10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 27, 2012 11:56 AM by K T
fraMax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I,

how do I make sure that my ebook shows the icon to resize the font?

 

thanks

fraMax


iPad, iOS 6.0.1, iBook Author
  • 1. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Do you mean when using iBooks on your iPad?

     

    If so, that ability is built into iOS when using Portrait. If your book is landscape only, that ability is taken away, sorry.

  • 2. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,725 points)

    I think that is only available in Portrait view.  Is it missing there for you when viewing your book in the iBooks app?

  • 3. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    fraMax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks

    in Portrait view icon font size appears.

    How do i have it in landscape?

  • 4. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    If your book is landscape only, or the user is reading in landscape, that ability is taken away, sorry. You can't control the OS to make it do that.

     

    As always, feel free to use the 'Provide iBooks Author Feedback' menu item for features you'd like added in the future, etc.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ibooks-author.html


  • 5. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    fraMax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I downloaded the ebook "iPad User Guide for iOS 6" and in this book appears in the page header the icon to resize the fonts can also change the font, background color, etc. ...

  • 6. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,725 points)

    fraMax wrote:

     

    I downloaded the ebook "iPad User Guide for iOS 6"

     

     

    If you want to make something like that, I think you need to use a different app and create .epub instead of .ibooks.  Apple's app for that is Pages.

  • 7. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    fraMax wrote:

     

    I downloaded the ebook "iPad User Guide for iOS 6" and in this book appears in the page header the icon to resize the fonts can also change the font, background color, etc. ...

    1.) That ebook wasn't made using iBooks Author - it's a 'standard' epub, made with Pages, or some other text editor capable of generating those types of epub files. iBooks Author creates a hybrid epub, which is different and only works on iPad.

    2.) Apple can do things we can't.

    3.) See the previous comment about feedback.

  • 8. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    fraMax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I discovered with which app you can do this:

    Creative Book Builder

  • 9. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    gadgetgurl42 Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    It would help you to understand a couple of key concepts about ebooks - file types and text flows.

     

    File Types

    Not all ebook files are the same therefore they don't all have the same features/functionality.

     

    iPad/iPad Mini - supports PDF, ePub, iBooks file types within the iBooks app

    iPhone/iPod Touch - only supports PDF and ePub in the iBooks app

    Kindle - supports MOBI (Amazon's version of ePub)

    Many other readers support the standard ePub and/or PDF only.

     

    An ePub is perhaps the biggest type of ebook file. Put it this way, if the ebook is not a PDF then it's likely to be an ePub file and definitely if not being viewed on an Apple device. ePub's can be viewed in portrait and landscape, they often have the 'page curl' effect (e.g. in the iBooks app) and supports fluid text (see below). The device reader provides the functionality to change font type and size, as well as page colour - not the ebook itself. That's what KT means by the reference to being part of the iOS.

     

    You can create ePub files in a number of ways.

    e.g. Adobe InDesign, Apple's Pages, CBB app as you mention above, Calibre (conversion tool for Word docs) etc

     

    The iBooks file type is Apple's enhanced ePub format. This means that it can only be viewed on an Apple device and in particular, only the iPad and iPad Mini, not smaller Apple devices. These files are the ones created in iBooks Author. The template you use determines whether the book can be viewed in portrait (only), landscape only, or both portrait and landscape options.

     

    Portrait view in the iBooks file type are fluid text, meaning you can change the font size, but this is fixed in landscape view. See below...

     

    Text Flows

    1. Standard ePub and iBooks files viewed in portrait use fluid text. This is what allows you to change the font size. Some programs like InDesign allow you to anchor an image to a page, so that when font size is changed, the text flows around the image. This is fine as long as you don't require specific text to sit alongside the said image (more steps involved to achieve this). Portrait orientation of iBooks files also use fluid text. That's why you need to apply styles and other formatting to the portrait orientation as well as the landscape as they exist independently from each other.

      Fluid text basically gives a developer little control over the font type and size that a reader will use. However, ePub files are cross-platform, unlike iBooks files. So think about your target audience before choosing your tool and desired file type.

    2. Apple's enhanced ePub (i.e. iBooks file type) viewed in landscape orientation is fixed format. That is, the font style and size (as well as position on the page) is set by the developer, not the reader. This is why there's no option for the reader to change the size of font. It's more like traditional desktop publishing in that sense. You'll notice that you can turn to a 'page' within the book and it's the same for everyone. You can't do that in a standard ePub file for a number of reasons, including the fact that different readers may be using different font sizes. I mention this because it's a really important consideration for teachers and students to have a common ground.

     

    Hope that makes your understanding a bit clearer!

     

    Jenny

  • 10. Re: why my ebook haven't the icon to resize font?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    fraMax wrote:

     

    Creative Book Builder...

    An epub editor for iOS - That's good info, thanks.