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eBook Tools

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.”

Is Your iBook Ready For iOS 7?

Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system is live today, is your iBook optimized for the long awaited release? Don’t worry if you have been dragging your feet. Apple has created a great video to help you take advantage of the new system. It guides publishers through the updated iBooks Author toolset and gives you tips on how to enhance your book for the latest OS.

Check it out:

iBooks Author lets you use a drag-and-drop interface to create rich and immersive books for the iBookstore. Discover best practices for book design and asset preparation, and learn how to use the iBooks Author interface efficiently to develop your book. See how to enhance your book with rich media such as audio, video, and animations, plus get tips for testing your book before submitting it to the iBookstore.

Follow the link to watch a number of tutorials on how the new OS affects other apps such as iTunes, Maps and Passbook.

Calibre Update Brings MS Word Conversion

After seven years since it first launched, the eBook management tool calibre has released a Version 1.0 update.

The update brings about new features including the ability to convert Microsoft Word files into  ePUB or AZW3 files. In addition, calibre has rewritten its PDF Output engine supporting pagination, the insertion of headers and footers with templates, and the ability to auto create a Table of Contents. The library feature has also been redesigned. Here is more from the site:

Virtual Libraries allow you to easily partition your large calibre library into smaller, “virtual” libraries. A virtual library is a way to tell calibre to open only a subset of a normal library. For example, you might want to only work with books by a certain author, or books having only a certain tag. To use this feature, click the button labeled Virtual Library to the left of the search bar.

Ownshelf is Like Dropbox For eBooks

Sharing good books with your friends is one of the best parts of reading. To help facilitate eBook sharing of public domain and non-copyrighted titles, Ownshelf has launched a service that works like Dropbox for eBooks. It’s also got Facebook sharing features to make it that much easier to share good reads.

To use Ownshelf, you can upload your DRM-free eBooks to your account and create a bookshelf that you can share with your friends. Your friends can browse your shelves and vice versa to look for books. Once you find one you like, you can download their copy. We only recommend using this for public domain books and books in which the authors encourage sharing. Read more

Calibre Improves Microsoft Word eBook Conversion Tools

Struggling to convert your Microsoft Word document from .DOCX format to a digital book format?

The free eBook creation and editing tool Calibre has been updated with some helpful tools. You can download Calibre at this link. The 0.9.35 Update contains a host of fixes to help writers converting Microsoft Word documents into eBooks. Check it out:

DOCX Input: Add a markup analyzer that identifies and removes redundant markup generated by Word. This can result in much cleaner HTML and reductions in markup size of up to 50% … Bug Fixes … DOCX Input: Add support for theme fonts. DOCX Input: Fix some manual page breaks being ignored DOCX Input: Fix empty paragraphs not being rendered. DOCX Input: Fix some text being underlined incorrectly. The ‘none’ underline style was being translated incorrectly.

New Documentary Explores the Sad Future of Reading and eBooks

We haven’t seen the death of paper books yet, but there’s already a documentary about its impending demise. EBooks are not as tactile, aromatic, or spatial as traditional forms of reading, but they are helping to spread the joys of reading to places where transportation is problematic. The works of philanthropic organizations like Worldreader and The  Information Heritage Initiative would be impossible without digital books.

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Advancing World Literacy Through eBooks and eReaders

Children in Africa, a phrase that often stirs the guilt strings of the heart and often accompanied by photos of sad, hungry faces. Books, a word denoting the common, yet powerful tool that enables limitless hours of learning and entertainment. Combine the tool and you have a great nonprofit in the form of Worldreader.

Naturally, Worldreader’s heartwarming mission is worth writing and reading about – since our first story about the nonprofit in 2012, the group has manged to distribute over 10,000 kindles to 3,000 word-hungry kids and are on their way to sharing nearly half a million ebooks to those eager, young readers. Read more

Your Brain on eReaders: Evidence Suggests that Reading from Paper might be more Conducive for Learning

The translation of stories into paper books took thousands of years and over two decades to accumulate on my humble book shelf. My brain on the other hand… has been evolving to read in codex form for over 1500 years. These are the things I tell myself to justify my difficulties with reading on digital screens.

Apparently, I’m not the only bibliophile to be challenged by the joys of paper reading and the convenience of eReaders. According to a recent article in the Scientific American, “reading on paper still boasts unique advantages.”  The article cites research indicating that reading from physical formats gives us the possibility of creating a map of the textual narrative and eReaders lack this mental representation. Most eReaders are improving at superhuman speeds, but they are missing the intuitive navigational features that we have become accustomed to learning from. Read more

Memorize Poetry with a Free App

Do you struggle to memorize poetry? The free Poems by Heart app from Penguin Classics will help you learn new poetry and share the games with your friends.

As you can see by the video embedded above, we have a hard time remembering classic poems. The app includes a free William Blake poem to memorize, but you can purchase 22 other classic poems. Currently, the app is only available for iOS devices. Check it out:

Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is a memorization game that will challenge you with classic poems from master wordsmiths including Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. You’ll rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting 24 poems from heart, with recordings you can share online and email to your friends. Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art.

YotaPhone Dual Screen Android Marries LCD Display with E-Ink Reader

Russia’s Yotaphone made an impressive appearance at CES this year with its dual screen technology – an e-ink display on the back of an Android LCD phone.

The company just signed a production contract with Singapore’s OEM Hi-P international so it’s on track for a launch later this year. The manufacturer has produced hardware for Apple, Blackberry, and Amazon eReaders so the phone could see vast improvements with additional research and development.

Yotaphone’s target user would be an avid eReader, with multiple devices or one that can’t commit to having multiple devices with different technologies.

YotaPhone is an Android with a high-resolution liquid crystal display on one side and an electronic paper display on the other. It allows you to effortlessly stream information to the electronic paper display, without draining battery power or having to wake up the phone. The electronic paper display (EPD), which is your personal space for information, images and interaction you always use and always need.

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