Many organizations are still using countless paper-based guides, manuals, and job aids for day-to-day operations. Planning for additional printing costs throughout the year to accommodate changes is still the norm. The reliability of this can often be questionable, as older documents may not all be thrown out when replaced with an updated version. Many other organizations have gone paperless, but the electronic versions of the documents are still basic text, which doesn’t make use of the full potential of this format.

This session will provide the information needed to create your own interactive eBooks. You will learn how to format the document for multiple devices, the types of media that can be integrated into the document (such as images, video, audio, and other interactive elements), and various free and paid tools that can be used in the process. In addition to covering various resources, you will walk through a basic workflow to convert a simple document with a few basic media types to an ePub file (and make that file available to attendees in Dropbox). Participants will leave with the basic skills needed for immediate practical application so they can begin converting their own job aids, manuals, etc. to ePubs and/or add interactivity as appropriate.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to convert your print documents to eBooks
  • To integrate multimedia elements into your eBooks
  • How to format your eBook content for multiple devices
  • Methods for deploying eBooks to devices

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and project managers with a basic understanding of creating and editing documents in Microsoft Word.

Technology discussed in this session:
Smartphones and tablets, Sigil, Word, Calibre, and Adobe Acrobat (with video, audio, and HTML5).

Student technology needs:
A mobile device (tablet, smartphone, laptop) with an eReader.