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Creating an e-Book


  • Understand what is meant by the term e-Book
  • Appreciate the technical specification you need to adhere to when creating your e-Book
  • Understand how to use a web authoring package ( DreamWeaver ) to create an e-Book

What is an eBook?

Digital technology potentially turns everyone into an e-author and opens up access to a worldwide readership on the web. You are going to produce an e-book to present your evidence for this unit.

E-books are digital and designed to be viewed on screen. Although the pages can be read in sequence as with most traditional books, e-books enable the reader to easily view pages in any order. In addition to the normal text and static images found in paper-based books, e-books can have animated video clips and audio files, animated diagrams, 360 degree
stills, photographs that can be zoomed into etc, designed to immerse the reader in the subject matter and provide a multi-sensory experience. Most e-books have a hypertext structure consisting of a series of information nodes (pages). Users navigate from node to node using the navigation links provided on each page.

E-books are produced in a format which can be easily distributed, archived and is environmentally friendly.

Taken from Edexcel Applied ICT Specification - issue 3

Index Page

This is the opening page of your eBook and links all your evidence together via hyperlinks. Your index page should contain the following information:-
  • centre number 
  • centre name 
  • candidate name 
  • candidate number


The e-Book should:-
  • Contain an introduction to the Information Age
  • Contain your work for mark bands a,b and c
    • Online services - 5 different services
    • Life in the information age - 5 aspects of people's lives
    • The digital divide - 3 factors contributing to the digital divide and measures being taken to remedy it
  • Demonstrate your understanding of multimedia design principles and your ability to use software tools appropriately
  • Include some ready-made and some original multi-media components
  • Include an evaluation of your e-Book and your own performance on this unit

Technical Specification

  • The portfolio as a whole must be no bigger than 30MB
  • Your basic files must be in one of these formats:
    • pdf
    • html
    • swf
  • Images should be stored as JPEG files
  • Flash components are allowed
  • The e-book must not include any links to websites, use screen shots instead
  • Each page should fit onto the screen without scrolling
  • Completed ebooks will be submitted on a CD so must be fully self-contained

Mark Band e

Mark Band 1

Mark Band 2

Mark Band 3

In creating the e-book, the learner

• selects and uses some suitable ready-made multimedia components, although not always appropriately

• creates and uses some suitable original multimedia components, although not always appropriately

• selects and uses software tools, although not always appropriately

• carries out some limited testing and quality control, but not sufficient to guarantee that itfunctions correctly.


In creating the e-book, the learner:

• selects and uses suitable ready-made multimedia componentsappropriately

• creates and uses suitable original multimedia components appropriately

• selects and uses software toolsappropriately

• carries out adequate testing and quality control of the e-book to ensure that it functions correctly.


In creating the e-book, the learner

• selects and uses a range ofsuitable ready-made multimedia components effectively

• creates and uses a range ofsuitable original multimedia components effectively

• selects and uses appropriatesoftware tools competently

• carries out extensive testing and quality control of the e-book to ensure that it functions correctly and is fully fit for purpose.


Donna Hay,
22 Aug 2010, 12:50