National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Public Relations Center,
Publications Office

In addition to “The Annual Report of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan” and “NAOJ News,” which report the research and activities of NAOJ, the NAOJ Publications Office also compiles and publishes special editions and activity documentation. Digital publication files (WEB Book, EPUB3, PDF) released by the Publications Office are opened to the public on this page.

3 Digital Publication Formats

WEB Book

This format can be viewed in an internet web browser. In addition to offering movie playback and interactive digital contents, this format also offers interactive page functions on a tablet platform such as touch and swipe actions. The pages are in reflowable format (the articles are laid out to match the screen size). This format is suitable for reading on a mobile device, tablet, or PC with an internet connection.

Screen of WEB Book

EPUB3

This format can be read using a specialized EPUB3 reader. The method for using the digital publication data will be determined by the interface style of the EPUB3 reader. The pages are in reflowable format (the articles are laid out to match the screen size). This format is suitable if you want to set the font size, use EPUB3 reader functions like memo or bookmark, as well as for reading on mobile devices or tablets without an internet connection.

Screen of EPUB3

PDF

In this format, the page layout is fixed (the same as the printed layout). This format is suitable for reading on a tablet or laptop PC without an internet connection. Movie playback and interactive digital contents are not available in PDF files (there will be no response when you click on these elements, or the pages may not appear at all). The font size cannot be adjusted either.

Screen of PDF

Caution: When using EPUB3, there are cases where some of the interactive digital publications might not function based on the EPUB3.0 environment of the EPUB3 reader. The EPUB3 readers recommended for NAOJ Public Relations Center Publications Office releases are iBooks (iPad, iPhone, other ios based platforms, Mac), Gitden Reader (Android), and Adobe Digital Editions (Win/Mac).

WEB Book Display and Operation

To Display

On the bookshelf, touch (or click) the “book title” or “WEB Book Viewer” button.
Operation to select WEB Book

Operation

On the page display, touch (click) an “article name” in the table of contents on the left to move to that article. Furthermore by swiping (dragging, or rotating the mouse wheel) up and down, you can move the red triangle to the desired article.
When the screen width is narrow, the table of contents is hidden; in this case you can open the table of contents by clicking (touching) the “table of contents” button.
Menu open

Downloading EPUB/PDF Files

On the bookshelf, touch (or click) the “PDF” button or “EPUB3” button beneath the “book title.” In the case of downloading to a smartphone or tablet, when a prompt appears asking what application to use to open the file, please select your PDF reader or EPUB3 reader of choice. For details about operating a PDF/EPUB reader, please refer to the manual for each application.
Operation to select EPUB3 or PDF

Caution: When downloading to a smartphone or tablet, it might take several minutes for the prompt to select an application to appear after the button is pushed.

Caution: When using EPUB3, there are cases where some of the interactive digital publications might not function based on the EPUB3.0 environment of the EPUB3 reader. The EPUB3 readers recommended for NAOJ Public Relations Center Publications Office releases are iBooks (iPad, iPhone, other ios based platforms, Mac), Gitden Reader (Android), and Adobe Digital Editions (Win/Mac).

Original Books

Original digital publications planned and compiled by the NAOJ Public Relations Center Publications Office.

Newest Titles


ISBN978-4-908895-01-2

Makaliʻi in Hawaiʻi
(Keiichi Kodaira)

Title:Makaliʻi in Hawaiʻi
Author:Keiichi Kodaira
Release date:July. 8, 2016
Last updated : Sep. 1, 2016
ISBN:978-4-908895-01-2
From the Translator:The word "Makaliʼi" in the title of this English version is the Hawaiʼian word for the star cluster “Pleiades,”which ancient Hawaiians used as position and time indicator in the sky for their navigation over the Pacific Ocean with their outrigger-canoes. The original meaning of “Makaliʼi” is “Small Eyes.”Hawaiians came from Makaliʼi according to a legend. In Japan, this beautiful conspicuous star cluster “Pleiades” has been called “Subaru” since the age of Yamato period, as was cited in the Makura-no-Sohshi by Sei Shonagon “(Beautiful is ) in Spring the Dawn, among stars Subaru.” The original meaning of “Subaru” is “Gathering”. The Japanese National Large Telescope(JNLT) was named “Subaru”. The Big telescopes gathering in Hawaii are yet Small Eyes seen from the universe. The original Japanese version of this book "Uchuu no Hatemade" contained only a few picture materials. Taking advantage of the new style of publication "e-book", many pictures were added in this e-book, "Makaliʼi in Hawaiʼi". We hope that readers enjoy them as well as the translated materials.

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