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ePub digital readers, softwares and Creators
Unless you were hiding under a rock today, you know that Apple announced a new tablet computer that also functions as an eBook reader. This eBooker reader support epub file format, which is a proposed format from the International Digital Publishing Forum. “.epub” is the file extension of an XML format for digital books and publications. EPUB re-flows content, so that text can be optimized for the display screen being used at the time. There are other ePub digital readers, such as Sony Reader(Pocket Edition, Touch Edition), Borders Elonex Reader, BeBook eBook Reader, Apple iPod Touch.
There are softwares for you to read ePub ebook on your computer, such as Adobe Digital Editions, Stanza eBook Reader, Bookworm Reader, FBReader, Mobipocket, BookGlutton, etc.
PDF (Portable Document File Format) initially to provide a standard form for storing and editing printed publishable documents. Since the format is designed to reproduce page images, the text traditionally could not be re-flowed to fit the screen width or size. As a result PDF files designed for printing on standard paper sizes are less easily viewed on screens with limited size or resolution, such as those found on mobile phones and PDAs.
This is where ePub file format comes in. Because ePub offers interoperability between software and hardware for reflowable digital books. You could say, EPUB is the book equivalent of MP3 music.
By owning your eBooks in the EPUB format you will be able to read them using a wide range of software and digital electronic book readers, as mentioned above. The EPUB format is now the preferred industry standard world-wide and with more and more publishers, book stores and developers supporting this eBook format.
You can easily create your own ePub book with eScape. eScape is a free Open Office Writer to ePub creator. It lets you instantly and effortlessly turn Open Office Writer documents (ODT) into perfect ePubs ready to share with your friends. With eScape you may avoid the print book hegemony and go e-book first.
It's easy to create an ePub with eScape by following a few simple styling rules and with eScape you can create fantastic ePubs instantly.
Use the supplied Open Office Template (OTT) to Structure and Style your text files in the familiar Open Office Writer environment.
- Open eScape, browse to your ODT, cover image and select a CSS.
- Set a few reader friendly options and click "Create ePub"
- You can modify and add stylesheets to give your books a distinctive and personal style,
eScape is free E-book enthusiasts, that means for non-commerical use only if it is downloaded from there website. eScape cannot be used to create ePubs for money. You are explicitly forbidden to use eScape to provide ePub creation services. The ePubs you create can be freely shared, distributed and and given away anywhere and to anyone as long as you do not charge for them. This includes any and all service and/or distribution fees. There is no mention of what the pricing is for commercial use.