Remember podcasting? The concept has faded a bit in the public consciousness (Gartner has listed it as 'expired before its time' in its latest hype cycle) but it's still supported in iTunes and (as they say) not dead yet. Basically, the idea was to automatically load MP3 files onto your iPod as part of your regular charge and sync. Longer battery life and live webcasting have combined to push podcasting to the margins. But the idea of loading media to your iPod or iPad for later use continues to have merit. This we see in this example a system described whereby exactly the same technology is used to load ePub Documents to your iPad. So if you're publishing ePub documents (which "could well be a set of class notes, a handout, a monograph, or any other instructional support document") this is an easy way to distribute them using RSS. See also Frank Lowney on Playable audio and video and Standard Definition Video in ePub Documents, as well as a look forward to ePub version 3 - good stuff.
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