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‘The Knight Who Wouldn’t Sleep’ is Today’s Free eBook

the knightToday’s free eBook, The Knight Who Wouldn’t Sleep, is a bedtime picture book to help put your little ones to sleep. Written by Beau Blackwell and illustrated by Geraldina Sierra, the rhyming story follows a stubborn young knight who suffers the consequences of not going to sleep before battle.

A cute, rhyming bedtime book for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids ages 2-7 who don’t want to go to sleep!

Our fun-loving knight fights a nightly battle- he fights the urge to go to sleep! As you can imagine, this ends up causing him all kinds of problems until he gets some good advice from his friend the wise wizard.
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‘Reader (Daughter of Time)’ is Today’s Free eBook

readerToday’s free eBook, Reader (Daughter of Time), is from writer and biomedical researcher Erec Stebbens. The novel is a complex science fiction drama that tells the story of a gifted, young Reader, Ambra Dawn, who is abducted by aliens for her ability to see visions of the past and future.

From Publishers Weekly:

Can 17-year-old Ambra Dawn save the Earth from a malevolent alien emperor in the late 21st century? Stebbins presents a dark vision of humanity in thrall to a merciless but technologically advanced alien race known as the Dram. Kidnapped by these evil aliens for her special gift (as a “reader” she has visions of the past and future), Ambra is subjected to torture that deprives her of her eyesight but expands her powers. Read more

PediaPress Seeking Funds to Print the Entire English Wikipedia Catalog

PediaPress just launched a campaign to print the entire English Wikipedia catalog – a total of 1,000 hard bound books. That’s over 4 million articles from 20 million volunteer writers using $50,000.

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‘This Year in Jerusalem’ Today’s Free eBook

this year in jerusalemToday’s free eBook download, This Year in Jerusalem, is a premier short story collection from writer Jeffrey F. Barken. The stories are loosely based on his experience in 2009-2010 as a kibbutz volunteer. There are also illustrations in India ink and acrylic by artist Diana Muller.

Two childhood friends have betrayed each other. Myles Fletcher flees East to Israel, while Ari Shultz drives West across the United States. Kassam rockets fly in the prize-winning story The Guns in Gaza, and in Draft Dodger, a young man sneaks across the Israeli border, determined to visit his family after many years in exile.

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‘St. Charles at Dusk’ is Today’s Free eBook

st. charles at duskToday’s free Kindle download is St. Charles at Dusk: The House of Crimson and Clover Series Prequel. Written by Sarah M. Cradit, the novel is “set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, St. Charles at Dusk tells the story of Oz and Adrienne; of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.”

A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel. Through his family, and successful career as an attorney, he has forged a tranquil predictability. Read more

‘The Hot Sauce Book’ is Today’s Free eBook

hot sauce bookToday’s free Kindle download is a cookbook that will add some heat to your life: The Hot Sauce Book. While it may not bring immediate fire into your love life for Valentine’s day – everyone knows that the way to anyone’s heart is through the belly. If that’s a fire loving belly you are after, you’ll want to make your own sauce. This book will show you how.

If you love hot sauce you will love this book. Not only is it packed full of hot sauce recipes, it’s also got alcohol infused sauces, garlic infused sauces and fruity sauces with a hot twist.

Learn the techniques behind making world famous sauces and never buy them at the store again.  Read more

More Controls in Your Facebook Feeds & Our Best Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week.

They include an update to Facebook that might make your Newsfeed more tolerable, a great way to use mobile devices for ads, and an interactive Chrome Experiment that brings the joy of building Legos to all of our devices.

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MIT Media Labs’ Sensory Fictions is a Book You Can Wear

To convey emotions and feelings through literary devices is the goal of most writers – so what does an immersive physical experience do to literature if those feelings suddenly were induced by wearable sensors and actuators rather than emotional analogies? That’s the question that a team at MIT Media Lab wanted to know and they created a book and accompanying literary vest to test it.

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‘Inside’ App Cuts News Down to 300-Character Bites

Inside.comBrevity, speed and top-quality curation are what the founders of Inside.com hope will be the winning selling points of the latest news aggregation app. The app’s curators will deliver 1,000 stories a day, chopped neatly into 300-character news bites.

The stories are really quick summaries of another outlet’s reporting. Users can click through to the full story, or simply scroll through the hundreds of summaries, scanning the top headlines. The summaries often use abbreviations and other grammatical shortcuts to keep within the 300-character parameters, making for maybe not the prettiest prose but it gets the job done.

The breaking news app, which launched this week, was founded by Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis who snagged Gabriel Snyder (formerly of The Wire, Gawker and Newsweek) as content chief. They described the new app as “sort of like Pandora for news,” in a blog post announcing its launch where they promised to do the “best curation in the world.”

We take our responsibility for selecting stories and sources extremely seriously, and we hope you challenge us and let us know how we are doing often.

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InLight Is the Mobile Version of Women’s Glossies

InLight AppThere’s yet another news reading app on the market, but this one is focused on women. The free InLight iOS app delivers news in four categories: me time, we time (relationships), nourish (health & beauty) and splurge (entertainment & lifestyle).

The app is pretty and the subject matter light-hearted and geared toward self-improvement (no politics here, folks). In other words, InLight, is the mobile version of a women’s glossy magazine. Articles explain how to find the best eye cream, compliment your man and raise kids. Celebrity news is sprinkled in, too. Read more

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