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  •       Since the 1990ies the term „e-book“ has become common for electronic readable content. The meaning of the termchanged a lot in the meantime. In the beginnings nearly any printable text file had been called „electronic book“whereat mostly the new format PDF was meant. Today the term has a couple of different interpretations. Generallywe have three main meanings.   E-book – the digital book    The most well-known definition for e-books is the one corresponding to the digitalization of printed books of libraries. This includes not only digitalized releases of real books but also the online book stock of a library; e- journals cover the range of online news, papers and magazines. So this definition includes all readable or downloadable documents (books, other publications …) offered by a library portal or similar institutions. Thesedocuments are of PDF format by default. Possibilities for interaction are not usual for such e-books. E-books in thatsense are routine for students of today. One big advantage is its easy and quick availability. Very often libraries offer a good search system in that context. Such e-books are not meant to be read in general with e-readers except thedevice can interpret PDF format.   E-books created with authoring tools   There are multiple ways of creating content for teaching and learning efforts. One is by the use of authoring tools inorder to get individual interactive, multimedia content that very often follows didactical principles and a coursestructure. In comparison to the other e-book definitions this one differs according to aim, generation, functionalitiesand formats. Authored e-books are normally not readable with e-readers so far but are optimized for internet browser usage or offline cd rom. Very often they are not open content but part of a schooling or training program.Usually they are therefore implemented or embedded within a Learning Management System (LMS) offering lots of navigation and interaction such as note function or included test environment. In case of authored e-books the user isself-given the opportunity to create the content. In contrast to that the consumer cannot influence the offer of onlinelibraries nor the one of (commercial) public e-book providers which people have to subscribe to in order to receivecontent. Besides a big number of commercial authoring tools and companies selling such services there are manyfree (and open source) software products.   E-books for e-readers   The most modern variant of an e-book is the one produced for e-readers. E-readers are devices for theconsummation of special formatted digitalized books (mainly literary acts). Originally its display called e-ink is aspecial one with very low energy consumption, a quality which makes it perfect for (outdoor) unplugged usage.Energy is only required in case of changing display/content. Furthermore the readability in the face of sunlight isvery pleasant as well as the display does not stress the eyes so much at all. By now e-readers may only read contentof proprietary formats. As one standard the EPUB-format has become accepted; EPUB stands for "electronicpublication". Even the most common e-reader, Amazon Kindle now can convert EPUB-format to be read on itsdevice. The core functionality of an e-reader is to give the reader the feeling of reading a real book as best as possibly. Depending on (battery) technology it can be predicted, that future e-readers will become more powerfulthan only interpreting plain text and images.The EPUB format is an open standard for e-books based on the Internet extensible language XML developed by theInternational Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) in 2007. Mainly content of text and image is supported. EPUB allowsa dynamic adjustment of the content according to the display of the device. Although EPUB cannot be interpreted byKindle without converter software EPUB by now is the most used format for e-readers. Besides the EPUB format“Mobipocket” (name of firma and software) is competitive so far. From a pedagogic point of view the missingnotice possibility and the disability to watch, play or embed media files besides images are major disadvantages.Kindle after all supports MP3 format. Because EPUB follows XML language a lot of content may be converted toEPUB format to be read on e-readers too.  
  • E-Book as digital book  yes E-Book created with authoring tools  no E-Book for e-readers  no epub format Advanage greate ebooks from every common format: doc, pdf, html, rtf … Disadvantage: Nur für dieses eine Website verfügbra und
  • Working an Word Dokument -> report of the project File freepdfconvert.com 2epub.com Will see what we can choose (embeded code is min requirement)
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  • What is an e-book?

    1. 1. e-books ETSize Bursa 2011, Heiko Vogl
    2. 2. What is an e-book?
    3. 4. Wikipedia (2011) <ul><li>An electronic book (also e-book, ebook, electronic book, digital book) is a book-length publication in digital form , consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices . </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Suarez und H. R. Woudhuysen, The Oxford Companion to the Book: Two-volume set , 1. Aufl. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2010). </li></ul><ul><li>[…] an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a computer or a specifically designed handheld device . </li></ul><ul><li>„ definition of e-book from Oxford Dictionaries Online“, Oxford Dictionaries, 2011, http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/e-book?region=at . </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-book </li></ul>
    4. 5. What is a designed device for e-books ?
    5. 6. Flickr,com: Pictures: PiAir (Old Skool), gileslane, STML, STML, James F Clay, FHKE, FHKE, wilbertbaan, cybermort, osde8info, mary hodder, AMagill, smaedli, robertogreco, robertogreco, Cloned Milkmen,
    6. 7. Definiton of e-books and e-readers
    7. 8. Walther Nagler, Martin Ebner, und Nikolai Scerbakov, „Reading and Learning with Any DeviceUniversity Content for E-Books and E-Readers“, in Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011 (Chesapeake), 1775-1782. <ul><li>E-book – the digital book </li></ul><ul><li>E-books created with authoring tools </li></ul><ul><li>E-books for e-readers </li></ul>
    8. 9. What are Flipping Pages/Page Flip/Page Turning/ Document Sharing Sites?
    9. 10. Are this Services e-books? <ul><li>www.scribd.com, www.gather.com, www.docstoc.com, www.4shared.com, www.issuu.com, www.calameo.com, www.yudu.com, www.myebook.com, www.docshare.com, www.esnips.com, www.edocr.com, www.free-ebooks.net, www.empressr.com, www.authorstream.com, www.slideboom.com, www.spongefish.com, www.slideshare.net, www.putfile.com </li></ul>
    10. 11. How can we handle this in ETSize?
    11. 12. We can all do it! <ul><li>Starting with .doc(x) and converting to: </li></ul><ul><li>pdf </li></ul><ul><li>epub </li></ul><ul><li>flip book </li></ul>
    12. 13. How can we do it? <ul><li>Start with .doc(x) just including text, hyperlinks and some pictures. </li></ul><ul><li>Put pictures, slides, videos on the internet (flickr, slideshare, youtube...). </li></ul><ul><li>Put the hyperlinks into .doc(x) </li></ul><ul><li>Convert the .doc(x) to pdf ( www.freepdfconcert.com ...) </li></ul><ul><li>Convert the pdf to epub ( www.2epub.com ...) </li></ul><ul><li>Upload the pdf to Flipping book ( www.slideshare.net …) </li></ul>