Jun
01
,
2016

Fun fact!

Did you know the largest group of users for ActiveTextbook.com are from Romania? Each month around 45% of our visitors come to ActiveTextbook from ip addresses in Romania. The top book read is from the Department of Natural History and is a textbook on biology.

By Tiffinie Green

May
24
,
2016

Creating Engaging Physics Courses with Active Textbook

Alex Khramov from Bellingham Technical College and Ching Yue from Datalogics presented their perspectives on using Active Textbook at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in San Antonio, TX. The conference brings together educators and technology leaders to discuss the practical issues digital learning. Ching introduced Active Textbook and discussed copyright management and integration possibilities, while Alex talked about his experience using Active Textbook to augment his online physics class."

You can access the presentation at https://activetextbook.com/active_textbooks/10740

By Tiffinie Green

Mar
15
,
2016

Creating and using Groups in Active Textbook

Leo with Datalogics has kindly written a post on Creating and Using Groups in Active Textbook. Check out Leo's post at: http://blogs.datalogics.com/2016/03/15/creating-and-using-groups-in-active-textbook-2/

By Tiffinie Green

Feb
24
,
2016

Open eBooks App officially launched!

Today, Michelle Obama officially launched the Open eBooks app.

Open eBooks is best described as a “library of opportunity.” Targeting youth in need, Open eBooks makes thousands of popular and award-winning titles freely accessible to children and adolescents from low-income households.

As Readium experts, Evident Point began working on this project with the New York Public Library last summer. With Readium at its core, the app allows children and teens to easily access the full text and illustrations of thousands of titles, which were generously contributed by publishers.

Many thanks to Juan, Raduz, and Ben for their work on this great project.

For more information, please see the official press release from the White House: Now Available: A Library of Opportunity https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/02/23/now-available-library-opportunity.

By Tiffinie Green

Feb
16
,
2016

Creating a Quiz in Active Textbook

Today, Corey Selhost with Datalogics shows you how to create quizzes right in your book. Learn how quizzes work at http://blogs.datalogics.com/category/products/active-textbook/?subscribe=success#blog_subscription-2

By Tiffinie Green

Feb
03
,
2016

Getting Started with Active Textbook

Our partners at Datalogics have started a blog for everyone who is interested in learning more about Active Textbook. Whether you are just using ActiveTextbook.com, or you are interested in licensing the Active Textbook Server solution, there is some great information available for you. Check out Scott's first post on Getting Started with Active Textbook. http://blogs.datalogics.com/2016/02/03/getting-started-with-active-textbook/#more-3254

By Tiffinie Green

Nov
05
,
2015

Datalogics is now an Active Textbook Distributor

Evident Point is pleased to announce our distribution partnership with Datalogics for our flagship product—Active Textbook. Datalogics is the premier source for PDF and eBook technologies, and we have always enjoyed working with them as a technology partner. We are very excited to have this opportunity to bring Active Textbook to new markets.

For more information please see the full press release.

By Michael Hofer

Sep
14
,
2015

New York Public Library

Evident Point is pleased to work with the New York Public Library on the Open eBooks Initiative. The initiative seeks to make eBooks freely accessible to low-income children and adolescents. Publishers are making thousands of books available through the Open eBooks app, including classics and popular contemporary works. The Open eBooks app and the associated Library Simplified app both are built on Readium

By Michael Hofer

Aug
18
,
2015

8 Powerful Reasons Why Creating an Interactive eBook will Grow Your Brand

Entrepreneur John Locke released his book series “Donovan Creed”, a story about a former CIA assassin, without the help of an agent, a marketing budget or even a background in writing.

However, he didn’t let those circumstances, stop him from achieving literary success. In fact, his business acumen and marketing prowess enabled him to sell more than 1,100,000 eBooks in just five months, making him the eighth author in the world and the first self-published author in history to have crossed the 1 million eBook sales mark.

Such success stories aren’t that frequent, and yet John has mentioned on numerous occasions that his results are in fact repeatable. There are certain underlying principles and conditions that affect human behavior and decision making, which might have contributed to his enormous levels of success.

In the next few paragraphs, you will learn how some of these principles might have played an integral role in making John Locke a New York Times best-selling author, and how the awareness of these principles will help you build and market your brand through eBook publishing.

1) Anticipation – This is a very powerful mental trigger. Especially if the eBook is a part of a series, each book in that series acts as a training module for your readers. Your readers get used to your unique style of writing, thinking and expressing yourself through words—they subconsciously get used to your brand.

It’s a general observation that your readers tend to want something more if there’s less of it available. Especially if you put a release date for the next book in the series, your readers will put a date on their calendar and earnestly wait for the next book.

