For the second tech challenge dealing with true web writing, I decided to look into online flipbooks. Looking through past gateway portfolios, I always noted the different ways that papers and stories were presented through them — were they copied directly onto the page? Did they open as a separate pdf file? Did you have to download the paper you want to read? The few that I noted with flipbooks directly in the browser were really interesting to look at, and I enjoyed the way that they were easy to read and easily accessible.
To make my own version of this, I basically just googled “online flipbooks,” since C-Tools wouldn’t open for me, and I didn’t know where to start. The website that I used was Flipsnack (http://www.flipsnack.com/), which was really easy to use! I just created an account, uploaded a PDF file of my essay, and chose the background color. It was super easy! Here’s a screenshot of the flipbook, in the browser.
The only problem that I ran into was actually linking it to my eportfolio. I’m using Wix.com and I couldn’t figure out how to embed the link onto a page in order for the essay to be read. I tried making a new page, using embedding codes, the plain code that was provided, etc., but I couldn’t figure it out. Did anyone have success doing this on Wix? I’d like to see how it looks and possibly use this for my portfolio!
I ended up just saving the new page I made and using a button to externally link to the flipbook on Flipsnack.com. It’s definitely not how I wanted to publish it, but it’s the best I could do. But I really enjoyed the easiness and options for creating web writing like flipbooks! It’s something I might look more into in the future too!