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What's The Right Price To Charge for My eBook?

What's The Right Price To Charge for My eBook? | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are writing or preparing to complete your first ebook, you have certainly been wondering what would be the best pricing strategy adopt, as the alternatives and options only seem to abund.

 

Catherine Howard writes on her blog: "How much should I charge for my book? is one of the biggest questions facing the soon-to-be-self-published author.

 

But I think self-published authors a year, two or three years in should also be asking themselves how much should I be charging for my books now?

 

The answer is as much as you can, i.e. the highest price at which your books continue to sell consistently well.

 

Lower than that, and you’re doing yourself—and possibly your work—a disservice. You might also be sending out subconscious messages about your book that are turning off prospective readers.

 

Higher than that, and your sales might slow to a trickle. Yes, it’s nice to earn seven or eight dollars off each sale (!!), but not if you’re only making two or three sales a month.


So how do we decide how much to charge for our e-books?"

 

To find out read the full story of how she went about it and what she learned from it.

 

Useful. 7/10

 

Full article: http://catherineryanhoward.com/2012/06/04/how-much-should-i-charge-for-my-e-book/ ;


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Open-Source eBook and Magazine Publishing for iPhone/iPad: The Baker Ebook Framework

Open-Source eBook and Magazine Publishing for iPhone/iPad: The Baker Ebook Framework | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Baker is an HTML5 open-source eBook publishing framework that makes it easy to create and format digital magazines and eBooks for the iPhone and iPad (some technical competence is required).

 

Conceived by Davide Folletto Casali and developed with his two partners Marco Colombo and Alessandro Morandi, the Baker Framework is an elegant and free solution to utilize the open standard HPub 1.o format to put together professionally-looking digital publications without needing to purchase or pay for a commercial layout tool.

 

Showcase of books created with Baker: http://bakerframework.com/books ;


Baker tutorial: http://bakerframework.com/tutorials/30/basic ;


HPub example: http://bakerframework.com/down/hpub-example-for-baker-3.2.zip ;

 

Download Baker: http://bakerframework.com/down/baker-framework-3.2.zip ;

 

More info: http://bakerframework.com/ ;


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Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book

Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

From the article intro: "Inspiration hits. The light bulb goes on. You’ve got a passion, and you pursue it.

 

You see a need, and you fill it. There’s a question, and you answer it. You have a purpose, and you fulfill it.

 

These are all great reasons to begin writing a nonfiction book. And most writers, when struck by a good idea and the desire to write, simply begin writing.

 

However, an even better reason exists to take a bit of time before you beginning writing to evaluate your idea—at least if you want your book to be successful.

 

Evaluate? I can hear you groaning. No one wants to evaluate anything, especially that book idea you are so psyched about.

 

If you simply want to write the book of your heart and you don’t care how many copies you sell, great. Go for it.

 

If you want to write a successful book, meaning one that sells to lots of readers or to a traditional publisher and to lots of readers, however, it behooves you to take the time to consider if your idea is a good one by industry standards.

 

To do this, I suggest you discover nine things about your book idea. Once you have this information, you’ll know if your book has a chance of success."

 

Useful for beginners. 7/10

 

Full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/ ;


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Penelope's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:27 PM

 

Very good advice before you attempt to step off into the precipice of the ebook publishing world.

 

How many authors have spent months and months on a book--only to find out it doesn't sell because people don't care? Too numerous to mention. Get the facts, analyze and then begin your writing.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/

 

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Create, Edit, Self-Publish and Sell Your eBook as You Write It: Leanpub - Publish Early, Publish Often

Robin Good: Leanpub is a free web service that allows you to create, edit and publish your own book in PDF, .epub (iPad) and .mobi (Kindle) formats, and to sell it online at your own set price.

