Thursday, February 3, 2011

ePub Open Format Love Continues #edchat @megsamanda

Some time ago, I had the chance to catch a tweet via the #edchat hashtag from an Australian colleague (you just never know who you're going to run into on Twitter these days).  After our brief Twitter exchange, she wrote the following at her blog, iTouch Journey:
In Australia, we are restricted at the moment by what we can pick up and read on our devices (mobile phones, iPads/iPod touches etc) so here are some examples of where you can go to read eBooks (or to find free ones!). There are of course commercial sites that are available i.e. the iBookstore for iDevices, Amazon, Borders etc
Here are some links to commercial sites (just check that you can actually buy from Australia first!)
  2. There is a free eBook Tab to download books.
  3. Borders eBook Store
I just recently discovered a link given to me via Twitter (thanks @mguhlin) for the help.
This is a add-on in Firefox that enables you to read ePub files on the Internet. This is perfect when your students or yourself do not have access to a portable device that you can put in your pocket.
I can't tell you how many books I've read on my Nook, but let's just say I'm contemplating dumping my entire print book library (quite large) and just go electronic. My daughter talks me out of this periodically after citing a zombie apocalypse looming on the horizon, electromagnetic pulses (EMPs), etc. Ah, the foolishness of the youth! (wink)

Seriously, as many books as I've read on my eReader, I also enjoy reading ePub books via Firefox browser plug-in. It's a great alternative for kids who may have access to netbooks in schools, but not eReaders.

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