They will begin to feel like they’re a part of an adventure, and deep down they won’t be able to wait to find out what happens next. Furthermore, this familiarity with your brand and your story makes them more receptive to trying out your products and services.

2) Storytelling – Let’s face it. We all enjoy a good story, whether it is in an article, movie or an eBook. Stories have a way of engaging us and enabling us to feel as if we are a part of that story. As opposed to a PowerPoint presentation, which taps into the language processing part of our brain, a story taps into that part of the brain that would have been activated, if you were actually living the story.

Writing an eBook gives you an opportunity to share your story—whether it is the story of your business or the story of yourself. Instead of featuring a business mission statement on your website, what if you expressed your ‘why’ story though an interactive eBook using high-definition images, videos, and mini-quizzes? Would that strengthen your relationship with your readers?

3) Customer segmentation – At the end of the day, the objective of a business is to make money, whether it plowed back into research, spent on marketing or used to pay employees. A lack of cash flow may result in the company not being able to run operations or, even worse, an abrupt shutdown. Depending on how you develop your pricing strategy for your books, charging for a particular eBook will benefit you in two ways:

  • The more obvious – It will boost sales!
  • The more subtle yet important benefit – It will help you separate the buyers from the subscribers. Buyers have a high chance to purchase the books or products that you release in the future, whereas subscribers are  mainly there to glean information and get to know more about your company or your products. Subscribers might become buyers sometime in the future, but your communication strategy with them might be slightly different than with those who have already purchased your product, or service.

4) Differentiation – Especially if you have a business, an eBook will allow you to set yourself apart from your competitors who are also vying for your customer’s attention but sharing only information about their products.

An eBook is your unique opportunity to share your company’s story and vision, thereby building strong bonds with customers who resonate with your story and those who might have faced the same challenges as you did in the past.

5) Interactivity – With the help of an interactive eBook, you can guide the reader through a unique journey. Although this requires a level of storyboarding, strategy and design, the eBook can be made fun, interactive and non-linear.

Your readers will appreciate this transition from reading to interacting just like a breath of fresh air.

6) Community – This is a powerful mental trigger. We all are part of one community or another. Members of a community act in accordance with the norms of the group, and this gives them the special feeling that they’re a part of something larger than themselves.

This phenomenon always holds true, whether it is the host of Apple iPhone fans pitching tents outside Apple stores or a community of HOG (Harley Owners Group) members riding along the Pacific Highway.

Irrespective of the scale of your organization or your current success level, releasing an interactive eBook allows readers to get a glimpse into your life and decide whether they would like to become a part of your ‘tribe’.

Once you’ve gathered a loyal fan following, these people won’t just be your advocates, they will become your evangelists! They will help spread the word about your new products, comment on your social pages, like your posts and defend your brand when the time arises.

7) Likeability – This is such a huge factor as far as business dealings or for that matter any relationship is concerned. This is why potential business partners go for that golf or squash game to determine whether they can trust and can work together over an extended period of time.

MBA schools spend a majority of the intake interview, asking behavioral questions to assess whether the prospective student has that “fit” quality: will this person get along with other students in the program.

An eBook gives you an opportunity to share your story, your ups and downs, your struggles, your triumphs and ultimately your vulnerability, which is an attractive quality because people love to do business with real people more than with a large faceless corporation!

The foundations of your brand is your authenticity and the connection that you have with your tribe, something that an eBook will allow you to form.

8) Social proof – If you just had enough time to read an 800-word article and you had to choose between two articles, one with 2 likes and the other with 12,000 likes, which one would you read? Of course, you would read the article with 12,000 likes! This is social proof in action.

According to research, people are usually willing to take decisions based on “social proof” of conventional wisdom rather than their own private knowledge. This phenomena is tied deeply into our caveman instincts of survival and replication.

To be honest, developing social proof takes time and effort. However, building social proof is a winning strategy to exponentially grow your business, and building your own tribe through your eBooks is a powerful way to do so.

Use these principles in one form or another to build and grow your brand. Of course, strong as they are, the principles shouldn’t be used to manipulate your audience, but to nurture and build long-lasting relationships based on real value.

Which of the 8 factors do you feel is the most powerful as far as brand building is concerned?

By Aditya Jaykumar

Aug
06
,
2015

The Evolving Role of Libraries in the Digital Age – Finale

An integral aspect of community publishing is the need for a platform that allows the authors to create, upload and share their eBooks.

A short while back, our company, Evident Point collaborated with Richmond Public Library on a project called Create [&] Learn, which we also spoke about during the annual British Columbia Libraries Association (BCLA) Connect Conference this year.

Some of the features of this platform are:

1. It takes you from reading to interacting- Conventional platforms allow you to upload your static eBooks, which is a great way to share your story. However, with so many mediums vying for your reader’s attention, added functionality such as the ability to embed videos, audio clips, quizzes, and interactive widgets can exponentially boost engagement and enhance the reader experience.