 

With Leanpub you get 90% of the selling price, minus a fixed .50cents per copy sold which goes to Leanpub. Check this table for more details: http://i.imgur.com/ziqV5.jpg

 

Leanpub it's simple to use, but, in my opinion, it's not for everyone, as its setup is not as simple and straightforward (yet) as that of other web apps. But if you are a bit familiar with Dropbox, if you can easily edit text files, and don't mind tagging your book text with a few asterisks here and there, then you should be more than fine with this tool.

 

Basically Leanpub hooks up to your Dropbox account where it drops a set of simple text files that control the contents, sequence, formatting and images for your book.

 

So to work with Leanpub, you actually open a text file in your Dropbox account, and start editing it. The Leanpub account is used only to initially create the files needed in Dropbox, to generate previews and to provide you with the means to provide marketing info for your book landing page (auto-created by Leanpub).

 

It is possible to start a book by importing content from your blog RSS feed or from a Word document saved in HTML format.

 

One other cool feature of Leanpub is its ability to allow you, as an author, to publish and start selling your book at any time, giving you the option to actually get paid from the moment you publish your first edition.

 

People can sign-up to your book updates via the landing page, and Leanpub collects for you their emails so that you can keep in touch with them, and alert them everytime you have a new edition out.

 

The final cherry on the pie at Leanpub is the "bundling" feature which allows authors to bundle together either multiple books of their own, or their books together with other authors'(and their approval) ones and to offer them at a special discounted price.

 

This option by itself allows book authors both to use a very powerful marketing approach juxtaposing their titles to other relevant ones, as well as to cultivate their own competence in a specific area to curate relevant book sets for their audience. Check the bundling feature in this video here: http://youtu.be/BGJoDImqSqU

 

Video intro: http://youtu.be/Hl3IZ6I0wLs

 

Manifesto: https://leanpub.com/manifesto

 

Full intro tutorial: http://youtu.be/mEpfreY-3Aw ;

 

FAQ: https://leanpub.com/help ;

 

More info / sign-up: https://leanpub.com/ ;

 

 


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New Personalized Music Discovery Site: Hipset | TechCrunch

New Personalized Music Discovery Site: Hipset | TechCrunch | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article on TechCrunch:

"Hipset is a music discovery site launching today that makes sure you never miss the hot new songs, videos, and other content from the artists you Like on Facebook — updates which the social network might not show in your feed.

 

The site launched this morning so you can go check it out Hipset now. Once you auth in with Facebook, you’ll find a single Pinterest-style grid view of all the recent posts by all the musicians you Like. That’s something you can’t get on Facebook, which deems most updates from musicians less critical than those by your friends so they’re filtered out of the feed.

 

In case you’re looking for a laid-back reel of concert clips and studio performances you can sort Hipset by content type, plus you can view dedicated pages for any artist. There’s also a popular feed where you can see algorithmic and human-curated picks for the best new music..."

Read full article here: http://j.mp/NSE2Xs

 

Try out it here: http://hipset.com

 


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Discover, Curate And Share Your Own Video Playlists With VideoPind

Discover, Curate And Share Your Own Video Playlists With VideoPind | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: VideoPind is new curated discovery platform available as a Facebook app and as a iTunes app as well, with support for other platforms coming soon. Videopind is using curation; a team of people which selects the best videos from the choices out there, and brings these to the platform.

 

From description on Apple Store:

"Videopind is a great way to discover videos that you will love to watch and share. We curate and organize videos from various categories and channelize them in the form of an amazing view.

Now get videos from Youtube, Dailymotion and Vimeo + connect with your social videos to see what your friends are sharing.

 

Key features:

- Cloud sync all your favorites and playlists for easy access from any device. Just login and you will have all your videos exactly how you see them on your own device.

- Follow all channels you like, from an every growing list of curated channels.

- Get your social videos in one place - all your videos from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

- Dynamic search channels - create channels based on your frequently searched keywords.

- Follow your friends from social networks and other users of Videopind who are sharing videos.

- Like videos to mark your favorites for easy access..."

