Multimedia eBook

eBookDEFINITION

An eBook is a downloadable, electronic file which can include digital text, hyperlinks, images, embedded audio and embedded video. Enhanced or multimedia eBooks can be “aggregated documents” including media elements created and saved earlier.

WORKFLOW

Assembly:

  1. Create an outline / table of contents.
  2. Save text files and organize by chapter. Use web-safe file names avoiding spaces, special characters, etc.
  3. Save images, audio and video files to be embedded in separate folders using web-safe filenames.
  4. Assemble these pieces into a single file using eBook software.
  5. Export to ePUB format.

Distribution:

  1. Upload the file to a web server.
  2. Link the eBook file to a webpage.

CREATION TOOLS

iOS Apps:

  1. Book Creator (iPad only, $)
  2. Little Story Maker (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, free – can create highlighted audio text)
  3. Story Creator Pro (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, $2)
  4. Creative Book Builder (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, $)
  5. Scribble Press (iPad only – no audio recording, $)
  6. Scribble My Story (iPad, $)

Laptop / Desktop computer:

  1. Calibre (Mac / PC)
  2. Scrivner (Mac / PC)
  3. Adobe InDesign (Mac / PC)
  4. Apple Pages software (Mac only)
  5. iBooks Author (Mac only)

Browser-based Book Creation Tools

  1. Aerbook (browser-based, all platforms)
  2. Bookr (Flickr photo books)
  3. Papyrus (browser-based)

ENHANCED / MULTIMEDIA EBOOK EXAMPLES (made with Book Creator)

  1. Our Batak House by Yogi Nainggolan (by @janeinjava – backstory: The Backpack Classroom Part 1)
  2. Our Favorite Books (enhanced eBook in 4 formats – backstory here and here)
  3. Faraway Friends (backstory – inspired by @janeinjava)
  4. Riding a Buffalo by @janeinjava
  5. Little Fish by @janeinjava
  6. Creating Authentic Stories for iPad: Publishing Student Authors on the iBooks Store by @janeinjava
  7. 30+ eBooks created by educator Jane Ross (@janeinjava)
  8. 5th Graders Create eBooks on Idioms (Sue Hooge, Yukon Public Schools, Oklahoma)
  9. Book Creator Poetry Books (via @dreamambition)
  10. http://www.pinterest.com/bookcreator/made-in-book-creator/ (a large collection of Book Creator-created books)

OTHER EBOOK EXAMPLES

  1. The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child  (iBooks Author)
  2. Minecraft Novels by 14 year old (in 2014) Sean Fay Wolfe
  3. iPads in Life Science (student eBooks with iBooks Author) by @jdeinhammer
  4. Math Our Way (6th grade math curriculum by students)
  5. Peter and Amy Go on a Picnic
  6. One Best Thing (collection of eBooks in iBooks Store)
  7. Our Choice ($5), Lauren, The Tickle-saurus Rex ($1)
  8. Snowflake Gets Lost (direct ePUB link)
  9. Mr Smith’s Class eBooks (created with iBooks Author via @theipodteacher)
  10. The Case of the Missing Laptop by Faith Paramore (created with iBooks Author via Tammy Gilley, Buhler, Kansas)
  11. Snowflake Gets Lost (2nd graders – enhanced ePUB with text, images & audio)
  12. 2nd Grade Winter eBooks (via Karen Bosch)
  13. eBooks with audio examples on share.playingwithmedia.com
  14. eBooks Sandbox (a place to share eBook experiments)
  15. Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing

FAVORITE FREE EBOOK EXAMPLES

  1. International Children’s Digital LibraryICDL (free, iOS app available_

FAVORITE COMMERCIAL ENHANCED EBOOK EXAMPLES

  1.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($5, iOS)
  2. Our Choice by Al Gore ($5, iOS)
  3. Van Gogh: Painted with Words ($1, iOS)

More eBook and enhanced / multimedia eBook resources are available on:

  1. Wesley Fryer‘s wiki, “Creating Multimedia eBooks”
  2. Jeremy Brueck‘s wiki, “Getting Started with Student and Teacher Created eBooks”

TOOLS FOR READING EBOOKS

  1. Subtext (free, for iOS only – have conversations IN your eBooks)
  2. EPUBReader (free plug-in for FireFox, Chrome & Internet Explorer)
  3. Readium Plug-in for Chrome (free)
  4. iBooks for iOS (free)
  5. Adobe Digital Editions (free, Windows & Mac)
  6. Kindle Reading Apps (free, Amazon eBooks only, for iOS, Windows & Mac)
  7. Kindle Cloud Reader (free, Amazon eBooks only)
  8. Nook eReader (free, Windows, iOS, Android)
  9. Microsoft Reader (free, Windows only)
  10. Calibre (free, Windows & Mac)
  11. More eBook help (with software and transferring) is available on the eBook Help page of Moving at the Speed of Creativity

* Image attribution: eBook image created by Wesley Fryer using Brushes for iPad

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