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EDUC 439/639: eBook Authoring

Most of the learning resources in this course are available freely online. Some of the Apple resources require that you have an iTunes Connect login, which is freely available at iTunes Connect.

Publishing with iBooks Author

Follow this link to Apple's overview of iBooks Author. O'Reilly Media publishes a highly rated book for beginning iBooks authors. To download it freely from the Apple iBookstore, follow this link to Publishing with iBooks Author - Nellie McKesson & Adam Witwer. You can also download it freely in ePub, Mobi, or PDF format by following this link to shop.oreilly.com.

Building Your Book for Kindle

In addition to authoring eBooks for publication in the Apple iBookstore, students can also create projects for other platforms. To learn how to use MS Word to author eBooks for Amazon's Kindle platform, for example, you can download the free eBook entitled Building Your Book for Kindle, which is available from www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Book-Kindle-ebook, or you can download its PDF from Building-Your-Book-for-Kindle.pdf. A more recent guide to creating Kindle books from MS Word is this eBook Manuscript Formatting Guide. There is also a Kindle app that enables users to read Kindle books on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. To get the Kindle app, follow this link to iTunes Kindle.

Nook ePub Publishing

Another popular ePub platform is the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Follow this link to their formatting guidelines. There is a Nook app that enables users to read Nook books on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. To get the Nook app, follow this link to iTunes Nook.

Digital Learning Playbook

Created by the FCC and the USDOE, the Digital Learning Playbook provides insight into the rollout of eBooks throughout K-12 education. You can download the playbook from http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/digital-textbook-playbook.

Journal Articles

Guler, E., Guler, C., & Gumus, S. (2012). Comparison of the tools for interactive eBook content development. EDULEARN12 Proceedings, 1191-1195. Retrieved from library.iated.org/view/GULER2012COM.

Jackson, D. (2012). Steve Jobs Was Right About the Future of HTML 5 but Was He Right About Digital Publishing? Law Library Journal, Spring 2012. Retrieved from papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2006444.

Kwok, R. (2012). Going digital. Nature, 485, 405-407. Retrieved from www.nature.com/nature/journal/v485/n7398/full/nj7398-405a.html.

Martin, R. (2012) The road ahead: eBooks, eTextbooks and publishers’ electronic resources. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett & T. Stewart (Eds.), Future challenges, sustainable futures. Proceedings ascalite Wellington 2012. Retrieved from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b510/57a7a6793acadb9d187919ff61433d737354.pdf.

Parrott, C., & Holvig, K. (2012). Teaching with Technology and iBooks Author. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 18(5), 267-269. Retrieved from www.jstor.org/discover/10.5951/mathteacmiddscho.18.5.0267.

Slough, S. & Rupley, W. (2012). Multi-Touch Tablets, E-Books, and an Emerging Multi-Coding Theory for Reading. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (pp. 1233-1238). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/40908.

Thomas, N., Carroll, F., Kop, R., & Stocking, S. iBook learning experience: the challenge of teaching computer architecture to first year university students. Retrieved from http://world-comp.org/p2012/EEE2439.pdf.

Computer Accounts

Every University of Delaware student automatically receives an e-mail account. You should visit www.udel.edu/network to manage your password, username, and quotas. Especially if you do not read your udel.edu e-mail regularly, be sure to visit www.udel.edu/network and follow the link to forward your udel.edu mail to the e-mail address you read every day.

Computer Sites

All students registered in this class have the option of using the multimedia PCs and Macs in the campus computing sites. Use https://sites.udel.edu/computingsites/ to link to the general access site schedule. Please note that the use of the campus computing sites is totally optional in this course. If you have your own computer and Internet connection, you may never need to use the campus computing sites.

E-mail Addresses

Every student in this class must have an e-mail address on the Internet and read e-mail regularly. If you're enrolled in a University of Delaware course, and you do not have an e-mail account yet, go to the help center and follow the e-mail link for detailed instructions on how to activate your e-mail account. If you do not read your UD mail regularly, you should go to www.udel.edu/network and follow the instructions to forward your e-mail to your preferred e-mail address.