In Children’s Fixed Layout ePub for iPad – Part 4, you were shown the folders and files template I made for my next Wunk story.

We discussed the OEBPS folder and the fact that organizing your audio, css and images into into folders will make it EZ-ier than having them all mixed in with the files we’ll now be discussing.

The iTunesMetadata.plist file tells iTunesConnect the relevant information in fixed layout ePub.

3d character scratching headAnd, don’t let your eyes glaze over or get all confused when you look at the picture below. We’ll be discussing what each line means and why it’s in the .plist file.

picture of the iTunes MetaData.plist file in a fixed layout ePub

All this first bit of business below is just telling iTunes what type of document (file) is in your fixed layout ePub:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd”>
<plist version=”1.0″>

You don’t need to know what all this means (only geeks know), your job is to simply copy and paste it into a text editor and name the file iTunesMetadata.plist.

Note: In fact, all the text above and below in smaller type and in red is what you copy and paste into your a text editor. The stuff that’s bolded and in blue is what you’ll be changing for your book.

<dict>
<key>artistName</key>
<string>YOUR NAME HERE</string>

The part that’s blue and bold should be your name or if you’re making a fixed layout ePub for another Author, it should be their name.

<key>book-info</key>
<dict>
<key>cover-image-hash</key>
<string>44EF24902D82F0D6BFC878E088181189</string>
<key>cover-image-path</key>
<string>OEBPS/images/cover.jpg</string>
<key>mime-type</key>
<string>application/epub+zip</string>
<key>package-file-hash</key>
<string>BCDE4EF8902F2D93043569C5B079354A</string>

The String with numbers and letters should be changed from what’s above for your fixed layout ePub. You probably only need to change one or two numbers in the string for it to be different for each of your books.

<key>publisher-unique-id</key>
<string>PUBLISHER NAME</string>

The publisher name can be the same as your name. You don’t need to be a company to self-publish your fixed layout ePub in the iBookstore.

<key>unique-id</key>
<integer>ISBN NUMBER</integer>
</dict>

This is self-explanatory – you enter your ISBN between the integer tags because it is your unique-id number. You do need an ISBN number to upload your book to the iBookStore. You can either buy one or 10 with 10 being the better deal.

Note: Make sure you buy your International Standard Book Number (ISBN) from a reputable dealer (for U.S. that would be Bowkers) and more importantly, it’s your name or company the ISBN is listed under.

<key>itemName</key>
<string>YOUR TITLE HERE</string>

For the itemName, you put the title of your fixed layout ePub between the string tags.

<key>playlistName</key>
<string>SHORT NAME</string>

You can use a shortened name in between the string tags. I used the word “Wunks” for my book.

<key>releaseDate</key>
<string>YYYY-MM-DD</string>

The date is typed in as year, month and day (i.e., 2014-03-22) between the string tags.

lt;key>sort-artist</key>
<string>LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME</string>
<key>sort-artist-status</key>
<integer>3</integer>
</dict>
</plist>

If you’re the Author, type in your last name with a comma after and then your first name.

And that’s all there is to making your iTunesMetadata.plist file for your fixed layout ePub.

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