Trainers, educators and instructional designers have written lessons and stories to teach learning objectives and engage students since the begging of time. The first publishing platform was print, then audio, next eBooks, and now interactive eBooks deliverable on various electronic platforms. Interactive eBooks are beautifully illustrated for children including pop ups, recordings, games, puzzles, flying screens and more. In addition, ebooks are alluring teens and adults with dynamic content.
Education publishing giants Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are getting in the eBook and interactive book game and are on level playing fields with individual authors with the aid of these services. I have researched and listed 15 interactive creation tools and platforms that allow authors to write, create and publish interactive eBooks to mobile phones and pads without programming knowledge, some ask upfront fees some do not. Most publishers ask for a percentage of sales and publish your material to digital vendors that their software is compatible with. Therefore, it is important to read all the fine print and terms of service as they may change before selecting one. All information stated below is taken from the vendors website. I strongly urge instructional designers to consider culture, localization (different languages and country customs), and disable learners in your design of interactive books.
1. Pubbsoft Designed for nontechnical users. Help create, publish and sell animated stories on mobile devices. Drag, drop, point and click interface. Everything saved online. Unleash your inner creative genius by creating your interactive storybooks online, and earn 50% royalty on each purchase of your book.
3. KindleGen and Kindle Previewer with Kindle Format 8 (KF8) support are now available for download. Kindle Format 8 is Amazon’s next generation file format offering a wide range of new features and enhancements – including HTML5 and CSS3 support that publishers can use to create all types of books. KF8 adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including drop caps, numbered lists, fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics – opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will love. Kindle Fire is the first Kindle device to support KF8 – in the coming months KF8 will be rolled out to our latest generation Kindle e-ink devices as well as our free Kindle reading apps.
Publishers have created thousands of KF8 titles already and customers are enjoying the improved formatting and reading features across all types of books. Additionally, KF8 features such as Kindle Panel Views and Kindle Text Pop Up enable great fixed layout books including graphic novels, comics and children’s books.
For latest information check here http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000729511 .
Children’s picture books come to life with brilliant images, fixed layouts and Kindle Text Pop Up.
6. Skyreader Media creates enhanced e-books and apps for children. Skyreader Media Launches Self-publishing Interactive Authoring. a leading developer and publisher of interactive children’s book apps for the Apple® iPad® and other mobile devices, announces the open beta launch of Skyreader Studio™.
7. Demibooks® Composer provides an affordable, versatile and incredibly easy-to-use method of creating your own book apps with realistic physics, animation, images, text, sounds, movies and visual effects
http://www.interactivetouchbooks.com/ Sell your interactive books in our robust marketplace for mobile and tablet devices.
8. Active Reader We have created a tool that can be used by almost anyone can create and publish for mobile platforms with no coding required.
9. TaleSpring make it easy for your storybooks to take full advantage of the finger-tap capabilities of the iPad and iPhone. Unleash your inner creative genius by creating your interactive storybooks online, and earn 50% royalty on each purchase of your book.
10.Moglue is a desktop application for publishers and authors to create interactive ebooks which can then be released as apps for both iOS and Android, simply and easily. It has been designed without the need for coding or technical knowledge, with drag and drop functionality and a user friendly interface.
11 .Kwik is for nimble and visionary artists, story tellers, and app designers who yearn to create mobile applications for iOS and Android platforms and have Photoshop CS5 [or higher] and the Corona SDK. Free for projects up to six pages. This is really nice.
13. Avaist The software allows you to include audio, video, animation and other interactive elements likes timelines and maps, within full-length ebooks, longform journalism, magazines or any other digital publishing you can think of. Also pitched as an easy to use platform without the need for any technical skills. Atavist is a media and software company at the forefront of digital, mobile publishing. Our mission is to enable the next generation of multimedia storytelling, reaching readers across mobile devices and the Web.
14. My Story Book Maker Your child is the author. This app sells for 1.99