Since there are a ton of folks starting to get into eBook reading–including bus drivers reading while driving–how can we easily create ePub documents for viewing on devices? There are a ton of ePub formatted ebooks available for reading in your iPad or Nook–and you can always use Calibre to convert them to the Mobi format for use in your Kindle–as I pointed out in this blog entry. And, ereaders are finding their way into schools. You can also create ePubs in a variety of ways.
You can also read ePub ebook format using Firefox browser and a special add-on. RonHoutman suggests GooReader for Windows computer; it is “a desktop application that allows you to search, download and read books and magazines available on Google Books.”
But what about turning your students into creators of ePub ebooks? There’s now a new player in town that many of us have been eagerly awaiting–Google!
In a recent blog entry, they share the following:
To make it easier for authors, publishers, and academic institutions to create works that can be consumed digitally, today we’re launching the ability to export Google Docs files as EPUB publications. Simply go to the File menu > Download as > EPUB Publication (.epub).
If you can save your document to HTML–and most word processors can these days–then you are in business. Here are some of the tools available to accomplish that:
- ePubBud.com – Find out more online in their FAQ.
- eCub Cross platform tool
- eScape ePub Creator – Converts OpenOffice documents to ePub format.
- ODFtoEpub – Converts OpenOffice files to ePub format.
- BookGlutton – Converts HTML web pages to ePub format.
- EasyEPub – Convert from Adobe InDesign or Quark format to ePub
- Dave Solon’s Resources
You can also use these tools to convert from existing documents to ePub format:
- Calibre – fantastic tool and comes with a great tutorial.
- Sigil – Free cross-platform tool to edit ePub books
Of course, I should also mention that Apple’s Pages allows you to create ePub documents as well, a point first brought to my attention by Tim Holt. Now that creating an ePub document is as easy as going save as an ePub on GoogleDocs, wow, that is just phenomenal!
You can also find existing sources of ePub ebooks…imagine sharing this list with students, or having this wide selection of books to choose from!
- Baen Free Library of Science Fiction (I love this site)
- Book Glutton
- eBooks.com – This site supports lots of formats, not just ePub. . .and tons of titles!
- Free ePub Books – They provide a nice list of eReaders supported, including the Nook. Tons of books here that I’m dying to explore.
- Free eBooks
- MobiBooks – You may have to convert these to ePub format using Calibre (free, cross platform tool).