What’s happening with Book Creator for Android and Windows?

Dan AmosAndroid, News, Windows

We are removing Book Creator for Android and Book Creator for Windows from sale.

You will probably know by now that we have released a new version of Book Creator for Chrome browsers. This works on all devices, including Android tablets and Windows PCs and laptops.

This Chrome app means Book Creator is finally truly cross-platform, with all the features of our iPad app now available on any device. It also means that we no longer need a separate Android or Windows app.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Book Creator for Android will be removed from the Google Play Store.
  • Book Creator for Windows will be removed from the Windows store.
  • This will happen in the next couple of days.
  • Book Creator for iPad will remain on the App Store – with over 10 million users it’s not going away!

Support for Android and Windows

We will continue to support people who are using Book Creator for Android or Windows until the end of the year – 31 December 2017. You can request support by submitting a support ticket.

However, we will provide support only where we can – there will be no more updates or bug fixes to either app. If you’re using Book Creator in the classroom – we’d ask you to upgrade to the new Chrome app.

After 31 December, we will only be supporting and updating Book Creator for Chrome and Book Creator for iPad.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please either contact us or post a comment below.

Migrating from Android and Windows to the new Chrome app?

If you are teacher and wish to start using the new Chrome app, you can do so by signing in at app.bookcreator.com.

If you have books saved in Book Creator for Android or Book Creator for Windows, here’s how you can send them from those apps to Book Creator for Chrome.

Book Creator for Android

  1. From the Home screen tap the 3 dot menu beneath your book, then choose Share.
  2. You can choose the method you wish to save/send the book. Google Drive is an obvious choice as you’ll already be signed in on Android. But you could also email it or use a different cloud app.
  3. Follow the instructions to in the app to send the book.
  4. In Book Creator for Chrome, click the Books icon on the My Book screen and choose Import book.
  5. If the book is on your computer, choose Upload from computer, or simply drag and drop the ePub file into the browser. Or choose Import from Drive and navigate your Google Drive folders to find the book.
  6. You’ll see the book importing and will get a message when it’s done.

Book Creator for Windows

  1. From the Home screen tap the 3 dot menu beneath your book, then choose Export.
  2. Windows Explorer will open and you can choose where to save your book.
  3. If you’re using the same PC to access Book Creator for Chrome, then just open the app and go to the next step, otherwise you’ll need to send that ePub file to your device. You could use a cloud app to transfer it, or maybe email it.
  4. In Book Creator for Chrome, click the Books icon on the My Book screen and choose Import book.
  5. If the book is on your computer, choose Upload from computer, or simply drag and drop the ePub file into the browser. Or choose Import from Drive and navigate your Google Drive folders to find the book.
  6. You’ll see the book importing and will get a message when it’s done.
Dan is the founder of Red Jumper and the developer of Book Creator. He is married to the children’s author Ally Kennen, and they have 4 great kids.

4 Comments on “What’s happening with Book Creator for Android and Windows?”

  1. Sorry to read that…
    This is very bad news for french teachers as me… because we will no longer have the ability to use book creator in our classrooms.
    Many of our equipment is android, and as its forbiden for us to post student photos online or on US servers… You see that we will be very limited concerning the possible creations in class.
    And we also have limits concerning the wifi use in classrooms…
    For all these reasons, Book Creator were ideal for us… This new version wont…
    Its Sad because it is one of my favourite app…

    1. I understand our decision does have some negative impacts Sebastien. We had to make a tough call based on the fact that we don’t have the resources to maintain many different versions of our app – it makes sense to make the existing iPad app and this new Chrome app our priority and make them as good as we possibly can.

      Hopefully you’ll be able to continue to use the Android app without problem – even though we’re removing it from the Play Store it will still be on your device. The issue will come when Android OS updates as we won’t be updating Book Creator so it may break in some way. Perhaps another developer will step in and build a stand-alone book creation app for Android, who knows?

      Ideally the situation in France will change and teachers will be given more freedom to use wifi in the classroom, as is the case in many other countries across the world?

  2. When I use the app in Chrome where is my data going to be saved, in Google drive or is there some kind of local storage?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Data is automatically saved to our servers (hosted by Google). You can also choose to backup your books to Google Drive manually.

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