With over 50 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. And when you're done, easily share your book, or even publish to the iBooks Store! Book Creator ebooks are created using the international ePub standard, so you know they will be readable now and in the future. Book Creator books are optimized for easy publishing to the iBooks Store. See examples of published books at pinterest. Fixed layout books are not suitable if you want to create novels, where text flows from page to page.
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You will not be able to copy in large amounts of text from other documents. Its simplicity is refreshing, allowing authors to focus on their content. One of the three iPad apps every elementary school should buy. Being able to design a fixed layout picture book right on the iPad makes total sense. Highly recommended. I was working on a book for my 7 year old niece who lives in Brazil in no time. It took me about 30 minutes to put together a book for her, publish in iBooks and email the ePub file to my brother…to open it up on his iPad….
I have used this app a lot in my classroom.
Are class books all the time and I can print them and send them to parents to read in iBooks. At home. I love that I can print the books on our school printer. However I wish they did not have to be whole pages. I would love for the option to print 4 book pages per piece of copy paper.
It would also be nice to be able to make books on longer legal size paper. I love the app, but haven't tried this newer version completely just yet.
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Thanks so much for coming on the show. Just a little introduction for everybody, Laura is a children's writing teacher and has been published by Writer's Digest, The Writer, Random House as well as independently publishing. She has been producing the Children's Book Insider, the newsletter for children's writers, for 25 years alongside her husband, Jon.
Today we're talking specifically about Kindle Kids' Book Creator which is pretty exciting. Laura: Well, thank you for the nice introduction. I have been working in publishing for nearly 30 years right now. I started working at publishing houses in New York and knew that I wanted to eventually be a literary agent. That was my first dream in the publishing field. So I worked at some publishers and then I got a job at a small literary agency. While I was reading the manuscripts that were coming in and writing the rejection letters, I was writing like two or three-page rejection letters because I was telling people what was wrong with their manuscript and why it was being rejected and how they could make it better, because I didn't want to just tell then no.
I wanted to tell them why. I said to my husband at one point, I wish there was a source of information that I could just refer people to, to learn this stuff. So I started the newsletter, Children's Book Insider, 25 years ago and it has grown since then. A few years after I started the newsletter, my husband had his own business, a public relations company, and he sold that and started working with me. That's when our business really grew. We started publishing books on writing, developed our website, now we do webinars, we have online courses, we have all sorts of information for people on how to write and illustrate, self-publish and market their children's books.
I found my greatest love is working with writers and helping them develop their craft and get published.
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Joanna: Oh, that's fantastic. Yes, so you guys have loads of resources, which is brilliant. I must say I don't write for children.
I am child-free happily and it's not my market, but I have a lot people in my audience who email me asking about this. So it's a really important topic. Right now as we speak, Digital Book World just today had a day on children's writing and I see for example that e-book reading for kids is coming up.
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Laura: This is actually a really interesting question because just a few days ago a site called K-lytics. And they tracked the top 28 categories of books being sold on Amazon, and found that children's e-books rose more than any other category during that month and are now in the top seven bestselling categories. And that includes all books, adult books, everything.
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So it was just booming. So we've got this huge influx of supply. Are people buying them? Also they had the biggest price increase per book. So not only are the books out there but people are buying them and they're buying them at higher prices which is really extraordinary and what this can all be traced back to is in September, Amazon released a program called K. Kids' Book Creator. It's to allow people to create illustrated children's books for the Kindle and upload them directly to Amazon to sell. This really changed everything and made it very easy for people to self-publish picture books, e-books and get them on Amazon and it looks like the market is really out there.
But what's happening is people are often buying both the print and e-book version of the same book because their child loves the book and they want to have a very portable version of it for when they travel so they'll get the e-book version because e-books are so easy to download just about anywhere. If you're a parent with a three-year-old and you're standing in line at the post office and they're getting cranky, you can easily download an e-book onto your iPad or your Kindle and have a new book for them right there.
So it's more of an impulse buy and because they're priced lower than print picture books, parents are able to buy two or three e-books for the same price as one print book. So they're really complimenting the print books, they're not replacing them. Also I think because this generation of parents is younger and grew up with more technology, certainly than I did, they're comfortable doing this with their child.
It's not something that's foreign to them. They read on their Kindle or their iPad all the time and they've no problem also having their child share a book with them on the same device. Joanna: Yeah, which seems really interesting. I wonder about the schools as well.
Because I've heard that schools in America are moving to tablets and I've heard that some are iPad specific. Laura: It kind of depends on the school district. Amazon is donating a lot of Kindles to the poorer school districts and worldwide there are a lot of organizations. Worldreader is one of them where they go into developing countries, donate Kindles to schools there then load them up with free e-books for the kids. But a lot of districts are also using the iPad and so what's interesting is that you can have a Kindle app on an iPad and still read the Kindle books.
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So I feel that the Amazon delivery system is still the most worldwide, the most accessible ones for schools everywhere. But a lot of schools are using iPads and it's just becoming a norm in the classroom now. I think because it is less expensive to access books that way for the students. And a lot of the books have interactive elements which is really nice too. So yes we are seeing that. Joanna: Yeah, it was interesting I gave my nine-year-old nephew some money for Christmas.
So I really see that as a real trend. So let's talk about coming back to that Kindle versus iPad and I think I've got the name wrong again so is it K. Kindle Book Creator? Laura: OK well K. Kids' Book Creator and by the way for your listeners who don't know K. Kids' Book Creator is a free standalone piece of software that you can download from Amazon and it could be used on either the Mac or the PC to create illustrated books in either the landscape format which mimics print picture books or the portrait format which is more the up and down format for novels and more text heavy books.
It's very to use.
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You can either import the entire book as a PDF file with your text and illustrations already laid out or you can create it page by page and place your illustrations where you want then and then place the text where you want it. If you do it page by page then you can go in and edit the text very easily. The program also allows for text pop ups and what these are if the user clicks on the text on the device, it actually enlarges in a pop up window and so for children's books if the child is reading the book on their own it makes it very easy to see the text which is a nice feature.
Then in the program you can preview how the book is going to look on different devices.