These are my notes from a roundtable discussion about eBooks and ePub Format Digital Books at the 2011 Chicago Tech Forum. This session was facilitated by Charlene Chausis:
http://twitter.com/cchausis

Kindle is the only platform which currently can’t read ePub format

Project Gutenberg is a great place to find content (available in ePub, Kindle and other formats)
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Advantages of ePub
– can search, change font size, highlight and annotate

IBooks for iPad let’s you email your notes

Nook app for iOS doesn’t give you free access to all Barnes and Noble books in the store to ALL available ebooks like you can on a “real” Nook when you are in the store

Harper Collins currently limits a library to 26 virtual checkouts of an an ebook title via Overdrive

Sites for creating and using ePubs

Future of the Book blog resources
http://2epub.wikispaces.com/

Teaching,creating and sharing mobile content for eReaders using ePub format
http://2epub.wikispaces.com/

2ePub is conversion site
http://www.2epub.com/

Charlene’s tutorial on using Apple Pages to create ePubs
http://tinyurl.com/pages2epub

http://www6.district125.k12.il.us/staffdev/tutorial/Using_Pages_to_Create_ePu…

Great website for ePub ebook content http://www.epubbud.com $5 ISBN numbers from ePubBud
http://www.epubbud.com/isbn.php

Apple has a very nice template for creating an ebook, you can drop your multimedia in

Citizenu.org recently had published ePub examples: Making Government Tenable
http://civitas88.blogspot.com/2011/04/making-american-government-tenable-now….

In Apple Pages when you insert media to a doc you want to export as ePub, make sure you choose “in-line object” so it will export

Charlene’s school tries to keep ePub files down to 20 MB in size Al Gore’s New book is an ebook leveraging a lot of the power of ebooks on the iPad (currently)

http://ourchoicethebook.com/

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/app-stars-push-pop-press/

Great ebook and ePub resources page via @cchausis http://futureofthebook.blogspot.com/p/links.html #tltechforum Tip for iOS app SimpleNote: if kids use the same account in a class everyone can share notes

recommended reading from @cchausis Al Gore Invents a Showpiece E-Book http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/al-gore-invents-a-showpiece-e-book/

CK12 can output created eBooks online (free)
http://www.ck12.org/flexbook/

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2 Responses to eBooks and ePub Format Digital Books: A #tltechforum Roundable

  1. Mark V says:

    As ePubs and eBooks become a more popular option for colleges as a primary text, blogs like these will provide valuable tools for moving students forward.

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