iBooks Author: Export your book for iBooks or in another format

Export your book for iBooks or in another format

If you aren’t submitting your book to the iBooks Store, you can still create a book file that you can distribute yourself.

You can export a book created using a landscape or portrait template as an iBooks file, a text file, or a PDF file, which can be viewed or printed using Preview, Adobe Reader, or any PDF reader application. Links work in the PDF, but other interactive media (widgets), such as movies and 3D objects, might not work as expected.

You can export a book created using an ePub template as an ePub file or a text file.

Important: If you choose to distribute your book yourself, be sure to review the guidelines in the iBooks Author software license agreement. To see the agreement, choose iBooks Author > About iBooks Author, and click License Agreement.

Export in iBooks format

  1. With the book open, choose Share > Export, and click iBooks.

  2. If you want to submit the file to the iBooks Store, click the disclosure triangle next to iBooks Store Options and follow the onscreen instructions.

  3. Click Next.

  4. Type a name for the book, choose a place to save it, and click Export.

To view the book in iBooks for iPad or iPhone, make sure you have latest versions of iBooks and iOS installed, and do one of the following:

  • Email the file and open it in Mail on an iPad or iPhone. Tap the file to open it.

  • Drag the book file (with the extension .ibooks) to the iTunes window and sync the book to your iPad or iPhone. For more information, see iTunes Help.

To view the book in iBooks for Mac, make sure you have the latest versions of iBooks and macOS installed, and do the following:

  • Drag the book file (with the extension .ibooks) to iBooks.

Export as a PDF document

Do one of the following:

  • Create a PDF file for viewing only onscreen (not as a printout): Choose Share > Export, and click PDF. Select image quality and security options, click Next, type a name and choose a location for the file, and click Export.

  • Create a PDF file that will be printed: Choose File > Print, and choose Save as PDF from the PDF pop-up menu. In the Save window, type a name, choose a location for the file, and click Save.

Export as a text document

You can export your book as an editable file in TXT format.

  1. Choose Share > Export, and click Text.

  2. Click Next.

  3. Type a name, choose a location for the file, and click Export.

Export as an ePub document

If you created a book using an ePub template, you can export it to an ePub file.

  1. In the ePub template, choose Share > Export, then click ePub.

  2. Click Next.

  3. Type a name, choose a location for the file, and click Export.

Important: After you export your book file, don’t compress or “zip” the file before you share it. Compressed book files can’t be opened.

Published Date: Dec 7, 2016
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