As a final project to wrap up their mastery of layout and editing tools in Microsoft, my students created a 22-page book. Each book was published as an eBook.
To kick it off, they brainstormed themes for their book. Followed by a unit on creative book titles, I was fascinated to see them come up with titles such as these:
- Is Amelia Earhart Dead?
- Oh, the Creatures You’ll Find! – Mythical creatures
- A Helping Paw – On dogs that risked their lives for humans
- The Ultimate European Bucket List – no explanation needed
- A Pigeon’s Eye View of Europe
- Johnny B. Goode Tonight – Classic rock songs
- Tragic Waters – The most disastrous storms
- Geek out with Dragons – For readers with a serious Harry Potter obsession
More than a 100 books are being uploaded today and tomorrow! Here are two. Click on images to launch the books!
As I mentioned yesterday I’m trying out different publishing tools for eBooks. Here’s the second option, using SimpleBooklet. It is at www.Livebooklet.com. Click on the image to open the book
- Simply upload a PDF and the site converts it to an eBook.
- You could start with a blank page and add content –including audio and video.
- You could change the layout of the book, the way the page flips, and also add a contact card.
- Sharing is a big deal here. It generates links and embed code for social channels.You could also email directly from the website to your network.
- QR Code generator. Very neat feature lets you generate the QR code –on the right.
- You can check Stats on the dashboard (it uses Google Analytics)
- My best feature: A unique URL livebooklet.com/yourtitlehere
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NOTE: The previous eBook Was created using YouBlisher.com.
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.