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The instructions for downloading an EPUB file to your ereader will vary widely from one ereader to another. You need to consult the instructions for your ereader to learn how to read EPUB articles available on various web sites.
Would you like to have your genealogy book or your society's newsletter available as an ebook publication? There is a huge 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 those publishers.
Of course, you can also continue to publish in whatever format you already use: DOC, TXT, HTML, PDF, or any other format. You can use EPUB files as a second publishing method, allowing your readers to choose the format they prefer.
Put into the right format, your genealogy book or your society's newsletter can easily be read on any of the many available ebook readers, including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Barnes & Noble Nook, the Sony Reader, Kobo eReader, iRex Digital Reader, Archos, and many other ebook readers. The "secret" is to publish the document in EPUB format. With the tools described in this article, that is easy to do.
Millions of books are already available in EPUB format. Many of the books sold by Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, and other electronic publishers are available today in EPUB format. In addition, all the public domain books in both Google Books and in Archive.org are available in EPUB format among others. As readers of this newsletter know, both Google Books and Archive.org include thousands of books of interest to genealogists.
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 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.
Of course, many of the same books are also available as PDF files and can be read with many handheld ebook readers. However, the text and pictures in PDF files often do not display well on the smaller screens. PDF files have fixed line length and page lengths, which may not fit well into the smaller screens of ebook readers. Reading a PDF file on a handheld device with a small screen often means the reader has to manually scroll left to right to read each line. Very few people will do that for very long.
In contrast, EPUB documents will display documents as "re-flowable" pages. That is, each line is word-wrapped appropriately for the size of the screen being used. EPUB documents usually do not require scrolling from side to side in order to read the text.
EPUB books also can support DRM (digital rights management) to prevent unauthorized copying of the documents.
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