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List of best ebooks for pressure cooking and canning

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Some higher skills of cooking – or are they?

When we hear expressions like best pressure cooking and canning, most of us immediately think of something extremely complicated, something only very experienced cooks can do with tons of free time. But is it really the case? Isn’t there a relatively easy way of learning these techniques? Well, we’ll see. Here is a list of the best books that can help solving this problem.

  1. Canning and Preserving for Dummies (Helen Jarret)

As you might figure it out from the title, this book covers the absolute basics: explaining the term canning and its whole process; the potential benefits of food preservation; a description of water bath canning technique for preservation with its equipment and methods; and the same kind of description of pressure canning technique.

  1. Canning and Preserving Food for Beginners (K. Neeta)

Yet another ebook for beginners who want to learn the basics of canning. From this book you can learn about different techniques and equipment, preservatives, instructions and a long list of several recipes for pickle, tomato, banana peppers, apple, salsa, jalapenos, green beans, spaghetti sauces, canned soups, relish, jam, jelly, low sugar canned food, fruit, vegetable, seafood, meat and poultry.

  1. Electric Pressure Cooker (Savanna Peters)

In this book you can find 365 recipes for every single day of the year made with electric pressure cooker. The meals are quick and easy to make, from simple soups to delicious dinners.

  1. Cooking Under Pressure (Joel Brothers)

This detailed guide about electric pressure cooking contains 175 recipes that can be converted for conventional pressure cookers as well. These recipes include chicken, meat loaf, pot roast, Chinese ribs, cowboy casserole and so on. The book also contains instructions about how to own and use an electric pressure cooker properly, including safety and maintenance, too.

  1. Foolproof Preserving (America’s Test Kitchen)

Another guide on the list about canning for both beginners and experts, including over a hundred recipes in different categories, such as sweet jams and jellies, savory jams, vegetables, pickles, condiments, whole fruits and many more. The ebook contains detailed tutorials, information about equipment, tips for troubleshooting and some insight into the science of canning.

  1. Cookbook box set with four books: Clean Eating Diet Recipes Cookbook, Electric Pressure Cooker, Dump Dinner Recipes, Pressure Cooker Cookbook (ReaderseBookClub)

This unique item contains not one but four different ebooks about the topic of electric pressure cooking. Book one contains healthy recipes which are both delicious and dietary. In book two you can find quick and easy recipes with step by step descriptions. The recipes include stews, soups, different kinds of meat and some desserts as well. Book number three focuses on the most simple sorts of foods, where all you have to do is to dump the ingredients into the pot and wait for the meal to get done, doing all this with a tight budget. Book four is for those whose biggest concern about cooking is the time factor and want to get over it as soon as possible. It describes recipes for main courses, soups, cakes, desserts and so on.

Hardcover books vs. ebooks

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Are ebooks really better than conventional books?

The more popular ebooks get due to the spread of new technologies, the more difficult it can get to decide whether to buy and read printed hardcover books or ebooks. There are several advantages and disadvantages of both of these types. Let’s go through them one by one.

The reading experience

Some people will stick to printed books no matter what. They say that holding the book in their hand, turning the pages or even smelling the book is an experience that cannot be enjoyed by reading ebooks. If you are one of these people, then ebooks are probably not the best solutions for you.

The technology enthusiasts

Technology is all around us these days, and it is very difficult to escape from it. Not everyone wants to though. Members of the younger generations are often quite obsessed with new technology, claiming that new is always better and more interesting than old. For these readers ebooks are perfect. They have more features and extras than printed books, making them more appealing for tech fans.

Environmental concerns

Environmental protection is an important issue today. Environmentalists are concerned about global warming, overpopulation, extinction of animals and so on. Paper manufacturing raises issues like deforestation, air pollution and water pollution. Keeping this in mind, it might be a better choice to buy ebooks instead of printed ones. On the other hand, we have to remember that producing electronic devices has environmental consequences too, such as polluting the air and water, and using resources. So does using these gadgets, since they consume electricity.


When we talk about convenience, ebooks are definitely smarter choices than printed books. They don’t take up any space, they are easy to carry around, they can all be stored in one single device. So problems like living in a small apartment, not wanting to carry a huge luggage full of books every time we are going somewhere or not remembering where have we put down our books can be solved by reading ebooks.


