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Thank you for your interest in ePub versions of SIGMOBILE publications. Starting in 2014, SIGMOBILE is experimenting with making our research publications more easily readable on mobile devices such as tablets, phones, and e-readers. No longer will you have to pinch and zoom and scroll around in a two-column PDF that is laid out for printing on dead trees. The ePub format is designed to scale automatically for the size of your screen.


We are beginning this experiment by making full papers accepted to selected conferences and workshops available in ePub. You will find the ePub versions (if available) on the website for the conference or workshop, or on the ACM Digital Library, in the same place you would find the PDF.


There are several ePub reader applications available on different mobile platforms. We have not tried all of them. We do not have any particular ones that we recommend. Below we list those that we have tried and worked for us.
  • On Windows 8, the Liberty Book Reader app works for us.
  • On Windows Phone 8, the OverDrive Media Console app works for us.
  • On Apple iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, the built in iBooks app works for us.
  • On Android devices, the Universal Book Reader app works for us.
  • On Amazon Kindle Fire, the built in reader works for us.
  • On Amazon Kindle eReaders, you can convert each ePub file to the Mobi format using this webservice and then email the Mobi file to your Kindle's email address.
  • On Barnes and Noble Nook, the built in reader works for us.
  • On Kobo, the built in reader works for us.

Latex to ePub using Pandoc

Generating your own ePub file from Latex is a painful experience. We have had some success using Pandoc. Here are some tips for making that work:
  • all latex code should be in one .tex file ("\input" does not work)
  • add abstract as a new section "\section{Abstract}"
  • add categories, descriptors, and keywords as subsections
    • \subsection{Categories and Subject Descriptors}
    • \category{C.4:}{Performance of Systems:}{Design studies}
    • \subsection{Keywords}
    • \keywords{Smartphone App; I/O Optimizations}
  • use PNG format for the figures
  • force Figure numbering by hand (add figure number to the caption)
  • avoid using labels
  • avoid multi-figure layouts and instead use the simple figure structure as follows (no wrapfigures, etc.)
    • \begin{figure}
    • \centering
    • \includegraphics[scale=0.5]{foo.png}
    • \caption{\textbf{Figure 1: Graph showing foo is better than bar.}} \hfill
    • \end{figure}
  • add References as a new section before the end of the document, and force citation numbering by hand
  • run command "pandoc -f latex -t epub -o paper.epub paper.tex"

Latex to ePub using tth and Sigil

Some have had better luck using tth to convert Latex to XHTML, and then using Sigil to do the final conversion to ePub. Here are some tips for making that work:
  • tth does not handle figures in PDF. GIF and EPS should work.
  • compile your latex paper so that the appropriate bbl file is created
  • run command "tth -w2 -e2 mybook.tex"
  • open generated .html file in Sigil
  • generate table of contents in Sigil
  • in Sigil, go to Tools->Metadata to enter title and author
  • save


Please send your feedback, either positive or negative, to the SIGMOBILE Information Director, Sharad Agarwal, at his email address: firstname.lastname @
The ACM Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data and Computing