3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2013 8:45 AM by K T
Charlie Fellowes Level 2 (150 points)

I'm producing an illustrated book that will become one of a series. Templates in iBooks Author are nice enough, but I'm a designer and want to create my own layouts. This seems to mean I cannot link from my 'Intro' page to chapters or pages later in the book, since the 'add bookmark' button is greyed out.


I've tried bookmarks, but bizarrely, it demands the link 'be in the text flow', and will not work in an added text box [begs the question, why is the option to add text frames available at all, if its functionality is crippled?].


I've also tried hyperlinks to no avail.


Is there any solutions out there for a designer that doesn't want to use one of Apple's templates but still wants the functionality of these links? Anyone?

  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    Links are a two-step process that includes both a bookmark and a hyperlink.


    Confirm your process via iBA Tips and Tricks 01 / Hyperlink two words/text


    As for templates, you have to start with one, whether it comes from Apple or a 3rd party. See the tip at that same page about a childrens' book example.

  • Charlie Fellowes Level 2 (150 points)

    Thanks. I've just started reading your piece. I'm sure it'll be helpful.


    I'm vacillating between creating an iBooks series of books and an app. Of course the app would be more costly to me in time [and money I guess].... and my x-code is rusty to say the least.

  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    I do both.


    Be aware that if app review feels your app is too book-like, you risk rejection with the suggestion to make a book instead, so if you choose that route, do your best to flatter the platform and avoid calling your app a 'book'.


    Good luck in any case.