This is probably the biggest issue for most people concerning the purchase of products. Let’s face it: prices do matter, since most of us have quite limited financial resources. It is not the only decisive factor when we buy something new, but definitely one of the most important ones. The good news is that the prices of ebooks are generally low, almost always lower than their paperback counterparts. The highest cost regarding ebooks is the cost of the electronic device you use for reading them. This can be a PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or an ebook reader like Kindle. It’s worth mentioning though that most households already have at least one of these gadgets anyway, and this way we don’t need to make any extra investment before buying ebooks.

A problem for non-native English speakers

In the biggest online bookstores of the world, the majority of books are available in English, which is not a big deal for native speakers. The rest of us may need to translate a few words though while reading books in English. Ebooks offer an easy and quick way of doing this: we can just click on the unknown word and see the translation immediately.

Best BBQ ebooks that will make you a pro

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The essence of BBQ

The term BBQ refers to a cooking method performed outside with slow, indirect heat that includes smoke. It is a great hobby for those who like both cooking and being outside on fresh air. Moreover, it is not a lonely activity that requires great concentration, so you can cultivate it while spending some great time with your family and friends. If this sounds something that you would be interested in, read this list about some useful ebooks on finding the best electric smoker that can help you becoming a real BBQ pro.

  1. How to Grill (Steven Raichlen)

A useful guide for both beginners and professionals, with lots of illustration (more than 1000 step-by-step photos). It includes 100 recipes and covers several different topics, such as how to build the perfect fire or the secrets of how to make the perfect burger, fish steak, chicken breast or kebab.

  1. BBQ USA (Steven Raichlen)

The book contains 425 barbeque recipes from all over the USA, covering Canada and Puerto Rico as well. Lamb shanks, mussels, Caesar salad, Chimichurri Game Hens, Mojo-Marinated Pork on Sugar Cane, grilling with maple syrup, kielbasa over the coals, Vidalia onion, pineapple, soup, nuts, tips and techniques: just a little insight to the book.

  1. The Barbecue! Bible 10th Anniversary Edition (Steven Raichlen)

A new edition of probably the most basic work of the author, with over 500 recipes. The book contains many photos illustrating ingredients, food preparation, grilling techniques and the finished dishes themselves. It also includes answers to the most frequently asked grilling questions, tips, solutions to common mistakes and so on.

  1. How To Become A BBQ Champion (

This unique book gives tips and instructions for those who love barbequing and want to compete with others in this field. It describes winning strategies, some basic grilling techniques, recipe designing, tips about food safety, practicing methods and thoughts about the competition day. If you want to barbeque for winning, this book is a must.

  1. Top 50 Most Delicious Barbeque Recipes (Julie Hatfield)

Based on an internet poll and tested recipes, this ebook contains 50 great BBQ dishes. The descriptions are easy to follow, so even beginners can prepare and enjoy these barbeque meals.

  1. 81 BBQ Chicken Recipes (Sharon Ray)

The book contains over 80 original, varied and healthy chicken dish recipes with simple instructions which are easy to follow. It includes preparation and cooking time as well, along with a table of measures.

  1. Let’s Grill: Texas’ Best Secret BBQ Recipes (David Martin)

This recipe book has specially been designed for the residents and lovers of Texas. This state has many sunny days, therefore outside grilling and barbequing could become so popular here. It contains recipes for sauces, beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood, side dishes and desserts.

  1. BBQ Recipes (Tiffany Cook)

This gourmet recipe book contains award winning recipes such as ribs, steak, beef, salmon, pork, scallop, Indian lamb, chicken burger, Greek lamb, pork barbeque sandwich, pulled barbeque chicken and a special bourbon whiskey barbeque sauce.

Audio books vs. ebooks

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Reading or listening to books?

Audio books are somewhat different from ebooks or printed books; in their case we listen to books instead of reading them. So can they still be considered books? Shouldn’t they be called like audio soundtracks or audio stories instead? Shouldn’t they be mentioned together with music instead of the more traditional forms of books? Maybe they should, but that’s not the point right now. This kind of entertainment has its upsides and downsides, just like ebooks do.

