In Children’s Fixed Layout ePub for the iPad – Part 8, you were shown a generic .css file and how you could use it in your book.

The video below will show you what you need to do in Audacity to make your “Read Aloud” Children’s fixed layout ePub:

That’s the first step in making the narration for your Read Aloud Children’s fixed layout ePub for the iPad. The next step is:

Creating the .smil file for your Read Aloud fixed layout ePub

Again you’ll make the .smil file in your text editor and it will look similar to this generic .smil file:

Read Aloud Smil file for a Children's fixed layout ePub

Here is the generic code for the .smil file of your fixed layout ePub.:

You can just copy and paste it into your text editor. Remember what’s bolded and in blue can be changed for your book.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<smil xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/ns/SMIL” version=”3.0″ profile=”http://www.idpf.org/epub/30/profile
/content/”>
<body>
<par id=”par1″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W1” />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”0.000000s” clipEnd=”0.000000s” />
</par>
<par id=”par2″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W2” />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”0.000000s” clipEnd=”0.000000s” />
</par>
<par id=”par3″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W3” />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”0.000000s” clipEnd=”0.000000s” />
</par>
<par id=”par4″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W4” />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”0.000000s” clipEnd=”0.000000s” />
</par>
</body>
</smil>

Right now there are no clip beginnings and clip endings in the .smil file. These need to be put in and where you get the information to do this is the label (page01.txt) file I showed you how to do in the video.

The text file from the video looks like:

image of the label text file for a fixed layout ePub

Therefore my .smil file for page01.smil would now be:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<smil xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/ns/SMIL” version=”3.0″ profile=”http://www.idpf.org/epub/30/profile
/content/”>
<body>
<par id=”par1″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W1″ />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”0.000000s” clipEnd=”0.760454s” />
</par>
<par id=”par2″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W2″ />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”0.760454s” clipEnd=”1.056508s” />
</par>
<par id=”par3″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W3″ />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”1.056508s” clipEnd=”1.201633s” />
</par>
<par id=”par4″>
<text src=”page01.xhtml#W4″ />
<audio src=”audio/page01.m4a” clipBegin=”1.201633s” clipEnd=”2.571610s” />
</par>
</body>
</smil>

And if you look closely at the above, you’ll see the clip endings and the clip beginnings for individual words are the same. That happened because I made sure when I was highlighting each word in Audacity, I only highlighted to where it changed to a yellow line.

Now your Read Aloud fixed layout ePub probably will have more words. Just add more par id= data to your .smil file.

Yes, it’s more work but if you’re going to compete in the Children’s section of iBookstore, you should take the time to do this. Parents expect this and children love this feature. It will help increase your sales.

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