EPUB is an XML-based file format designed to reflow text according to screen size. on mobile devices.PDF is still the format of choice over EPUB for most people. But many publishers have already started to create ebooks with EPUB format so as to reduce creation and conversion cost of ebooks and they can bring more books to market within less time. Google book website also has started to offer ebooks in EPUB format at http://books.google.com. See list of publishers who are member of IDPF(International Digital Publishing Forum) and supporting reflowable text format standardization here. EPUB file format and its compression guarantee a fixed time to display any given page of the book.
Publication file formats are separated into two categories.
- Fixed layout formats
- Reflowable formats
Reflowable formats are typically designed to be displayed on a screens for which the size is not known or imposed. HTML and plain text are reflowable formats. Read more about formats at here and here
Free .epub creation tool:
eCub - a simple .epub creation tool:
eCub is a cross-platform tool for creating EPUB and MobiPocket books. eCub supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris x86. Download eCub 1.07 here.
Free EPUB readers:
- Adobe Digital Editions: It provides support for Sony® Reader. It support both PDF and EPUB format. Download Digital Editions 1.7.1 here
- calibre (Windows, Mac, Linux): calibre is a one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is open source and cross-platform in design. calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution and thus includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer. Download calibre-0.6.21 here
- Stanza: With Stanza, we can read eBooks on Mac or PC and share with iPhone, iPod Touch, & Kindle. We can organize library, browse online catalog, save place, find favorites and more. Download Stanza for Apple Macintosh, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch and Microsoft Windows here
Free EPUB to PDF converters:
- Calibre: Calibre can convert an ebook from EPUB to PDF. In addition, it can convert .lit format to .PDF & .EPUB and .PDF to .lit & .EPUB format. Download calibre-0.6.21 here
- doPDF: doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use and works on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2008/2003/2000 Server (32 and 64-bit). It can convert Office documents, text, EPUB and many more formats to PDF. Download doPDF 6.3.309 (1.73 MB)(Release Date:14-September-2009)here
Free EPUB checker:
EpubCheck is a tool to validate IDPF Epub files. It can detect many types of errors in Epub. OCF container structure, OPF and OPS mark-up, and internal reference consistency are checked. EpubCheck can be run as a standalone command-line tool, installed as a web application or used as a library. Download and read more about EPUB checker here
Amazon Kindle is a software and hardware platform developed by Amazon.com. It is a wireless device costs $259.00 (Global wireless) and $489.00 (U.S. Wireless). Some of the kindle features of kindle are listed here.
- Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines.
- Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback
- Books in Under 60 Seconds
- 3G Wireless.
- Global Coverage.
- Paper-Like Display.
- Carry 1,500 books.
- Long Battery Life
- Text-to-Speech feature
- Free Book Samples.
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