teacher account for a class, or a child account for under 13 years. You can sign up for free!
When writing, you can invite a collaborator to work together with you by adding their email; a beneficial feature if you have more than one student working on a book together. There is also a spot for a guardian or parent email so they see the collaboration and writing in progress. Once you publish a book, you can make your books "public or private" (invite by email address).
However, there is a catch, as I found out after publishing my story. If you want to download a PDF file of your published book, it will cost you $1.99. There are other purchase choices too for soft cover books and hard cover books ranging from $14.95- $29.95. On the positive side, it could make the perfect gift from your students for a family member or special friend. Or, you can share it for free by just posting it as a "public". If you choose the "private" viewing setting, then you can invite only certain people to view it free online by adding their email address. So, there are a variety of options!
The best part about the Storybird digital literacy story writing website, is that it just may be a technology tool to inspire your students to write, write, write!