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Top Mobile Apps for Reading and Creating eBooks

Get your students and yourself reading more and creating your own ebooks with the great free apps and tools in this blog.(read more)
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MGuhlin.org’s Top 5 Reading #iOS Apps #ePub #ebook

Are are you an avid reader? I know I am! It’s unbelievable how much content is available and demanding attention. Over the years, I’ve taken advantage of the following apps to feed my reading addiction!

  1. Readdle Documents (Free) – As I mentioned in this blog entry, the Documents app makes it a cinch to read non-Digital Rights Management (DRM) ePub/PDF ebooks. There is a pile of content available you can carry around, and now, with GoogleDocs ePub export, you can easily carry around important documents in ePub format and read them in Documents. Loading up ePub/PDF files onto your iOS device is a cinch with Documents.
  2. Google Play Books (Free) – Although an early Barnes and Noble Nook adopter (Amazon was on my never use list for years), I decided to begin investing in a book collection in Google Play. And, of course, there is a ton of free content on there too. What’s neat is that you can easily drop content into Google Play and it will sync across devices (including my Chromebook). This makes it easy to not only load content in, but also keep track of what page I am on. If you are moving across devices in the Google ecosystem, then definitely consider Google Play books.
  3. Kindle (Free) – Like everyone else, I have fallen beneath Amazon’s spell. Fortunately, I have managed to keep my collection of ebooks in non-DRM (get them via Smashwords when possible!) and Google Play, but I confess to having purchased a few titles here.
  4. Feedly (Free) – It’s not enough to just read books and magazines, so much awesome content is available in other people’s writings in blogs. Every time I open up Feedly, I am rejuvenated and inspired by so many others. Feedly makes it easy to read and share content into various content curation engines (like Pocket).
  5. Medium (Free) – Although not at the top of my list for checking out other people’s writing (too unfocused) like Feedly is, I do confess that there are times when I tap on Medium in the hopes of great essays and content. And, wow, there is great stuff there!
What are your top “reading” apps?


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Create ePubs with GoogleDocs! #google

Since there are a ton of folks starting to get into eBook reading–including bus drivers reading while driving–how can we easily create ePub documents for viewing on devices? There are a ton of ePub formatted ebooks available for reading in your iPad or Nook–and you can always use Calibre to convert them to the Mobi format for use in your Kindle–as I pointed out in this blog entry. And, ereaders are finding their way into schools. You can also create ePubs in a variety of ways.

My favorite FREE ePub readers:For Android, use Aldino’s eBook ReaderFor iOS, use Readdle’s Documents

You can also read ePub ebook format using Firefox browser and a special add-onRonHoutman suggests GooReader for Windows computer; it is “a desktop application that allows you to search, download and read books and magazines available on Google Books.”

But what about turning your students into creators of ePub ebooks?  There’s now a new player in town that many of us have been eagerly awaiting–Google!


In a recent blog entry, they share the following:


To make it easier for authors, publishers, and academic institutions to create works that can be consumed digitally, today we’re launching the ability to export Google Docs files as EPUB publications. Simply go to the File menu > Download as > EPUB Publication (.epub).



For fun, I took the Safeguarding Sensitive Data Plan and converted it to an ePub book; get it here!


OLD Approach:
If you can save your document to HTML–and most word processors can these days–then you are in business. Here are some of the tools available to accomplish that:

  1. ePubBud.com – Find out more online in their FAQ.
  2. eCub Cross platform tool
  3. eScape ePub Creator – Converts OpenOffice documents to ePub format.
  4. ODFtoEpub – Converts OpenOffice files to ePub format.
  5. BookGlutton – Converts HTML web pages to ePub format.
  6. EasyEPub – Convert from Adobe InDesign or Quark format to ePub
  7. Dave Solon’s Resources
  8. BookBin

You can also use these tools to convert from existing documents to ePub format: 

  1. Calibre – fantastic tool and comes with a great tutorial.
  2. Sigil – Free cross-platform tool to edit ePub books

Of course, I should also mention that Apple’s Pages allows you to create ePub documents as well, a point first brought to my attention by Tim HoltNow that creating an ePub document is as easy as going save as an ePub on GoogleDocs, wow, that is just phenomenal!

You can also find existing sources of ePub ebooks…imagine sharing this list with students, or having this wide selection of books to choose from!

