - includes helpful shortcuts and pasting options.
iBooks Author for Dummies Overview - includes all of the needed elements and tips and tricks for creating and formating.
Best Tutorial
Actual iBook about creating an iBook
Basic Instructions

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