 

 

Free download free on Apple Store:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/videopind-free-social-videos/id467354094?ls=1&mt=8

 

Videopind is also available on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/videopind


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From Information Paralysis to Analysis: The Human Algorithm And Curation Are The Solution | Brian Solis

From Information Paralysis to Analysis: The Human Algorithm And Curation Are The Solution | Brian Solis | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Here is an interesting excerped from article:

"The onslaught of real-time social, local, mobile (SoLoMo) technology is nothing short of overwhelming. Besides the gadgets, apps, social networks and appliances that continue to emerge, the pace of innovation is only outdone by the volumes of data that each produce.

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While the amount of personal and ambient information churned out by SoLoMo is often inundating or even perplexing, it is this “big” data that will help businesses evolve and adapt in a new era of connected consumerism.

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Without interpretation, insight and the ability to put knowledge to work, any investment in technology and resources is premature. But, by investing in human capital to make sense of would be ominous data, organizations can modernize the role of business intelligence to introduce a human touch.

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You’ve heard that old saying, over analysis leads to paralysis. In the face of big data, it’s easy to see the tidal wave that can result from the influx of inputs and sources. 


The reality is though that how organizations connected with customers yesterday is not how customers will be served tomorrow. Meaning, the entire infrastructure in how we market, sell, help, and create now requires companies to not only study data and behavior but also change how it thinks about customers. This is a bona fide renaissance, and to lead a new era of customer engagement requires knowledge acumen.

I refer to the confluence of data and interpretation as the human algorithm — the ability to humanize technology and data to put a face, personality, and voice to the need and chance for change. Data must tell a story.

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The human algorithm is part understanding and part communication. The ability to communicate and apply insights internally and externally is the key to unlocking opportunities to earn relevance. Beyond research, beyond intelligence, the human algorithm is a function of extracting insights with intention, humanizing trends and possibilities and working with strategists to improve and innovate everything — from processes to products to overall experiences.


The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond the routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning..."

 

Read full great article here:
http://networkingexchangeblog.att.com/small-business/the-human-algorithm-making-information-overload-work/

 


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Curate, Filter And Publish Your Streams Of Information With State

Curate, Filter And Publish Your Streams Of Information With State | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Excerpted from review article on ReadWriteWeb:

"As streams of information become more popular on the Web, we need better ways to consume and manage them. Apps that allow you to aggregate content from different sources - Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news websites and more - may become very popular: State is trying it.

 

State is currently in private beta. At first glance, it looks part FriendFeed, part TweetDeck, part iGoogle, and part something wholly new.

 

Co-founder Joshua Lewis said:

"what the future of the web looks like when you replace static content with streams of data.

...State is "a general purpose tool to manipulate, filter and publish streams of data."

 

How State Works:

You can add streams of content from up to four services (so far): Twitter, App.net, Instagram and Dropbox. This is the part that reminds me of a start page, like early Netvibes or iGoogle, because you end up with panels of content across the web page. You can also connect to Instapaper, enabling you to save content for later reading.

 

Then, like TweetDeck, you're able to view various aspects of the stream. For Twitter, you can select to view content by home timeline, mentions, user, place, tag, search and list. The same principle applies to content from App.net and Instagram.

 

While State only connects to five services so far, you can imagine it eventually hooking into many more.

 

One feature I really like in State is the ability to "follow" a page of streams that someone else has created.

Each page - or "workspace" to use the service's parlance - is made up of many different streams of content.

There is limited ability to filter - for example, you can select to view only images from a stream. But I imagine more filtering options will be added over time.

 

By default your pages are private, but you can choose to share or make them public..."

 

 

Read full original article here:

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/first-look-state-a-streams-app-of-the-future.php

 

Check it out here: https://www.sharingstate.com

 

Request an invite: https://www.sharingstate.com/signup

 

Check out demo: https://www.sharingstate.com/demo/Home


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Robin Good's comment, August 29, 2012 2:57 AM
Pino your title is pretty unambiguous to me: "Curate, Filter And Publish Your Streams Of Information With State". I read "curate" as the first word.
You can check yourself.
:-)
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, August 29, 2012 3:04 AM
Hello Robin,
Co-founder Joshua Lewis said:
....State is "a general purpose tool to manipulate, filter and publish streams of data."
Manipulate is not similar to curate?
Robin Good's comment, August 29, 2012 3:52 AM
Pino: Manipulation has nothing to do with curation.

