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The Book Creator story

It begins with a child reluctant to read.

It’s 2011 and Dan Amos and his wife, children’s author Ally Kennen are concerned. Their 4-year-old son (later diagnosed as dyslexic) is making slow progress with the school reading scheme.

After many frustrating evenings it struck them – wouldn’t it be better if they could make their own books about the very things he loves? Books about Star Wars, books about pets, books about family.

At the same time an iPad enters the household and they wonder how do we get our kids as engaged with reading as they are with the iPad?

All the pieces were in place….

Fast forward a few months and the app is nearly ready.

At this point, Dan has made a tool to create books with his kids. He also believes it could be an effective app for authors who want to self-publish their books. There could be a market for this.

Whisper it quietly – it’s not yet an educational app.

Roll on September 2011 and the app launches. From day one, teachers start using it in their classrooms, praising its simplicity and suggesting ways it could be improved.

By day two Dan realises he’s built an educational app! And we haven’t looked back since.

Book Creator has reached no.1 on the iTunes App Store in 90+ countries. Over 30 million ebooks have been created with our app worldwide. It’s one of the essential apps for schools using iPads.

Thank you for being part of our story.

Timeline


June 2011

My Story Book app in development

Dan Amos begins coding his first ever iPad app. Check out the sneak preview in this rare video from Dan – the app in development even before it had become “Book Creator”.






Screenshot from the original tutorial book


15 Sept, 2011

Original Book Creator iconBook Creator launches on the App Store

After 6 months of development and beta testing, Dan was finally able to release Book Creator v1.5 to the App Store.

Check out our first ever press release, and our first ever review (on the same day!), from Silvia Tolisano.



January 2012

Book Creator v1.9 – Add audio

“Book Creator iPad app just stepped up its game. Can now record audio into ePub books you create. Awesome.”
@dancallahan 9:26 PM – 6 Jan 2012


Add sound to the app


Multimedia in Book Creator v2.2


July 2012

Old Book Creator iconBook Creator v2.2 – Add video

You can now add video to the app too (and rotate images).

Note the change of icon too?



January 2013

Book Creator v2.4 – Work collaboratively

A big update this one, making the most of features introduced to iOS 6.

  • Combine books
  • Export as PDF
  • Add hyperlinks and rich formatting



Sharing books in v2.4


Choose a page layout


August 2013

Book Creator Free iconBook Creator Free released

We celebrated reaching 1 million ebooks made with Book Creator by releasing a free version of the app. This would help teachers trial the app before buying.

The app was redesigned and our icon was tweaked again.

Read the blog post



October 2013

Book Creator 3.0

We redesigned the app again to fit iOS 7, which was a big departure from the style of iOS 6. This release brought the Pen Tool to the app.

Read the blog post



Pen Tool v3.0





April 2014

Book Creator for Android iconBook Creator comes to Android

After months of development and beta testing, Book Creator for Android was released to join the Google Play for Education bandwagon. The app had a slightly different design and features from the iPad version.

Read the blog post



July 2014

Book Creator 3.1 – export as video

After all that work on the Android app, it had been a long time since we’d update the iPad version. This was a huge update, as it allowed people to share books publicly in video format – ideal for uploading to YouTube or to a class blog.

Read the blog post





Book Creator in Chinese


January 2015

Book Creator for Android v2.6

The app was redesigned to fit Google’s Material Design experience. There were more features added plus the app was translated into 18 languages, to acknowledge and support our growing international audience.

Read the blog post



January 2015

Book Creator wins Bett Award

We were thrilled to win the award for the best educational app at the 2015 Bett Awards. We spent a few days at the annual Bett Show in London and Book Creator was also featured at the Google stand during the conference.

Read the blog post






March 2015

10 million books

We reached an amazing milestone in March 2015 – 10 million ebooks made with Book Creator for iPad. To celebrate, we gave away copies of the app for free!

Read the blog post



June 2015

Book Creator for Windows iconBook Creator for Windows launches

This would be the first time that Book Creator could be used on a device other than a tablet. We released Book Creator for Windows as a free app and it’s since remained free, as it doesn’t have the same depth of features as the iPad version.

Read the blog post





Book Creator Ambassadors


August 2015

Introducing Ambassadors

We’ve always reached out to educators when developing the app, so we realised it was time to start a closer relationship with those teachers who really know Book Creator, use it regularly and help spread the word.

We now have over 200 Book Creator Ambassadors across the world.



October 2015

Book Creator 4.0 – Comics!

Probably the biggest update we’ve done to date, this introduced a whole new element to making books, with comic book styles and templates added to the mix. KAPOW!!

Read the blog post





Comic book competition


April 2016

Comic competition

To help promote the launch of comic books in Book Creator, we ran a worldwide competition for schools, and had a comic book legend judge the entries. We gave away some great prizes too.

Find out who the winners were



May 2016

Free webinars

We teamed up with Book Creator Ambassador Monica Burns to put together a series of interactive webinars for people wanting to get to grips with Book Creator. These should prove to be an invaluable resource in the future.

