iBooks Author: Working with a production team

This article outlines the recommended workflow for teams working in parallel when developing a book with iBooks Author.

Book Designers

iBooks Author makes layout and template creation and modification easy. You can apply these custom layouts and templates to text in a book, which creates a consistent look and feel throughout. Learn more about iBooks Author template and layout modification and creation.


iBooks Author makes it easy to import your existing content and automatically format your content to fit your templates. Learn more about importing content into iBooks Author.

Editors and Designers

You can merge the contents of multiple iBooks Author documents into a single master document using copy and paste. Simply copy the contents of each independent iBooks Author document, and paste the contents into your master document.

When using copy and paste to merge documents, keep this information in mind for how iBooks Author handles layouts:

  • If your layout does not exist in the destination document, iBooks Author will copy over the layout (both portrait and landscape).
  • If you shared the layout between the documents (for example, the documents use the same template), iBooks Author will not copy over the layout.
  • If you shared the layout, but modified it in the source document, iBooks Author still will not copy over the layout. iBooks Author will maintain all changes in the incoming chapter or section inherited from the source document as overrides to the layout in the destination document.

Additionally, you can copy and paste the layouts themselves between the documents and change or reapply sections at any stage.

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