Guest Post: One Author’s Experience Creating Children’s Read Aloud Ebooks

By David Hoobler David Hoobler is both the author and illustrator of the Zonk the Dreaming Tortoise series. In the post below he shares his experience creating read aloud ebook versions of his children's books. Recording studios and mixing boards meant nothing to me a year ago. To me these are the realm of Rock …

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An Explanation of E-Book Formats

If you are a self-published author or someone looking to do e-book conversions, it can feel daunting at first because there are so many different formats to worry about. The two main formats, however, are EPUB and Kindle's proprietary format. EPUB can be used and read on Apple, Nook, Kobo, Sony, Google, and more devices, …

E-Book Review: Cinderella, an interactive EPUB3 book

Cinderella by Charles Perrault, Stanislav Ustymenko Cinderella - World-famous fairy tale accompanied by questions. During the reading children are constantly interacting with the characters of the fairy tale, so they need to answer a small educational question to move to each next page. This turns reading into an exciting and entertaining process supporting comprehensive development of …

EPUB3 Read Aloud Code

  Per request, I'm posting snippets of code to use to enable read aloud functionality on an iPad. You usually do this for children's books in EPUB3. Above is a sample of the SMIL file you will need to include. Remember to make a SMIL file for each "page." And don't forget to add it …

The New Kindle Format 8 (KF8)

Part 3 of the Understanding EPUB 3.0 webcast series was called An Alternative to EPUB 3.0: Inside the New Kindle Format 8 (KF8). The presenter was Joshua Tallent, president of eBook Architects. (To read my other posts on this series, see EPUB 3 and EPUB 3.0 Workflow).Joshua Tallent started the presentation with the history of …

EPUB 3.0 Workflow

Today I attended part two of the Understanding EPUB 3 webcast series, called Working with EPUB 3 : How EPUB 3.0 Will Affect Your Workflow. Read about the first webcast here. Ron Severdia, the CTO of Metrodigi, was the guest speaker. Metrodigi is a conversion house that has been around for two years, located in the San Francisco Bay …