Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching

Sharing, Blogging, Publishing is a fully web-based document authoring and publishing platform. Substance targets open collaboration. Readers can participate and comment on certain text passages. In future they’ll even be able to submit patches, that can be applied by the owner. Substance exposes documents as data, ready to be compiled into arbitrary output formats (HTML, PDF, ePub, …) or integrated with other applications (like websites).

Scribd is a social publishing platform, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents. It’s a winderful platform for your documents getting found by audience through its social networking features. You can also create your collection and collaborate with others. All content that is uploaded to Scribd and then embedded on a third-party website, is displaying in HTML5. This means that you will be able to read more Scribd embeds through your mobile devices! You also can sell you works on it.

Issuu is a Web 2.0 tools that allows you to publish any document files.(PDF, Words…) Simply log on to Issuu and upload your PDF, then you have a digital magazine style document in front of 33 million monthly readers on its online social community. This can be embedded into a blog or your website. Your publication can be public to everyone or private that only for you to send to your friends. Apps in mobile devices are available. It provides many tools for publishers and marketers, for example, real time statistics of your visitors and reviewed pages, and trace returned visitors who had downloaded your documents on your website. You even can make audio books !

MixBook is like a digital scrapbook. You can choose theme, background, layouts and creative elements, you can use pictures and clip arts from your computers or from online photo albums : Picasa, Flickr, Smugmug, PhotoBucket or facebook. You can invite your friends to collaborate on the same project, edit and share the books online for FREE ! You can use it to make wedding books, travel journal, yearbooks, classroom research project… and more. MixBook for Educators is a safe environment for digital storytelling project in classrooms.

YUDU – Simply upload your PDFs to create search engine friendly page-turning publications that can be emailed or added to your website. Create your own personalised library to store and share your content. Upgrade to ‘Plus’ to add multimedia and sell publications or ‘Pro’ for professional web and iPad publishing.

FlipSnack is an online flipping book software that allows you to convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications. It’s the ideal solution for those who wish to embed a book, magazine, catalog, newspaper, portfolio or any other kind of document into a website or blog. It allows you to embed not only one, but multiple page flip publications in the same Flash widget by uploading several documents.

Youblisher is a free service lets you make your pdf documents flippable and quickly loading. The e-books are hosted on its website for free.

publishing booksSimple Booklet offers free online booklet creation and publishing. Select the layout template and then add content, including  text, images, audio files, videos, and links. After finishing, you can share it online by embedding it into a webpage or you can share the unique link generated for your booklet.

My Ebook is a new service for creating rich multimedia ebooks. It allows users to create ebooks that contain text, images, and videos on each page. You can create ebooks from scratch or upload the existing PDF files. There are many themes and templates to give each ebook a different look and feel. Ebooks created using My Ebook can be embedded into blogs and websites or shared via email.

WoBook lets you publish on the web an interactive, 3D book. Any document can be turned into a wobook to read online right away. Wobooks can also be formatted and printed in a PDF format. A digital magazine powered by wobook is attractive, interactive and all sorts of rich media can be embedded in it! Create and publish all types of syndication: newspapers, digital magazines, brochures, e-catalogs, or e-books.

Surfboard is a cool service (similar to Flipboard on the iPad) that displays any website in a flippable newspaper-like display. All your different blog entries or pages are displayed and all the links stay alive. This gives a different web reading experience. But it needs the newest Google Chrome browser or safari.

OnSwipe turns your website into a beautiful app like experience on tablet and phone browsers. Onswipe is not an app and works in the browser with your existing content. You simply link the site to get your blog or website accessible by a iPad.

e-Pub Bud allows you to upload, send in, or create books that are viewable on your iPad, Nook, Kobo, or Kindle. It is free. There is also an option to download e-Books you submitted to the service. They also help you digitize your paper books for free. To sell your books on this website is totally free, no commission, only PayPal’s fee is deducted from the amount. There is an education version which teachers can setup private accounts and classes for student publishing project.

Blurb provides all the tools you need to publish your books for free (tool comparison table), including :

  • Turn your blog into a book, or turn PDF files to books
  • Create your books with photos from Picasa, Flickr, SmugMug, Photobucket
  • Online templates or customizable layouts, text editing
  • Create beautiful, streamed photobooks
  • Embed your books into your websites

BlogBooker turns blogs into PDF Books.This service is offered for FREE for blogs based on various systems, like Blogger, WordPress or LiveJournal. Based on open-source tools, BlogBooker provides ready to print PDFs within minutes. BlogBooker is based on the same technology as, a provider of easy Blog Printing / Archive service for the LiveJournal community. Teachers who use a blog as a classroom website, this is an option for you to archive all the works at the end of the school year.

blog, ebook

Lulu offers to publish/sell your book or any digital content. One of their partners is Creative Commons. Very good ratio Quality/Price. Setup and publishing is free, you can update your publishing anytime, and only pay for the printed books you need by their the print-on-demand service.

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection
Embedded is a simple demo. of transferring documents into ebooks using Calibre.

Highlighter turns static text into interactive discussions, let you interact with your readers in a whole new way. Highlighter is a code, when it’s integrated into your websites (for free), your readers can share, save, and comment on words, sentences, paragraphs and even images. All of this data is passed back to the publisher in the form of powerful analytics.

Tildee is a free tool to help you create and share tutorials on any subject, just write your own tutorial, add maps, images and even videos to any step in a tutorial. It’s not required to create an account on Tildee to start writing. Every tutorial has its unique short URL so it’s easy to share.

Posterous – Keep your colleagues, team or family on the same page with Posterous Groups, or privately share photos, videos and ideas via email, mobile and the web. You can create your own customized site; with photo resizes and posted, video converted it for viewing, documents embedded.Your content can be automatically published to social sites.


MovingForward at wikispaces – education blogs by discipline, it’s a place to list subject-specific P-12-oriented blogs that are worth sharing with others, only to list really good blogs (not wikis or web sites)

SupportBlogging! has been set up to provide an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, parents, and others to help promote an understanding of the benefits of educational blogging. Will Richardson collected thoroughly ” list of bloggers”, “blogging options”, “blog search” and other resources, even email list for you to ask help.

edublogs – free blog hosting for teachers

NetworkedBlogs – you can register your blogs or others’ blogs, follow blogs(get fed) or get followers, vote for the blog posts you recommend

Blogs4Edu – A community built to support teachers and students about blogging.

For students’ blogging

Kidblog – no student email is required and everything is monitored before being posted online

21classes – host a homepage to communicate with students, no students’ email address required


publishing, iBooks AuthorDigital Presentation Tools in Education (on

Publishing: The New Literacy –Summary of tools for publishing (Disrupting The Institution SIG group, ASTE)

Cool Tools: Easy-to-Use Applications for Creating Your Own Ebooks

FREE eBook : Publishing with iBooks Author (free download)


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  1. So Why Aren’t Your Students Self-publishing Their Own Books? | Classroom Aid

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