Create [&] Learn allows you to do just that; it allows you to create interactive eBooks that will capture the interest of your reader and enable you to share your unique story.

2.Return to your document anytime  Once you begin adding interactive elements to your document, you can return to make updates anytime. In case you’ve already uploaded you content, you could always browse through hundreds of other documents uploaded by others.

 

3. Simple and intuitive One of the main reasons that people don’t publish their eBooks is that the process is too complicated. Create [&] Learn has a simple and visually appealing design that allows you to add layers of interactivity within a few clicks.

Although self-publishing stories and novels is one of the uses of this platform, there are many more:

  • Club executive committee members can share group information, meeting times and recent videos on this platform.
  • Students can post reports, projects or homework on the link and share it with their teachers or classmates.
  • Libraries can post instructional material and workshop updates for their patrons.

4. Multiple Users-  This feature allows the user to leverage the power of collaboration. Users can seek feedback or approvals from their colleagues in a seamless manner via the comment feature, reducing delays that might accompany conventional publishing processes.

 

Looking at this transition one way, digital technologies are bringing libraries full circle.

 

According to Fred Lerner, author of The Story of Libraries, certain libraries in ancient Syria acted as a training ground for scribes and existed as a hub for not only propagating knowledge but also creating it. Especially during the Renaissance, numerous monasteries and royal libraries had scribes who would produce their own work and copy manuscripts. This trend continued until the invention of the printing press, after which the scribes were no longer required, reducing the role of libraries as publishing centers.

So in a way, we are experiencing a historic movement. A time when individuals are once again empowered to express their creativity, contribute to the community and share their story!

So what is your story?

By Aditya Jaykumar

Aug
05
,
2015

The Evolving Role of Libraries in the Digital Age – Part II

When Earl finally began visiting publishers, ready with his manuscript, he was asked to leave the documents at the office with hope that he would get a reply soon. The general reply he got after few weeks was in the form of a rejection letter.

A few months later, he was almost ready to give up his dreams of publishing his family memoir. Heart breaking as it was, he woke up and realized that he needed to provide for his wife and his pet Labrador. So far, he was able to pursue his dreams as much he had because his children were grown up and had their own families.

Realising that he needed to get a job, feeling heartbroken and depressed, he headed to the local library to return a cart full of reference books that he had borrowed to help write his book and that is when everything changed.

There was a huge sign posted outside the library that stated, “Become an eBook publisher—free coaching workshop”, and as they say, they rest is history.

The community initiative featured everything that Earl needed to learn about eBook publishing such as a media room, publishing software, workshops and writer mentors who were committed to giving back to the community by training the next generation of authors to create interactive eBooks.

Why are libraries evolving?

Quite frankly, the role of a library has evolved over the years. There is a heavy pressure on libraries to respond to the changing expectations of patrons. With the emergence of products such as the Kindle eBook and the iBook, customers are increasingly recognizing the convenience and cost-effectiveness of storing all their books on a digital device. This has created a price spiral within the publishing industry, sending a few traditional publishers out of business and leaving the remaining players with very small margins.

Such an intense competition has led certain publishers to treat libraries as adversaries who could cannibalize sales as opposed to allies who could boost book purchases. Hence, most publishers limit or restrict the supply of their eBooks to libraries, assuming that if people can borrow a book from a library, they wouldn't actually buy it from the store. 

On the other hand, instead of depending on the eBooks that are already featured on publisher websites, Libraries are embarking on a multipronged strategy to create their own eBooks, nurture talent and increasing community involvement.

The libraries have found this to be a win-win strategy for multiple parties because of the following:

  1. The library benefits by increasing its membership, increasing its content and empowering the community.
  2. The local authors have an opportunity to give back to the community by supporting and encouraging new talent.
  3. The local talent stands to benefit in a huge way because they get access to an established infrastructure and support system that is committed to helping them become self-published authors, understand best practices and exponentially reduce the learning curve.

My visit to The Vancouver Public Library:

Recently, I visited the newly launched Inspiration Lab, a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling, at the Vancouver Public Library and I was amazed at the numerous publishing tools available.

They have a plethora of software tools, audio and video equipment, tutorials, and workshops to support you on your journey to becoming an eBook author. All of this for free! More importantly, over the coming months, the library management is organizing panel discussions with industry experts on topics such as film and digital design, including week-long boot camps and multi-session workshops.

Another critical aspect of community publishing is that the library provides a platform that allows authors to create, upload and share their eBooks, but that is a topic we will delve into tomorrow.

In the next article, we will talk about a digital platform that completes the community publishing infrastructure, allowing users to quickly and easily create, upload and share their books with the community. We will also discuss key features of an exciting project we worked on recently.

