While the content, organization, images and widgets of every digital book made in the Book Launch program are unique, the digital books created with iBooks Author share similar overall design elements. For example, almost every book starts with a chapter page, has section pages within that chapter, and can incorporate a number of different page layouts within the sections. While the chapter, section, and page layouts may differ slightly from each other visually, most authors choose to use this general guideline to organize their books.
The chapter introduction pages on an iBooks Author digital book are typically one to two pages of text and images, which include a short description or introduction to the chapter, the chapter number, chapter name, and a graphic. However, this layout can be adjusted and customized to suit your your content. Take a look at this video to see an example of a custom Chapter page layout in iBooks Author.
After organizing the content of a book into chapters, authors may choose to organize the content of the chapter further into sections. We recommend this step, as sections appear in the bookas table of contents, and make reading and searching for content easier for the reader. The section layouts may be adjusted just as the chapter layouts.
Finally, iBooks Author allows for the option to change the layout of individual pages, or create a custom template for a page type that might be repeated throughout the book. By creating a template for a page, a section, or a chapter, the same layout will be accessible for you to use multiple times throughout the book. For example, if your content requires an overview text box at the beginning of each chapter to familiarize the reader with the content they are about to read, you can create a template with that box. Then, for each new chapter, the only thing you need to do is adjust the text within the box, as opposed to adjusting the layout and creating a new box each time. This allows for a more cohesive understanding of the book with repetitive elements.