Today I presented at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference on the topic of Libraries and ebook Creation. The slides and notes (including a list of resources mentioned) are available as a Powerpoint file. The list of ebooks projects and creation tools (pdf) is also available as a separate file.
As part of the Mozilla Teach the Web Project I created a Popcorn project about hacking public domain ebooks. From that I decided to try using Haiku Deck to create a more visually compelling presentation with more information about how to actually do the hacking. This is the result.
The Popcorn project, Hacking Public Domain eBooks for Use in the Classroom, has recently been revised. The original version is described in this blog post.
The assignment for Week 4 of Teach the Web has merged with the assignment for Week 5 as the whole project took much longer than expected. My idea was to put together a small Popcorn project on how knowing a little HTML and CSS can let you augment public domain ebooks to provide an enhanced learning experience. The video does not go into details on how to do this, but gives some basic ideas as to what is possible. The next stage of this project might be to provide step-by-step instructions for finding public domain ebooks, unzipping the epub file, editing its contents and then re-zipping the files.
As part of my study leave, I have been looking at creating ebooks. So far I have used various tools including iBooks Author, the free software from Apple that lets you create books for their iBookstore, and PressBooks which is an ebook creation platform based on WordPress.
The book, The Mules are Splendid Company: One Man’s Experience in WWI Africa, is based on a series of letters that Thomas Wilson, a civil engineer from the Borders of Scotland, wrote home from East Africa during World War I while he was serving in the 3rd Battalion of the King’s African Rifles and later the Royal Engineers. It can be read online at PressBooks or downloaded at no charge onto an iPad from the iBookstore.
The plan is to create additional epub versions of this book that can be used on Kindles and Kobos and tablets running the Kindle and Kobo software. I want to try creating a visual ebook directly on an iPad using the Book Creator app.