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smipod Make iPod ebooksHere’s a quick, free, cross platform way to make iPod ebooks. I’m heading off to Etech next week and since I’ll have my iPod with me most of the time I figured I’d ebookify the conference schedule…Here’s how to do it -

Visit the ebook creator site here. I cut and pasted the text from the Etech schedule, and cleaned up the text a bit- saved it as Etech.txt.

1. Choose the .txt file on the site, name it and upload.

2. Download the zip file the ipod-ebook-creator makes.

3. Unzip the file and place the entire folder in the notes section of your iPod.

If you can’t access your iPod to add the files to the iPod you’ll need to enable disk mode. In iTunes- Edit > Preferences iPod Tab > General > Select “Enable disk use”.

4. Unplug your iPod from your computer go to Extras > Notes and open the first file. At the end of the file there’s a link that will go to the next file automatically.

And here’s the result!

final Make iPod ebooks

Here’s the original text file and here’s the zip file for you Etech’ers.

The next issue of Make will have a ton, and I mean a ton of ways to stuff like this and more on your iPod including everything all about a secret kiosk mode and how to use it for some cool projects.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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