ePubs

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

EPUBs are a thriving flexible format that is commonly used to create books for digital publishing. Whilst comparatively new to other formats EPUB has garnered a significant amount of attention from major digital publishing houses, self published authors and educational institutions. Here is a snapshot of the major educational benefits of this format.

Benefits

ePubs are device agnostic (work across multiple platforms and devices). They can be can be read on

  • Computers (Mac, Win, Linux),
  • Tablets; iPads, Androids and Windows
  • Mobile Phones: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian.
  • Gaming devices: Nintendo DS and Sony PSP

ePUBS are flexible

  • landscape or portrait capabilities
  • single or side-by-side page displays

ePUBS are interactive. ePUBS have the ability to include:

  • audio
  • video
  • live links to resources and websites
  • embeddable live content
  • interactives

ePUBS personalise the reading support

  • the content is designed to be reflowable and optimized for the particular display device used by the reader.
  • the inbuilt accessibility features  on some devices such as Apple’s iOS devices allows for the content to be read to the user or alternatively rescale the font size without affecting formatting.
  • definitions of words when clicked
  • can locate all verbs, adverbs etc in the whole document 

Advice

Tools

Cross platform general lists of tools

  1. eBook authoring software – usually more flexible as they are designed to create ePubs
  2. eBook reading software – available for so many devices  / platforms. 
  3. eBook conversion software – reasonably flexible as they are designed to import you existing document and convert it into a ePub. 
  4. eBook Creation and Publications – A Pintrest collection.
  5. Adobe InDesign
  6. Scrivener 2

iPad ePub tools

There are a range of apps that enable learners to create and publish their own ePubs directly from their iPad. Here are some examples.

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