The publishing platform

Once the eTextbook is outlined and aligned to the Common Core State Standards, it’s time to choose a publishing tool. Rothbauer chose iBooks, because they’re “desgined to be as interactive as possible while still teaching the content in an inquiry-based way” she said.

For a tutorial on using iBooks:

However, there are non-Apple based publishing tools educators can consider, such as Issu, Flipsnack, Booktype, and a host of other publishing tools.

Read “How to create your own textbook-with or without Apple.”

Once a publishing tool has been chosen and the eTextbook outlined, there are many interactive resources that can be embedded within the digital text.

For example, educators using iBooks can use:

  • Keynote—a PowerPoint-like tool.
  • Pages—a Microsoft Word-like tool. Available for $9.99 on iTunes.

For both PC platforms Mac platforms, educators can use interactive tools, such as:

Once the eTextbook is created, Rothbauer said it should be fairly easy to update the content as needed.

Of course, she added, there are still many issues to consider when creating your own eTextbook such as copyright.

For more information on copyright and digital materials, see and for iBooks.

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