Back in February I had a post about Creating eBooks in the Classroom. The app I focused on then was Book Creator. I still love that app. It has endless possibilities and is so much fun to use. The downfall is that it is a $5 app. If you are looking at loading it on many devices for a school you can be talking about a decent chunk of money even with the Volume Purchasing Program.
Last week @RobynHrivnatz introduced me to Scribble Press. It is a FREE app that can be used to create eBooks. There are a few options missing from Book Creator, such as the ability to add audio, but it has some advantages as well. Check out my summary below.
When beginning a new book, you can choose a blank book or a template that has already been created. There are a decent number of templates to choose from. The templates include text with fill-in-the-blanks to get you started. Once you are in the book itself you are able to modify the text to whatever you wish.
Once you have chosen what to start with you get into the book itself. You have a few colors to choose from for a background. You are able to add text to any page, although it seems your text must appear at the bottom of the page. I also don’t see where you can change font type, size, or color.
You can illustrate your book by drawing your own picture. There are many colors available, as well as stamps you can choose from. Not interested in drawing? Try using stickers provided in the app. You can also import images you take with the camera or have saved to your camera roll. This feature allows you to use other apps to create the image as I discussed in my previous eBook post (see link above). When you first select a sticker or import an image you are allowed to resize and move it, but once you click the checkmark it seems it cannot be moved again. You would have to erase it and start over.
When your book is complete choose how you want to share it. Publish it to the gallery. This would allow you to share through Facebook or Twitter. You can also email a link to the book for others to enjoy. Since this app is intended for children you must wait up to 24 hours between upload to the gallery and availability. They want to make sure it is appropriate, which I think is a great idea! Click on the image below to visit a book I made about my family. If you are on a computer it will open in the browser for you to view. On an iPad or other device? It gives you the option to download the .epub file and add to your reader.
Want to share the book for just a short time? They give you the option to remove it from the gallery and click to stop sharing so any links you may have shared will no longer work.
Want to keep your book to yourself? You have the option to send the book to iBooks on your iPad and enjoy it from there.
Are you really excited about your product? You can order a printed copy of the book! You also have the option to have keepsakes created from just the artwork.
Looking for that next great project in your classroom? An eBook may be just what the doctor ordered!