I think that we should not mislead readers or sell a tool for what it is not. Credibility is everything in this realm.

Re Joshua Lewis: if he wanted to say "curate" he would have. But he didn't. The choice to put "Curate" as the opening word in the title above was yours, not his.

If it was my post, I'd revise the title as I wouldn't want to lose any of the trust I have earned from those who read me. To be credible for me is much more important than being first, or popular.

My two cents. :-)

(Best of all would be for you to test it and to write for us what it does and whether you consider that curation or not). :-)

My two cents.
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Organize and Monitor the Latest Content from Your Favorite Sites with Headslinger

Organize and Monitor the Latest Content from Your Favorite Sites with Headslinger | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Headslinger is a web app which allows you to organize your favorite web sites into folders that you can easily scan without needing to navigate to each site.

You can also see what other sites other users are looking at and receive recommendations for sources similar to the ones you browse.

 

Free and without ads.

 

Tour: http://headslinger.com/tour/1/

 

Try it out now: http://headslinger.com/

 

N.B.: To suggest new sites to be added to Headslinger go to: http://headslinger.com/submit/source/

 

 

 


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Find, Curate And Recommend Your Favorite Products With Referly Great-Looking Collections

Find, Curate And Recommend Your Favorite Products With Referly Great-Looking Collections | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Referly is a revolutionary curation platform offering the ability to create great-looking thematic collections of products, that you can promote and share online.

 

Referly offers a gorgeous user interface, which makes it very simple to find and collect any kind of product you may be looking for, as well as to create great-looking shopping front-ends.

 

Through an integrated search engine you can rapidly find fashion items, photo and video tools or your favorite books and start listing them inside your most appropriate collection.

In your collections you can easily edit individual items, resize them or drag them easily to new positions. It is next to impossible to make a collection look ugly.

 

Referly connects to a large number of products suppliers and it also allows you to earn rewards when you generate sales on products from anyone of these sites: http://refer.ly/merchants

 

You can also endorse, collect and share just about any product you find online by using the dedicated bookmarklet.

 

This is the future of shopping.

 

Free to use.

 

How it works: http://refer.ly/getting-started

 

Try it out now: http://refer.ly

 

 


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Massimiliano Cammuso's comment, September 7, 2012 8:52 PM
wow Robin!
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Zakariyya, thanks for the reScoop!
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He Is Master Curator: Robin Good

He Is Master Curator: Robin Good | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Curators & Friends,

 

The best curator in the world...and...

my Italian friend, Robin Good, friendly and professional competitor on curation, in this period is absent.
He had an accident.
You can see some photos here:

http://instagram.com/p/P85Kh0GYfB/

http://instagram.com/p/QBGs6JGYdj/

http://instagram.com/p/QEXhq6mYU3/

 

I like to be in his competition and learn from him, as you all! Come on Robin!

He loves curation and Scoop.it's platform!

 

We need his energy! Go Robin! Waiting for you!

We are human beings!!!


Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

 

Sincerely, all the best,

Giuseppe

 

BTW: special #hashtag is #bestwishesrobingood


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, September 28, 2012 2:37 PM
Thank you @malek @zbutcher, @Beth Kanter @Therese Torris, for rescoop and great tweet!
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, October 2, 2012 7:09 AM
Indeed. Best wishes Robin one of the most generous men on the planet. Marty
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 2, 2012 7:25 AM
@Marty..thank you so much for your support to Robin!
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New Content Curation Tool: Spundge Lets You Discover, Curate And Create Better Content

New Content Curation Tool: Spundge Lets You Discover, Curate And Create Better Content | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

From Official Website:

"Spundge is the end-to-end tool for today's power curator. Connect with the best content creators on the web. Collaboratively curate the web and create relevant, influential content.