By Aditya Jaykumar

Aug
04
,
2015

The Evolving Role of Libraries in the Digital Age – Part I

 

It was 2 am, and Earl was at his laptop feeling a mixture of nervousness, excitement and empowerment, ready to click on the publish button. His wife was fast asleep in the bedroom and the moon was shining through his open window as if congratulating him on this momentous occasion- He was finally ready to publish his own eBook!

The last 4 months had been transformational for Earl because he finally found a way to share his family memoir with the rest of the world. Most importantly, due to some combination of luck and coincidence, he was able to find a community and support network that provided him the tools, mentorship and strategies to launch his own book and share his story with the word.

To be honest, Earl did have a historically significant and remarkable story to share. His family was one of the first settlers in British Columbia and the stories in his books were handed down from one generation to another.

Over the years, after speaking to numerous relatives and close friends he was able to glean information to embark on his dream of publishing his own family memoir.

However, that was just the beginning of his journey. He didn’t have any experience with publishing, but what he heard from acquaintances was that getting a book deal meant building strong relationships with the publishers, multiple redrafts and numerous rejections… They were right.

When Earl finally began visiting publisher offices, ready with his manuscript, he was asked to leave the documents at the office with hopes that he would get a reply soon. The general reply he got after few weeks was in the form of a rejection letter.

A few months later, he was almost ready to give up his dreams of publishing his family memoir. Heart breaking as it was, he woke up and realized that he needed to provide for his wife and his pet Labrador. So far, he was able to pursue his dreams as much he had because his children were grown up and had their own families.

Realising that he needed to get a job, feeling heartbroken and depressed, he headed to the local library to return a cart full of reference books that he had borrowed to help write his book and that is when everything changed.

In the next article you will find out exactly what happened that helped Earl on his journey towards becoming an author and sharing his story with the world.

By Aditya Jaykumar

Jul
17
,
2015

Will Jim be able to Find a Solution to his Training Requirements?

 

As promised, here is Part II of yesterday's article titled ' Jim is Facing some Real Internal Training Challenges. Are You?'.

Today's article is a continuation of that article, so In case you haven't part I of this article series, read it here.


Yesterday, I shared that Jim is facing some real problems.

In fact, just last week, Jim had an extended discussion with his CEO. The message was clear. The company was looking to cut costs in every way possible, and that meant reducing costs for running on-boarding programs. They needed a way to establish themselves as a company that is technologically progressive, sustainable, and customer focused.

Jim was given a deadline to come up with a way to revitalize his internal training program to deliver a higher ROI with reduced upfront costs.

Immediately, Jim gathered his trusted trainers and called for a brainstorming session to identify requirements immediately.

From their session they determined that their ideal training solution would address the following factors:

Simplicity in content authoring-The team identified that the solution would have to be simple and streamlined. They recognized that they did not want a system that required extensive platform knowledge or coding.

Hence, the team envisioned that a system that has simple drag and drop features and an easy to use interface and intuitive design would make the process of training material creation easier.

Interactivity- Since a majority of the training would involve product knowledge and customer interaction, the team agreed that the presence of dynamic and engaging content such as videos, quizzes, surveys, and rich audio would allow them to showcase customer interaction demos, product demos and obtain training feedback, increasing the effectiveness of the training module multifold. In other words, having an interactive solution would allow the company to engage with the trainees before, during, and after the course ends.

Reflowable and mobile friendly-  According to Google, “ Mobile has forever changed the way we live, and it’s forever changed what we expect of brands. It’s fractured the consumer journey into hundreds of real-time, intent-driven micro-moments. Each one is a critical opportunity for brands to shape our decisions and preferences”.

However, the training team strongly believes that this phenomenon wasn’t just restricted to customers, but also to their workforce since a large majority of them are tech savvy millennials.

Having training materials available on mobile and optimised to any device would allow the new trainees to tap into critical learning moments whether at home, in transit, in the corporate classroom or on the retail floor. 

Analytics- With the rapid 360-degree growth of the Internet, measurement and analytics has become increasingly critical. For example, analytics would allow the training team to monitor individual trainee learning patterns and identify the most vs least engaging part of the training module. They would also be able to assess how and when the trainees access the training material, providing them critical feedback for future content creation. 

Collaborate and access controls- The team recognised that online collaboration would be critical to timely delivery of new training material.

Their ideal platform would seamlessly allow for the provision of approvals, updates or feedback by the concerned representatives and would reduce the delays that normally accompany cross-functional projects.

For example, once created, the training material could be quickly be passed onto various departments such as marketing, product development and legal for approval before being introduced to the trainees.

Furthermore, access controls would allow the training team to decide who gets to see what, based on how confidential the material is.

