11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 4:21 PM by K T
Lyle Phillips Level 1 (15 points)

When I created a book in iBooks Author then imported it into iBooks on my iPad I find that I cannot change the font size. In fact the change font size icon does not show up on the toolbar in iBooks. Anyone have an answer?


27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    Try reinstalling iBooks on your iPad.

  • Daryl Hawes Level 1 (45 points)

    I don't think that there is anything wrong with your iBooks app. I think that you're expecting a feature that does not exist. There is no way to change the font size in iBooks on your iPad when reading a book created in iBooks Author.

     

    If the book that you are creating does not need interactive elements and image boxes/callouts then you should consider using the Pages application from iWorks to write your text based book and export to ePub to get the end user experience that you're looking for. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4168

     

    More explanation:

    When you buy an ePub file from the iBookstore you get a book that has a page curl when you turn pages and you get the ability to change the font and font size as a reader of the book.

     

    iBooks Author books are not the same file format as standard ePub books found elsewhere on the iBookstore. These .ibooks files are formatted for the screen size of an iPad and intended to be layout specific preserving placement like a textbook requires. Changing the font or font size on the fly would reflow the text and cause the alignment of the text to the images and widget built into the book to change.

  • MichiHenning Level 4 (1,350 points)

    Daryl Hawes wrote:

     

    I don't think that there is anything wrong with your iBooks app. I think that you're expecting a feature that does not exist. There is no way to change the font size in iBooks on your iPad when reading a book created in iBooks Author.

    Not so: if the book supports portrait mode, you can change font size while in portrait mode. (Landscape mode does not permit change of font size.)

     

    Michi.

  • Daryl Hawes Level 1 (45 points)

    Michi - great catch and thank you for that clarification!

  • moverfrizz Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem, I can't find an answer;

    I am doing a ibook in portrait mode and the option to resize the font doesn't appear

    thanks for your help

  • e kevin king Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same problem, also there is no book image in the background.

    ( I've created the book in iBooks Author, and exported as an epub file into iTunes.)

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,125 points)

    Posted in error.

  • sb0117 Level 3 (535 points)

    The ability for the reader to change the font size in an ibook created with IBA only works if the book is one that was designed to be viewed landscape or portrait (like all the templates available with iBooks 1). However, with the new portrait templates in ibooks 2, that feature is not availble. In other words, an ibook designed with a portrait-only tempalte will not provide the user with the ability to change font size.

     

    So, if you really want you readers to be able to change font size, you need to use a landscape template and design it as a portrait book However, since you won't be able to disable the landscape view, you'd have to have a notice at the beginning (e.g. the intro media) to let them know to rotate their ipad so they can change font size.

  • Techno Challenged2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same Problem. I could scroll vertically in iBooks this morning and now I can't.  My font button is gone, replaced by the brightness button.  What could I have done to make this happen?  It seems every time I touch something on this thing it screws something else up.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,125 points)

    Techno Challenged2 wrote:

     

    I could scroll vertically in iBooks this morning and now I can't. 

     

    So you are now unable to get to the next page when in Portrait mode?

  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    This is an iBooks question, not an iBooks Author question...