iBooks Author: Add, reorder, or delete chapters, sections, and pages

Add, reorder, or delete chapters, sections, and pages

A book is made up of chapters. Within each chapter, you can add sections—for example, to divide the content of a chapter into topics, or to set apart special types of content, like lessons, activities, and case studies.

In an ePub template, each chapter can contain only sections—each of which is one scrolling page that displays all the content.

In a landscape or portrait template, each chapter can contain individual pages, as well as sections. As you add content, new pages are added as needed (or you can add pages first). If you switch a landscape template to scrolling view, each section has one scrolling page that displays all the content.

You can reorder sections and chapters at any time by dragging them in the Book pane (shown below).

Note: The Book pane shown below is from a landscape template. Although the Book pane in an ePub template shows an outline of the book (instead of page thumbnails), you can still reorder chapters and sections by dragging them.

The Book pane showing thumbnails of chapters, sections, and pages

Important: You can’t drag individual pages to reorder them.

Add a chapter or a section

  1. In the Book pane (shown above), select the chapter after which you want the new chapter to appear or the chapter you want to add the section to.

  2. Click Add Pages in the toolbar (or Add in an ePub template), and choose either Chapter > [option] or Section > [option].

  3. Click a chapter or section title and do any of the following:

    • Add a chapter or section title: Click the “Untitled” placeholder text and type new text.

    • Change the prefix and number displayed: On the book page, double-click the word “Chapter” or “Section” and choose an option from the Section Number pop-up menu.

    • Replace a section title with a chapter or book title, or a chapter title with a book title: On the book page, triple-click the chapter or section title and choose an option from the Title pop-up menu.

You can also add a chapter or section by duplicating one. Select a chapter or section in the Book pane, then choose Edit > Duplicate.

Tip: To optimize the viewing experience, create more smaller chapters rather than fewer larger chapters.

Add a new page

Note: You can’t add pages to an ePub template—only chapters and sections.

  1. In the Book pane of a landscape or portrait template, select the chapter or section you want to add pages to.

  2. Click Add Pages in the toolbar, and choose Pages > [option].

Tip: You can also add a new page by Control-clicking a page in the Book pane and choosing Insert Page from the shortcut menu. The new page uses the default layout for the chapter or section.

Reorder chapters or sections

In the Book pane, do any of the following:

  • Change the order of chapters: Drag them.

  • Change the order of sections: Drag a section to a new location in the chapter, or to another chapter.

Chapters and sections are automatically renumbered as you move them.

Delete a chapter, section, or page

  • In the Book pane, select the chapter, section, or page you want to delete, and press Delete.

Important: Deleting a chapter or section deletes all its content. To restore the content, choose Edit > Undo immediately.

Published Date: Dec 7, 2016
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