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nueces Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible to add footnotes in a document with iBooks Author?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • tlinet Level 1 (0 points)

    I'd like this kind of thing for my bibliography... Here is my turnaround :

    No automatic footnote is available so, you have to do it manually : type first the bibliography references at the bottom of your text.

    Select it and then, create a bookmark. On your text type a number (ex [1]), select it and create an hyperlink.

    I hope Bookends can work one day with ibooks author...

  • Fabe Level 3 (620 points)

    nueces - I agree with tlinet's approach, but I'd go a step further. For Footnotes and Bibliographies, I would create new Master Layouts for each. I'd format these Layouts in their own unique style and save them in the Master Layout plus save the text formatting as its own unique paragraph style.


    In my textbook I would add new chapters to the end of the book, one called Footnote and the other Bibliography based on the Master Layouts and Paragraph Styles. I would create the text in a different word processor capable of creating footnotes, then copy and paste the final work into IBooks Author. Then I would make the links between the footnote reference and the actual footnote. I may create a new Footnote section for each chapter in the body of the book based on the number of footnotes. The Bibliography would be just one chapter by itself.


    Thinking this through, I wonder why Apple did not include Footnote and Bibliography sections like they did Copyright, Dedication, and Foreward. I am sending them feedback on this topic right now. You should too. These are important components of a textbook.


    All the best - Fabe





  • 4phun Level 1 (35 points)



    I love that chapter for 'footnotes'. CLEVER

  • mmarquis@fsu Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you. This works, but is cumbersome for the reader, who after reaading the footnote must scroll through the document to pick up with their reading of the text. Apple needs to correct this shortcoming of iBook Author.

  • no time flat Level 1 (10 points)

    I'd suggest, for each footnote, adding another bookmark at the footnote reference and linking back from the footnote to the footnote reference.

  • nolafromms Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the suggestions.  I attempted to follow the iBooks author directions to insert footnotes from the Inspector Menu--no luck.  I got stalled at clicking on the page and seeing a drown down menu.


    Yes, this is a huge shortcoming; I wanted to insert footnotes easily as I go and not worry about formatting.

  • spudmachine Level 1 (30 points)

    I will preface my suggestion by saying that I haven't tried this yet.


    But...could you treat a footnote as a Glossary entry?


    So, for example, insert a footnote reference "A1".  For example...


    "The Higgs Boson A1 has recently been identified as having a mass of around 125 GeV..."


    So then when the reader taps "A1" they see your footnote.


    Would that work for you?




  • MichiHenning Level 4 (1,350 points)

    The glossary entry would appear with the title "A1" in this case, which wouldn't be that useful. Better to make the term "Higgs Boson" the glossary entry. But then, that really abuses the glossary meaning, because a glossary entry is supposed to explain the meaning of the term, not to present the extra information that one normally finds in a footnote.


    Using a glossary entry also has the disadvantage that each term can appear only once. If you want to attach a footnote to the term "Higgs Boson" in more than one place, the glossary won't work for that.



  • If you ask me... Level 1 (0 points)

    It might help clarify the issue if we all agreed to use the term "footnote" to mean a note at the foot of a page and the term "endnote" to mean a note at the end of the book. The former is appropriate when (a) the note is referenced on only one page and (b) there is no advantage to having it compiled in a list with other notes. It seems that both are essential for any authoring tool.

  • kenfromUK Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi Fabe,

    You seem to be able to save a page layout and put it in the Layout drop down menu. I cannot find out how to this - can you elaborate please.



  • 60wpm Level 1 (125 points)

    Sounds good. I'm interested in the topic. Got Bookmarks...also think I got 'carried away' with bookmarks.



    Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?


    Are there copywrite or Apple mandate problems with LINKS TO WEB PAGE ARTICLES (only).



  • luca.sampo Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Nueces, I'm still using a similar solution of that explained by Fabe.

    I haven’t still find a better method.

    Hope Apple will develop an automatic system for footnotes integration which could offer a much easier and kind reading experience for the reader.

  • Robert Huber Level 1 (35 points)

    Am I crazy, or did iBooks Author used to allow footnoting? I just opened a project I haven't worked on for a year. It has footnotes, but they don't link, and there is no way to edit or add more. I can't find any reference to footnoting in current Help files. Did Apple originally have footnoting (actually endnotes in my case) and then remove support for them?

  • vinnyvg Level 4 (1,865 points)

    I think that footnotes were NOT included as s standard/ normal function.


    There have been many posts in the past about workarounds and this thread starter is dated Feb 2012, which is,...if I remember right, about the time iBooks Author was first released...and the subject is about footnotes not being available.

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