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eBook (module for Omeka S)

eBook is a module for Omeka S that allows to merge selected resources into an ePub or a pdf file for publishing or archiving purpose. An ebook can be created with the pages of a site too. The aim of such a feature is to have a static fixed content, an externally usable document or an archival version of the database. Of course, the ebooks can be displayed in Omeka too.

The ePubs are formatted with version 2.0 or 3.1 and pdf files with version 1.7 or as pdf/a, so it can be read on any device, from the smartphone to the desktop, and of course by any e-reader that respects the standards.

Conversion into Pdf is not available currently.


The module uses external libraries to create files, so use the release zip to install the module, or use and init the source.

  • From the zip

Download the last release from the list of releases (the master does not contain the dependency), and uncompress it in the modules directory.

  • From the source and for development

If the module was installed from the source, rename the name of the folder of the module to Ebook, go to the root module, and run:

    composer install

The next times:

    composer update

Note: epubjs-reader is available as npm too for development:

    npm install


The ebook can be built for a site or for a list of resources.

For a site, go to its page navigation and click Create ebook. The ebook is created with all editorial pages included in the navigation, with the same structure and order.

For resources, first do a search to list all the items or item sets you want, or go to the browse page and select a list of item sets, or items. Second, click the top button Batch actions, and Create ebook from selected or Create ebook from all, then fill the form.

Ebooks are displayed automatically by Omeka.


  • Use a full standard Omeka theme instead of specific templates.
  • Manage other types of pages (this will be the case if a full theme is used).
  • Include composer in gulpfile.js.
  • Pdf management via mpdf.


Use it at your own risk.

It’s always recommended to backup your files and your databases and to check your archives regularly so you can roll back if needed.


See online issues on the module issues page on GitHub.


This module is published under the CeCILL v2.1 licence, compatible with GNU/GPL and approved by FSF and OSI.

This software is governed by the CeCILL license under French law and abiding by the rules of distribution of free software. You can use, modify and/ or redistribute the software under the terms of the CeCILL license as circulated by CEA, CNRS and INRIA at the following URL "".

As a counterpart to the access to the source code and rights to copy, modify and redistribute granted by the license, users are provided only with a limited warranty and the software’s author, the holder of the economic rights, and the successive licensors have only limited liability.

In this respect, the user’s attention is drawn to the risks associated with loading, using, modifying and/or developing or reproducing the software by the user in light of its specific status of free software, that may mean that it is complicated to manipulate, and that also therefore means that it is reserved for developers and experienced professionals having in-depth computer knowledge. Users are therefore encouraged to load and test the software’s suitability as regards their requirements in conditions enabling the security of their systems and/or data to be ensured and, more generally, to use and operate it in the same conditions as regards security.

The fact that you are presently reading this means that you have had knowledge of the CeCILL license and that you accept its terms.

This module uses the following components:

  • Fonts from stixfonts: see license
  • ePub css: GPL v2+
  • epubjs-reader: BSD-2-Clause


This module was built first for the French Université Paris-Diderot.


Omeka S module that allows to create ebooks (epub) from items or from the site pages.





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