Create an Interactive E-Book with Adobe InDesign

Students create interactive e-books
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About This Strategy

In this 4-hour strategy, students add interactivity to an InDesign document and share their interactive document as ePub or PDF. Students learn how to add a huge variety of animated elements, image fades and hyperlinks, buttons and publish fully interactive documents as a web URL using the Publish Online feature in In-Design. 

Because Adobe In-Design enables the creation of interactive eBooks, this strategy empowers students to produce publishable and interactive web materials. This strategy can be used for any project where students are required to create an animated book, poster, or project and immediately publish it online. This strategy can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe XD.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe XD

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

240 minutes

Learn.

Students engage in instructor-led discussion about print vs digital books. Students learn how to publish interactive documents to the web with Publish Online, a powerful sharing feature built into InDesign. (15-30 minutes)

Identify.

Students identify the short story they want to use for their book and as well as the graphics, and supporting details they would like to include. (30 minutes)

Create.

Students organize their story and associated graphics into an e-book template in InDesign. After designing their books in InDesign, they add interactivity and buttons to their e-book pages using these steps to guide them. Students can examine an example here, and read/watch a tutorial here. (2.5 hours)

Share.

Students publish a link to their interactive ebooks and share it with the class, explain their process, and obtain peer review. (30 minutes)

Steps for Students

In this 4-hour strategy, you will choose a topic and create a short e-book describing it using Adobe InDesign.  You will add elements such as animations, images, and buttons to make it interactive and visually enticing. Consider how your interactive elements can support the setting, story, and theme of your book. When you are finished, use the “Publish Online” feature in Adobe InDesign to publish the completed assignment as a spread.

Because Adobe In-Design enables the creation of interactive eBooks, this strategy empowers you to produce publishable and interactive web materials.

Steps:

1. Select a story you would like to work with. Think about how your story might work as an interactive book. When thinking about this consider the following: (30 minutes)

  • What you would change from the current design and why. 

  • Who is your main target audience.

  • Where are you going to publish it and how will viewers engage with it? (You can format the InDesign document for an iPhone, web, iPad, etc.)

  • Would your story work as a ‘choose your own adventure’ story?

2. Create or gather any resources you will need for your book (images, graphics, audio files, videos, buttons, etc.). Consider how your interactive elements can support the setting, story, and theme of your book. (30 minutes)

  • In each page, which/how many graphics will you include?

  • Which one of those will be animated?

  • Which buttons and icons will you need for your book? (ex: next page button)

3. Start designing your book in InDesign. You can start from scratch or use this template.  Use these steps to guide. (2.5 hours)

Prior to beginning, review the rubric to see how your interactive book will be assessed. You can also review this student sample for inspiration. 

For more information about Adobe InDesign, you can watch tutorials here.

4. Share your presentations as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' e-books.