Turning my ebook into a Mobile App

Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor by
Hi everyone,

I have been looking for a way to turn my ebook into a mobile app for iPhone and Android. It is currently in a Microsoft Word document and it is over 300 pages long.

I have been looking at a lot of the different programs for creating apps online, but most seem to just be creating apps from RSS feeds or creating mobile versions of web sites, not putting full courses into into a nice format that is easy to navigate on smart phones and tablets.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a program that would let me turn my course into an app in a WSYWIG (non-programming) environment?

Thanks
#internet marketing #app #ebook #mobile #turning

  • Profile picture of the author crissie
    What does your ebook cover? maybe ideas will flow if we know what niche your ebook targets, how you wish to present it, etc.
  • Profile picture of the author SEOSteve
    Hi,

    OK - the obvious option that springs to mind is to turn it into something like a Kindle book (cross-platform) or apple bookstore book. You don't mention why this isn't the option you're taking - and I'm assuming you have a reason for wanting it to be in app format rather than a digital book...

    So, firstly, to release an app for iOS and Android, you will need to be a member of both Apple's developer program ($99/yr) and Google's ($25 one time). You could optionally get a company to develop it for you who is a licensed Apple / Google developer - however the app would then be released under their name (e.g. XYZ Software P/L) rather than your name in the relevant App store. Maybe this doesn't matter to you...

    You would need to either develop a native version of your app for each platform (not recommended for this style of app) or use a cross-platform development tool to create the mobile app. The reason for developing "native" apps is that you get access to platform-specific features of the device - something you honestly won't need for an ebook-type app - a "cross-platform" solution will work fine for what you need.

    Something like Corona (http://www.CoronaLabs.com) allows cross platform development - and you can build the app for free - you only pay once you want to release it - believe it's $350/yr for the developer license - and here you may be better off engaging a developer to build it for you who has a license.

    There are other tools too - and there may even be tools that are more specific to your ebook requirement. Corona is a highly functional and widely-used platform with tons of support, which makes it (to my mind) preferable to a niche platform that may disappear tomorrow. (Kinda like why Wordpress is such a popular web platform).

    As an aside, my 10-yo daughter built an ebook-style app using AppToolz (itunes.apple.com/us/app/apptoolz/id471798521) which is a low-price iPad-based application development tool. The app she built only runs on Apple devices (not cross-platform), however AppToolZ is a great, way to quickly mock up what your app might look / work like - and doesn't require any coding knowledge. Might be a great way for you to start by sketching out the look and feel of how your eBook will look and work on a mobile device.

    Hope this helps and good luck!

    Steve
  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    Originally Posted by crissie View Post

    What does your ebook cover? maybe ideas will flow if we know what niche your ebook targets, how you wish to present it, etc.
    Hello crissie,

    I don't see how that matters because I might also want to help my clients turn their courses into apps as well.

    But, in my case, the course is a beginning Internet marketing course, Internet Entrepreneurship, that I have taught at the college level and now offer online free of charge. So I would like to turn it into an Android or iPhone course app so people can access it in that way as well.

    But my clients have courses on health, speaking, financial, etc., so I may eventually create several course apps in a range of fields.
  • Profile picture of the author crush76
    @ ebusinesstutor
    why dont you try appmk(dot)com, i use it my self, and its take no time to have an ebook ready for google play
  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    Originally Posted by SEOSteve View Post

    Hi,

    OK - the obvious option that springs to mind is to turn it into something like a Kindle book (cross-platform) or apple bookstore book. You don't mention why this isn't the option you're taking - and I'm assuming you have a reason for wanting it to be in app format rather than a digital book...
    Hi Steve,

    Great post - lots of help!

    Yes, I do have a reason for wanting an app over Kindle and ebook formats.. I will separately be publishing in epub format for ebook readers/tablets, but I also want a stand along app so that I can get marketing exposure in app stores. So I want to be multichannel.

    I won't become a developer myself, I prefer to use a WSYWIG tool to create it and I don't mind if I have to pay a monthly fee.

    I will look at Corona and AppToolz and see if they might be easy enough for me to figure out. Thanks for suggesting them.
  • Profile picture of the author Brains Gone Wild
    Careful with creating an app from an ebook. Especially with Apple, as they require dynamic and engaging content. Static info (such as an ebook) will quickly be rejected and/or sent over to Apple bookstore - where you don't want to be. Google, on the other hand, doesn't care and will accept almost any app. Also, you mentioned that you're also looking for a way to help your clients create apps from ebooks.... I'd recommend using Bizness Apps. Awesome WYSIWYG platform with tons of tools, plugins, etc.. PLUS they offer a white label reseller option, so you can make some $$$ with your clients. Ask for Andrew, he is the owner of Bizness Apps and they're a great organization with great people! Best of luck and I hope this helps
  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    Originally Posted by crush76 View Post

    @ ebusinesstutor
    why dont you try appmk(dot)com, i use it my self, and its take no time to have an ebook ready for google play
    Thanks crush76, I will try it out and see how well it works for me and report back on the results.
  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    I did a test with Apps Geyser, but the page size was very small and did not fit the screen like an ebook app does. And there was no way to get navigable chapters.

    I will try others and update my experience here.
  • Profile picture of the author pbconsultants
    Hi there,

    I've been publishing on smashwords and the conversion is done there when you upload the file though I'm not sure what the limit is. I've also used calibre and it seems to be pretty good. I've had some good results with it but I'm not exactly an advanced user with it because there's more I need to learn. What I like about it is that it can convert to different types.
  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    Originally Posted by crush76 View Post

    @ ebusinesstutor
    why dont you try appmk(dot)com, i use it my self, and its take no time to have an ebook ready for google play
    Hi Crush43,

    I tried this and quite like it, but when I copy and paste from Word, it loses all the headings, bold, underlines, font colours etc. Is there a way to keep these or to create text that is bold etc, within the program?
  • Profile picture of the author crush76
    Hi ebusinesstutor

    am glad you did, that's the down side, you cant use any kind of codes or HTML.
    or you can change the format of your ebook from word to PDF and try "magazine app maker" from the same site.
  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    Originally Posted by pbconsultants View Post

    Hi there,

    I've been publishing on smashwords and the conversion is done there when you upload the file though I'm not sure what the limit is. I've also used calibre and it seems to be pretty good. I've had some good results with it but I'm not exactly an advanced user with it because there's more I need to learn. What I like about it is that it can convert to different types.
    Smashwords is find for creating ebook formats but they don't create Android or iPhone apps. I probably will use Smashwords for the ebook version.
  • Profile picture of the author MobiDev
    If you need some assistance with eBook mobile app development, please let me know. We have experience in creating such such an apps. Here is an example available at Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ebooks.ebookreader
  • Profile picture of the author Afrolite
    This will help you Publish a children's book, comic book, photography gallery, reference guide, etc. All you need to provide is the pages and you've nearly got an ebook ready to sell in the App Store. For full details and a video preview visit the standalone E-book Starter Kit sales page, but in short you'll get...

    Go here for the Awesome E-Book Starter Kit!

    PS: this link contains an aff link
    just to let you know

    i am still looking on trying it, i am too busy doing other things
    thanks and i hope it helps
  • Profile picture of the author Al Anshori
    other option is appopus
    free option is calibre:
    its free and you can export as epub

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