Going by the popular marketing catch phrase, “If you sell to everyone, you actually sell to No one”, access controls are also critical in order to avoid overwhelming new-hires with the complete set of training material. Jim agreed that offering a customised training experience and pushing only the information that is most critical to the trainee’s needs would dramatically improve the entire training experience.

For example, a newly recruited customer service representative wouldn’t receive technical support related training documents.

The bottom line:

Well, that was a little glimpse into Jim Farmer’s life, a customer persona whom we really want to help.  Jim is a professional experiencing a real challenge due to the rapid change in technology and demographics, and an increase in competition and costs.

In such a situation and with so many moving parts, most decision makers don’t take action and postpone decision making till the problem becomes too large to handle. Quite frankly, this doesn't necessarily have to be just Jim Farmer’s story. This could be you story too.

Our product Active Textbook has all the features that Jim Farmer desires in his ideal solution. We enable you to take your employees from reading to interacting, by helping you create interactive eBooks in a way that is simple and streamlined.

Here at Evident Point Software Corporation, our development team possesses an immense pool of expertise focused on digital publishing software. We have contributed code to Adobe Acrobat, PageMaker, Microsoft Reader and several Apple applications.  

We have also worked with local Canadian organisations such as Young Drivers of Canada, Richmond Public Library, and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Yuri Khramov is a co-founder of three software companies. Schema Software engaged in software R&D for top application vendors (including Microsoft, Apple, Corel and Autodesk) and was acquired by Apple in March 2005. Evident Point provides custom professional digital publishing solutions to clients around the world.

So if Jim Farmer’s story resonates with you, and if you would like further information, you can reach out to Tiffinie at 604-241-2711 for a free 30-minute consultation.

 If you are facing difficulties with digital publishing and eLearning, let us help you conquer your challenge and delight your customers and employees!

 

 

By Aditya Jaykumar

Jul
15
,
2015

Jim is Facing Some Real Internal Training Challenges. Are You? (Part I)

 

It happened again.

Jim just received the third email in a month from the CEO criticizing the increased cost for the internal training program at his company. A cold sweat trickled down his forehead as he sank into his full grain leather chair, staring into oblivion and feeling a mixture of anxiety, confusion and worry.

I've got a quick question for you. Have you ever felt the pressure of downsizing or cost cutting?

Maybe you are happily executing the company strategy, planned and signed-off at the beginning of the year, and all of a sudden due to unforeseen circumstances such as shifts in technology, customer preferences or the economy, your company has to immediately cut costs.

Sound familiar?

Meet Jim..

Jim Farmer is the Director of Internal Training at a large retail corporation in Vancouver.

He is a people person, extroverted and always on the lookout for ideas or solutions that will provide his company a competitive edge.

Jim’s role involves the training and onboarding of sales reps who are mostly Millennials, the demographic cohort following Generation X, who were born anywhere between 1980 and the early 2000s.

These sales reps will be stationed at retail outlets across the city.Jim’s company deals in consumer electronics, which means that the training process is long and arduous, covering a wide variety of topics such as product knowledge, customer focussed engagement, customer service, and sales.

Adding further pressure, Jim’s company experiences a high turnover in retail staff. The company’s customer experience depends heavily on having well-informed staff on the floor, so training must be thorough and fast.

The situation that Jim has found himself in is indeed a complex one. Ever since he started working at this company, which was about 10 years back, it has been using textbooks, binders, and handouts to train employees.

Moreover, the company prefers to train sales reps at the corporate headquarters to increase training effectiveness, but with the rapid increase in the number of stores, they have dramatically increased the amount of in-store training sessions.

The rapid growth in the number of stores over the years has also resulted in increased printing and logistics costs to meet the demand for additional training materials.

 

The increased cost and time involved for training this growing workforce, juxtaposed with the growth and evolution of eLearning, has left Jim looking out his 20-foot window facing the Pacific Ocean while listening to the song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and letting out a huge sigh.

According to research, we now create as much information in two days as we did from the dawn of man through 2003- Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Millennials have grown up in in such an environment, expecting to find information in a matter of minutes using their smart phones.

 Smart phones come in all shapes and sizes; so content creators must ensure that content is reflowable and mobile friendly, which is not always an easy task.

The training program at Jim’s company depends on shuttling trainees between the corporate classroom and the retail stores on a regular basis. Consequently, training materials have to be accessible throughout the day.

For example, a trainee should be able to refer to training notes from the previous day on her laptop at home, then jump to where she left off on her mobile while travelling on the bus, and then quickly access her training material once she arrives at the corporate classroom.

At the same time, Jim doesn't want to make the process of creating training material too cumbersome for the corporate training team.

