Librarian, Blogger, Dreamer…
Here is an experiment that I enjoyed thoroughly. The creation of an interactive e-book with a wonderful tool Book Creator . The book was a compilation of creative reflections on COVID-19 pandemic by the students of all schools under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Ernakulam Region. The contributions were in the form of flash fiction, poems, tweets, memes, illustrations and paintings.
The editorial team activities were coordinated by Ms. Jeena TV, Principal, KV No. 2, Kochi under the guidance of Smt Deepti Nair, Shri Santhosh Kumar N. (Assistant Commissioners) and Shri R. Senthil Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, KVS (RO) Ernakulam.
The stories, poems, memes, tweets and paintings were selected and edited by a Team of teachers.
Although we tried many tools, we finally went with ‘Book Creator’ due to its rich features including the ability to embed interactive content (audio, video and links), beautiful page templates, navigation options and unlimited number of pages. We had used only the features available with the free version.
We avoided the commonly followed free PDF to Flipbook conversion technique offered by a number of websites to create ebooks and magazines since it was difficult to include multimedia. Also, paid versions were too costly.
I took three weeks to complete the e-book that has 283 pages with contents in both Hindi and English. By this experiment we created an interactive e-book in its true sense, with a beautiful cover page designed by Smt Jayanthi K. S., TGT (Art), KV Port Trust, Kochi.