Creating ePubs for Education


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Lightening talk presentation given at Code4Lib NW on June 1, 2011 in Portland, Oregon US - Gloria Doherty and Robin Ashford, George Fox University, Portland Center.

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Creating ePubs for Education

  1. 1. Creating ePubs for EducationTHE PRINCIPLEOur goal is to create e-books that integrate content more efficiently for specific learningoutcomes. Educators are able to create learning objects that are flexible for the learner.Librarians are able to contribute tutorial support and metadata.We can deliver content that can be used with mobile devices and can be made fullyaccessible offline in many instances (smartphones, tablets, etc.). Because ePub worksas a packet of files, we are able to include metadata that categorizes the content.THE PRACTICES Self-Publishing Pages Supports hyperlinking, embedded media Formats to ePub fluidly
  2. 2. Distribution Dropbox Ubiquitous file transfer for computers and mobile devices iTunes Drag ePub file into iTunes Books Supports embedded media Loads iOS devices and iBooks app iBooks Use iTunes to load ePub file into iBooks library (synch operation) Plays embedded media offline Operates with all of iBook’s functionality (i.e. highlighting, notes, dictionary, search) Firefox ePub Reader Use Dropbox to move ePub file onto computer ePub Reader add-on launches when opening the ePub file using the browser (File>Open file) Hyperlinks are functional; embedded media not supported Aldiko Google Android app (not yet tested) Go to Metadata ● There will be more to come on this topic with the evolution of ePub, for now this page on ePub Metadata provides an overview.The Process: ● Create ePub in iWorks Pages See Apple’s ePub Documentation at
  3. 3. Download the ePub Best Practices sample document at ● Save as ePub file ● Export the ePub to desktop ● Open dropbox on laptop (Download Dropbox onto your computer & mobile device and create free account) ● Drag ePub from desktop into dropbox on laptop ● Open dropbox on iPad / iPhone or iPod Touch and click on added ePub file to download ● After downloading ePub message states “unable to view file” click curved arrow to see app options including iBooks and choose iBooks ● ePub loads and opens to first pageor ● Export the ePub to desktop ● Open iTunes on your computer ● Drag the ePub file from your desktop into the iTunes Books folder ● Sync your mobile device with iTunes to load into iBooks ● Launch iBooks on your mobile device to see the ePub loaded in your Libraryor ● Export the ePub to desktop ● Open Firefox browser ● Install ePub Reader add-on ● In Firefox select “Open file” in the File menu to launch ePub Reader and load the ePub ebook
  4. 4. Images below display ePub process and results on iPhone 4:Further information and developments on ePub can be found on the Wikipedia ePub page Gloria Doherty, Hybrid Learning Director - Robin Ashford, Associate Librarian - George Fox University, Portland Center