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eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

children app ebook comprehensionResearch from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. Read more

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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

‘The Girl Behind the Door’ is Today’s Free eBook

the girl behind the doorThe Girl Behind The Door: A Father’s Journey Into The Mystery Of Attachment - is today’s free Kindle download from writer John Brooks. The memoir follows a father’s journey to understanding his adopted daughter’s tragic suicide:

A Marin County, California father embarks on a journey to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter, Casey, to take her life. He travels back to her abandonment at birth and adoption from a Polish orphanage at fourteen months, through her happy childhood and her turbulent adolescence, searching for answers. In most respects, Casey was a perfectly normal girl – beautiful, smart and popular, accepted at an elite college. But she also had troubling behaviors that no one understood, including mental health professionals.  Read more

Booktrack: Music Soundtracks Paired With eBooks

Book lovers and music lovers – have  you ever paired your two loves into one experience? That’s what Booktrack is offering, and according to science, the consumption of literature whilst streaming compatible audio is beneficial to reading comprehension while extending average reading time. The best of both worlds, possibly?
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‘The Strange Year of Vanessa M.’ is Today’s Free eBook

jodiToday’s free eBook download, The Strange Year of Vanessa M., by writer Filipa Fonseca Silva. It’s the tale of a wife and mother who finally chooses to find her own happiness:

When Vanessa got into her car that winter’s afternoon, she had no idea she was setting off on a journey with no return. An inner journey that would call into question a whole life spent living up to other people’s expectations.

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Screwpulp Offers Free Books to Readers Who Promises Honest Book Reviews

screwpulpScrewpulp isn’t your typical book company – it’s a new startup, and it’s approaching book publishing with a refreshing approach to book reviews and pricing. Get exited! You’re going to get to read new books from new authors for free. The catch is, you have to give honest reviews.

Screwpulp? How did you get the name? We get asked this question a lot, so let us explain. The screw press was the first printing method that allowed for books to be made with moveable type in mass. Now that we’re in the digital age, the move away from paper, or pulp, is becoming the new normal. A merging of these two ideas led us to the name we have today, Screwpulp. Read more

eBay Offers Free Same Day Delivery During Holidays for Select Cities

ebay nowSame day deliveries are getting very competitive this holiday season – eBay is the latest company to join the race along with Amazon and Google. The online store has been offering the local shopping and delivery service, $5 eBay Now for San Franciscans since last year, and Now can deliver same day orders for major metropolitan areas like New York and Chicago.

In today’s announcement, eBay details some of the offers for San Franciscans:

A special, limited-time holiday promotion that ends Dec. 31, the eBay Now-Ferry Building pilot is an easy way for San Francisco residents to connect with the local goods that are already around them. Read more

Intel Acquires Education eBook Maker Kno

Kno ipad screenshotIntel is expanding its education offering with the acquisition of software startup Kno, which supplies enhanced textbooks to mobile devices. The acquisition will provide Intel with 225,000 K-12 and higher education titles, the company said.

Kno’s apps provide students with digital textbooks. They are available on iPads, Android and Windows 7 and 8. The apps provide more than books, though. They offer extra content, such as 3D models, videos, personal study guides, and social functions, such as note sharing among classmates. Read more

Make an eBook on Your iPhone Using Pages

pagesAre you looking for a word processing app to make an eBook with? Check out Pages, Apple’s word processing app, it’s a pretty great writing app that lets you do word processing and then add layout and design. It’s great for making your own eBook.

The app lets you build beautiful documents using Apple’s templates. You can edit text within the app and choose from lots of fonts and colors when it comes to layouts. You can add images and even create interactive charts and include links to social networks within the documents. The files are saved to iCloud and you can collaborate with others through the cloud the same way you would with a Google Doc. The documents are even PC compatible, so you can share documents between friends on PCs and Macs.

You can use the platform as an iPhone or iPad app, as well as as a web app. The mobile app costs $9.99 and the web app is $19.99, cheaper than Microsoft’s cheapest Office Suite which costs $5 a month subscription fee and with more design options than Google Docs.

Barnes & Noble Has a New Nook GlowLight $119 eReader

NookBarnes’ & Noble’s Nook Media has introduced a new eReader called the Nook GlowLight. Despite concerns about the business and the departure of the company’s CEO, the company seems to be holding on for another holiday season.

The $119 Nook GlowLight is a 6.5 inch eInk Pearl Display eReader with a backlit screen. The screen has a 758 x 1024 pixel screen and weighs in at 6.2 ounces. The screen has 60 percent more pixels than previous models. The device is Wi-Fi enabled and has 4GB of memory, or as B&N boasts, can hold up to 2,000 books. Like other Nook devices, the new Nook GlowLight supports ePub and PDF files.

The device will go head to head with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite device, which has similar sizing and features. Amazon’s device costs $119 with ads and $139 without ads. Barnes & Noble is playing up the fact that its device has no ads but comes with a $119 price tag.

Pubsoft Lets Authors & Publishers Sell eBooks Direct

Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 12.25.00 PMPubsoft is a new platform designed to help small publishers and authors sell their eBooks directly to readers.

The tool gives users the resources to publish their eBook and then distribute them on their own sites. It also includes tools to help aid with sales and marketing. They can use the platform to  manage SEO-optimized author and book landing pages, as well as capture metadata to help readers find them.

Check it out: “Publishers can manage author accounts, upload ebooks, sell direct to customers and distribute royalties. The system can be used to automate daily administrative tasks, provide a direct to consumer sales opportunity that builds a strong, engaged reader following, and provide a two-way marketing and sales environment for authors.”

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