The youngest “readers”

If you are a parent, you probably have a hard time entertaining your kids every once in a while. Once they are big enough to read on their own, they can entertain themselves with a huge variety of stories. Until then, you’ll have to read for them, which is a time consuming activity. With the help of audio books, this problem can easily be solved. Children can listen to them without your assistance, and this will give more spare time to you and more independence to them.

Driving to work or school

Driving a car requires a great deal of attention. You should not do anything else while driving that can distract you, including eating, texting, watching videos or reading. This way you lose the time you spend in your car, since it is impossible to multitask on the road. Audio books can solve this problem by making the impossible becoming possible anyway: you can enjoy a great book and still focus on driving. You will appreciate this opportunity even more if you have kids, since it can be pretty hard sometimes to entertain them in the car from the driving seat.

Breaking the monotony of work

Performing your tasks at work is often a matter of routine, therefore you don’t always need to concentrate very hard on them. Whether you work in an office in front of a computer, on the road driving a truck or delivering newspapers, or in a warehouse packing boxes, you can find the opportunity to listen to an ebook without putting yourself or others in danger. A great way to multitask, isn’t it? Not to mention all the boring housework which are generally impossible to enjoy, since they are extremely monotonous without the possibility of doing anything else while performing them. At least this was the case before audio books, but today they make it possible to have fun during cleaning or cooking as well.

A different kind of stimulus

Many people who spend lots of time with reading, like students or office workers cannot always think of reading books as a source of recreation. When they finally have some free time, they don’t want to spend it with staring at letters again. Audio books provide them with a new kind of stimulus, making it possible to enjoy stories  without the need for reading the books themselves. This fact especially applies to children who are often overloaded with schoolwork, and don’t even want to think about books when they are finally done with their homework.

10 free ebook sources

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Ebooks for free

Here is a list of websites where you can read or download free ebooks legally.


On this great website all you have to do is creating an account and then you can start looking for books in huge variety of fiction, nonfiction, academic, textbooks and audio books. Those who have written an ebooks can publish their work on the webpage.


Another site where you can both download ebooks to read them and upload your own book so that others can read it. Signing up is required for both activities.


Those who like reading books are probably already familiar with Goodreads, which is the number one site for bookworms, especially in the fiction genre (although you can find many great pieces of nonfiction as well). Here you can look for ideas for your next reading, rate books that you have already read, chat with other readers in the forum, play quizzes and do basically any other book-related activities. Signing up is not a requirement, but doing so will provide you with a lot more options. There are also numerous free ebooks available on the webpage (mostly fiction ones), which you can read without signing up.


You can download thousands of ebooks from here in almost a hundred different categories. Most of them are nonfiction, but fiction books are also available. You don’t need to sign up for downloading material.


There are over 33.000 free and discounted ebooks available on this site in dozens of genres. Nonfictions rule the site, however you can find several fiction categories as well, even pirate tales. You can browse through titles, authors, genres, languages, recommended and most popular books, too.


Here you can both find free ebooks and submit your own work. You can also read great articles about ebooks or become a guest writer on the site about various ebook topics.


This webpage is about nonfiction ebooks in hundreds of categories in the topics of computer, programming, mathematics, technical books, tutorials, lecture notes and so on. You have to write your e-mail address before downloading, but further registration is not necessary.


Yet another site for computer enthusiasts, where you can legally download ebooks. The main topics include programming, computer science, software engineering, web design, mobile app development, networking, databases, information technology, graphics and computer hardware.


On this site you can find more than 20.000 ebooks to download, and you also have the possibility to publish your own. You can find a list of educational web pages as well.


At the end of the list, there is a well-known side with numerous options where there is a “sort of free” possibility to read ebooks. You have the option to sign up for a 14 days free trial period. Afterwards, you pay 8.99 USD per month, for which you get 3 books and 1 audio book. In addition to this, you get unlimited access to sheet music, documents and special select titles. There are countless fiction and nonfiction books available on the webpage, which are compatible with computer, tablet, smartphone and ebook readers like Kindle.

9 reasons why ebooks are better than books

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Why ebooks?

