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You can handle iBooks Author.

“If you’re on the fence about creating your own books, go for it. You can’t mess up. Once you create something, you can still edit it. It’s not like it’s permanent and forever. If you put something in and it doesn’t work, you can take it out.”

Start with something simple.

“Don’t feel like you have to create some complicated, involved book for it to be engaging and useful. My first book didn’t have any interactive widgets, just text and images. You can always add more to the book as you go along.”

Play around and explore.

“Just explore, because you never know what you’ll find. I found a way to make a spider crawl across the page by using the Magic Move transition in Keynote. I just stumbled upon that by exploring.”

Learn from each book.

“At first I thought, this is going to take too long. But I got faster and faster at making books, and now it can take as little as 10 minutes. More complex books with ‘bells and whistles’ take about an hour. Keep in mind, these are simple books. I also started saving them as templates, so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time.”

Let the students teach.

“You don’t have to figure everything out yourself. My students have gotten to where they don’t even ask me how to do things anymore. They ask their classmates. They don’t need me to show them. They look at me and they’re going, ‘Yeah, we got it. Let’s move on.’”​