Welcome to Kotobee!
This guide is designed to give you an overview on how to quickly get started with Kotobee Author. Followed is a step-by-step guide highlighting the basic tools of creating an interactive ebook and how to export it. For a more in depth explanation of the various steps and features check our extensive Knowledge base articles.
1. First things first, visit our website at www.kotobee.com.
2. You will be met with a page showing you a glimpse of what you will be able to accomplish very soon. Provide your name and email in the empty fields in front of you and getting your free license. For details on the different licenses check: Subscribing to a plan.
3. Next step is just opening your inbox to find two emails from us, one with your serial number and the other a getting started email (Note the getting started email may be found in the promotions inbox). Open the one titled 'Your serial number' (Note: If you can’t find the email in the primary inbox try checking the spam folder).
4. Click on the download link inside the email and keep the serial number for aside for now.
5. A webpage will open where you will have the option to download Kotobee Author to either Mac or Windows.
6. Once the download is complete click on it and begin installing Kotobee Author by following the installation steps.
7. To start creating ebooks, open Kotobee Author (Note it may take a while to open at the first run). You will be met with a welcome screen (Check: Starting a new book for the various options) and behind it an editor similar to Microsoft Word where you can start writing the content of your book, using standard text formatting tools.
8. There is an initial chapter created for you by default but you can add more chapters anytime. You can also add sub-chapters to any chapter by clicking on the + button next to it. You can find more information in: Chapter management.
9. Once you've entered a some text, it's time to add some images. Drag and drop images into the editor, or add them using the Image tool from the toolbox on the right. A popup will appear giving you several options to choose from (for more details check: Adding images).
10. As another example, let's add a YouTube video. Click on the Video tool button (for more options check: Adding video). Paste the URL of the YouTube video, and click on Create.
11. Since you're working inside the editor, interactive components like a video won't display their interaction. You need to go into preview mode to do that. Click on Preview Mode at the bottom right.
12. One of the impressive things worth looking into is ebook widgets. They are like mini-apps you put inside your ebook, that open in a popup once clicked by your users. There are like thousands of widgets available online for download (free and commercial). Two popular widget providers I like are www.bookry.com and www.bookwidgets.com. Sign up for a free account, and download any of their free widgets.
The widget file is basically a zip file format. Click on the Widget tool button and browse to the widget file (Also check: Adding widgets). Enter preview mode again, and check out the widget in action. This is an example of a calculator widget:
13. Now that the ebook has enough content, it's time to export it. But before doing that, let's customize the interface, and choose the components we'd like available in the ebook. Click on the Customize tab at the top. From the left panel, you have many design options to choose from. You can add your own logo, startup image, header colors, and endless other options. For more details check: Customization.
14. You can also choose the components you'd like in your ebook, such as search, Google lookup, text-to-speech, and others. You can also specify the default language for the interface.
15. Now's a good time to preview your entire ebook. You can preview it on different devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nexus, etc). The different devices are available from the Platform list. Click on the Components tab.
16. Now to publish your ebook. Click the Export tab. You'll find a list of different export formats that are supported, such as web apps (HTML5), desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Android apps, iOS apps (iPad & iPhone), LMS SCORM packages, etc. For more details check: Exporting your ebook.
17. To host the ebook on your website, click on Export Web Applications, and then on Enter serial number.. The login dialog box will appear where you can enter the free serial number you received by email while registering (step 4).
18. Select the destination folder to save the files. If you enter the folder, you will find that they contain various HTML, JS, and CSS files.
19. Upload these files to your server and simply enter the URL in the browser to see your ebook in action.