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Cumbersome to swipe between pages of books made in iBooks Author

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The first review I recieved on my first iBooks Author-made book was that it is slow and cumbersome to swipe between pages. This true for my book and other books made in iBooks Author.


I have to drag my finger three quarters across the page to get the page to turn. Does anyone know what is going on with that?

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)

    Which iPad(s)?


    Is your content text, images, widgets....? How many pages?


    Which version iBooks Author was it built with?

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)

    Can you try it on another iPad...

  • MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    If each chapter is only a single page, then you are swiping between chapters, not pages. iBooks loads only one chapter at a time so, each time you swipe, you are seeing the delay for loading the next chapter. If you have multiple pages in a single chapter, swiping between pages incurs no such delay.



  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)

    Each chapter is a single page containing a poem and one image. 11 pages total plus a text only glossary. Each image was 200 to 501 KB in png format. The entire book is 6.2 MB.

    Since each "chapter" is stored as a separate file within the iBook package, some delay is to be expected while the current "chapter" is released, the new one is opened, and the data is read into memory for display.


    As to problems having to "swipe" the pages, this may, to some extent, depend on your reading orientation. For instance, if you are reading in the landscape mode, simply touching the right edge of the page should advance the page without having to "swipe" the page at all. Unfortunately, while this works fine for advancing or retrieving pages within a chapter or advancing to a new chapter, it does does not seem to work when trying to move to a previous chapter.


    Lastly, in the portrait mode, you must "swipe" between chapters in both directions. Unfortunately, since the speed of the "swipe" is relative to the motion vector of the swipe (i.e., speed, length, and direction of the swipe) with movement within the chapter being easily accomplished but movement across chapter files requiring sufficient duration across the display surface to invoke/allow a reading/loading of the next or previous chapter. (You could, of course, simply call up the chapter index and touch select the previous or next chapter to avoid having to make such lengthy "swipes."



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  • heySkippy Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I was so not thrilled with the navigation in iBooks Author that I created a navigation chapter with illustrated samples and text to hopefully prepard the reader for the coming experience.  I think Author is remarkably polished for a v1 product, but there are definitely some missing features.


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