10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2012 5:27 AM by limtc
efrem88 Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible to disable Landscape Orientation in iBooks and only use Portrait?

  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    Currently, you can disable only Portrait.


    Use iBA Feedback to request features you'd like to see in the future.

  • James Orlowski Level 1 (45 points)

    Use a traditional e-book format if you intend your book be read in a traditional portriat mode.  I think Apple wants everything published with the iBooks Author app to be read in landscape.


    And what Apple wants, Apple gets.

  • scottfromberkeley Level 1 (15 points)

    That is so weird to force iBooks into landscape mode when the vast majority of books are in portrait mode. I really don't understand the logic of that.

  • AodhFFXI Level 1 (40 points)

    Well, when you open the book it's landscape generally.

  • scottfromberkeley Level 1 (15 points)

    I see your point, but a single page is in portrait mode and almost all books are designed from the point of view of the portrait page. When you you are forced into the landscape mode this forces you to to go with the smaller version of the portrait page with dual columns if you want to approximate the look of a traditional book. If you are starting from scratch with a new book it isn't such a big deal to design completely in landscape, but if you are converting existing books to iBooks this a major problem and you need to completely redesign the book. Using portrait mode would also allow you to have larger pictures on the page. As it is know we are forced into Kindle Fire size graphics when we work in landscape mode.


    I'm working on a series of art history books that already exist in published paper versions so that probably colors my views on this issue.

  • limtc Level 1 (65 points)

    The logic is simple. When they designed iBA - they wanted author to focus only on 1 orientation (since designing for 2 orientation is a pain in the neck). For some reasons they chose landscape. The portrait mode is simply an alternative mode to the content of the landscape mode.


    So in order to support portrait-only mode, this means that you need to support portrait as the default - and now all logics go wrong and they now need the same set of tools to design for portrait in additional to landscape. This started to make less sense.


    And I think they already gave you a solution. If you want something like the Portrait mode, and without the landscape mode, the tool to use is Pages.

  • scottfromberkeley Level 1 (15 points)

    Your design choices are too limited in portrait mode. You are forced into using the thumbnail track, you can't resize pictures, use background colors and so forth. I wish it was that simple but it isn't at least as far as I can fiqure out. If anyone knowns differently I'd love to know about it. I thought that was the purpose of this support group. We are all kind of on the bleeding edge here feeling around in the dark with out a proper users manual for the program.

  • limtc Level 1 (65 points)

    I think you simply use the wrong tool.


    iBA is designed for landscape mode ONLY, with portrait mode add on as an alternative mode which in most cases, done for you. The idea is simple, get the author to design once (in landscape mode), not twice, but yet still support 2 orientations.

  • scottfromberkeley Level 1 (15 points)

    What other tool would you recommend?

  • limtc Level 1 (65 points)

    Please read my reply, thanks.