All these factors have increased the stress and pressure on Jim to deliver results. With the growth of ecommerce companies and the increased cost of real estate, the price competition has increased drastically and has made it difficult for a brick-and-mortar company like Jim’s to stay profitable.

Jim is indeed facing some serious challenges, and these are just a few of them.

Watch out for the next article in this series to find out what other problems Jim has found himself in, and most importantly the actions he could take to find an ideal solution to these challenges.

  • Do some or most of these problems resonate with you?
  • How are you dealing with them?

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this article that will come to you tomorrow.

 

 

By Aditya Jaykumar

Jun
29
,
2015

Active Textbook co-sponsors the Internet Marketing Mastery Conference!

Active Textbook co-sponsored the Internet Marketing Mastery Conference in Vancouver. This conference attracted some of the most successful marketers, publishers and thought leaders in the internet marketing industry.

Aditya and Tiffinie had a great time getting to know local entrepreneurs and professionals who were looking for a simple and easy way to share their story and take their audience from reading to interacting! One of the tweets that was shared multiple times by the conference attendees was:

“@activeTextbook is going to #Disrupt the PDF and file sharing system #IMMastery #tech #innovation“

By Aditya Jaykumar

May
25
,
2015

Active Textbook at the BCLA Connect conference!

Tiffinie, from the Active Textbook team, co-presented Create [&] Learn at BCLA Connect, the annual conference for the BC Libraries Association. In the session we discussed why Richmond Public Library decided to use Active Textbook as the basis for Create [&] Learn, and we demonstrated how the platform works. There was a lively discussion on the future plans for Create [&] Learn and the endless possibilities of what communities can create and share.

By Aditya Jaykumar

May
19
,
2015

RM Education adopts Active Textbook apps for delivering a mobile solution to its users!

RM Education, the biggest electronic school book distributor in UK, expanded its use of Active Textbook by adopting Active Textbook apps for all mobile reading. This allows students, teachers and, parents to enjoy reflowable content from the comfort of their mobile devices whether online or offline!

By Aditya Jaykumar

May
15
,
2015

Young Drivers of Canada is now using an Active Textbook solution

Young Drivers of Canada is now using its own private Active Textbook server for driver education. A custom platform was developed for Young Drivers of Canada to expand and support YD’s Anytime, Anywhere eLearning Driver Training.

By Aditya Jaykumar

Apr
13
,
2015

Active Textbook website is redesigned for enhanced user experience!

The Active Textbook landing page was re-designed to enhance our users’ experience, and become mobile friendly.

By Aditya Jaykumar

Oct
21
,
2014

Collaboration with Richmond Public Library for project Create [&] Learn!

Richmond Public Library released the second phase of Create [&] Learn. C&L is based upon Active Textbook but was customized specifically for libraries to provide an easy-to-use community publishing platform.

By Aditya Jaykumar

Jun
20
,
2014

RM Education switches to using Active Textbook for eBook publishing and viewing

RM Education, the biggest electronic schoolbook distributor in the UK, switched to using Active Textbook for eBook publishing and viewing. RM wanted to expand the functionality of their existing PDF reader and offer an ePUB reader as well. RM chose Active Textbook because it enabled the creation of reports that tracked reading sessions, and could therefore provide feedback to teachers and allow them to customise their teaching to support individual student needs.

By Aditya Jaykumar

May
01
,
2014

Evident Point designs an ePUB3 reader for Txtr

Evident Point designed an ePUB3 reader for Txtr, a German eReader and eBook provider.

By Aditya Jaykumar

Apr
01
,
2014

Active Textbook is now used by ICBC

Active Textbook reader is now used by ICBC to help prepare you to pass the learner’s (Class 7L) license. We built a reader for ICBC, which was based on Readium and Active Textbook, we also converted their driver training manuals from PDF to ePUB.

The Learn to Drive Smart manual is now viewable as a reflowable document on most mobile phones and include practice quizzes, so users can study while in transit, at home or outdoors!

By Aditya Jaykumar

Feb
01
,
2014

The largest bank in Eastern Europe and Russia, Sberbank, has started using Active Textbook as their main publishing platform

Active Textbook is installed as the main publishing platform for the courses and learning management system at the Corporate University of Sberbank.

Sberbank is the largest Russian retail bank in Russia and Eastern Europe with 242,000 employees.

By Negar Shojaian

Dec
04
,
2013

A New Version of Active Textbook has been released!

Check out our new version of Active Textbook with new user interface enhancement. Creation of quizzes is now via the same modal as hotspots was before. This new overlay feature allows authors to inlay images and text into uploaded documents.

Users can now preview images and view video clips/audio clips in any media library by either double clicking a media item or clicking on the preview hover button

Get the most out of your Active Textbook from now on and enjoy reading more with these new features.

