iBooks Author for Kids' Picture Book: TOC Issues

posted Sep 27, 2012, 8:20 PM by Holloway McCandless   [ updated Oct 31, 2012, 10:43 AM ]
After months of working iBooks Author (iBA) App to create Princess Diamond and the Baseball Toad this is my assessment:

Although iBA is designed for textbook creation it can be contorted into a more-than-decent design tool for kids' picture books. The only significant limitation for authors envisaging a traditional picture book layout is the de rigueur Table of Contents (TOC) "spine" (there is no way to get rid of it) but the TOC isn't so bad if your pages are highly graphic and you put all your pages in the first chapter. I give full credit to this approach to Kathryn Ruben, the Chestnut Hill Apple Store staffer who coached me on iBA. I used the TOC as a timeline in Princess Diamond and the Baseball Toad and it was actually useful to me during the composition process.

Among other things, making your TOC a single-chapter timeline lets you scan the pages for image variety, etc.

I will try to explain this more clearly when I have had some sleep.

In the meantime, you can download a free sample of what I did with the TOC if you have an iPad 2 or a Retina iPad. 

Here's a screenshot, and a link:

Princess Diamond and the Baseball Toad - Holloway McCandless