  1. 4ebooks.org
  2. Baen Free Library of Science Fiction (I love this site)
  3. Book Glutton
  4. eBooks.com – This site supports lots of formats, not just ePub. . .and tons of titles!
  5. Free ePub Books – They provide a nice list of eReaders supported, including the Nook. Tons of books here that I’m dying to explore.
  6. Feedbooks
  7. Free eBooks
  8. FreeBookSpot.com
  9. Globeusz.com
  10. ManyBooks
  11. MobiBooks – You may have to convert these to ePub format using Calibre (free, cross platform tool).
  12. Waterstones

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Book Creator for Windows is FREE

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How cool is that? If you’ve used Book Creator on an iPad, you’ll probably find that Book Creator for Windows to be worth getting! It’s free for a limited time:

We are proud to introduce Book Creator for Windows, released on the Windows Store on 23 June. What’s more, we’re giving it away for free (limited period only!).

The lowdown
Same simple interface with a ‘Windows-esque’ design
Read books made on iPad / Android, and vice versa
Back up books to OneDrive and more
Free on the Windows Store now!

With Book Creator for Windows you can:

  1. Create books on a Windows tablet, laptop or desktop with an easy-to-use interface
  2. Edit text and apply rich formatting with more than 40 fonts to choose from
  3. Add photos and video or record audio
  4. Utilise the drawing tool for illustrations and annotations
  5. Read books with the in-app reader
  6. Draft books in the ePub format to publish work on Apple’s iBooks Store or the Google Play Store
  7. Send books by email or upload to OneDrive for quick and easy sharing 


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Living DRM-free: @Smashwords Difference @moellerjonathan @markcoker

Only yesterday, I dropped into a library to visit with a librarian (that’s where you can find them, usually). We immediately started discussing ebooks and whether we should invest as schools in print books or ebooks.

“Until ebooks shed digital rights management (DRM),” I preached, “we should avoid them in K-12 schools and focus our funding on print books!” I remembered the enewsletter that author Jonathan Moeller (@moellerjonathan) is kind enough to share with his Goodreads readers:

I am pleased to report that FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN, the sixth book in the FROSTBORN series, is now available on AmazonAmazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon Canada,Amazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleKoboGoogle PlayApple iTunes, and Smashwords. In FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN, Ridmark Arban at last reaches the cursed citadel of Urd Morlemoch to learn the truth of the Frostborn from the Warden, but the answer to Ridmark’s question might destory him. You can read the first chapter of FROSTBORN: THE THE DARK WARDEN right here.

(BTW, I strongly encourage you to check out Jonathan Moeller’s writing! Awesome stuff!)

As you might guess, I am an avid sci-fi and fantasy book reader. I LOVE to read but what I am thrilled about even more is the ability to get my favorite authors–like Jonathan Moeller–as DRM-free ePubs which work well on my iPad, Nook, or computer. Normally, you’d have to worry about where you can read your ebook, whether you can back it up…but with vendors like Smashwords, you don’t have to–they offer your ebooks in DRM-free formats:

Smashwords is a virtual playground for those who love the written word. Readers can sample most works for free (and in many cases, read up to half of the book before they commit to a purchase decision); read in multiple DRM-free formats; create digital libraries of purchased and sampled works; publish reviews (including YouTube video book reviews); and “favorite” their favorite authors, publishers and works. (Read more about Smashwords)

I can certainly attest to the value of Smashwords and wished more of my favorite authors–in addition to Jonathan Moeller–would publish their books via Smashwords.

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Looking for Books

“I want to fill my room with books,” shared a friend of my daughter. “Do you have any you want to get rid of?”

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERqnwjXkg-0

While my daughter’s friend’s desire is to fill his room with paper books, my goal is to get rid of them. I still have two bookshelves of books I have not yet acquired (purchased) in digital format. Some may never find their way into ebook format…but wouldn’t it be neat if they did? My idea of minimalist office is what you often see on Star Trek (Captain Kirk’s desire for print books notwithstanding).

A few days ago, I shared how much fun I’m having with my Nook SimpleTouch, which has made ebook reading a lot “speedier” compared to my 1st-gen Nook and “lighter” compared to my iPad.

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Like anyone else, I’m always on the lookout for fresh content to consume, and I found this list from OpenCulture.com worth checking out…you may as well!

  • Free eBooks – “This collection features free e-books, mostly classics, that you can read on your iPad/iPhone, Kindle, Nook or other devices. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. “
  • Free Audio Books: What better way to spend your free time than listening to some of the greatest books ever written? This page contains a vast number of free audio books – 550 works in total – including texts by Arthur Conan Doyle, James Joyce, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell and more recent writers — Italo Calvino, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, etc. 
  • Free Textbooks: And one last item for the lifelong learners among you. We have scoured the web and pulled together a list of 150 Free Textbooks. It’s a great resource particularly if you’re looking to learn math, computer science or physics on your own. 

And, of course, don’t forget these sources of DRM-free ebooks:


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