 

- Discover and Filter:

Create a Spundge Notebook to stay on top of a topic, person, company or interest. Spundge Notebooks deliver a stream of relevant content from news sources, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Flickr. Filter and then save the best of what you discover.

 

- Curate and Collaborate:

Invite friends and colleagues to collaborate on Notebooks and discover and save new items. Collaborators receive notifications when new content is saved, and can add comments to Notebook items. Collaborative Curation enables you to track information, while instantly sharing with friends and colleagues.

 

- Stream and Publish:

Transform your Notebook into a real-time stream you can embed anywhere on the web. Share what you’re reading, or curate a real-time newswire about a breaking event or topic of interest.

 

- Get Spundge PRO:

it enables teams and individuals to collaboratively create content and instantly publish to a CMS, email newsletter and social accounts. Writing in Spundge lets you drag and drop images, tweets and videos into any story, effortlessly add attribution, and easily embed and track content."

 

From review article on Nieman Journalism Lab:

"The problem is today’s journalist has to use too many products and applications to do their job, and very few of these were actually built with newsrooms or journalistic workflow in mind...

 

Spundge is a platform that’s built to take a journalist from information discovery and tracking all the way to publishing, regardless of whatever internal systems they have to contend with...

 

The software is free, but an optional $9 monthly fee adds premium features, including the ability to share notebooks with collaborators, who can also add to the notebook and see changes in real time..."

 

Read more on Nieman Journalism Lab here:

http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/09/first-look-spundge-is-software-to-help-journalists-to-manage-real-time-data-streams/

 

Check out Spundge here: http://www.spundge.com

 


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Steven Hughes's comment, September 23, 2012 11:31 AM
Thanks Giuseppe, have to take a closer look
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, September 23, 2012 11:41 AM
@Steven...Thank you for appreciation about my post.
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, September 24, 2012 8:27 AM
Hi Therese,
thank you for appreciation and rescoop my article.
I confirm that website is in English and French language.
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Curated Music Stations Radio Created By Real People: FUZZ

Giuseppe Mauriello:

The founders of Blip.fm this week launched the beta version of its brand new service FUZZ, a site that offers a new slant on interacting with songs you like and the people who share your tastes.
The site focuses on creating a very social experience that allows users building their own radio station(s) around a unique theme or custom genre using audio files from their own music collections.

 

 

From review article on CNET:

"Fuzz bills itself as great radio made by real people. What that means is that it's a site where anyone who participates becomes a DJ. You upload music you own (legally, of course), and it all lives on Fuzz's servers; Fuzz, in a sense, becomes a digital locker that let's you showcase your music. You create playlists, people follow you, and they give you "props," all of which ups your social standing and surfaces your playlists. The listeners decide what's most popular and which DJs are best in any number of genres.


"Our thing is that everybody can be a DJ," says FUZZ co-founder Jeff Yasuda. "But just because we let you be a DJ doesn't mean you're good."


In short, while other Internet radio services -- think Pandora or the lesser known Slacker -- are designed to let software help you discover music, Fuzz is about finding the people who share your musical tastes. At the core of the business is Yasuda's belief that algorithms just don't cut it when it comes to creating great radio.


"Give people a voice, give people a platform, and they'll do tremendous work for you," he says. "It's a lot more egalitarian, and it's a lot more interesting. The best recommendations -- for anything -- often don't come from people who aren't professionals, whether it's for music or wine."

 

 

Read full review article on CNET here:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-32973_3-57518579-296/internet-radio-fuzz-style-where-humans-upstage-the-algorithms/

 

Check out FUZZ: http://fuzz.com

 

Read more on FUZZ's Blog: http://blog.fuzz.com/?p=54

 

Watch FUZZ Intro Tutorial Video: http://vimeo.com/50043025

 


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eBook Distribution: Zola Books Bets On Curated Lists

eBook Distribution: Zola Books Bets On Curated Lists | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

From Portfolio.com: "...Zola Books, which has launched its app in beta today, is planning to disrupt the disrupters, wagering its success on its belief that human curation works better than algorithms when it comes to recommended reading.

