In case you hadn’t heard, google launched a new program in June of 2017. The app/site is called Google Book Creator, and you can check it out here. Previously, the app/site was available on the iPad and was compatible with some other apple products. Now, it is widely available and can be used on any device with Google Chrome. This includes: Chromebooks, Macbooks, Android, Windows PC, and most laptops/tablets/desktops.
Book Creator is an online tool perfect for students and teachers. It allows you to create, edit, format, and design your very own books.
The possibilities are truly endless with this new tool, and it allows you to create like never before. Previously, if you wanted to create a book you had to pay for software, and to print. Now, however, you have full artistic freedom for free. Currently, you cannot order or print a physical copy. The site does allow you to create, send, and even publish your book as an e-book!
To begin, click the link above or go to https://bookcreator.com.
On the home screen, you will want to find the “pricing” button on the top right of the page and click on it. Once you do that it will bring you to this screen:
If you are a student or do not want to spend any money I suggest choosing the 40 book library option that is free. If you teach, make comics, or simply have a creative mind and need more books you can purchase a 180 book library for $60 per year, or a 1000 book library for $120 per year. I chose the 40 book Library. Once you choose this option, select that you are a teacher. The student option requires a teacher’s referral to a library.
Next, you will sign in using your email and set up your account.
This only takes a minute or two and after you are done you can start making books! I will use my library as an example. To begin, just hit the orange “New Book” button in the top left corner. It will prompt you with three book shapes and three comic/graphic novel/illustrated book shapes. My personal favorite is the traditional Portrait 2:3.
Once you’ve selected your book style the possibilities are endless.
You can change the color, add youtube videos and voice overs. If you’re an artist or photographer you can add images or digital art. You can even draw right in your book or write by hand using the draw tool.
No matter where your creative mind takes you, when you’re finished with your book you can share and publish it. The share button in the top right corner allows you to publish your book online, download it as an e-book, or print it. I’m positive that with a little help and magic from your local print shop you could truly turn it into a hard or soft cover book. This is truly a wonderful tool that I can and have spent hours using. So get busy and create to your heart’s content.
Cover image via TheVerge