I am testing a book creation tool called YouBlisher. The goal is to learn how it works so I could teach my students next year how to ‘publish’ in more ways than one! Test it out and let me know what you think.
Click on the icon to view a digital book that lets you flip pages. Then read below the pros and cons:
What’s good about Youblisher:
- It’s free, so I don’t have to download any software.
- The content has to be created on a local computer, and not on the provider’s website.
- You need to convert your document into a PDF to upload it. Which means you create your book as a Microsoft Word doc, or Publisher. Alternatively, you could create a photo book using Photoshop or Powerpoint. As long as you save it as a PDF.
- The pages flip like a professional ebook.
- YouBlisher gives you a link to embed (which is not what I did here – I just linked an image of the cover, back to the site.) They also give you a Facebook embed code.
What I wish was possible:
- A way to download the entire ebook, and save it on any device
- A custom URL would be terrific! Right now it’s www.youblisher.com/p/1391665-Full-STEAM-Ahead. But hey!
- I wish the links within the content worked. There may be a way to fix this…
Note: The content for this eBook was culled from several posts on this blog. It took me just 20 minutes.
Today, ‘to publish’ means something else entirely. It used to be tied to the notion of a ‘publication’ – which often meant material that got edited, bound and distributed by certain entities.
So should children publish books?
I want put this question to those of you professional communicators, and also in education:
- Should the definition of children’s books also include children-to-children books?
- Could book stores get into the business of encouraging children to become storytellers, designers and illustrators?
Sure, there is a good self-publishing model out there at places such as Blurb, Lulu, etc. But (a) It is hardly affordable for most children (b) The POD model presupposes the content is already ready to go to press.
- Are there places (such as ‘Maker Spaces’) for kids to polish their craft, and go all the way to putting a book on a shelf?
Many will say that the market is not significant enough to give it serious thought. But is that good enough reason to not consider it?
I pose this question because of a suggestion raised by one of my 3rd grade classes today. They wanted to know if they could publish their work in a book form. I was shocked at the question. This after all, was from 9 and 10 year olds!
I have pat answers for questions like this. Such as: “It depends what kind of readers you are thinking about” – an opening to a discussion about eBooks, online publishing, Wikis and such.
But this is a serious question that should not be confined to school-made solutions. Any suggestions?