What is an eBook authoring tool?
An eBook authoring tool, as the name suggests, is a tool used by digital publishers to create their eBooks and other eLearning and training materials. Using the tool, publishers can add several multimedia features to their eBooks, making them more interactive and more relevant and engaging to the online readers. These features such as hyperlinks, audio/video files, images, both static and dynamic, virtual reality and augmented reality make learning more contextual and relevant to the end-users, heightening their interest and making providing for a highly personalized experience. Besides, publishers can also use the eBook authoring tool to sequence the content in an appropriate order, update their courses, add visibility into the work-in-progress and ensure collaboration with various stakeholders while creating the eLearning material.
Digital publishers have much to gain from using an eBook authoring tool, the foremost being that they can access all its features without investing in creating and maintaining their own tool. Besides, they also stand to benefit in terms of time, effort and money since the eBook authoring tool gives them complete control of how they create, host and distribute content.
Here are the Top 5 Benefits of an eBook Authoring Tool:
1. Simple to Use Features:
The tool is generally simple to use with several templates to choose from and with drag and drop functionalities to create interactive eLearning content. You can add images, graphics, videos and also third-party content like animations and Google Maps etc., with a few clicks of the mouse.
2. Tool for Collaboration:
An eBook is a cumulative effort of a range of team players and stakeholders, from clients to the end-users and from the content managers to the designers and technical input providers. And sometimes, these stakeholders may also be located across geographies. An authoring tool provides a platform for communication thus saving time and ensuring the final result takes into consideration all inputs.
3. Tool for Customization:
In the age of ever-evolving technology when knowledge is constantly being added upon, there is more pressure on digital publishers to update their existing content in tune with the expanding knowledge landscape. In this context, it is easier to update an eBook than a traditional eBook and tools for customizations in the authoring software simplify the process of updating existing courseware and libraries, again with a few clicks of the mouse.
4. Multi-lingual Features:
Some eBook authoring tools also provide multi-lingual features that allow you to translate your eBooks into different languages, thus enabling you to reach a wider audience.
5. Analytics Tools:
An authoring tool also has in-built measuring and analytics features to allow you to view reports and analyze data to understand how many times your content is downloaded, and in which device type and geography. Insights such as these can further help you improve your eLearning content.
Remember that while using an eBook authoring tool does help you save money in that you don’t have to invest heavily in-house resources, both human and IT infrastructure, you will still have to pay a fee to use an authoring tool. Therefore, it is imperative to make a wise and informed choice. If you are still unsure of which tool to use, you may wish to consider Kitaboo authoring tool, a cloud-based authoring solution offered by Hurix Digital. Kitaboo is an award-winning proprietary software trusted by leading publishers in the industry. Offering a wide range of templates, drag-and-drop widgets, instant preview features, and an HTML5 responsive output, our authoring tool can help you script the perfect eBook content.