November 18, 2013
Looking for a new way to read and organize your scientific journal articles? Then check out the new PubReader with EPUB files in the PubMed Database from the National Library of Medicine. Now, when you find the full text of an article in PubMed, you have the option of viewing the article in the new, tablet-friendly, PubReader interface or downloading the article in the EPUB format.
With the ability to download EPUB files to your desktop or tablet computer, you can have a more feature-rich reading experience on your web browser, or in an e-book reader program like iBooks or Adobe Editions.
If you’d like to download an EPUB document from Pub Med, just make sure the article you’re looking at reads “Free PMC Article” in your results list (not all the results you’ll find in PubMed will have this option). Next, when you click on the article you should see the PubReader option on your right. If you use PubReader, you then have the option of saving the document in the EPUB format (this option is in a drop-down menu at the top of the screen). If you use a Mac the article should open up in iBooks and if you use a PC it may open up in Adobe Editions. While this option is currently in "beta" status, we think it's definitely worth trying.
Want to get started with EPUB Files in PubMed? Start your search now by going directly to the PubMed Central database: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?otool=casdsulib
EPUB books are also available the library's Nook devices, which can be checked out in the Media Center.
What is EPUB? Currently on its 3rd version, EPUB is a specification maintained by the International Digital Publishing Federation for using web standards in digital publishing. At its core, EPUB is a standard for packaging files formatted in HTML, CSS and other web standards so they can be read and saved on e-readers, allowing for useful functionality and rendering. When you download an EPUB document you’re downloading something similar to a zip file with all the files you’d need to view to read a normal webpage, except the EPUB file is designed specifically for tablets.
Want to learn more about the EPUB format? Visit the website of the International Digital Publishing Forum: http://idpf.org/epub
Written by: Tyler Rogers