If you think it has to do with drinking, you will be disappointed. If you are a frequent e-book user, you probably already know the answer. If you are still curious, keep reading.
When downloading e-books, you are presented with a few different choices. EPUB is often one of them. eBooks on EBSCOhost, one of the collections offered by GPC Libraries, recently added EPUB to their list of options.
So what is EPUB?
EPUB stands for electronic publication. It is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum. EPUB became one of the most common ways to deliver e-books because it allows creating books that behave more like web content:
- EPUB books are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web;
- eBooks in EPUB format also provide the user with what is called reflowable text. Reflowable text automatically adjusts to the size of the viewing screen and the size of the text, much like a mobile website.
When should you choose EPUB?
Choosing this format will make for more pleasant reading experience on an e-book reader or a mobile device. However, in some cases, PDF is still preferred. “PDF” opens an exact scan of the book; the page numbers will be the same as the print version. This option is best when you need the page numbers for reference.
Many academic e-book collections only offer PDF, but some like EBSCO are starting to offer both options. If you are using an e-book to work on research project, you might consider downloading both PDF and EPUB versions: EPUB for ease and comfort of off-line reading on a mobile device, PDF for convenient referencing and citing.
One more thing to take into account: choose an app that reads both EPUB and PDF. Bluefire Reader is a good option. It is available for both Android and iOS devices, and supports DRM required in order to use library e-books on your device.
To learn more about GPC Libraries e-books, visit our E-resources and Mobile Devices guide.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Sonya Slutskaya, Clarkston Librarian