Bottom Line: An intuitive, easy-to-use way to create books of all kinds. Use it for social stories, photo albums, homework assignments, and more, and share easily with others. Lite version allows you to create your first book for free.
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Multiple external links in order to share books. One external link to Safari for the help section. No in-app purchases in full version.
I first found out about Book Creator from a friend on Twitter, who answered my tweet about wanting an app I could give out to a diverse audience of teachers, paraprofessionals, and therapists of all kinds at a professional development session.
Book Creator was just the
answer I needed, because it really is flexible enough to use with a large age
span. There are other apps that can create books, of course, and many of them are good. But what makes Book Creator stand out to me (in those that I have tried), is the smooth interface and very intuitive use.
It opens with a short tutorial, with all the information needed to make a great book. For people like me, who need to actually try the app first before seeing a tutorial, it’s easily accessible from the My Books section at any time.
Adding photos, videos, text, and audio content is very easy in this app. Simply tap the plus sign, choose the content, and position it on the page. Tap the i to open the Inspector and adjust the content, including font, color and size. Pages are easy to add, and they can also be deleted by entering the Pages view.
As I worked with Book Creator, I found even more features than I first realized. When viewing all of the created books, tap the plus sign to be able to easily make a new book, duplicate the book, combine books together, or even add books previously created and stored on iTunes. Each book can also be opened in iBooks, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Edmodo, and I’m sure more options I don’t have available on my iPad.
The real beauty of this app is that the user’s imagination is the only limiting factor. I have plans to make books for articulation practice, language practice, and even for students to make in therapy! One of my favorite therapy tools (the Expanding Expression Tool), would be a great guide to make a book. Each page can match one bead on the EET, to describe something completely. And of course I’ll be using it to make social stories.
Teachers could have students use the iPad to make a book instead of a PowerPoint or similar presentation. Even a simple book illustrating vocabulary words would be easy to do. Let each “Student of the Week” use the iPad to create a book sharing what they like to do.
When I rate an app as a Top Pick, I first try to think of anything I think the app is missing. This one is so easy to use, with all the features I wanted, and for a reasonable price. There are no ads and no in-app purchases, and the only external link I found is the Support button in the My Books section, taking the user to the website (which is, incidentally, a great feature of the app). The Support page has information on everything you might want to do. Print it, share it, and eve publish it to the iBookstore!
The iTunes page advertises Book Creator as “the no #1 Book app for the iPad in over 60 countries,” and it’s not hard to see why. It should be a strong contender for anyone looking for a great app for creating stories. It’s easy to use, has all the features you’d want, and it can be shared in numerous ways.
Heather H. may just drop a link to a book on Facebook.