 

The Zola Social Reader plans to bring a human touch back to e-books by bringing book critics, publishing houses, and bookworm friends back into the book-buying process.

 

It will work on Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes &Noble's Nook, and Apple's iPad as both a native app and an HTML5 app, an offering that undermines all three gadget maker's competitive edges by giving owners of their devices a new choice for where to buy books. And for an e-book industry estimated to be worth $7 billion by 2015, that’s a pretty bold move.

 

...

 

Zola’s digital storefronts... Not only will independent bookstores be able to set up their own digital storefronts, but authors, publishers, and other owners of content will be able to set the prices.

 

...

 

Like other e-book distributors, Zola’s Social Reader uses algorithms to generate quick recommendations based on user preferences, but unlike those distributors, it also gives publishers, authors, and friends the opportunity to curate lists of interesting books and highlight or comment within any book for all their friends to see."

 

Read more: http://www.portfolio.com/companies-executives/2012/06/05/zola-books-concept-disrupts-apple-and-amazon-ebook-models ;


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Transform Your Blog, RSS Feed or Web Page Into a Downloadable eBook with Zinepal

Transform Your Blog, RSS Feed or Web Page Into a Downloadable eBook with Zinepal | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: ZinePal is a free online service which allows you to build an electronic book or magazine, by utilizing the content of any web site, RSS feed, or specific web page.

You set the layout format, fonts, sizes and number of stories to include and ZinePal outputs a professionally-looking ebook / magazine in PDF, ePub and Kindle/Mobipocket formats.

Here is how it works: 

 

1) Start on the Create Yours page by entering the address of a web page, blog or feed that you want to include in your eBook.

 

2) If you enter the address of a single web page, then Zinepal adds the page to your eBook. If you enter a blog or feed, then Zinepal displays a list of stories. In this case you can select with the checkbox available next to each story, the ones that you want to add to your eBook.

 

3) When you are done, click the "Preview Your eBook" button at the top of the page and see what your publication will look like when completed.

 

4) Once editing is completed, click on "Finalize eBook" to create your eBook in PDF, ePub and Kindle/Mobipocket formats.
 

5) If you want to edit the contents or change the formatting of your eBook, then click on "Customize eBook".

 

More info: http://www.zinepal.com/


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20+ Sites Where To Promote Your eBook for Free

20+ Sites Where To Promote Your eBook for Free | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for new places where to go and promote your bran new ebook, here is a good collection.

 

From the original article: "...a long list of places where self-published authors can promote their eBook for free.


We’ve collected more information about the sites in a simple directory below, linking to the submission pages for these eBook sites.

 

If you are an avid eBook reader, these sites are great for finding new books to read as well…."

 

Useful. 7/10

 

Full list: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/free-ebook-promotion_b52130 ;


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Curate Educational Content Discovery and Collection with instaGrok Search

Robin Good: InstaGrok is a web-based app that makes it easy to find relevant information on a specific topic, and to collect the bits that are of most value to you.

 

InstaGrok presents itself with a search interface in which the results are represented as a dynamic mindmap whose nodes can be explored by simply clicking on them.

 

In addition, on the right side of the screen Instagrok provides an aggregated selection of:

a) key facts

b) educational web sites articles on the topic

c) video clips

d) images

e) quizzes

f) glossaries

 

Any information item in these sections can be easily collected and stored inside your personal Journal, an automatic bibliography-builder which captures any and all of your peferred items.

 

Key facts, web site content, glossaries, images and video sections offer lots of useful materials instantly, while I am a bit more skeptical about the value and effectiveness of quizzes.

 

Though the interface leaves lots to be desired and has a typical "academic" feel, the content and results that were offered me in my tests were quite good and the use of pins to build an annotated journal of resource son a topic seems to me to be very effective.

