The Magnolia Story

Cover Art

For the cover art I just started out looking for an image I liked of Chip and Joanna. The image I found is in black and white which I like. The image below is more zoomed in than the one I used for the cover art.

Bevel & Emboss on text, watch face lightened up

Text

Putting the text into iBooks Author was a pain because when I would copy a page of the text and paste it into TextEdit, it would only paste some of the text and then it would put “[…]” and have a statement stating where the excerpt came from. It would do the same thing when I would put the text directly into iBooks Author.

TextEdit

Features

Feature 1

For my first feature I did a glossary page. Half of the glossary items are locations and people and the other half are things that I think could be a helpful reference when reading.

Feature 2

The second feature is pop-over. I chose a hammer to be my pop-over image since one of the things Chip and Joanna are known for is fixing up houses. I didn’t know if users were going to be able to quickly identify what the image was, so I asked a couple of people if it was easy to to tell it was a hammer. They all could tell what it was so I decided to keep it.

Pop-Over

Feature 3

My third feature is the image gallery. The image gallery works perfect with what I wanted to show. In the book it talks about how Chip bought a houseboat for their family to live in for a while and it ended up being a wreck. They fixed it up though and it is amazing what they did with it. The gallery shows the before and after pictures of the houseboat. I also sized the images so they are all the same.

Feature 4

The fourth feature is three videos. Two of the videos I was able to pull from YouTube and the other I pulled from a different site. I was having a hard time downloading the second video so I ended up doing a screen recording and an audio recording to get the video. For the third video, the one about the Magnolia Store, I got it from YouTube and then added it to my photos and then transferred it into iMovie so I could speed it up. I couldn’t figure out how to speed the video up in photos on my mac so I ended up doing it in iMovie.

Feature 5

The fifth feature is the chapter headings. I chose images to go underneath the chapter name and number that I felt was a good representation of one of the things the chapter was going to talk about. For example, chapter 3 talks about their wedding so I chose an image from their wedding day.

The old Magnolia Store

Feature 6

The Magnolia Store page is my sixth feature. If I were to do the whole book I would probably put this at the end but since I didn’t, it is just after chapter three. I took the content off the website for the Magnolia Market and I think it’s fun to have information about the store at the end of the book. After the reader has read all about the Gaines I think they’ll probably be super interested and intrigued in the market and store and love that they have all this information right in their book!

Testing

I tested my eBook on a iPad and everything turned out really good except fro some of the glossary items. The images didn’t quite fit in the box and would make you scroll to the side to see the whole thing. I tried to shrink the images down but that didn’t seem to help.

Conclusion

A big thing I want to takeaway from this project is not procrastinating the documentation. It would be a whole lot easier and save me time at the end if I kept up on my documentation. Another takeaway though is I probably should’ve planned the whole project out, such as what I was going to do for my features (mostly what they would entail) from the beginning instead of just adding them as I went which is what I basically did for some of it. I enjoyed doing this project though and I think I found some cool and informative information, images and videos to add in to help make this an effective interactive eBook.

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