Why should you publish online? It is a great way to encourage and excite students to write!
There are many options for online publishing. With some you simply copy and paste your document from word, others require a PDF upload. Some programs are for specific types of writing, like poetry or narrative and others are open to any writing forms. Many of these programs allow for illustrations as well.
www.epubpud.com This is a very cool site that allows you to create books online. You make a cover, add illustrations, and publish your book. You can share your book publicly, and even sell copies. You can also read other people’s work and add them to your bookshelf.
www.issuu.com This is a similar program to the previous site, but with more options. In this program you can make magazines, journals, books, and so much more. It offers public or keep it private. I create one with my student’s persuasive essays: http://issuu.com/nancypenchev/docs/persuasive_writings
http://www.studentpublishing.com/wp-st/Products_FreeInternetStorybook.php This program gives students one free copy of their work and allows parents and others to purchase additional copies. I haven’t used this one, but it appears to be a simple easy to use program. Teachers set up the account, select the method and are given the information for publishing. There is a lot of set up to start, but once you have it going, it should be easy to use.
http://www.epublish4me.com/?gclid=CNyj5Z7f_64CFcKe7QodGksI4A This site has a free 7 day trial, then it becomes a pay site. You can pay $19.99 a month, $29.99 a month, or pay a flat fee of $99. Check the site for all pricing options. There is a 4 step process for uploading your PDF, adding options, adding media, and then publishing.
For more ideas on publishing check out the sites below:
http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3138 National Writers Project provides a collection of online writing opportunities for students
http://www.kidscom.com/create/write/write.html Gives a topic, students can write and vote for other’s work
http://www.myhero.com/go/home.asp encourages students to write about their personal heroes.
http://www.ciese.org/tutorials/studentpub/resources.htm lists several sites to publish student work
http://www.tangischools.org/Page/12127 this website is from a school district and lists several places to find free student publishing.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech042.shtml more ideas for publishing student work
So now let’s share ideas about how you can use online publishing and why you could use online publishing.