Along with the advancement of technology, ebooks are becoming more and more popular. But are they actually better than regular books? It seems that way. Here are nine reasons why.

  1. Better for the environment

In order to produce all that paper for books, lots of trees have to be cut down. This can result in serious environmental consequences, such as climate imbalance, global warming, wildlife extinction or floods. Not to mention the waste caused by used, old books that become thrown away.

  1. Cheaper

Even though you need to invest in an electronic device (computer, tablet, Kindle or a smartphone) if you want to read ebooks, it will pay off on the long run (especially if you already have at least one of these devices in your household, which you probably do). Ebooks are often significantly cheaper than printed books.

  1. Saves space

Do you have a small apartment and therefore have no place for a home library? No problem! Ebooks don’t take up more space than the device you use for storing them on. Dusting will be easier as well. Another advantage is that you will always know where you left them: in your ebook reader. The only problem here can come up when you don’t know where you left that device.

  1. Easy to carry

You can take dozens (or even hundreds) of books with you for a short trip or even a longer vacation without worrying about carrying too much weight.

  1. Immediate access

Just a few clicks online and you already have your new book. You don’t need to wait days or weeks for the delivery after your order, and worry that the pack will come that exact time when you are not home. It also saves all that time that you would otherwise spend in the bookstore, hunting for new books and standing in line.

  1. More interesting

This one specially applies to kids, teenagers and young adults, who are impressed by innovative technical solutions. Moreover, ebooks often contain extras that printed books don’t.

  1. Longer lifespan

Paper is not exactly the strongest material on the planet. It gets wet, teared, crumpled and so on. An ebook on the other hand lives forever, you just need a working electronic gadget to read it. When this gadget is getting older and more unreliable, you can easily place the ebook into another device.

  1. Translating unknown words

If you read a book written in a language different from your mother tongue, you will probably need some help with a word or two at some point. Instead of looking it up in a dictionary, you can simply click on the unknown word and read the translation.

  1. You don’t need any external light to read

Printed books can only be read in daylight or at places where there is proper lighting. At the bus stop, on the bus or train, or in the car this is often not the case. This cannot happen with ebook reader devices, since they all contain internal lighting.

7 must have books for sewing lovers

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Why is sewing a great hobby?

Sewing is a creative hobby that is becoming more popular these days. Why is that? First of all, it can save you money. Making a piece of garment at home is cheaper than buying a prepared one elsewhere. It can also make your wardrobe more unique. You can be sure that the ones you have created on your own are probably not going to be seen on someone else. Another reason is that your old clothes can stay with you for a longer time. If your notice a hole on your favorite T-shirt, you can easily fix it yourself. If you eager to start sewing now, here’s a list of 7 books you should have.

  1. Sewing for Beginners (Fave Crafts)

As the name suggests it, this is a great book for beginners. It covers many different topics, including patterns for bags, pillows, clothes or decoration items.

  1. Sewing for Men: 6 free Sewing Patterns for Father’s Day (Nicole Pientka)

This unusual book provides some great gift ideas for Father’s Day for different types of dads, including the technologically hip dad, the bookworm dad, the busy dad and the stylish dad.

  1. Sewing for Baby: Small Sewing Projects for Your Little One (Amy Finn)

An ideal sewing book for new parents, who would like to both save money and dress their baby to exceptional clothes. If you don’t have kids yet, you can still get great gift ideas from this book for your friends or relatives with babies.

  1. Homemade Halloween Costumes: 11 Kid’s Halloween Costume Ideas (AllFreeSewing)

This one is for parents with kids who are big enough to be interested in Halloween. Buying an expensive costume for only one night simply does not worth it, and borrowing one can be tricky this time of the year, since thousands of parents are hunting for costumes for their children, too. The book contains simple animal costumes and more complicated princess costumes as well, so it is ideal for both beginners and advanced sewers.

  1. Free Sewing Patterns for Spring Fashion: 8 DIY Sewing Projects (Amy Finn)

If you love fashion but so far you have always thought that you simply cannot afford stylish clothing, this book is perfect for you.

  1. How to Make an Apron: 6 Free Apron Patterns (Nicole Pientka)

A great choice for the fans of cooking and sewing, which includes several styles of aprons, such as half apron, long apron or decorated apron. The books contains patterns for children, too.

  1. 11 Sewing Room Ideas: How to Organize Your Room (Amy Finn)

At the end of the list there is a book that is useful for sewers on any level with any kinds of interests. It gives useful ideas about how to make order in the chaos in your crafting room. No matter how tidy you are, at some point in your “sewing career” it will happen to you as well that you cannot find your scissor or you simply cannot move in the room due to the hundreds of small sewing items all around you.

5 Nerf gun ebooks to help your kid be the best

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What is Nerf gun?

If you don’t have kids yet, you may have not heard the term Nerf gun before. Let me help you with that. Nerf gun is a toy gun produced by Hasbro (one of the biggest toy manufacturers in the world) that fires foam darts. It started its journey in 1969, and it is still going ever since. Although many versions of the game are now available as online games, lots of kids still prefer playing it with actual, physical Nerf guns. If you want to help your kids to be the best in this field, here is 5 ebooks about this topic that you must have.

  1. Nerf War (Eric Michael)

This ebook was the first one in the Nerf gun illustrated ebook field, written primarily for kids over 6 years old. However, it is also a useful reading for parents, since they can learn about Nerf gun safety, how to use a Nerf Blaster, how to set up a battle ground, safety equipment and clothing and how to find bargain-priced Nerf blasters. The author wrote from his children’s and his own experience about several issues, such as reviews about the best Nerf guns from the owner’s point of view, including Nerf N-Strike Mega Centurion or best nerf gun: Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapid Strike CS-18; or more than 25 popular Nerf blaster models measured for firing distance and accuracy. There are descriptions about field tests of different blasters (with photos), what blaster the owners liked and what they thought about them compared to other models in their possession.

  1. Nerf 59 Success Secrets (Pamela Wiley)

This guide about Nerf guns contains 59 answers for different kinds of questions. Some of the subjects include Nerf war, Star Wars creatures, Nerf bar, Tinerfe, zombie strike and rebel, Nerf N-Force, Nerf Blasters, ammunition and accessories, Nerf N-Strike Elite, Bannerfish, Nerf history, super soaker, legal issues, Nerf dog, game types, combat creatures, Nerf material, Heinerfest, Nerf vortex, Nerf sports, laser tag, Nerf video gaming, Nerf arena blast and the internet community of Nerf war.

  1. The Ultimate Nerf Blaster Book (Nathaniel Marunas)

This book has been produced under Hasbro license. It gives description about a great variety of Nerf Blaster designs and accessories, beginning with the first Nerf product ever from almost 50 years ago, to the Blaster’s birth in 1989 and N-Strike Elite’s in 2012.

  1. Nerf: It’s Nerf or Nothing (Kaushal N)

This ebook gives detailed descriptions about different kinds of Nerf guns, including Deploy CS-6, Raider CS-35, Alpha Trooper CS-18 and CS-12, Maverick, Firestrike and Recon CS-6.

  1. Build Your Own Autonomous Nerf Blaster (Bryce Bigger)

The last one on the list is quite an extraordinary one, since it is about how to design and build a robotic, Arduino-powered Blaster gun for yourself. It contains several do it yourself projects, like working with motion sensors, remote monitors and facial detection software. It teaches kids creative coding with processing and Arduino, and explains how build a servo, a Nerf blaster and a webcam in alignment with each other.

Top 10 ebooks for kids under 12

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Why is reading books beneficial for children?

Well, there are several reasons for that, including neurological, psychological, educational and social reasons. Reading improves the brain, linguistic skills and creativity, and it helps kids succeed at school.

What kind of books do kids like?

Funny, entertaining, engaging books, the ones that are impossible to put down and possibly give them quite a lot to think about. Here is a list of 10 of these books, dedicated for kids under 12.

  1. The Harry Potter books (J. K. Rowling)

The number one on the list is actually not one book, but a fantasy series containing seven books. They make an unbreakable unit, since they tell the same story line in a period of seven years. Anyone who has ever read this saga would agree on the fact that this is the best reading for kids (and probably for adults as well). It reached millions of children, and made many of them addicted to reading in general, which is an accomplishment no books have ever done before to such an extent.

