Thanks to our friends and publisher at Athabasca University Press, we have been experimenting with publishing IRRODL articles in epub format. Epub format is supported by the The International Digital Publishing Forum and was designed for reading books on portable and lother electronic readers. The Web-Books site explains that “the EPUB format can be viewed by Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), FBReader and Stanza. In addition to notebooks and desktops, ADE supports Sony Readers, Stanza targets Apple’s iPhone, and FBReader applies to Google’s Android.”
Displaying the epub articles can be a bit problematic- depending upon the software and hardware you use. Apple’s IPhone supports the free Stanza program (also available for desktop reading) so we have set up a Stanza catalog to distribute our epub formatted articles. Use this URL to add the IRRODL catalog added it to your Stanza’s online catalogs: http://www.irrodl.org/catalog/catalog.atom Or you can open the link below in your iPhone’s browser or email client, and it will do the trick for you:
We only have two articles from the latest issue, but we encourage feedback and suggestions. At some point we will likely add epub to HTML, PDF, and audio MP3 formats. However, conversion costs money and with an Open Access publications, there is always a necessity to keep costs manageable.
To help you make comparisons, I’ve posted the two articles with all 4 links below.
|Journals for Computer-Mediated Learning: Publications of Value for the Online Educator||Abstract HTML PDF MP3 EPUB|
|Matt Elbeck, B. Jean Mandernach|
|Transparency in Cooperative Online Education||Abstract HTML PDF MP3 EPUB|
|Christian Dalsgaard, Morten Flate Paulsen|
Please post any comments or suggestions or note which format you find most useful.