By Negar Shojaian

Oct
09
,
2013

Indigos Bookstore, powered by Active Textbook, is about to open in Russia!

Indigos bookstore is a first-of-a-kind source of free & paid educational materials from all around the world for students at any age.

To learn more about Indigos: indigos.com

By Negar Shojaian

Oct
04
,
2013

ActiveTextbook signed a partnership agreement with Publishers Row

If you are looking for top rated eBooks, look no further!

The CHOICE e-Collection (CeC) developed by Publishers Row, is the first collection of e-books to consist exclusively of titles reviewed by CHOICE. Soon you will be able to purchase CHOICE e-Collection (CeC) eBooks through ActiveTextbook.

By Negar Shojaian

Oct
01
,
2013

4CIO Magazine based on ActiveTextbook has been released in Moscow, Russia!

4CIO ActiveTextbook is a collective project of the club for IT directors 4CIO and an expert view of the IT professionals at development of companies and technologies. 4CIO IT experts will be using ActiveTextbook publishing platform as their professional development.

Dmitry Izmestiev, vice-president on innovations of the Group of companies LANIT: “Advantage of electronic work books, created on the basis of ActiveTextbook are university and multimedia. Such book is easy to read from any device, because there are no limits on operation systems. It is possible to add various video materials, graphics, references on different resources and inquiries quickly. High level and newness of the Company’s developments is approved by the fact that top-managers of large companies – experts of IT-sphere – have chosen such solution from LANIT for their projects”

To learn more about 4CIO ActiveTextbook, visit here.

By Negar Shojaian

Sep
15
,
2013

Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) has started using ActiveTextbook as their publishing platform

Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) is using ActiveTextbook as their main publishing platform for distributing their books.

OIEC, an international organization headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, delivers learning materials to 210,000 schools and 44 million pupils all over the world.

See their publishing page at Tralcom ActiveTextbook.

By Negar Shojaian

Sep
05
,
2013

Film Connection Institute is using ActiveTextbook for their online courses

Film Connection Institute is using ActiveTextbook for their online learning programs and interacting with students. The Recording Radio and Film Connection (RRF) provides one on one mentor/apprentice classes in film directing, film producing, screen writing, editing, and general film production.

More News on RRF and their exciting projects with ActiveTextbook are coming soon!

By Negar Shojaian

Mar
18
,
2013

New Version of Active Textbook just released!

Check out our new version of Active Textbook with new user interface enhancement and added features such as dynamic text, reading mode, and custom dynamic web content implementation. You can easily customize an interactive message by adding a dynamic markup or block of your code from any part of your website for demonstration within Active Textbook coded in JavaScript or HTML.

Furthermore, you are able to look up words using built-in dictionary within Active Textbook provided by Wordnik. Sign up today or sign in with your Facebook account with just one click away.

Get the most out of your Active Textbook from now on and enjoy reading more with these new features.

By Negar Shojaian

Mar
15
,
2013

Active Textbook Block is Now Available for Moodle!

Evident Point is pleased to announce its partnership with Lambda Solutions in order to enhance the teaching-learning process. Lambda Solutions is a full service Moodle integrator that provides highly customized solutions for clients across Canada and United States.

This effortless integration permits instructors and learners to easily access their selected Active Textbooks within each specific course on Moodle and be able to view, manage, and share their content. Use this efficient solution to improve your students’ learning outcomes.

We customize the Active Textbook and Moodle integration solution packages to meet your needs.
Please contact us via info@activetextbook.com for more information.

By Negar Shojaian

Feb
05
,
2013

Partnership with Upper Lynn Elementary

The North Vancouver School District has been journeying with us since our beta versions to bring Active Textbook to some of their students and teachers. A group of highly dedicated and innovative teachers, motivated to reach their students through technology, are pioneering the effort to compose and deliver their own interactive learning modules through Active Textbook. To an audience where point-and-click is a norm, they are meeting students in their terms and bringing learning closer.

In addition to our currently running projects which allowed select teachers and their students to use Active Textbook, we have begun a new initiative which opens access to Active Textbook on a school-wide scale with Upper Lynn Elementary. We customized the product to meet Upper Lynn Elementary's specific needs and launched a dedicated Active Textbook server for the school. We look forward to working together with teachers at Upper Lynn to bring an effective means of creating and delivering educational materials online.

By Esther Beckman

Nov
07
,
2012

Open Textbook Initiative in B.C.