Webinar archive on YouTube


Webinars


New website screenshot


September 2016

New website

A website redesign was long overdue. The main aim was to make all our case studies more accessible to teachers. Plus we needed to make the site work more nicely across all devices.


September 2016

5 years on the App Store

We celebrated 5 years in the App Store with a flash sale of the app, reducing it for a week.

Read the blog post


5-years-sale


Words highlighted within the app in reading mode


November 2016

Book Creator 5.0 – Reading mode

We introduced a reading mode which allows you to preview the book in-app, and also have Siri read your book to you in a variety of different languages.

Read the blog post


April 2017

Book Creator One

We renamed our ‘Book Creator Free’ app to Book Creator One, to help highlight the fact that this is a demo version of Book Creator, and you can only create one book, to try out the app.


Book Creator One icon


Words highlighted within the app in reading mode


April 2017

Book Creator 5.1 – Publish and read online

Perhaps the best update to Book Creator for iPad yet, we built and online platform reading books and enabled one-tap publishing from the iPad to the web.

Read the blog post






15 Sept, 2011

Book Creator launches on the App Store

After 6 months of development and beta testing, Dan was finally able to release Book Creator v1.5 to the App Store.

Check out our first ever press release, and our first ever review (on the same day!), from Silvia Tolisano.



January 2012

Book Creator v1.9 – Add audio

“Book Creator iPad app just stepped up its game. Can now record audio into ePub books you create. Awesome.”
@dancallahan 9:26 PM – 6 Jan 2012



July 2012

Book Creator v2.2 – Add video

You can now add video to the app too (and rotate images).



January 2013

Book Creator v2.4 – Work collaboratively

A big update this one, making the most of features introduced to iOS 6.

  • Combine books
  • Export as PDF
  • Add hyperlinks and rich formatting



August 2013

Book Creator Free released

We celebrated reaching 1 million ebooks made with Book Creator by releasing a free version of the app. This would help teachers trial the app before buying.

The app was redesigned and our icon was tweaked again.



October 2013

Book Creator 3.0

We redesigned the app again to fit iOS 7, which was a big departure from the style of iOS 6. This release brought the Pen Tool to the app.

Read the blog post



April 2014

Book Creator comes to Android

After months of development and beta testing, Book Creator for Android was released to join the Google Play for Education bandwagon. The app had a slightly different design and features from the iPad version.

Read the blog post



July 2014

Book Creator 3.1 – export as video

After all that work on the Android app, it had been a long time since we’d update the iPad version. This was a huge update, as it allowed people to share books publicly in video format – ideal for uploading to YouTube or to a class blog.

Read the blog post



January 2015

Book Creator for Android v2.6

The app was redesigned to fit Google’s Material Design experience. There were more features added plus the app was translated into 18 languages, to acknowledge and support our growing international audience.

Read the blog post



January 2015

Book Creator wins Bett Award

We were thrilled to win the award for the best educational app at the 2015 Bett Awards. We spent a few days at the annual Bett Show in London and Book Creator was also featured at the Google stand during the conference.

Read the blog post



March 2015

10 million books

We reached an amazing milestone in March 2015 – 10 million ebooks made with Book Creator for iPad. To celebrate, we gave away copies of the app for free!

Read the blog post



June 2015

Book Creator for Windows launches

This would be the first time that Book Creator could be used on a device other than a tablet. We released Book Creator for Windows as a free app and it’s since remained free, as it doesn’t have the same depth of features as the iPad version.

Read the blog post



August 2015

Introducing Ambassadors

We’ve always reached out to educators when developing the app, so we realised it was time to start a closer relationship with those teachers who really know Book Creator, use it regularly and help spread the word.

We now have over 200 Book Creator Ambassadors across the world.



October 2015

Book Creator 4.0 – Comics!

Probably the biggest update we’ve done to date, this introduced a whole new element to making books, with comic book styles and templates added to the mix. KAPOW!!

Read the blog post



April 2016

Comic competition

To help promote the launch of comic books in Book Creator, we ran a worldwide competition for schools, and had a comic book legend judge the entries. We gave away some great prizes too.

Find out who the winners were



May 2016

Free webinars

We teamed up with Book Creator Ambassador Monica Burns to put together a series of interactive webinars for people wanting to get to grips with Book Creator. These should prove to be an invaluable resource in the future.

Webinar archive on YouTube



September 2016

New website

A website redesign was long overdue. The main aim was to make all our case studies more accessible to teachers. Plus we needed to make the site work more nicely across all devices.



November 2016

Book Creator 5.0 – Reading mode

We introduced a reading mode which allows you to preview the book in-app, and also have Siri read your book to you in a variety of different languages.

Read the blog post



April 2017

Book Creator One

We renamed our ‘Book Creator Free’ app to Book Creator One, to help highlight the fact that this is a demo version of Book Creator, and you can only create one book, to try out the app.



April 2017

Book Creator 5.1 – Publish and read online

Perhaps the best update to Book Creator for iPad yet, we built and online platform reading books and enabled one-tap publishing from the iPad to the web.

Read the blog post