eBooks have changed the publishing landscape and become a convenient alternative to traditional print publishing. With the help of an interactive eBook builder, you can easily create an engaging eBook from scratch.
Since the pandemic, the global digital publishing market has grown and is projected to reach a value of $68.81 billion by 2026, rising at a CAGR of 13.4%. Educational institutions across the world went digital, and it’s now clear that e-learning is here to stay.
Interactive digital textbooks and online courses have increased the scope for student engagement in digital education. Digital publishing and learning platforms like KITABOO and its eBook builder allow educators to create eBooks smoothly from start to finish.
Here are the steps to create interactive eBooks using an eBook builder like KITABOO’s.
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1. Layout and Structure
Once the content is prepared or the material is written, the first step is to select the layout and structure for your eBook. The preferred layout should align with the kind of eBook it will be.
For instance, an image-intensive eBook may require a fixed format to preserve the outlay, while a text-intensive one may need a reflowable layout, which is more flexible and adapts to the device screen. This adjusting text size makes reading more convenient for reader-centric comfort.
The second step is to determine the eBook structure, how you will organize it into chapters, and set it out on the contents page. Since the contents page begins with the eBook, it is worth making it visually appealing. It also gives the reader a sense of the eBook’s contents and makes it easier to navigate the book.
2. Decide the eBook Format
The eBook format is important because it contributes to its readability and the overall reading experience. The format also affects its accessibility.
When choosing the format, consider which platforms and devices you would like it to integrate with and ensure the format is compatible with them. The different eBook formats include ePUB files, MOBI, and PDF.
Using KITABOO’s digital textbook platform, you can create interactive eBooks that integrate with a wide range of devices and operating systems.
3. Add Interactive Elements
To increase student engagement, add multimedia aspects like images, assignment widgets, and audio features. Embed interactive elements like videos, read-aloud, animation, choices, quizzes, and tests. Even minor effects like touch-based page-turning involve readers better.
Interactive features bring your eBook to life and are particularly useful for digital textbooks since they make learning more accessible and engaging.
With KITABOO’s digital textbook platform, you can add multimedia elements ranging from audio and video to animation. Its read-aloud feature lets readers learn on the go.
4. Design and Visuals
The eBook’s design, colors, and graphic components should ideally make it stand out. An easy way to approach the design is to apply a style and template that suits the eBook you are making so that the design and formatting remain consistent.
This could include a customized color scheme, header style, and font and heading style. Moreover, you can add your brand signature with brand-themed colors, logos, and white labeling.
The eBook’s cover is important because it is the outer appearance of the book, which can catch a viewer’s eye and pique their interest. While you can design it yourself using online tools, you can also hire a graphic designer or cover designer to do so.
5. Select a Platform to Publish the eBook
Today, there are a range of digital publishing platforms available, each with its own requirements. It is a good idea to find out the specifics of each one so you can select the right platform. It also gives you a heads-up so you can format and edit your eBook accordingly.
Key factors you can keep in mind are whether you are looking to publish on multiple platforms or a single platform and how the publishing platform will distribute the eBook. Another factor is the royalty percentage that the platform offers the author.
6. Publishing and Distribution
Digital publishing offers a convenient alternative to traditional publishing with no shipping, delivery, or printing costs. Further, the reader can easily purchase and download it with a few clicks. Look for a secure distribution that protects your content while keeping your eBook accessible.
KITABOO’s platform offers secure, cloud-based distribution with DRM-protected and encrypted content that can be accessed only using unique access codes. Further, readers can easily access and read the eBooks offline once they are downloaded, without the need for the internet.
Using KITABOO’s interactive eBook builder, you can deliver eBooks to learners and teachers through your custom-branded reader app. On this app, readers can download books, read them offline, annotate, highlight, search text, and engage in social learning.
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7. Improve the Visibility of the eBook
The last step is to market the book and boost its visibility. Digital marketing takes diverse forms, ranging from platforms that target certain audiences to others that suggest books to readers or offer promotional sales showcasing the books. You can also look at hiring an agency to market the interactive eBook.
KITABOO is not only LTI compliant but also integrates smoothly with your existing LMS or eStore if you have one in place.
Further, its platform provides useful content metrics and engagement data within a few clicks to help you understand how your content is performing and what is interesting to readers.
An interactive eBook builder helps you create enthralling eBooks from layout to publishing. With the right structure, format, interactive elements, and catchy visuals, your eBook is good to go!
Head to KITABOO to start building your engaging eBook. With interactive features including multimedia, animations, quizzes, annotation, search, bookmark, and highlight, your eBook will keep readers turning pages. Further, using the cloud-based platform, you can sync content across devices and don’t need to download software.
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