Learning about iBooks

The iBooks section of Paths to Technology is a depository of iBooks – digital resources created by educators, family members and students.  iBooks are interactive digital books that can include pictures, videos, music/sounds, accessible mathematical equations and more.   These books incorporate all the built-in accessibility features of iOS devices, including Zoom, VoiceOver and VoiceOver paired with a refreshable braille display.  iBooks can only be read on Apple devices.

Examples of Types of Teacher-Made iBooks

iBooks author app iconUsing the free iBooks Author app, educators can easily create not only stories, but also educational activities complete with multiple-choice questions.   iBooks can be created for any level of student and on any subject.  The Paths to Technology post M&M Activity: iBook, is an example of a math activity involving a table of M&M colors and questions pertaining to the table.  Cody’s O&M Adventures: iBook explains how two high school students with multiple disabilities created stories about their O&M lessons.  These stories were made into an iBook that they then accessed with an iPad paired to a Bluetooth keyboard or a refreshable braille display.  The Alphabet Sound: iBook post is an example of an iBook with simple alphabet picture book and sounds associated with each letter.  This book is ideal for students learning their alphabet.  

Examples of Published iBooks

iBooks are only available on iOS devices and Macs.  There are many wonderful published iBooks –both for purchase and free – available in the iBooks Store/iTunes.  The fun, multi-touch iBook, Edwin the Super Duper Otter by the Seattle Aquarium is one example of a free, published iBook available in the iBook Store.  Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn app  is an example of a free multi-touch astronomy textbook that contains fully accessible charts images.   Paths to Technology post on Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn, which includes a video tutorial on how to teach/use the interactive images with VoiceOver.


Some of the free activities in the iBooks section of Paths to Technology may feature images and sounds that are protected by copyright. Where possible, permission to use the images and sounds has been sought; however, if you are the copyright owner of any sound or image and would rather they were not used in these teaching activities for students with visual impairments and blindness, please contact technology@perkins.org and the resource containing the copyrighted material will be removed.

Guidelines for iBooks

  • Never include personal information about yourself or others – if necessary, only use first names.
  • Paths to Technology must have a Perkins Media Release signed by a parent/legal guardian before posting an iBook that contains a student picture or video.
  • iBook content and language must be appropriate for all ages.
  • Only unpublished iBooks can be posted, published iBooks with written author permission or iTunes links to published books.

How to Create your own iBook

For detailed instructions, go to the Paths to Technology post How to Create an iBook using the iBook Author App.

How to Post Your iBook

Please share teacher-made, family-made, student-made iBooks with others by posting your appropriate iBooks here on the Paths to Technology website!  For information on how to post on Paths to Technology, go to Learn How to Share Your Ideas!  

Have questions?  Contact technology@Perkins.org