SINCE OUR FOUR-YEAR OLD has better tap-and-move coordination skills than her parents, we're letting her put together her first epub by using Book Creator on the iPad. If she doesn't get bored with the process, we'll keep using the app.
The problem I'm facing lies in media rights management. Our four-year-old lives inside a world she has created with friends named Lola, Charlie, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Ben, Holly, Barney, Peppa, and Dora. Creating a digital album of Mia's world by using the faces of her digital friends will walk us right into a copyright crossfire and probably would result in Mia's iBook being tossed out of the public iBookstore. We're happy enough to have a title sitting in our own bookshelf and in trying to share Mia's Book with cousins across the pond. In the meantime, Book Creator on the iPad has shown me that it's possible to incorporate Apple's iBook format on our third level epublishing curriculum without buying a suite of Macs.
Its sleek, intuitive, and easy interface appeals to our young child and that means most primary school teachers I know would be able to cobble together content for classrooms by outsourcing the creative tasks to students seated in front of them. The iPad Book Creator app has a simple set of options, fewer actions than Mia uses in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. The challenge I face is moving onto the iPad hundreds of screen grabs, audio recordings, and photos from the terabytes of mobile storage.
Mia has already scratched out stories by hand in a two-year-old paint-encrusted watercolour Moleskine that she took from me several years ago. It's like having a set of unfinished storyboards waiting for treatment. We'll run Book Creator with her at the kitchen table, watching her rearrange family photos and Mia Art into a creative work. The best part of that process is reveling in unbridled free range imagination.
Red Jumper Studio -- "Book Creator: The Simple Way to Create Books for your iPad".
Elizabeth Castro -- From InDesign CS 5.5 to ePub and Kindle (Straight to the Point) on my Kindle since December 11, 2011.
Suw Charman Anderson -- 2012: The Year of New eBook Tools on Forbes, February 8, 2012.