There are lots of great book-apps available for your children on iPad, but how about creating one yourself? Don’t worry, this doesn’t involve learning to code, design and submit to Apple. A new app called Book Creator for iPad is all you’ll need to indulge your authorly instincts.
I’m genuinely excited about this app, having spotted it go live on the App Store earlier today. It lets you create your own books from within the app, adding your own photos or getting them from the web, typing using the iPad’s on-screen keyboard, and then twizzling the design to make it look like… well, a book.
Once saved, your creations can be read in the iPad’s own iBooks application, sent to friends by email, or uploaded to a Dropbox account if you use that online storage service.
The potential is huge: writing your own stories for your kids, or creating photo-books based on your family, pets, friends etc are the obvious angles from an Apps Playground point of view. But Book Creator could be used for more professional purposes too: it outputs books in the ePub standard that’s used by proper e-books stores, and supports Apple’s iBooks store formats too.
It’ll take a bit of time to make the most of it, obviously – a tutorial is provided on the Red Jumper website – but it’s really good to see this kind of app available on the iPad. £4.99? A snip, given the amount of fun you can have with Book Creator.
Here’s a video to show how it works: