READynamic

READynamic

READynamic is a server-based eBook platform that allows clients to manage and distribute educational and corporate content. Clients can use READynamic to add custom features to EPUB and PDF documents, including videos, animated images, interactive diagrams, and self-assessment tools, like quizzes. You can also brand your content, and add features that allow you to gather comments from users. READynamic provides a set of tools that make adding interactive elements to eBook files easy. And you can integrate your READynamic platform with your existing eCommerce portal, Content Management System (CMS) or Learning Management System (LMS).

READynamic is flexible and easy to work with. Users can open and display eBook content using any modern browser on a deskop or laptop. The software also works with any iOS, Android, or Windows mobile device with a mobile app.

You might think of READynamic as a tool for the classroom, and it certainly would work well in that context, providing electronic textbooks for high school and college students. But READynamic works just as well as for different kinds of business publishing.  The product can be easily applied to create and share corporate reports, technical content, promotional and training materials. Business clients can deliver eBook content to their employees or customers through their own online portal, and/or using custom apps, built using the READynamic SDK provided with the software.

Description of user roles

The client purchasing READynamic can be a provider of eBook content to their own customers or internal users.

So for an educational institution, the client might be the administration for a college or local school board.  An administrator would negotiate contracts for licensing eBook texts from publishers or distributors, and assign those eBooks to classes for student use based on the curriculums developed by the school, or the faculty teaching those classes. So this administrator, effectively, would be the owner of the eBook content. The same administrator would likely also work out payment arrangements for the content, including charging fees to college or university students to access these electronic textbooks for the quarter or semester, until the classes are completed. The faculty teaching the classes would have access to the eBooks purchased by the college or school board and could edit these eBooks, adding interactive content like videos or quizzes.

A business that purchases READynamic could manage the product through the marketing department, or a training group, or engineering and development. Any group within the firm that is responsible for providing training materials, marketing and sales content, or user documentation could make use of READynamic.

That means then that the types of users who might work with the READynamic in a business setting could be quite broad. A software engineer or documentation specialist could use READynamic to add videos for internal user documents. A product manager might want to post a series of PDF documents to the firm’s customer portal with diagrams that offer the ability to drill down for further detail. Or a human resources assistant might want to provide EPUB training materials to interns or prospects with quizzes to demonstrate that the material was completed.

Within the READynamic software, the administrator account is used to manage the local environment, set permissions, and create user accounts. The Publisher is the account that is authorized to add eBooks to the local READynamic platform. The user with this level of authority can also use the READynamic authoring tools with their EPUB or PDF documents.The Publisher can be either the local administrator’s account or an account created by the administrator and specifically granted the authority to add and edit eBook content.

A person with a Reader (or Student) account has the authority to access and read eBooks provided through READynamic and made available through the local portal or Learning Management System. The Reader account has permissions settings that define the eBooks that reader may access. So a student in a college biology class would pay for a set of eBook textbooks, and those textbooks would be available to that student when she signs on to her account in the school’s Learning Management System portal. These textbooks might have additional custom training videos or quizzes added to them by the professor in that class, using READynamic’s user interface.

How READynamic could be applied

We offer some scenarios for how institutions that buy READynamic could put the product to work for them.

A professor of biology at Box College assigns several eBook textbooks for a class on systematic anatomy, required reading for the students who enroll. The books are provided as EPUB files through each student’s online portal account. The professor also has a study guide she created herself for the class, with the syllabus, selected additional readings, and supplemental study materials. The professor uses READynamic to add a few video demonstrations she created to this EPUB file, as well as a series of weekly quizzes to test to make sure the students are keeping up with the reading assignments. The quizzes are designed to be completed outside of the lecture hall, but they also provide a means for students to make comments and ask questions.

Standard Investments, Inc, a financial services firm, provides comprehensive user documentation for their employees to guide them in using their internal trading, investment, and portfolio management systems. This content is available online, on the firm’s Intranet site, but they also decided to export the documentation as EPUB files so that employees could more easily display the content on mobile devices. Using READynamic, the Development staff also added videos to demonstrate some processes and functions, and interactive tools that allow employees to enhance the documentation materials with their own comments.

Instructors who work for eLearn Training Services offer classes on working with popular software products, programming languages, database management, and computer hardware. Frequently they use EPUB and PDF training materials provided by the vendor or by other authors, but they use READynamic to supplement these training materials with their own custom content. This includes adding video demonstrations of features and processes created in house by eLearn staff to these EPUB and PDF files, as well as diagrams, links to online resources, and quizzes. The cost for using these enhanced EPUB and PDF documents is included in the price for each class.

A vendor at Main Street Art Supply Company creates a series of EPUB files and offers them for free to regular customers who set up accounts to log on to the vendor’s customer portal. The EPUB files cover a variety of topics related to working with oil paints, clay, textiles, wood, and metal, and feature images and videos demonstrating techniques.