Creative Book Builder App

By Carlo Daniels, Graduate Assistant Instructional Development Services

The Creative Book Builder app developed by Tiger Ng allows one to compose and edit eBooks using a variety of intricate content creation and authoring tools on one’s iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android powered device. Ebooks can then be published in ePub format to be read by a variety of eReaders like iBooks or Google Books for all to see.  Users have the ability to embed a variety of media into their eBooks that include text, images, links, questions, tables, QR codes, video, and audio.  Furthermore, users also have the option to import and embed a variety of file formats such as doc, ppt, xls, pdf, pages, numbers, and keynote files as well as convert documents from Google Drive into chapters.  What is more is that some advanced editing features include being able to add custom HTML; use built-in image editing tools (e.g., different filters, red-eye removal, etc.); capture and/or record audio, video, and images on the spot using the app’s host devices’ camera and audio recording capabilities; and plenty more.  Also, some additional sharing options include, emailing the book, transferring the book through iTunes, sharing the book between devices using a QR code, exporting the book to a PDF, and uploading the book to a WebDAV Server, FTP Server, Dropbox or Google Drive.

The app can be great for educators who want their students to explore or delve further into a particular subject matter via getting creative with taking advantage of the multimedia characteristics that eBooks contain.  For instance, Creative Book Builder can serve as a great recording and reporting tool for science experiments:  Students can formulate a hypothesis, video record data or input it as text into tables, and write about their observations and findings.  Or students can be tasked to take a pro or con stance towards a certain controversial issue or historical figure by creating video podcasts for student arguments and supporting them further with text and possibly audio recordings containing famous and/or important quotes.  In short, numerous possibilities exist with presenting content through eBooks using Creative Book Builder.

The AppsInClass website (http://www.appsinclass.com/creative-book-builder.html) shows you different ways you can use Creative Books Builder in every step of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Tech Tip – Adding Elements to Your Book

by Nicole Dobyns, Graduate Assistant Instructional Development Services

Adding elements to your book in Creative Book Builder is very easy, plus you can add elements wherever you are with your iPhone, iPad or Android devices (I like this part because I love my Android smart phone). Let’s face it, we never know when the creativity is going to hit us. Just how easy is it to add elements using the Creative Book Builder App? Let me show you!

First, you will want to make sure you have created your book and given it a title just like I have done below. In order to add books in Creative Book Builder, you must touch the plus sign while in the books menu.

From there you can give it a title, and decide on which format to use.

Classic format is suitable for all kinds of e-readers such as Kindle or Nook (I chose this for our example because I have a Kindle), while the Fixed layout is specifically designed for iBooks for iPad and iPhone.

Next comes the fun part! In order to add elements that you want to type while in Creative Book Builder, you will start by clicking “Add Element” as seen below. You will only see this option one time while the chapter is empty. Any other time you need to add other elements to the chapter, you will go up to the plus sign toward to the top of the screen to add additional elements.

In the picture below, you see that there are many different options in terms of the elements that you can add to your book. You can add a paragraph and title that you type right from the app, or you can add files that you have already created. You can also add all kinds of formatting through HTML or you can add different kinds of media.

While being able to read the text right from the book is great, you sometimes lose formatting when you copy and paste. If you have a bigger file, it might be easier to import a link to a file from Dropbox or Google Drive. Let me show you how to do that here. From the add element (or plus sign) move over to the “File” tab and touch “Files from Google Drive.” If you are not logged in you will get a screen such as the one below.

Touch “Link” in the top right corner of the box, and put in your login information.

Once you have logged in, you will come to a screen that indicates you are logged in. This screen also allows you to choose to browse through your files that are connected to your Google Drive.

You will then be able to browse through your folders from your own Google Drive.

Once you have found the file that you want, touch it so that a checkmark appears to the right of the file name, then touch done. It will take a few seconds to download the file. Remember, the bigger the file size, the longer it will take to download.

Once it is downloaded, your editing screen will look something like this.

You can then touch preview in the top right corner, and it will show you what that section of the book will look like to readers.

Using the Creative Book Builder app is pretty intuitive. If you need some help with this app, make an appointment to come by the Interactive Multimedia Lab today!

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