Reading ePub documents on your iOS device or Computer

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Mixes | 2 comments

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Later this week I should be posting lots of student projects from this year that I haven’t had a chance to post yet!

Many of the projects this year were created in Book Creator for iPad, which creates an ePub file, which is an electronic book format. The advantage of the electronic book format is that it allows students to insert audio and video into their books. The negative is that there aren’t many options for how you can read those books. Up until a couple of months ago, your only option was using iBooks on an iOS device. Now, fortunately, there’s another option on the computer. This post will describe both ways of reading student work created in Book Creator.

iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)

First, you’ll need to download iBooks from the App Store. It’s completely free!

Next, you’ll need to find an ePub file to download. Here’s the first grade graphic novel that I posted earlier this year!

After tapping on the link, you’ll see a screen that gives basic information and gives you a download button that you should tap.

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This will bring you to an Open In screen. If it says Open in iBooks, tap that. Otherwise tap Open in… and then choose Open in iBooks from the list that pops up.

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iBooks will open up with your new book ready to read!

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Computer (PC or Mac)

If you don’t have it already, you’ll need to download the Chrome web browser by Google.

Download the ePub file and save it somewhere easy to find again. I use the Downloads folder or the Desktop.

You’ll then need to add the Readium Extension to Chrome. In order to add it, you’ll need to be signed in to a free Google account.

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After downloading, it should create a New Tab on the Apps page. Click on Readium.

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Click the Add Items button

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Click Choose Files, then find your epub where you had saved it. Then click Add Book. Now you can read your book!

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Later this year, Apple will release a new version of Mac OS X that will have iBooks built in, so this is just a temporary measure for reading on Mac. After that it will work much more like iOS.

This post is crossposted from my work blog.

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2 Comments

  1. Nice simple guide. BTW, the Remix Teaching logo is a really nice design!

    • Thanks! The logo was designed for me by Erin McConchie.

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