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Creating ebooks on an iPad

iPad options are springing up on the app store for ebook creation. Check out the Book Creator for iPad, a $4.99 app in the app store. This app uses the epub standard to create photo/art books, text-based books, albums, and almost any kind of book imaginable.

Content options for creating rich ebooks include:

  • The ability to select from more than 50 font options
  • Importing photos, videos, music, and recorded speech
  • Adding voiceover from within the app

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Tech tip: Free dotEPUB converts any webpage into an e-book

logo for dotEPUB websitedotEPUB  is “software in the cloud” that avid readers will appreciate.  Eric Dover, Client Services manager in iTAC, recommended this free tool for K-Staters who like to save complete webpages for offline reading later — such as extensive articles, news stories, long blogs, and more.

But it’s not an add-on or an app.  This nebulous tool is a bookmarklet for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera web browsers. (Chrome users can opt to download the dotEPUB extension from the Chrome store instead.)

Once content is downloaded, it can be viewed by any epub-compatible device, including  Kindle and other e-readers, desktop computers, tablets, the iPhone and other smartphones, iPod touch, iPads, and more.

  1. (iPad users:  First get the free iBooks app or another e-reader, so you have a place to store downloaded content.)
  2. Everyone: Go to the dotepub.com website.
  3. The default is NOT to include images and links on webpages.  If you want to see pictures and follow links to websites, uncheck the box “Immersive mode (no links or images)”.
  4. Follow the instructions for your particular e-device, such as drag-and-drop the “dot E PUB” logo (most web browsers); copy-and-paste the supplied Javascript code (iPads); and so forth.

For more information, visit the dotepub.com website and watch the 2-minute dotEPUB video on YouTube.

Copyright questions? Two K-State resources with answers

Can I use an image from the Web in my term paper?  Do I have to get permission to make an entire video available in my K-State Online course?  Copyright is complicated, but here are some resources that help answer tough copyright questions:

  1. “The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Copyright, Publishing and Creative Commons.” Watch this presentation by Molly Kleinman, former copyright specialist and special assistant to the Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. Molly visited K-State during Open Access Week, and her presentation and slides help to clarify the complexities of copyright law and highlight the benefits of using works licensed under Creative Commons.
  2. Visit K-State’s Copyright website for an overview of using copyrighted works, how to manage your copyrights, and other copyright issues. Have a specific question? This site features an interactive form to pose your question and get help.

Events planned for Open Access Week, Oct. 18-22

At universities, research centers, and libraries around the world, a revolution is brewing, and next week, we’re going to shout about it. Open Access Week (Oct. 18-22) is a time to call attention to the need for public access to scientific and technical research.

At K-State, these events are planned for all students, faculty, and staff:

  • Open Access Week Open Forum
    2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, second floor of Hale Library
    Presentations by Michael Wesch (associate professor in Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work), Christopher Sorensen (distinguished professor of Physics), Dale Askey (associate professor in Hale Library), and Danny Unruh (K-State student body president)
  • The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Copyright, Publishing and Creative Commons
    2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, Hemisphere Room, Hale Library
    Presentation by Molly Kleinman,  special assistant to the Dean of Libraries and former copyright specialist, University of Michigan

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TechBytes Oct. 23: K-State Webzine; Kansas Food Journal web-based magazine

Jane Marshall and Nate Dillon will present “K-State Webzine; Kansas Food Journal web-based magazine” at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in 501 Hale Library (Hemisphere Room). Come join this session to learn about how students in a food writing course have published the webzine, Kansas Food Journal. The webzine includes restaurant listings, recipes, book reviews, and more!