This week I have been researching how to create eBooks for the iPad so they can sit within the iBooks App on the device. By releasing materials as eBooks on the iPad users can take advantage of the features iBooks offers, such as highlighting important information, bookmarking, zooming images and making annotations in the margin for later use.
iBooks for iPad uses the .ePub format which is a free and open e-book standard. However I have found it a little tricky to create this format with everyday software. Most of the materials we create at Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Plymouth (for print and PDF design) are built with Adobe InDesign and luckily it does come with the ability to export your documents as .ePub, however I have found that you don’t always get the intended results and there will be random things such as the front cover not showing when viewing the Table of Contents. Annoying.