At FETC I attended the Creating and Publishing eBooks session by English Prof Louis Monlina, of Miami Dade College. Below are my notes from his presentation.
- iBooks Author: Mac platform, can include videos, and other media, has a quiz generation tool, free
- Scrivener: Mac, $45, export in many formats in addition to epub
- Book Creator: $4.99, iOS app, includes multimedia, epub format; this is what he used for all his books; can add music from iTunes library or record your voice; export as ePub or PDF
- Express Books: free, iOS app, not as powerful, maybe a good student tool
- Pages: Mac, saves as epub. Not the best choice
- Creative Book Builder: $3.99, iOS app
- Kindle: ePub, Mobi, Text
- Nook: ePub, PDF
- iPad: ePub, PDF, Fixed Format
Typically submit Word file and they will generate the book and sell it for you.
- Smashword: linked to Amazon and Kindle
- Graphicly: $200 and will send to Kindle iBooks, etc.
- Apple: get an ISBN number (epub bud-website to do this for $5); wait 4 week or so
- Amazon: provide ebook with guidelines on how to format; complicated.
New Forms of Self-Publishing
- Atavist: iPad app, publishes on their site and sends to other aggregators
- Tactilize: app, website like a blog of books, advertise a book, also publishes music and art
Teaching and Learning with eBooks
- With ebooks can easily highlight and add notes
- Share highlights with others.
- Active Learning: brings books to life, interactive, clickable