The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Would you like to have your genealogy book or your society's newsletter available as an ebook? There is a large reading audience that is taking advantage of the many convenient mobile reading devices on the market now. The popularity of these devices for reading books, newspapers, and magazines continues to explode. The reading public seems to love them, and the people who publish the ebooks definitely love the low cost of publishing this way. You could be one of these.
Put into the right format, your genealogy book or your society's newsletter can be read on any of the many available ebook readers, including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Barnes & Noble Nook, the Sony Reader, iRex Digital Reader, and the iRiver Story. The "secret" is to publish the document in EPUB format. With the tools described in this article, that is easy to do.
EPUB is a free and open standard format created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), and is designed for “re-flowable” content that can be optimized to whatever device is being used to read a book file. Both large publishers and individuals use EPUB for distribution and sale of electronic books. There are also conversion houses that create EPUB files as a service to their customers. In all cases, the resulting EPUB files have the extension .epub.