Use Keynote presentations in iBooks Author

You can use a Keynote presentation in iBooks Author, including supported transitions and builds.

If you've already created a presentation using Keynote, you can drag and drop the file into a Keynote widget in iBooks Author. 

To add a Keynote file created in Keynote 6.0 or later, you must have the latest version of Keynote installed on your Mac.

Transitions and builds

Keynote 6.0 and later

When importing a Keynote for Mac 6.0 or later presentation file, all transitions and builds are supported except:

  • Screech
  • Sparkle Transition
  • Shimmer Transition
  • Trace
  • 3D chart effects

Keynote '09

These transitions and builds work with the Keynote widget when you import a presentation file from an earlier version of Keynote:


  • Magic Move
  • Cube
  • Dissolve
  • Drop
  • Flip
  • Flop
  • Iris
  • Motion Dissolve
  • Move In
  • Page Flip
  • Pivot
  • Push
  • Reveal
  • Scale
  • Twirl
  • Twist
  • Wipe


  • Appear or Disappear
  • Cube
  • Dissolve
  • Drop
  • Move In or Move Out
  • Pivot
  • Scale
  • Twirl

Unsupported builds and transitions will be replaced with Dissolve.

Interactive charts

Interactive charts from Keynote 6.0 or later aren't supported. It's best to leave them out of Keynote files you plan to use in iBooks Author.

Self-playing and recorded presentations

Self-playing presentations and recorded presentations with voiceover narration might not work as expected. Readers can view and manually advance your presentation, but recorded narration and timings won’t be available.

If you've chosen to sell books on the iBooks Store, and choose to use DRM protection in your book, video and audio included in a Keynote widget will be DRM-protected when your book is downloaded via the iBooks Store.

About "Plays on page" and "Plays automatically"

iBooks Author 2.2 and later includes a new option to play your Keynote presentation directly on the page instead of requiring full-screen mode to play. Selecting this option allows readers to interact with the widgets directly on the page. If set to play on page, the author can set presentations to play automatically when the reader turns to that page. You must have the latest version of iBooks (that comes with Yosemite) to view the presentations, however.

These options are available in the Widget inspector.

Learn more

  • Keynote files can contain media (such as images, movies, and audio), but don’t use a Keynote file just to add media to your book. Instead, use a Media widget or drag media directly to a book page. Learn how to add media files to iBooks Author.
  • If you’re creating a book for a Mac or an iPad with a Retina display, set the slide size in Keynote to 2048 x 1536. If you’re creating a book for iPad without a Retina display, use Keynote’s default slide size of 1024 x 768. Get help optimizing your book for different devices.
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