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BookWright: Powerful book publishing software

BookWright: Powerful book publishing software | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it
Download Blurb BookWright: free self-publishing software anyone can use. Design and publish beautiful photo books, trade books, magazines, ebooks
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Software by Blurb (the eBook publishing and printing platform) goes hand-in-hand with their commercial printing services or free eBook platform. Has some pretty nice features:
 

- Free, downloadable, professionally-designed layouts (and the ability to easily create your own)
- Print book, ebook, and PDF output—all from the same project file
- Free unique ISBNs for every version of your book
- Reflowable text containersRich Text Format (RTF) import for text-centric books

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Readium: Read eBooks In Chrome

Readium: Read eBooks In Chrome | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it

Create a library of ePub formatted ebooks from files on the Web or your local computer. Readium is a Chrome extension that enables you to build a library of ebooks.

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This is a really handy Chrome extension and one of very few (possibly the only) ePub readers for Windows supporting the ePub 3 standard. Therefore, you can view books you've created on your iPad that use the rich media (audio and video) capabilities of ePub 3, on your PC. I've not found anything else for the PC that does this.

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Creative Book Builder in the classroom.

Creative Book Builder in the classroom. | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it

Creative Book Builder is a fantastic app that allows students to create books in epub format, which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. There are a variety of instructional uses for this app.


Depending on how you use Creative Book Builder with students, this app can help students complete tasks that align with every level of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy.  Explore the different ways this app can be used at each level of Bloom's Taxonomy...

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CBB: Quickly and easily build a book with chapters, images, audio and video, links, math equations (LaTeX), drawings, tables and even multiple choice questions. Your books can have either free flowing text or a fixed text layout. Publish your work to either PDF or ePub formats - ePub can be read by most eBook readers, inlcuding the iBooks app, and has better support for multi-media content. Approx. cost $4.50


This page is a brilliant resource, mapping uses of CBB to Bloom's, with plenty of ideas and examples.

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Story Starters for K-6

Story Starters for K-6 | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it
The Story Starter machine serves up hundreds of creative combinations that take the writer's block out of creative writing for students in grades K-6.
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This is a nice little story writing tool for young learners. You are asked to first select your genre, then you are a given a randomly constructed plot line based on your chosen year level and your interaction with a slot machine (maybe not such a good idea!).

 

There are different formats for writing your story, including a notebook, newspaper article and a postcard. You can also add your own images to the story. When finished, you can print or download your story as a nicely formatted PDF.

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Picture Book Maker from Culture Street

Picture Book Maker from Culture Street | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it

The Picture Book Maker is a cute little Flash app that allows you to create six page stories by dragging background scenes into a page, then dragging in animals and props, and adding your own text. All of the elements can be sized, positioned and overlaid to fit the pages. Text is limited to roughly two lines per page. Completed stories are displayed with a simple page turning effect. Stories created on Picture Book Maker can be printed.

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Cute illustrations to choose from, and you can pose the characters in different positions with the "Action" slider. Can be shared via sending email invitation or can be printed in a mini-book layout fitting to an A4 page. 

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Story Creator - Create Narrated Picture Books on Your iPad

Story Creator - Create Narrated Picture Books on Your iPad | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it

With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books using your own photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. Story Creator brings your best stories to life and easily allows you to retell and share your most memorable moments.


Via John Evans
Corey Durward's insight:

Nice app but not very practical publishing/sharing options - can only be viewed on an iPad.

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Ky Stevens's curator insight, May 5, 2013 1:12 AM

This is awesome! I can't wait to make one!

Lin Knappett's curator insight, May 5, 2013 11:29 AM

Sharing capabilities are somewhat limited:hope they change that!

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Making kids books with Adobe In Design

Making kids books with Adobe In Design | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it
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A step by step walk-through to make a simple children's book with Adobe InDesign and using material from Project Gutenberg. Design files included.

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Ebook Glue - Convert almost anything to eBook.

Ebook Glue is a simple API for creating and converting ePub and Mobi ebooks for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Android.
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Convert practically anything to an epub or mobi formatted ebook for easy reading on Kindle or tablet. Works with documents, web pages, blogs and RSS feeds. Great for capturing and compiling a large number of blog posts or RSS articles for easy offline reading, or just turning a Word doc into an ebook.

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Widbook - write, read and share.

Widbook - write, read and share. | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it
The social network to find books, publish your own, create shelves and spread ideas.
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Widbook is a simple and elegant online tool for creating and publishing ebooks in a variety of formats - novels, picture books and textbooks. You can either enter your story text directly into the editor, or write it in Word first then import the doc, txt or pdf into your story.

 

It has some basic text formatting tools - bold, italic, underline and text alignment. You can also add images and videos from YouTube into your pages, and upload an image to use as your book cover.

 

Invite collaborators to share editing rights and help you write your story. When your work is finished, choose the publish option to make it available to readers. This publishes your work on the widbook network for all to see - there are no privacy options.

 

Sharing your book is a little tricky. First, your reader must signup for a widbook account before they can read your book. You can send your readers a URL for your book - you'll see a share URL in the right column when viewing the book overview, but in my case, this didn't work and just redirected back to the homepage. I managed to fudge a URL that worked, that takes this format: widbook.com/book/read/<bookid>

 

Overall, pretty good, but it is currently still in Beta, so a few kinks are to be expected.

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StoryToolz: Resources for Authors

StoryToolz: Resources for Authors | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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StoryToolz is a nice ensemble of useful tools for writers. Writers who are struggling to come up with ideas for their prose will like the story starters - random idea generators for plots, conflicts and titles. StoryToolz also provides tools that will analyse your work, identify clichés in your writing, and evaluate its readability.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 15, 2013 10:13 PM

StoryToolz provides seven resources to help authors. 

* The Story Idea Generator "picks a random conflict from each of the Internet Public Library's list of 7 plots, 20 plots, and 36 plots."

* Random Conflicts combines "the Internet Public Library's list of 7 plots, 20 plots, and 36 plots" and "randomly presents 10."

* Word Count Meters allows you to keep track of and share your progress.

* Readability - This tool analyzes your text. It will tell you the reading level (based on a number of different indexes); sentence information, including the number of characters, words, paragraphs and more; word usage; and sentence beginnings (type of word). 

* Half Title Generator - Select from a list of beginnings and then for ends of a title and see what comes up!

* Example Word Count Meters - show actual word counts of existing projects as well as the goal

* Cliche Buster - Reviews your text and lets you know if it finds any cliches.

This tool would most likely work best with students in middle school, high school and college. Students might also use it as a tool to check their story before having a peer edit the story.

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Storybird - Artful storytelling

Storybird - Artful storytelling | Creating and Publishing eBooks | Scoop.it

Create, read, and share visual stories. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device.

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A beautiful visual story telling platform with a large bank of amazing images. The images guide the story development - before writing, you select a set of illustrations that contains about 30 images beautifully illustrated in the same style with the same characters. There are many different sets to choose from in different illustrative styles. You then drag images from the set onto your pages and start to develop a narrative around them, using the images as prompts, and your imagination to fill in the blanks.

 

You can share your book with a link or even embed it in your own web page.

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