Create ePub ebooks for #ipad #nook #eReaders

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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.

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? If you can save your document to HTML--and most word processors can these days--then you are in business. Ereaders are finding their way into schools. You can also create ePubs in a variety of ways.

Here are some of the tools available to accomplish that:
  1. - Find out more online in their FAQ.
  2. eCub Cross platform tool
  3. eScape ePub Creator - Converts OpenOffice documents to ePub format.
  4. ODFtoEpub - Converts OpenOffice files to ePub format.
  5. BookGlutton - Converts HTML web pages to ePub format.
  6. EasyEPub - Convert from Adobe InDesign or Quark format to ePub
Update 1/16/2012: Some other resources from Dave Solon include WIkispaces site and BookBin

You can also use these tools to convert from existing documents to ePub format:
  1. Calibre - fantastic tool and comes with a great tutorial.
  2. Sigil - Free cross-platform tool to edit ePub books
  3. Stanza Desktop -
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.

I hope that some day, creating an ePub document will be as easy as going EXPORT on GoogleDocs. In the meantime, there are tons of ways to get from a GoogleDocs document to ePub format using the tools above!

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!
  2. Baen Free Library of Science Fiction (I love this site)
  3. Book Glutton
  4. - This site supports lots of formats, not just ePub. . .and tons of titles!
  5. Free ePub Books - They provide a nice list of eReaders supported, including the Nook. Tons of books here that I'm dying to explore.
  6. Feedbooks
  7. Free eBooks
  10. ManyBooks
  11. MobiBooks - You may have to convert these to ePub format using Calibre (free, cross platform tool).
  12. Waterstones

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wmartin46 said…
Your list of .epub sites should have included

There are somewhere between 2-4M books in various formats on these web-sites. .Epub format is available for most of the digitized books offered.
Jonathan said…
Another free ebooks library:
Over 20’000 eBooks...

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