Creating Digital Content: ePubs and iPads
With the advent of eBooks, teachers and students can not only read content electronically but produce interactive written work of their own, complete with images, audio and video, and interactive hyperlinks. Collaboration is more possible than with simple word processing, and student work can be shared with anyone via the Internet, allowing students to create content for classmates and others.
"ePubs" v. ePub
•"ePubs" are "electronic publications." An example of an electronic publication is an ebook.
• ePub is the accepted standard format for digital book publishing. It is a file format that packages and encodes enhanced Web content. The current version is EPUB 3.0.
--ex. ePub files of Tom Saywer by Mark Twain
• If you want to make an ebook that can be read on a digital device, you’ll need it in ePub format. The iPad, iPhone,
• ePub v. PDF - PDF is a visual format, not a text-based format, so it often has problems when you zoom in or alter text formatting.
• Some ebookstores are now selling “ePubs” locked with their own proprietary DRM. (DRM = Digital Rights Management, or a restriction that publishers put on ebooks so only your registered ereader can open it. ) For instance, Apple’s iBookstore sells “ePubs” that will not work with any device other than the iPad.
• Non-DRM formats like .doc and .rtf and .txt are supported by most ereaders.
• Convert an existing document into a PDF and upload to ISSUU, ebook creation service. • For other services see EdTechTeacher THWT page on e-books
Create ePub files
• Calibre is a free program you can use to organize and load your non-DRM ebooks.
--Article on how to convert to ePub using Calibre
• Use Apple's Pages and export as .epub file format. (Can also save as PDF.)
--Note: in Pages, use “inline” for pictures
Ways of finding multimodal books
• Inking is a store that offers textbooks customized for the iPad
e-book creation apps:
book creator – app (easier than...)
creative book builder -- app