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Many educational courses emphasize interaction as a great way to help students learn and retain that knowledge. Animation and interaction make digital learning come to life. But most teachers don’t have the time to create digital learning activities. That’s why is such a great resource. The website offers free widgets for both free and commercial books. With many of their widgets, such as the Quiz Builder, the readers can save and share in the Reader Cloud and Rooms.

In the next few articles, we will use the Bookry online generator to create several widgets for use in iBooks Author books. As we do, we will also discover all the great features such as how easy it is to drag and drop the widgets into your book and manage the server-based widgets with reader analytics, feedback from your readers and auto updating widgets. Yes, all this is free with the Bookry branding included but if you wish to remove the branding there is a fee.

Once you have created a free account, you will want to check out the Dashboard for your account. There you will find links to the Widget Library, Support and YouTube how-to videos. You will also want to check out their Blog, Pinterest and the Gallery. The Gallery is filled with user created books with Bookry widgets. See links below.

To start your first widget, click the My Bookshelf link in the top Toolbar. When there, you will create a new book for storing and testing your widgets. Click the big Plus icon on the Books I’m Writing shelf, to open the pop-over box, give your book a title and click Create. You will see a thumbnail for your new book on the shelf.

Click on the book thumbnail to go to the book settings page. There you will see the basic info for your book. We don’t have much yet. Let’s add a drawing widget, which is number one widget requested by my readers.

  1. On the book settings page, select the Widgets tab below the book thumbnail.

  2. On the right, click the Add Widget button.

  3. In the pop-over, scroll down and choose the Sketchpad widget icon.

  4. You will be taken to a new Sketchpad settings page.

In the next tutorial, we will explore the settings for the Sketchpad widget.

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