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  1. Hello,

    I am working on a iBook for a non-profit in Washington, DC. I am having problems getting thumbnails/poster static images to show up at the beginning of all my videos. The way to do in in IBA has never worked and I have tried in photoshop and other programs to make it work without any success. I you know the proper way to make this happen. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

    Eddie Malstrom

    1. Eddie,
      I’m sorry to hear you are having that problem. I’ve never encountered it, so I don’t have an easy fix. iBA 2.2 update just came out last night. Perhaps you might update and see if that corrects the issue?

  2. Hello, Mr. Pappas.

    I am a fan of your educational iBooks, and I have started attempting to recreate my units into iBooks. My first attempt three years ago was very basic, but worked to make a curricular unit available in digital format for my students. However, after seeing a couple of your books, and all the improvements iBook Publisher has made, I want to produce a more robust book for student use. I (thought) I completed one, submitted it for publishing, but was told that there are issues with the table of contents. I was not able to figure out why/how to fix them and gave up. A year late, I’m back at it. I would really like to make this work!
    I’ve gone through Apple’s Help options, and your book, “Quick Start: iBooks Author” to no avail.
    I add text and it shows up on all of the TOC pages. Existing text boxes won’t allow me to edit. Can you tell me how/where I can get this figured out?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Mitzi,

      Glad you are going to give it a try. But sorry to hear about your problems with table of contents (TOC).

      The TOC in iBA is fussy and not very flexible.

      Each chapter opener has a placeholder to drag an image into on the page build. If you do that, you will see the image when you view the full page and see the image (in strangely centered display) in your TOC view.

      If you delete the place holder and simply import an image into the start of the chapter, you will see the image in the full page, but it will be missing from the TOC view. Once you have done that, I have not found a way to restore the image placeholder. (For example when working on a recent student publication, a few students deleted the placeholder and the only remedy was to rebuild the entire chapter. Grrr)

      If you start messing with the image in the TOC view, you will find that whatever image you insert into Ch 1 (for example) will become the image for every other chapter.

      Likewise there is chapter title place holder for the text title of the chapter that can be equally fussy. If you delete it, it’s impossible to replace. I suspect somewhere in your work you deleted either the image of title placeholders for one or more chapters.

      Perhaps you can experiment with a new chapter or two and insert titles and images and see how that displays when you preview.

      Hope that helps,

  3. Hello, Peter Pappas.

    In inspector (TOC) i delete strip of thumbnails and copyright, but they still in table of content.
    In other book i saw it’s can be (start with 4 page and then…)
    Please help me with this two questions.
    How can i do it?
    Thank you.


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