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Book Creator

  • Website, iPad
  • Paid
  • age 5+

About Book Creator

Book Creator is a simple content creation tool for creating digital books. Teachers and students can use this app to publish their own simple books with images, videos and audio easily. It's completely open-ended - get creative with how you use Book Creator, and see how engaged your students are. It's available for both iPad and the web (including Chrome).

Teacher Review

Book Creator is an application that allows you to create digital books in various formats in a quick and easy way. Book Creator started out as an iPad app, but right now it is available as a web app for Chrome, which means you can run it from any device that has Chrome browser. Book Creator is in line with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Literacy, and more specifically, writing, media, and technology.

The Book Creator app allows iPad users of all ages to create and publish ebooks in several different formats. Users can create ebooks with multiple pages and incorporate photos and videos from their camera roll into the page. Book Creator is an open-ended tool that can be used for every subject throughout K-12: Literacy, English, Science, ELL, Special Education, Languages, Math and Social Studies. 

In literacy lessons children are taught to be able to create writing in different styles. In other subjects these skills are often employed to provide some variety to the work that they output. Writing newspaper or magazine articles, guides to doing something, newsletters, and posters are all tasks that teachers set to encourage children to demonstrate what they have learned and to utilise an appropriate style of writing. Until recently, however, these tended to most often be based around pen and paper and, unfortunately, a newspaper article written in pen is never going to have quite the look of the article that the child is trying to capture.

Book Creator is an intuitive and easy to learn app lets children (and adults) get into creating content to match the real world style that they are aiming for. Its title may say ‘Books’ but really any type of written production could be output from it.  Text can be manipulated into headlines for newspaper articles; diagrams can be stacked, overlaid and adjusted to create diagram rich how-to guides.

The app is not a fully featured desktop publishing solution and nor should it be. The publishers of Book Creator have carefully distilled down the most essential parts of layout software to make an app that can be mastered in just a short amount of time, allowing content creation to come to the fore, rather than the learning of the software. Should there be any difficulties, this is an app with a very well realised supporting website that answered every question that I had.

The controls are natural and often intelligently automatic.Pictures can be moved around freely but will snap to the centre if this looks like what the user is aiming for.  It will do the same if the left or right of the space is approached.Want to create a less formal look with pictures at a jaunty angle? The familiar twist to rotate interaction will do this.Content can be input from anything saved to the device, meaning the camera or web can be used as a source of pictures, sounds and video. 

When the text has been perfectly honed, pictures set up just so, and a child proudly announces that their book, magazine or guide is done, the next step is to produce the final product; a final product that can exist entirely independently of the app. For sharing with other iPad users, the most straightforward export option is to save it to iBooks, but it can also be output in the popular PDF format for those using other devices or even as a video for displaying online. Teachers can create attractive lesson content and children can produce a piece of work to be proud of.

The small form factor of a tablet device makes them convenient to use and deploy in a classroom. Book Creator adds a great value and easy to use way to make children using those devices into content creators and not just content consumers. To allow you to be absolutely sure of its suitability, this app is also available in a fully functional free version that will allow you to create a single book as you appraise its suitability for your children. You may well find it one of your most used apps.

Book Creator is ideal for creating children's picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on. Book Creator is a well developed app that allows users to create their own original books. 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Website, iPad

Skills

Organisational and Productivity Skills
Creative Development
Engagement and Usability

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Red Jumper Studio

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Publisher's Description

The simple way to create your own beautiful ebooks, right on your tablet. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

At Home

Use Book Creator to create a personalised story for your child, or arrange family pictures and art into a beautiful eBook. Then pass your tablet to your child and watch their imagination run free!

In Classroom

Book Creator sits atop my list of the best educational apps. I’ve used Book Creator with learners of all ages, from kindergarten to adults. Its simplicity is refreshing, allowing authors to focus on their content. I’m so pleased the app is available for Android because this means more students and teachers can be digital book creators.

FEATURES

  • Quickly add pictures from the Gallery, grab them from the web, or snap from the camera. Then move and resize them with your fingers.
  • Edit text using the onscreen keyboard, and apply rich formatting to make it look great.
  • Narrate your books and bring them to life.
  • Record and import video (requires Android 4.1 or later)
  • Layout your book exactly as you want with guidelines and snap positioning.
  • Portrait, Landscape or Square book layouts.
  • Draw into your book using the pen tool.
  • Preview your books with the built in reading mode.
  • Upload to Google Play Books for reading across all your devices.
  • Collaborate on book creation with simple import and export to Google Drive.
  • Send your books to your friends over email.
  • Become a published author - export your books as fully standard ePub 3 files ready for submission to Google Play.
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