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GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

Hello,

I am creating a digital books of family stories,  The idea is that once produced that other family members can contribute via me.

I hope someone can answer these questions:

     1.  Once produced, can only those people that I permit, see the book online and will it appear as a book or thumbnail page as a work in progress?

          The book would only be of interest to a small group and can it not be accessible only to them?

     2. If that small group wants to download the book as an ebook, can they?

     3. Can this small group publish the book in hardcover form via Apple.com (like books in iPhoto)?

     4. Is is easy for someone to add a story in the future by sending it to me and having me alter the ebook?

 

Thanks in advance,

GJ

  • 1. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    1.) If you distribute via emal or your own server, you can control who gets it to that point.

     

    2.) If you give them output from iBooks Author as a .ibooks file, it will function as an ebook, but only for iPad with iBooks.

     

    3.) Not unless they have the PDF version and find a shop with will print in the form they desire. If having a printed book is a requirement, iPhoto may be your best friend instead of iBooks Author

     

    4.) That depends on them, the form of the content and you. Are you willing to take their content in whatever form, update the .iba file and then repeat the original distribution efforts?

     

    Do you require the interactivity that iBooks Author provides? Do all involved have iPads and know what to do when they get your file/book?

  • 2. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    Thanks, KT

     

    Just to be clear, family members cannot view the book on their desktop, laptops or other none Apple products.  Kindle or Kobo will not work?

     

    GJ

  • 3. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    The next version of Mac OS X will include the ability to view an .ibooks file, which iBooks Author outputs (hybrid epub from Apple), on the computer same as on iPad now.

     

    No non-Apple products are supported, otherwise.

     

    For the devices you listed, consider making a standard epub using Pages, as an example. That or output a PDF from iBooks Author, but doing so means ignoring the interactivity it otherwise provides. Note that Pages and iPhoto can also output PDFs.

     

    If you just need pictures and text across the most general distribution with the least work, I'd suggest standard epub, PDFs and/or hardbound photo books via iPhoto.

  • 4. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    I have a photo book from iphoto for a photo book but this one will be mainly text and the ability to increase the text boxes is important, iphoto is limited in this regard.  Thanks.  I'm sure what I will do now.

    Do you mean Maverick as the next version?

     

    GJ

  • 5. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Yes.

     

    Good luck, sorry I couldn't help more.

  • 6. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    You were a big help.   On final ? if I use Pages for the epub, can I insert video into the file?

     

    GJ

  • 7. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    Now I have been enthusiastically inserting text into page layout document and find that I can't create an epub?

     

    How to I end up with a epub from where I am at??

     

    Thanks,

    GH

  • 8. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    sb0117 Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    Are you using the iOS version of Pages? You can only export to EPUB format using the Mac version. Also, yes, you can embed movies in an EPUB using Pages, but I believe that there is still a bug where you can only add 1 movie. Any more than that and the movie files get messed up. It was the case a few months ago, so you may want to check with in the EPUB community forum. Good luck.

  • 9. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,735 points)

    GH wrote:

     

    How to I end up with a epub from where I am at??

     

    You should see that option in File > Export unless your Pages version is too old.

  • 10. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    I am using the desktop version of Pages 09 and I used the page layout format and it does not give the option to send the file to epub.   Should I not have used that format?

     

    GH

  • 11. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    sb0117 Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    The page layout doesn't matter. Make sure you have the latest version of Pages '09 (4.3). As mentioned above, you should see File -> Export -> epub

  • 12. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,735 points)

    In Pages > About Pages, what is the version?

  • 13. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,735 points)

    GH wrote:

     

    I used the page layout format and it does not give the option to send the file to epub.   Should I not have used that format?

     

    As long as your Pages is not too old, you should still see the option, but indeed it is not possible with that format:

     

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  • 14. Re: newbie questions:iauthor
    GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    I am using Pages 09  v4.3 and if Epub "continue" is greyed out so  can't use it.   Do  I have to convert it to something else ie. word?   Originally, I chose " travel journal" from the templates maybe I should have chosen "document'"?

     

    GH

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