EPUB is an open ebook format which can be read with a variety of different devices including compatible ebook readers, tablet computers and smart phones.
Some of the useful functions EPUB files and readers generally provide are:
- improved search capacity across a publication
- resizable text
- annotation tools
- the convenience of use in a mobile device
This particular EPUB is best viewed using the iBooks app on the iPad. However, it is free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions and therefore may be read using any software or hardware that is capable of opening EPUB 2.0 files. EPUBs can also be read using a variety of website services, such as book.ish or Firfox plugin EPUBReader.
This is the first EPUB produced by the ALRC. We are aware there may be a few formatting inconsistencies, especially across different kinds of readers, but we hope that it will be a useful addition to the formats we already provide via the website (html and PDF).
We would like to know what people think of the EPUB version. Any feedback we receive will help us determine whether publishing ALRC reports and consultation documents as ebooks is a worthwhile course for us to pursue.
What do you think of the EPUB version of this Issues Paper? Do you think it is a useful format for these types of publications? If you are likely to use the EPUB version, what device are you most likely to use it in? Do you have any other comments about how the ALRC publishes its documents?