Create Your Own Ebooks for iPad

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The Ebooks for iPad can be easily created using this online tool named Baker Ebook Framework. You might have read Ebooks for iPad and also there are number of free iPad ebooks available on the iTunes store, now how to create your own ebook and submit it to iTunes store for approval ? Once it is approved, people can read your ebook on their iPad.

Baker Ebook Framework is a open source tool that lets you to create an ebook for iPad. You can build your own ebook for ipad and submit it to iTunes store for approval. The Baker is an HTML5 ebook framework, so you can design your ebook visually stunning with images, audio, video and animations. Creating your ebook for iPads is very simple using Baker ebook framework.

They have made 3 steps in creating your first ebook. Design, Package and Publish.

DESIGN :

  • Create you book as one or more HTML5 documents.
  • Limit the width to 768px.
  • You can keep the height to 1024px to match the page size or make it scrollable if you need longer pages.
  • You can use ANY feature in WebKit: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript.
  • But remember: it’s a book. If you want to build an app, check PhoneGap.
  • Think about having 1 HTML for each chapter to use the native scrolling.

PACKAGE :

  • The book must be contained in a single “book/” folder.
  • Each chapter (horizontally swiped on the iPad) should be in a single HTML file inside the “book/” folder.
  • The HTML files must be named with incremental numbers, starting from one: 1.html, 2.html, etc.
  • 1.html is going to be used as the first page of the book, so it’s probably your cover.
  • All the assets must be contained (with a relative reference) within the “book/” folder.
  • Subfolders are allowed for assets, but the HTML files will be read only from the “book/” folder itself.

PUBLISH :

  • Download the Baker Framework Xcode project from http://bakerframework.com or GitHub.
  • Create an Apple iPhone Developer account to publish on the App Store.
  • Download Xcode and the iOS SDK from the Apple Developer website.
  • Open Baker in Xcode.
  • Add all the files of your book from your “book/” folder to the “book/” folder inside Baker.
  • If you used a “width fix” CSS file, remove it.
  • Rename the project to the name of your book: Project -> Rename.
  • Replace the icon file: ios-icon-ipad72.png (check the Apple Guidelines for reference).
  • Change the bundle identifier in the plist file to the one you are going to use for your app.
  • Test your book compiling it.
  • Follow the instructions on the Apple iPhone Developer website to submit your book to the app store.

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Comments

  1. Chethan says:

    Well, I appreciate this Post… Never knew that we could create eBooks ourself.. and thanks for this framework “Baker Ebook Framework”… HTML5, CSS3 is cool!

  2. Kylie says:

    Thanks for the information, it seems to be getting easier to create an ebook app these days.

  3. Great, useful post. Two questions:
    1. Does this process create an iPhone compatible app too?

    2. Does anyone know of a good site where to find someone who will be willing to do this conversion for me? (For pay.) I can probably do it, but it will take me much longer than an expert.

    Thanks.
    FT

  4. daisy says:

    It’s a good review of the baker ebook framework to create eBooks for apple gadgets or any other portable devices.
    But I think it’s relative complex process to achieve it.
    With regard to create free eBooks, you can use a good ePub Creator to make a eBook from almost any necessary materials.
    And what you need to do is to import them then set related info. It will take care of the rest steps for you. The output ePub books can be read on iPad, iPhone, sony reader, etc.

  5. murat says:

    thanks you very much!

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