Last month, the B.C. government released that they will be developing open textbooks for 40 post-secondary courses to be used as early as the next school year. This is great news! From the first day of talking to our potential users, we knew that one of the most poignant issue for educators is acquiring the source textbooks which they can share with their students. Over the last couple years, we have witnessed the Open Educational Resources movement gain traction and grow. This means that teachers using Open Educational Resources can forego the complicated process of acquiring the license to share digital copies of the textbooks online and the costs associated with it. The vision of equipping teachers with these resources pairs well with Active Textbook since it could be a great platform for remixing and distributing these resources. ActiveTextbook.com could facilitate courses driven primarily with these resources by lending its course-structured nature for educators to group relevant resources and deliver these to students. We hope and expect great synergy from these movements and we are especially excited for this new development in B.C.!

By Esther Beckman

Oct
16
,
2012

<New Feature Update> Page History: Now, where was I...?

Have you ever seen a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book? It's a game book where the reader gets to assume the role of the protagonist in the book and make decisions. The book will direct the reader to page X for decision A or page Y for decision B and the reader gets to play out the plot. It is designed so that, once you make a decision and flip to a certain page, it's not easy to go back to the page you were on before. This is exactly what was happening with Active Textbook with our efforts to help people navigate freely around the book. Bookmarks, hotspot summary, and table of contents were focused on bringing people to specific pages without a way back. This just wouldn't do! In the newest update of the software, we've added a feature to track your previous page so that you can go back to any place in the book as easily as you left it. Now you can flip pages without fear!

By Esther Beckman

Oct
04
,
2012

Active Viewer on Android tablets

The Active Viewer is now fully functional on Android tablets. During our planning stage, we interviewed potential users asking them which tablet they would like to see Active Textbook on. While some were decisive in their answers, others were on the fence because they weren't sure which devices their students and readers would use. We realized that we can't expect all of our users to be technology trend forecasters in the ever-changing tablet market and decided that we would strive to compatible with all major platforms. Using the HTML5 technologies, we first made sure that our Active Viewer could be used on the iPad and recently polished off a few features to be functional on Android tablets (using Chrome) as well.

By Esther Beckman

Sep
24
,
2012

<New Feature Update> Comment Tool: Make your learning social!

The Lone Ranger attitude for learning was never intended in education. Classes are filled with peers and instructors working together to create an engaging learning atmosphere. So why should online learning be any different? Active Textbook is looking to bring this to the users in simple terms. Students and teachers will be able to share their ideas, ask questions and discuss issues with the new Comment Tool. The Comment Tool is just one of the many new features included in the latest release of Active Textbook! Users can add comments to any part of the book and join in the discussions which are already taking place among their classmates. We also added a Comment Summary Panel to provide an overview of all the comments in the Active Textbook. It's simple in concept and easy to use!

By Esther Beckman

Jun
09
,
2012

Active Textbook is a Success at eLearnExpo

The international e-Learning exhibition and conference, eLearnExpo, in Moscow was a smashing success! Amongst the 80 presentations made by both local and international experts, the Active Textbook team was presented with the best debut award. The features and sleek design of the new Active Textbook left the crowd thoroughly impressed. More details are available here.

By Arseny Schedrinsky

Jun
05
,
2012

New Active Textbook is Released!

A new version of Active Textbook has finally been released! With no download necessary, the new Active Textbook is now a completely web-based application utilizing HTML5 technologies. Equipped with a sleeker design, social learning tools, as well as cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility, the new Active Textbook aims to improve digital learning for students and teachers worldwide.

By Arseny Schedrinsky

Oct
21
,
2011

Success at Catalyst For Science and CUEBC conferences!

Active Textbook was recently featured at the CUEBC and Catalyst For Science conferences. Our team demonstrated the Active Textbook platform for teachers and school district representatives. There is a strong need for technologies that enable teachers to design and distribute digital courseware. Active Textbook attracted a lot of attention for that reason! Education professionals appreciated how Active Textbook is easy to use and has powerful authoring and publishing functionality. New contacts established during CUEBC and Catalyst will allow us to bring Active Textbook to new schools and school districts.

By Posted by Caroline McQuatt

Sep
28
,
2011

Active Textbook at Catalyst For Science

The Active Textbook team will be exibiting the latest version of our software at Catalyst For Science on October 21st and 22nd. Active Textbook is proud to participate and to be a part of Catalyst For Science directive to gather information on teacher reviewed and classroom tested science-based resources.

By Caroline McQuatt

Jul
27
,
2011

Active Textbook at UBC

Active Textbook was introduced to students taking a course on educational technology at UBC (Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy). After a short presentation, students were encouraged to create their own digital curriculum materials with Active Textbook. During a follow up survey more than 60 percent of all participants indicated that they are “Very likely” to use Active Textbook in their work as teachers.

By Arseny Schedrinsky

Jul
26
,
2011

New look for Active Textbook!

Active Textbook is about to have a new user interface which looks sleek and modern. Its elegant simplicity will make it easier for users to enhance their digital documents with interactive content. You can look forward to seeing our brand-new appearance in the near future.

By Rylan Santinon