Ebooks are the current expanding trend in education and publishing. Add interactivity on top of that, and you’ve got yourself a top-notch product that won’t be going away anytime soon; one that is sure to put you ahead of the game. This comprehensive guide will lead you on the journey to learn how to create an interactive ebook, as well as publish the ebook to different platforms. We will start together from defining what you want to create, to choosing your preferred online and offline tool, with the occasional suggestions and warnings.
Learning how to create an interactive ebook is simple, but let us start first by defining the concept of “interactive ebooks”. Clearly this term has been over used in past years by publishers who think that inserting a moving picture in their ebook would deem it “interactive”. Well, they are not at fault here but it just sounds quite silly given that they didn’t even scratch the tip of the interactive iceberg. With current technologies like HTML5 and EPUB 3.0 you can go way beyond a digital moving picture – provide experiences rich with videos, audio and even touch-based games if you like. All inside the same ebook.
And that’s how we would rather define interactivity. This guide is divided into 5 steps:
1) Setting your target
2) Preparing interactive ebook content and material
3) Online services and websites to prepare your interactive ebook
4) Ebook creators and editors to build your interactive ebook
5) Publishing and distributing your interactive ebook
So want to learn how to create an interactive ebook? Let’s jump right in then!