  1. Yellow Star (Jennifer Roy)

A serious topic narrated from a child’s point of view, written in a relatively simple language, which makes it unique in the holocaust genre, and makes it easier for kids to understand this part of history.

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)

The first book of a fantasy series, probably the best-known piece of Chronicles of Narnia from 1940. It’s about four young siblings visiting the world of talking animals and mythical creatures and having amazing adventures together. One of the classics of children’s literature.

  1. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

Yet another book taken place in the Nazi Germany, telling a story of a girl discovering the stunning world of written words. It deals with such topics as war, love and three symbols of freedom: language, reading and writing.

  1. The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling)

A classics from the 19th century written for both educational and entertaining purposes about a boy being raised by wolves in the jungle. It contains several tales about jungle animals impersonating different moral values, such as safety for all members of society.

  1. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)

An adventure book focusing on the moral and psychological growth of a cabin boy as the protagonist, along with lots of action, pirates and seeking for buried treasure. This work greatly influenced the common perceptions of pirates with such things as parrots on their shoulder.

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)

Visiting a chocolate factory is probably the dream of every kid. This book made it come true for Charlie Bucket, a boy who’s adventures take place right inside such a plant, together with the odd but lovable Willy Wonka, who ends up giving Charlie a very unique gift.

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh (A. A. Milne)

A light reading about the adventures of a bunch of friendly and lovable animals. Due to its lack of very serious topics and moral lessons, it is suitable for the youngest readers as well.

  1. The Giver (Lois Lowry)

A sort of “1984 for kids” story, introducing an imaginary, colorless, strict society through the eyes of a young boy, Jonas, making it exceptional in the dystopian genre. Readers can follow the struggles of Jonas until the quite ambiguous ending.

  1. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Probably the most serious item on the list, this philosophical book with its social criticism is for both children and grownups. It deals with topics like love, friendship, loneliness, loss and death with the honesty and wisdom of a child.

How to use Google slides to make an ebook

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Starting it

Are you thinking about writing your own ebook? Or have you already written one or two, but now you want to try creating it in a different way? So how to start this whole thing? Let’s take a look!

Why Google Slides?

This is an easy and effective method to create an ebook. If helps you making your book visual instead of being simply text-based. It makes it possible to embed videos from Youtube, you can insert links in interactive features, there is a sharing and commenting for authors feature, you can create page templates with the ability to edit master slides and you can export it as PDF.

  1. Topic choice

In order to decide what topic you will write about, you have to know who do you intend to reach, and then adjust your topic to them.

  1. Design choice

If you use Google Slides for creating your ebook, you don’t need any previous design experience, so the program is perfect for beginners. When deciding on the layout, you can choose for example landscape (which gives you room to insert visuals and text) or portrait mode, which will give your book a more conventional form. In order to change from landscape to portrait, you have to select File, Page setup, Custom, and here type 8.5 by 11 inches. From now on every new page in this document has this size you have given here.

  1. Changing the master slide

In order to avoid needing to modify every single slide one by one, you can simply change the master slide of the document. This way you can have the same image on the top of the pages, you can have the possibility to insert text at certain places of the page and inserting videos or pictures at another. In order to modify the master slide, you should click on Slide, then Edit Master, and you can start editing the template as you want. Another option to do this is to select View, then Master, then you can click on the slide that you wish to modify.

  1. Add your content

This is the actual “writing the book” part. If it is more suitable for you, you can do it completely on your own, from the scratch. However, you can also choose another way. With the help of Google, you can also search for content that is free to use (legally). Click on Tools, Research, then type in the search tab: Google Slides. Here find the option Filter Results by Usage Rights, and click “Free to Use, Share or Modify…”, and now you can draw the chosen content to your file. In addition to this, there are several websites that provide open-source textbook creation tools. Here we can mention Open Ed, CK12, Flat World, Open Textbook Library or Openstax College.

  1. Sharing your book

After everything else is done, all you have to do is sharing your book with others. As mentioned before, with the use of Google Slides there is a possibility to export the book in Pdf, which is a convenient solution, since even the most basic users know it. Another option is to publish it as a webpage.