[IAEP] FOSTBs! (Free Open Source Text Books) FW: News from CK-12 Foundation

James Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Tue May 1 17:45:46 EDT 2012


It looks like we already can use these books on the XO.  The Read Activity
has support for the EPUB format which should be perfectly adequate for any
of these books.  The student can simply download the book from the Browse
Activity and open it with Read.

Google seems to be pushing its own book reading app and store, but really
all you need is the page with the links to EPUBs.

Actually, Read has the best EPUB support around.  I have donated several
books to Project Gutenberg and PG makes EPUBs by taking a web page and
putting EPUB files around it.  The problem with doing that is that you can
do things with a web page that will not render well on a Nook or Kindle.
You really need to hand craft an EPUB to make it work on these devices, and
PG isn't set up to let you do that.  However, the Read Activity can render
anything a web browser can do because it has the engine of a web browser
built in.

James Simmons

On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  ¡Hola! Si deseas una traducción, puedes usar Google o preguntame.
>  ¡Abrazos! Carolina
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> worldwide.  At first they had only a few secondary school math (Algenra I)
> and science books, but now they are reaching both up and down to elementary
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> Caryl
> P.S.  If someone has the time, it would be great to look at ways these
> flex-books can be used on the XO.  Maybe I can help later during the
> summer.
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