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Old 10-14-2010, 06:18 AM   #1
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Landscape format on ibooks and iPad

I have successfully published 20 books on iBooks many of which have charted in the teen/children category. I recently uploaded 3 books that are in a sort of landscape format very much like the 4:3 proportions of the iPad.
They look OK in ibooks using the portrait mode and show one page at a time. However, when viewed in landscape mode they shift to the double page spread as expected. Problem is the pictures are stacked one on top of the other rather than a double page spread.
To clarify, I have no seperate text in the book; each page is a full image with the text embedded in there (I make kids picture books). I am making sure that the width of the images is the maximum to fill a 'portrait' style page but I guess they are not tall enough for ibooks to treat them as separate pages so in a double 'landscape' spread you actually see four pages; 1and 2 stacked on the left side, 3 and 4 on the right page etc.

Wish I could show a screen grab but don't have my iPad on me.

Short question; is there any way of telling the iPad to show each single page in either portrait or landscape mode and, if not, what can I do to at least stop the stacking problem?

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Old 10-14-2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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The magic image size for the iPad is 600x860 pixels. Images of this size should entirely fill up a single page, regardless of whether the iPad is in portait or landscape mode.

For more details you can read Liz Castro's blog post on the subject.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:22 AM   #3
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Thanks for that, it was a tedious fix but I put each image into a white background at the size you mentioned. Books now work fine and are in the bookstore.
Many thanks
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #4
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I am also looking to publish image-only landscape books. I would love to see how yours turned out. Can you give me a link to one in the bookstore? Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:09 AM   #5
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If you search for Paul Woodward and download buddy world books part 1 or 2, you get a sample of nearly all my books. I had to do this as Apple are in no rush to fix my preview problem.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:51 AM   #6
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Thanks for that, it was a tedious fix but I put each image into a white background at the size you mentioned. Books now work fine and are in the bookstore.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the iBooks background slightly off-white? Might be best to put your images on a transparent background and save as a PNG.
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Glad I could help!

eoin.noble: Actually, if you save a PNG with white background, iBooks will treat the white areas as transparent and will show the page color. I haven't tried JPG, but I suspect it would do the same. So, no need for transparent images!
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