This summer Connexions development team is hard at work developing a mobile version for all of the Connexions collections. These new mobile versions will significantly increase access to all content in the repository by providing an easy to use, standards-based, mobile-reader format, called EPUB. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation generously awarded us a specific grant to develop an EPUB export for Connexions content this summer. Students, teachers, and independent learners will have access to Connexions content on their mobile devices this fall.
EPUB is supported by the major mobile devices and e-book readers including Apple's iPad and iPhone, Sony’s eReader, and enTourage’s eDGe. EPUB books can also be read offline on notepads and laptops and the EPUB format is used by accessibility services that enhance content for use by individuals needing assistive technologies for reading. Creating a Connexions EPUB export will provide a complete and robust mobile reading experience for the growing collection of open textbooks and university press publications in Connexions. Students will be able to read their textbooks from anywhere, vastly increasing the marketing, awareness, availability, and use of open textbooks.
When the development is complete we will announce the mobile versions on this blog and at cnx.org.