Showing posts with label dotEPUB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dotEPUB. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Two Tools for Reading ePub Files in Your Browser

ePub documents are everywhere now. But if you don't have an ereader, you might feel like you're missing out on something. Fortunately, there are some tools that you can use to read ePub documents on your laptop or desktop. Here are two tools that I have used to read ePub documents on my laptop.

EPUBReader is a Firefox add-on that will allow you to read ePub documents within your browser. EPUBReader downloads ePub files and displays them directly in your browser. The video below offers a short demonstration.

Magic Scroll is a Chrome web app that you can use to read ePub files on your desktop or laptop even if you do not have an internet connection.

If you want to convert webpages into ePub documents, dotEPUB is a good Chrome web app for that. I previously wrote about dotEPUB in October. Here is a video overview of dotEPUB.

Applications for Education
Both of these browser add-ons could be good to have installed on your school's library computers or computer lab computers. If students are conducting research and encounter an ePub document, they will be able to access it without the need to send it to an ereader.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

dotEPUB - Convert Any Webpage into an ePub Document

dotEPUB is a free service that allows you to convert the content of a webpage into an ePub format to read on your tablet, phone, or other ereader device. dotEPUB can be used as a browser bookmarklet in Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome. In Chrome you can also use the dotEPUB Chrome extension. With the bookmarklet or browser extension installed just click it to activate, convert the webpage, and send it to your ereader device.

For bloggers, dotEPUB offers a widget that you can install to enable visitors to convert your blog posts to ePub format. I looked through the widget documentation and have to say that while the directions are clear, installing the widget might not be easy for those who get nervous opening up the source code of their blogs.

The video below offers an overview of installing and using the dotEPUB bookmarklet.

Applications for Education
dotEPUB could be a great tool for students to take content from your course blog or website and put it on their ereaders for easy access wherever they go. You could also use dotEPUB to create an ePub portfolio of your students' blogging efforts.