How can i make my own iBook?

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  1. slipper macrumors 68000

    slipper

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    I'm trying learn a new language. So i figure instead of making a bunch of regular flash cards why not make some "eFlash cards". So.... how can i go about making my own set of flash cards for use on iBook?... And how would i upload to to my iPhones iBook app?
     
  2. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    There is a flashcard app called Cram (iTunes link). When I got it, it was free (likely promotional), but it's $3.99 now.

    Personally, I just wanted to see how it looked and felt, and I don't care for digital study aids (I also take notes by hand-in law school), so don't let that bias you. If you like digital study aids, I think it's pretty feature-rich and will probably do well for a foreign language (may I ask, which language? :)).
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    While this isn't a direct response to your question...

    If you're interested in a flashcard app, AccelaStudy has a comprehensive selection of foreign language flash card apps (including audio pronunciations and quizzes). I'm very fond of their German/English version (iTunes link). The full versions are a bit pricey ($9.99), but well worth the expense if it saves you the time of creating your own flashcard set (and isn't any more expensive than buying a full set of flashcards from a bookstore). Plus, for each language there is a free demo. :)

    Cram (as CalBoy mentioned) is a good app, but it does take some time to create the flashcards, and it's missing a few obvious features in my opinion (that's not to say it doesn't have a comprehensive set of features - it does). It's especially good if there is already a flashcard set that you can download from their website (or Quizlet) for free.
     
  4. djgulia macrumors 6502

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    my first thought was create the "flash cards" in Power Point or Word, then convert to PDF and use ebooks to view the PDF file. To load it, I believe you can just email it to yourself and open it with ebooks.
     
  5. gtmac macrumors 6502a

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    Yes exactly what I was thinking.
     
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  7. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Matuto gusto ko tagalog... hope i got that correct :confused:
    I wanna learn Tagalog

    I would prefer to make an iBook but this is a good compromise. Still trying to figure out how to make an iBook that i can load onto the iBooks app.

    Can you explain? Drag the Pages project into iTunes? Doesn't do anything for me.
     
  8. PhazonUK macrumors 6502

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    There was an update to iWork 09 recently that enabled Pages to save a document in the epub format. So you could create a document, save it as an ePub file, and then drag it into iTunes. I tested it out with a basic text document and it worked out just how you'd expect. Shows up in the the list of iBooks you have and opens just like any other iBook. I didn't try it with images though.
     
  9. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Creating your own eBooks(ePub format) takes a bit of effort unless you use some automated process. Your best bet is to create them in Pages and export as eBook; you can also export as PDF then convert it to ePub via Calibre if you don't like how Pages turned out. I haven't tried pages yet, so I'm not sure of its effectiveness.

    Basically the ePub format uses HTML packaged into an ePub - similar to a zip file. You will need a Mymtype(sp?) file, basically telling the program(iBooks-example) reading it what type of file it is. You also need a TOC that tells the program what is included, content wise and order of delivery, in the file. You then need to create the "pages" or flash cards(in your case) in HTML format.

    I can't remember the size you want to create them as, if you make the "pages" too large in size you can dramatically slow down your reader or even crash it. Finally you zip the files together and rename the extension ".epub".

    There's some stuff I'm forgetting, it's been a while since I created an ePub manually, so forgive me on that oversight.
     
  10. SRLMJ23 macrumors 65816

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    You can also make a .PDF file using Adobe. PDF Files go into your book case.
     
  11. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    That is an option; the only thing I don't like, maybe the OP feels the same, is the lack of ability to highlight text and make notes in PDFs. You can in ePubs, just not in PDFs.

    The funny thing is it's supported in the PDFKit in xCode, yet Apple didn't implement it for some reason...
     
  12. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Maraming salamat po PhazonUK and Revelation78! Tagalog-thank you very much :p

    Just what i was looking for! Can anyone explain what the difference is between a Section, Layout, Page, and Column breaks? And how can i create chapters?
     
  13. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4168
     

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