Unleash Your Inner Author

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While participating in a TCEA webinar this afternoon, the presenter, Monica Martinez, briefly mentioned publishing online books and provided a list of resources. Even though she really didn't address this in her presentation, I thought these were some great sites I wanted to share with everyone. With the help of the Internet and several Web 2.0 tools, anyone can become a published author. What a great opportunity to get your students writing and creating. It doesn't matter what grade level, there's something for everyone. Check out the list of resources; they are easy to use and the end products are fabulous. Move over Random House; you got company!
What's Your Story? 
1. Mixbook-Beautiful products and teachers can create student accounts.
2. Bookrix-This site is sort of...Facebook meets Publishing House; great place to promote your book.
3. Panraven-Where photos are just the beginning of a great story; beautiful option with the ability to print your masterpiece. 
4. Book Builder-This site gives hot tips for writing books as well as Model Books and library books to read and rate; lots of options here.
5. Tabblo-This site promises to "amuse, amaze, and delight you" and it appears to provide all of that and more. Again, this site allows you to post your book for others to view.
6. Smile Books-Promises to produce coffee table book quality; this is another site that allows you to create books with your pictures. It also gives tips and options.
7. Blurb-This site is primarily for making photo books (and some beautiful ones at that), but this would also be a good option for younger children as well. They also offer tips and a tutorial video.
8. LuLu-This site claims to post over 1,000 new titles each day. You can also create calendars here; this site is very eye-catching and provides other publishing options.
9. PDF Flip Books-Upload your PDF books to this site and it will convert it to a Flash Flip Book; interesting option.
10. My Publisher-This site requires a download of their software, but provides some options and tips as well.
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