Thursday, February 09, 2012

Writing an Ebook
Table of Contents

This is a work in progress but I wanted to get it started. Each chapter will become a separate post when finished.

Chapter 1 Ebooks definition
Digital formatted book that may include audio, text and multimedia with links to websites if the reader has browser capability.

Ebook Primer Educause

  1. Text-
  2. Audio-
    Audio books or "books on cd" have been around for a long time, but the audio books most related to mobile learning are those designed for reader users who have a problem with print. The Daisy format has been designed for those users and stands for  "Digital Accessible Information System" or Digital Talking Book.
    The books are based upon the Daisy Standards and will support both text to speech and Braille output content in a mixed media approach for various readers and tablets.
    Available Daisy formatted books can be found here as well as other sites listed on the Daisy site. Bookshare offers them free for qualifying students.
The ASB has some public domain books that you can download and use with a public reader.
Chapter 2 Standards 
Epub 2(current) and 3(coming) standard

                   Chapter 3  Ebook readers and formats

CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC**, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT , Amazon, Bnoble, other proprietarial online epub reader

                  Chapter 4  Writing process
Ultimately, an ePub file is merely a zip file consisting of XHTML and XML metadata, so it is possible to create one "by hand" yourself. A good tutorial for this can be found at
CreateSpace- Tools

                        Chapter 5 Ebook Authoring Software
  1. Feedbooks ( You can log into Feedbooks and create your own content, which will be made available in ePub, as well as other formats like PDF and Kindle.
  2. ePub Tools ( Command-line tools suitable for batch processing and integration into toolchains. Includes tools for conversion from Word, RTF, DocBook, TEI, and FictionBook.
  3. Rome?- multimedia output? convertible?
  4. eCub (  - "a simple to use EPUB and MobiPocket ebook creator"
  5. Sigil ( - Multi-platform WYSIWYG ebook editor. It is designed to edit books in ePub format. 
  6. Plucker HTML accumulator
  • yWriter This is a free novel-writing application that you can use to write your next story.- breaks your novel into chapters and scenes For PC.
  1. Edupub
  2. Wordpress Blog to epub plugin
  3. FlatWorld
  4. Web page to ebook cloud

Chapter 6 Publishing and ISBN process

Chapter 7 Conversion software commercial- exe format

                             Chapter 8 Reader Software
  1. Android reader  Comparison
  1. Aldiko
  2. Firefox plug in
  3. Mobipocket
  4. KOBO
  5. Adobe
  6. Kindle apps
  7. Sony
  8. plucker

                      Chapter 9 Examples of Ebooks and Uses

Memory Aids -
Action planning forms
Possible inclusion of Qr
JIT instructions
Link Resources
Self contained modules
  Chapter 10 Free Ebooks

  1. computer science/math

Free Audio Books

Not Free