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Learning with eBooks

eBooks as Learning Resources
in Higher Education
Overview

revenue ebooks > revenue books
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
eBooks as Learning Resources

eBooks are...
...available
...portable
...searchable
...interactive
...updatable
eBooks as Learning Resources

eBooks are...
...an excellent alternative to
traditional hardcopy learning
resources
eBooks as Learning Resources

eBooks should be...
...easy to produce
...easy to maintain & update
...easy to distribute
ePub
ePub

International Digital Publishing Forum
ePub
ePub
PDF

ePub
ePub
PDF
Easy to produce
Widely supported
Same layout
everywhere:
Perfect for Print
Digital Distribution
Analog Consumptio...
Production

iBooks Author

Sigil

BlueGriffon
ePub Edition

Calibre

MediaWiki
Book Creator
Production
iBooks Author

•

fixed layout eBooks with lots of multimedia &
interaction

•

proprietary ePub3-like format, ...
Production
Sigil

•

ePub2 & parts of ePub3 supported

•

WYSIWYG & code editing

•

for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux

•

ope...
Production
BlueGriffon ePub Edition

•

ePub2 & 3 supported

•

WYSIWYG & code editing

•

integrated MathML editor

•

fo...
Production
Calibre

•

conversion of a plethora of eBook formats
into each other (including PDF)

•

eBook library managem...
Production
MediaWiki Book Creator

•

Creates ePub (or PDF or OpenDocument file)
out of a collection of Wikipedia articles...
Production
Best Practices (Sigil)

•

Create Template for Layout (CSS) - KISS!

•

Get Text in .txt or .rtf Format - PDF i...
Conclusions & Discussion

•

Device Independency

•

ePub not PDF!

•

Several Editors and Authoring Approaches
exist

•

...
Beat Oderbolz
oderbolz@sipo.gess.ethz.ch
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E books as learning resources for higher Education

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E books as learning resources for higher Education

  1. 1. Learning with eBooks eBooks as Learning Resources in Higher Education
  2. 2. Overview revenue ebooks > revenue books
  3. 3. Overview
  4. 4. Overview
  5. 5. Overview
  6. 6. Overview
  7. 7. Overview
  8. 8. Overview
  9. 9. eBooks as Learning Resources eBooks are... ...available ...portable ...searchable ...interactive ...updatable
  10. 10. eBooks as Learning Resources eBooks are... ...an excellent alternative to traditional hardcopy learning resources
  11. 11. eBooks as Learning Resources eBooks should be... ...easy to produce ...easy to maintain & update ...easy to distribute
  12. 12. ePub
  13. 13. ePub International Digital Publishing Forum
  14. 14. ePub
  15. 15. ePub PDF ePub
  16. 16. ePub PDF Easy to produce Widely supported Same layout everywhere: Perfect for Print Digital Distribution Analog Consumption ePub Production requires basic knowledge of HTML & CSS Widely supported Text resizing & text reflow: Easy to read on every screen size Digital Distribution Digital Consumption
  17. 17. Production iBooks Author Sigil BlueGriffon ePub Edition Calibre MediaWiki Book Creator
  18. 18. Production iBooks Author • fixed layout eBooks with lots of multimedia & interaction • proprietary ePub3-like format, that works only with iBooks on iPad or a Mac • WYSIWYG editing • Mac OS X only • free iBooks Author@Apple App Store
  19. 19. Production Sigil • ePub2 & parts of ePub3 supported • WYSIWYG & code editing • for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux • open source sigil@Google Code
  20. 20. Production BlueGriffon ePub Edition • ePub2 & 3 supported • WYSIWYG & code editing • integrated MathML editor • for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux • 200 Euros bluegriffon-epubedition.com
  21. 21. Production Calibre • conversion of a plethora of eBook formats into each other (including PDF) • eBook library management calibre-ebook.com
  22. 22. Production MediaWiki Book Creator • Creates ePub (or PDF or OpenDocument file) out of a collection of Wikipedia articles wikipedia.org
  23. 23. Production Best Practices (Sigil) • Create Template for Layout (CSS) - KISS! • Get Text in .txt or .rtf Format - PDF is the Devil! • Clean-up your HTML before adding the Template Styles • Smart Use of Search&Replace saves Time • Create Fall Back Versions • Test your eBook on different Readers
  24. 24. Conclusions & Discussion • Device Independency • ePub not PDF! • Several Editors and Authoring Approaches exist • Basic eBooks are easy to create - with all Tools • Complex eBooks are always difficult to create
  25. 25. Beat Oderbolz oderbolz@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

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