One of the coolest things about the EPUB eBook format is its ability to include “embedded” videos within the eBook which are playable directly. It is NOT necessary to have a “live” Internet connection to view these. They do not stream. The videos play as part of the eBook. Together with images and hyperlinks, I think embedded videos truly make EPUB eBooks “21st century digital books!”


Text by Rachel Fryer


I’ve included seventeen (17) different videos and screencasts in my forthcoming eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.” These are all screencasts I’ve recorded in the past two years. The “enhanced” EPUB version of the book I’ll be selling for $9.99 on the iTunes bookstore will include these videos with the eBook, but the Kindle and other eBook versions will not since all eReaders don’t support playback of embedded videos. These are the 17 videos included in the book, listed by chapter. I’m SO excited to be able to include videos in this eBook!


Chapter 2 – Digital Text


Fryer, W. (2011). Set up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous.



Chapter 3 – Audio


Fryer, R. (2009, July 14). USS Arizona Impressions (AudioBoo by 5 year old Rachel).



How to record a phone interview as a phonecast using



Fryer, W. (2010, December 8). How I use a mobile audio recorder and free software (Switch and Podcast Generator) to publish audio lecturecasts.



Chapter 5 – Images


Fryer, W. (2011, February 2). How to find and use Creative Commons images in blog posts.



Fryer, S. (2010, March 24). A VoiceThread about Helen Keller.



Fryer, W. (2011, January 28). How to create a new educator account on



Fryer, W. (2010, January 28). Part 1 of 3: Creating a VoiceThread (images).



Fryer, W. (2010, January 28). Part 2 of 3: Creating a VoiceThread (comments)?.



Fryer, W. (2010, January 28). Part 3 of 3: Creating a VoiceThread (sharing).



Chapter 6 – Video


Fryer, S., & Fryer, R. (2011, March 15). The beach (a narrated slideshow created with SonicPics).



Fryer, W. (2010, November 13). Using StoryKit, Storyrobe and Sonic Pics on an iOS Device?.



Fryer, R. (2010, November 3). The Importance of Art Class at School and Creativity.



Hokanson, K., & Fryer, W. (2011, June 28). Copyright Advice for Teachers from Kristin Hokanson.



Fryer, W. (2011, January 5). How to turn on YouTube video comment moderation.



Fryer, W. (2011, January 14). MySpace Suicide Prevention.



Chapter 7 – Show and Tell


Fryer, W. (2010, April 10). How to automatically publish blog posts to a Facebook page?.


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5 Responses to 17 Embedded Videos and Screencasts in Playing with Media EPUB eBook

  1. KevinHodgson says:

    I’ve been following your progress on your ebook, and find it (the writing and the topics you are writing about) fascinating. Thanks for both exploring and sharing with us, Wesley.

  2. Dboisvert says:

    Okay When can we buy it?!

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    I’m hoping to get it for sale online this weekend! I’m fixing a bunch of broken links now and trying to finish my ‘final editing review’ today. 🙂

  4. Wesley Fryer says:

    Thanks Kevin, it’s been a lot more work than I anticipated but VERY good overall… I’m going to be glad to finish this one, but it’s given me a taste for writing eBooks and I have several more ideas.

    My next writing goal after this is my dissertation defense in early fall tho. 🙂

  5. Eric Freese says:

    It is interesting to see an eBook that is a compilation of videos. I would be interested to see if other textual content is being created as part of this process and how the retailers react to such a publication. A couple of things to keep in mind: 1) file size with all the videos may be very large resulting in long download times; 2) the ability to include videos on the nookColor and 3) the ability to produce Kindle A/V files that can include video.  You should try to hit as many channels as possible. I’ve seen it all work, especially when a professional digital publishing solution provider gets involved.
    Eric Freese
    Aptara, Inc.

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