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Book Writer: App Allows Students to Create Their Own eBooks

Book Writer: App Allows Students to Create Their Own eBooks
After reading online reviews and testing the app with my students for several weeks, I can endorse Book Writer as the best eBook creator for iOS. Compared to similar apps, Book Writer offers more multimedia features and is better suited for a large age range. With this app, teachers can incorporate technology into the creative process, motivating and empowering students to bring their stories to life. Because Book Writer offers more tools to facilitate the book-making process, it rises above the competition. Read on to learn more about the app’s features and what makes it the best in its class. Scores User-Friendliness (5/5) My students had no trouble with the simple, self-explanatory interface. Teaching (4/5) While pedagogical features aren’t built into Book Writer, its educational value is still significant. Support (4/5) I found answers to most of my students’ questions in the app’s eight-page manual. Methodology Book Writer App Review Background How Do You Use It? Other Book Writer Reviews

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