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Monday, 28 July 2014 18:56

Tools for publishing: why it’s worth knowing about EPUBs


by Caite McCann
Don’t be afraid of the word EPUB. If it’s not already a part of your lingo, you’ll soon be throwing it into your sentences as often as you say PDF. Like a PDF, an EPUB is a free and open standard format, but in EPUB form, which is another way to describe an eBook that will adapt to be readable on any device from a computer to a cellphone to a Kindle and beyond. It also automatically publishes the most concise format to suit devices of any size, which conveniently reduces download times by reducing the end product size.
Why is it valuable to academics? An EPUB tool will allow you to simply prepare research papers, dissertations, theses, course material for students, presentations or supporting material for conferences, a series of newsletters or blogs, etc. in an eBook format.
If you are publishing for the first time there are simple tools that will help you get your work to look like a publication, and there are plenty of tools that will help make this process easy (see the blog for more details).
A ‘good to know’ is that many publishing houses that supply textbooks are now switching to EPUB, because it allows students to buy their textbooks online.  It’s possible for you to create a textbook or other publication from scratch, or you can automatically convert an existing formatted publication into an EPUB format (license dependent). An interesting ebook feature is that readers can both annotate the content or make personal notes about the content on their own devices.
So publishing in EPUB format is really useful for Research Uptake in that you can create more value from existing work, and reach broader audiences across a spectrum of devices, so as to get research into use.
For the full version, read the blog.