I chose one group to convert their book into an e-book using Book Creator. The three girls found the app very intuitive to use. They used the iPad to take pictures of each page of the book. They cropped the photos using the iPad's photo app before laying out the photos on separate pages. They quickly figured out how to record themselves reading each page. We didn't get too fancy with the recording. They worked in a fairly noisy hallway using the built in microphone. The results were pretty good.
If you want to share the book on your website/blog you have a few options. Perhaps the easiest is to export the book as a PDF. However, you will lose any audio or video associated with your book:
Click here for the .epub version of the book my students made.
If you want to eliminate the need for an Apple device, you can view the book on your PC using Chrome and the Readium extension. Once installed, you click on the .epub file. All the media files (picture, audio and video) associated with the book are preserved.
Next Steps: Since the students wrote their stories online, it would make sense for the students to copy the text into Book Creator. That way, the book would take advantage of iBook's text to speech and definition features. It would have been fairly simple to copy and paste their text into Book Creator using the Google Drive app.
Maybe we would leave out the paper version completely. Students could create all artwork with another app. I particularly like Drawing Pad. They would save their artwork to the camera roll and import it into Book Creator.