Teaching,creating and sharing mobile content for eReaders using ePub format for iPad, Nook and other e Reader devices.

No e Reader device? A mixed classroom with a few eReader devices? No problem, use edu.epubbud.com as your eReader.


What is EPUB?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Current version: ePub3

EPUB (short for electronic publication; alternatively capitalized as ePub, ePUB, EPub, or epub, with "EPUB" preferred by the vendor)
is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

Files have the extension .epub.

EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that the text display can be optimized for the particular display device used by the reader of the EPUB-formatted book. The format is meant to function as a single format that publishers and conversion houses can use in-house, as well as for distribution and sale.

ePub is a container or zipped file that can contain text, images, audio and video files.
To check what is contained inside the epub container:
1. change the extension from .epub to .zip - it is ok to accept the error that appears
2. unzip the container, and you will see separate files for the text, images, video and audio.

Why ePub?
  • maintained by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
  • free and open standard
  • eBook reader format supported by many eReaders (except Kindle, which uses a proprietary format only)
  • free with no licensing or other fees

Devices that use ePub files include:
  • The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, via iBooks - supports text, images, hyperlinks, audio, video
  • Android devices, via FBreader or other andriod eReader app
  • The Nook - supports text, images, hyperlinks
  • Sony Readers - supports text, images, hyperlinks
  • The Kobo Reader - supports text, images, hyperlinks
  • Kindle: Proprietary software, does not support ePub
  • Any Windows, Mac or Linux computers, via an eReader program, eg Chrome app Readium

  • Online:
    • edu.epubbud.com - supports text, images, hyperlinks, audio, video
    • bookworm.oreilley.com - supports text, images, hyperlinks
    • Chrome app: Readium - supports video, audio, text, images, hyperlinks


Teaching with ePub, and students becoming published authors.
When students write in school, it is difficult to publish and share their work. The Library catalog at schools are now able to house ePub eBooks created by students that can be read and/or downloaded.

Publishing student work provides another avenue for students to share, collaborate and to learn from each other. 6th grade students have written their own poetry books, and share their favorite work
  • Poetry with audio
7th grade students write and illustrate a myth story.
  • Myth book
Social Stories created for students with special needs using audio and video:
  • I Am Angry Social Story

Content via ePub

Curriculum and content that can be shared and used in mobile devices: Changes the teaching paradigm.
  • Clouds
  • Sustainability example
  • Introduction to Ancient Greece
  • Declaration of Independence.
  • Water Cycle

Additional Resources:

Charlene Chausis discussion about the Future of Books:

Instructions for creating ePub

  • 2epub.com - PDF to epub - text, images, and hyperlinks
  • edu.epubbud.com - Creating epub with text, images, hyperlinks, audio and video
  • iBooks Author(MAC only) create interactive iBooks, using templates, gadgets and more. Supports audio, video, text, hyperlinks, interactive gadgets.
  • Pages (MAC only) - Apple iWork Pages Instructions creating epub with text, images, hyperlinks, audio and video
  • open source software: Calibre, Bookbin
  • iPad apps for publishing ePub: Creative Book Builder