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Evernote Now Lets Users Create eBooks

evernote304The popular note taking app Evernote has a new feature that lets users produce an eBook or PDF directly from the app.

The new tool comes as part of an integration with self-publishing platform FastPencil. Users can publish a group of notes from Evernote or their entire notebook by importing the pages into FastPencil’s self-publishing platform from within the Evernote app. There is an option to edit, collate, format and create a table of contents. Once the files are ready, a writer can publish them on the web or in print through FastPencil’s partnership with Gung-Ho.

Users can also use FastPencil’s distribution network which includes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, iPad, Sony eReaders and Ingram to self-publish their titles.

App Update Brings Audible Audiobooks to Kindle

kindleappaudioAmazon has updated its Kindle app for iOS devices bringing integration with Audible audiobooks.

The app now allows readers to access more than 45,000 Kindle/Audile.com book pairs from directly within the Kindle app.  Previously a reader would have to launch the Audible.com app in order to listen tothe audiobook.

Whispersync for Voice now automatically syncs a reader’s progress between reading progress between the Audible and Kindle versions of a book. In addition, the app now allows users to read and listen to a Kindle book at the same time.

The Version 4.3 update also brings with it the ability for  students to search for terms in X-Ray for textbooks and then tap a page thumbnail in the X-Ray feature to find the term highlighted in the page of the book.

Julia Child Stars in Interactive Comic Book App

FFJuliaChildBluewater Productions has created an app edition of the Female Force: Julia Child comic book.

After the original print version of this biographical comic had sold out, the publisher used Authorly to transform it into an interactive app. The price for this app has been set at $2.99; readers can download it from iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore.

Here’s more from the press release: “Click on ‘audio hotspots’ to hear sound effects play and swipe to navigate through Child’s journey toward being a chef. Authorly apps include features such as narration, word-by-word highlighted text, audio and video hotspots, basic animation and movements, sound effects and background music, and more!”

Six-Word Memoirs Twitter Festival Kicks Off This Week

Six-Word-Fest-2014-Ad--300x300On Wednesday June 4th, Smith Magazine will sponsor the summer edition of the Six-Word Twitter Festival. The theme for this event will be to share “The Best Advice in Six Words.” The event will kick off on live on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show on Wednesday.

Share your six-word advice at this link. The event will include contributions from: Maria Shriver, George Takei, Rob Delaney, Molly Ringwald, Rick Springfield, Piper Kerman, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Jenny Mollen, Jason Biggs and Judge Alex. In addition, Sesame Street, BabyCenter and WNYC are encouraging their audiences to share their six word bits of advice via Twitter.

Here’s more about the event: “From June 4-6, celebrities in film and TV, comedy, writing, music, parenting, lifestyle, and social justice will pose prompts to their combined 5 million Twitter followers challenging them to respond and ‘say it in six.’ The best responses as determined by celebrity judges will be retweeted and announced on SixWordMemoirs.com—as well as be included in a new book of Six-Word Advicepublishing in Fall 2015 from St. Martin’s Press.”

‘The Butterfly Attack’ Graphic Novel App

butterflyattackGerman eBook company Bastei Luebbe GmbH & Co. KG has created a graphic novel in the form of an app called The Butterfly Attack. The app is part of the Netwars project, a multimedia experience that uses fictional characters to explore the threat of digital warfare. Here is more about the story:

The near future: Europe’s top military officers employ a team of elite hackers. By order of the EU, they conduct a secret cross-border cyber war exercise. But what starts out as a simulation suddenly becomes deadly serious. The story is anything but science fiction. The scenario is alarmingly real. The digital war affects every one of us, and it’s happening right now.

The app uses parallax technology, motion sensors and 3D animations to make the story interactive. For instance, the reader can get inside the machines that the main characters use. There are hidden clues throughout the story which link to external content to help inform the story. This includes articles about the real events and science that helped inspire the story.

The book is available for both iOS and Android devices. Follow this link to check out a trailer for the story.

Scribd Adds Highlighting Feature to Apps

scribdappScribd has updated their iOS and Android mobile apps with a new feature that lets readers highlight their favorite passages.

The update allow a reader to mark up the pages of an eBook the same way they might mark up the pages of a print book. The tool allows readers to share their highlighted passages with friends.

In addition to the highlighting feature, Scribd’s latest app update also includes a note taking tool that lets users write down notes as they read. Another new addition includes a Zoom feature that allows readers to zoom in on maps and other illustrations within the app.

Berenstain Bears’ App Comes Out in Time For Mother’s Day

weloveourmomOceanhouse Media has released a Berenstain Bears iPhone app in time for Mother’s Day.

We Love Our Mom! is designed for 4-8 year olds. The interactive app includes tools to help teach vocabulary, as well as a feature that lets readers record their own narration.

Check it out: “Join the Berenstain Bears in this interactive book app as Brother and Sister bear look for the perfect present to get Mama for Mother’s Day. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. What can the cubs possibly do to show their mom how much they love her on this special day?”

UTA to Represent Film & TV Rights to Wattpad Sensation ‘After’

wattpadmobile304Digital writing community Wattpad has partnered with UTA to represent the film and TV rights to After, a story by by Wattpad writer Anna Todd.

The three-part story has garnered more than 500 million reads and regularly trends on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Here is more about the project from the press release: “Written serially with daily updates to meet reader demand, After became Wattpad’s most shared story of 2013.  Readers have also created thousands of pieces of fan art including images, videos, and music to extend their After experience, helping fuel the viral success of After around the world.”

“After has millions of fans around the world who want to see the story on the big screen,” stated Candice Faktor, General Manager of Wattpad. “Reader demand for After creates a massive built-in audience as the story migrates to film, television and elsewhere.  We’re excited to work with UTA to bring After to life on the big screen.”

 

Jot Down Writing Ideas With Six Word’s New iPhone App

allsixwordsYou are walking down the street and have a great idea, but as soon as you get back to your computer it’s gone. All writers have experienced it.

Larry Smith, the founder of the storytelling community SMITH Magazine, home of Six-Word Memoirs, has created  an iPhone app to help solve this challenge. Six Words is designed to help you quickly write down ideas in six words. Users can write six words on any topic and include a photo to help keep track of their ideas on-the-go.

There is a social component as well, for users that want to engage their ideas with the community. Writers can share their six words to get comments from the group and comment on others’ ideas. There is even “The Daily Six” and “Editor’s Note,” both of which highlight popular ideas.

 

Interactive Game of Thrones Map

gameofthronesGame of Thrones fans, listen up! There is an interactive Game of Thrones map available that lets readers track the paths of each character from Song of Ice and Fire.

The tool lets readers explore the map based on how far they into the book they are so far. Readers can set their chapter level so as to avoid spoilers. Readers can explore the paths of multiple characters at a time, to show how those characters have crossed paths.

Follow this link to explore the tool further.

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