Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to InTheirPocket)
It doesn't appear possible to do this. It seems you must create chapters in Pages or other programs and place them in iBook Author as Chapters. Look at the way the elements of the iBook are represented in the left hand column: below the cover and TOC, the organization is Chapters, then sections and pages.
I think of iBA as an tool to assemble parts, not a full blown writing and editing environment like Pages or InDesign.
Given the program has only been released for three hours, I could be wrong and will greatly appreciate any better answer. <g>
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 11:03 PM (in response to InTheirPocket)
If your Source Text is created in Word or Apple Pages, simply add sections to your document to indicate chapter breaks and iBooks Author will flow each section into new chapters that you define before import. Very spiffy process.
As already stated...Does not appear anywhere that you can break a long text document into separate Chapter content once you start flowing text into a chapter. All you really can do is insert page breaks and column breaks.
One must definitely do a lot of content setup within Apple Pages or Word) prior to importing into iBooks Author...is that a negative against this App? No...iBooks Author is noting more than a polished tool specifically designed to layout your text/images/interative content for iPad consumption...which had not existed until today.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to esagustin013)
I have a Pages document that I had already formatted with chapters/headings, etc. It was one that I had exported as an ePub and then imported into the previous version of iBooks on my iPad and iPhone. Chapters/TOC, etc seemed to work fine in the old iBooks app, so formatting couldn't have been too terribly incorrect.
However, when I inserted this file into iBooks Author, it completely messed things up. It appears that at times it would pull in multiple chapters from the original pages file and placed them into sing'e chapters in iBooks Author. For example, my original cover was placed in it's own chapter. The original TOC got it's own chapter. My original "introduction" now has it's own chapter. The original chapters 1-3 was placed into a single iBooks author chapter, while the 4th original chapter was split across 2 separate iBooks Author chapter. All remaining chapters in the original were lumped together into one chapter in iBooks author.
Am I confused about iBooks author to import Pages documents? I made sure that the pages document had the correct styling (headings, chapter titles, subtitles, etc.) so that when exported in Pages to ePub it would work correctly in the original iBooks app.
Am I going to have to copy/paste each individual chapter in Pages into it's own chapter within iBooks Author? I would think that's supposed to be automated upon import/insert.
Any advice would be helpful. Otherwise, it looks like I'm almost starting from scratch again.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to teacher24_70)
Sounds like your Pages document is not properly sectioned. I would duplicated your Pages document just so you have a safe backup. Nothing is ever 100 perfect translation and here we have the classic case of that. Pages to Author for me personally has been a 80% success rate. I have to repair a few problems but nothing major.
Before you insert your pages document...From iBooks Author Menu > View > Show Document Warning
This will point out all the errors that are happening during your importing. Font standardization. Styling mismatch, etc.
1. Simplify your Pages document and completey ignore/remove the cover page. As you see within iBooks Author...you have a dedicated layout to build your cover. Copy Paste is all I did for a simple cover. Personally this is waste because like all Books opened within iBooks...it lasts for a mere 3 seconds before it flips to the first page of the book. Irritating..I am sure if more people complain about this it will get fixed.
2. TOC needs to be properly styled and setup within Pages for your import to sort of work . Personally this has been my major headache...my TOC from Pages arrived into its own chapter as well. A little reconifiguring of TOC and Paragraph styling completely fixed the problem for a manuscript of about 27 chapters and 294 pages.
3. Chapters in Pages need to be properly sectioned (Insert Section Break, not Page Break) or you will end up with chapters becoming merged...as you described above with all chapters after chapter 4 being combined.
If I can summarize my long winded guesstimate to your problem...Insert Section Breaks properly and ensure your headers, footers, page number are correct within Pages before you even attempt to insert in an Author layout.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 11:30 PM (in response to esagustin013)
Wow, what an awesome reply! I will definitely look into this more tomorrow when my mental energy has returned. Thank you for all of your helpful suggestions. I'll try to post back after I've tried to correct and adjust things as suggested.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2012 7:44 PM (in response to esagustin013)
One must definitely do a lot of content setup within Apple Pages or Word) prior to importing into iBooks Author...
Can you please elaborate on this? I'm trying to import from Word and having absolutely no luck with getting the chapter and section titles from my Word doc to show up in iBooks Author. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to Armando Fox)
I would love it if someone could provide a detailed example of their Word --> iBA workflow, especially with regard to how they've managed to get iBA to map word sections and headings to chapters and sections.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to victorbarba)
By chance, I am. But these forums are not an open chat line, you can't normally haver real time communications.
Normally you post a well phrased question and get a reply in a few days.
If you look me up on www.yourmaccoach.com and contact me I can help, maybe.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 12, 2013 3:52 AM (in response to agencyeditions)
Related but simpler. I am building a multichapter book in author - the book is for a course I teach. As I develop it, I wish to split a chapter into two and cannot figure out if I can insert a new chapter in the middle of the pages of an existing one. It seems all pages are tied to a chapter and I must delete one by one the redundant pages and then rebuild them in a new chapter. I was hoping that there is a more elegant way of doing this. To be clear. Chapter 2 has 20 pages. I wish to divide chapter 2 that is create a new chapter 3 based on the last 10 pages of chapter 2. The subsequent chapters should renumber automatically.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 14, 2013 4:41 AM (in response to InTheirPocket)
I have a similar predicament here as well. How can I add pages to the book BEFORE chapter 1. For example, I am putting together a multi chapter eBook as well and I am just about finished and have my 100 pages done and formateed and edited. Only problem is that I forgot to add the Copyright on the first page! Also, My "Dedication" page has "Chapter 1" automatically inserted, when in fact this is not a chapter.
PLEASE HELP! Going to be publishing soon!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 14, 2013 4:16 PM (in response to GreenMan7)
To move pages, above chapter 1 in the book tree...simply create it and drag it up the tree until you see a blue line appear above the chapter...and drop your page. I use this method to add blank pages have the copyright information open as first page. Below that I add another as a Forward or introduction page.
My advice to others on book creation is that the layout/ content needs to be planned before starting out.
As the book develops and you need to make changes..duplicate the book and rename it to suit, add or remove as you need and copy changes to the new version. You can copy a chapter and its contents and paste into a separate book.
this can allow you to make you book in individual chapters and copy into a master copy. zin the master copy you can move chapters up or down the tree and the TOC updates automatically.