How to Create Online Books With Page Turning Effects


Last week a reader emailed me to ask for ideas for creating an online yearbook that could be displayed with page turning effects. Adding some page turning effects is a nice touch not only for online yearbooks but also for other online publications like students’ creative writing and or picture books.

Here are the three tools that I recommend for creating online books that have page turning effects.

Canva + Heyzine

Canva has thousands of templates for creating all kinds of books, yearbooks, slideshows, and more. Canva also has an integration with Heyzine that you can use to add page turning effects to any multiple page design that you’ve created in Canva.

In this short video I demonstrate how you can use Canva to create a yearbook and then import it into Heyzine to add page turning effects to the online display of that yearbook.

I should note that you can use Heyzine without using Canva. Heyzine will work with any PDF that you have on your computer.


WriteReader is an online writing and publishing tool built for elementary schools. Completed books are displayed with page turning effects. But that’s not the best part of WriteReader. The best part is found in how you give feedback to your students. Students write their stories on the digital pages in WriteReader and you provide feedback and correction directly below what they’ve written. It’s much like the old three-lined handwriting paper that you might have used as a child or perhaps as a teacher. Watch this video to learn more about how WriteReader works.

Book Creator

Book Creator is a tool that I’ve long used and recommended for creating multimedia books. Depending on the template that you use, your finished product can be displayed with page turning effects. This is particularly nice when you have included audio in the book and include a little “turn the page” prompt. Here’s my overview of how to use Book Creator and here’s a video highlighting my two favorite features of Book Creator.

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