 

Free to use.

 

Blog review: http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/08/smart-searching-just-got-smarter-instagrok/

 

PDF brochure: www.instagrok.com/brochure.pdf

 

Try it out now: http://www.instagrok.com

 

 


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YouTube makes it easier for playlist creators to tell a story with new intro and outro feature

YouTube makes it easier for playlist creators to tell a story with new intro and outro feature | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Excerped from article:

"YouTube decided to help out the community a bit by releasing a new intro and outro feature that lets you insert professional clips in between your videos easily.

 

YouTube Engineer Eric Lundberg said:

"You can choose from a variety of styles for text introductions and even add royalty-free music tracks. Interstitials will appear as unlisted videos in your account, and are eligible for monetization if they are at least 15 seconds long."

 

These particular features allow video creators to tell a full story in a series of videos. Even if you’re not making your own videos, creating a playlist is a way of providing a valuable service to the community."

 

Read full original article here:

http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/08/23/youtube-makes-easier-video-creators-tell-story-new-intro-outro-feature/


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Curated Video Collection Of Talks, Lectures, Presentations: Keen Talks

Curated Video Collection Of Talks, Lectures, Presentations: Keen Talks | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: If you enjoy the presentations on TED Talks you may also enjoy Keen Talks, a website that takes thousands of lectures, presentations, and debates on various topics sorted by speaker, topic, category, and year of release.

 

From review article on MakeUseOf:

"Keen Talks’ minimalist design is a definite plus, allowing you to search for videos speedily.

...You can also read the quick and witty description of each video to help capture what the talk is all about.
What’s most interesting about Keen Talks is that its collection covers from various sources, compared to TED Talks where you are only limited with TED’s material..."

 

 

From About page on Keen Talks:

"We strive to build one stop destination for all users who want to learn and expand their knowledge in various fields like science, technology, health, psychology etc.

We curate any form of speech that can bring a fair amount of intellect on the table. We don’t curate just lectures or talks, but a whole range of engaging and interesting videos harnessed across the interwebs.


It’s an awesome library packed with video material, delivered by renowned intellectuals around the globe.
Obviously this is not an educational site in a classical form. We rarely curate lectures in classroom setting or a whole courses for that matter, unless they’re stunning. What we offer is more broad intellectual range of all different kinds of public appearances by some of the finest world’s intellectual figures..."

 

 

Read review article on MakeUseOf: 

http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/keentalks-video-collection-talks-lectures/

 

Check out it: http://keentalks.com

 


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Curate Your Favorite Works Of Art From The Metropolitan With MyMet

Curate Your Favorite Works Of Art From The Metropolitan With MyMet | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a unique free feature to its registered users, allowing them to capture and collect their favorite artworks from the online MET exhibitions and save them into dedicated collections which can be shared with anyone online.

 

How to use MyMet:

1. Click the gold "MyMet" tab located in the top right-hand corner of every page on the site and either sign in or register to create an account.

2. Browse the collections and add your favorite works of art by clicking the "Add to MyMet" button on each individual object page.

3. Click the gold "MyMet" tab located in the top right-hand corner to view recently saved items; select "View all your items & recommendations here" to return to your "MyMet" page.

4. Create a set and name it "MyMet." Under Notes, complete the phrase, "My Met. My ___________." You may also add a description about what the Met means to you.

5. To add a saved object to your set, hover over it with your mouse and click "Add or remove this item from sets," and then save it to your "MyMet" set.

6. Share your set on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook, tag The Metropolitan Museum of Art. On Twitter, include @metmuseum and #MyMet in your tweet.

7. You may also share your set via email.

 

The service is free to use.

 

 

Examples of user curated sets: http://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/whats-your-met/featured

 

More info: http://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/whats-your-met

 

Video intro: http://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/

 

Sign-up here: https://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/sign-up

 

 


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Rebekah Ellis's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:20 AM

Use this to create a list of your favorite pieces from the MET!

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Create Photo Galleries From Social #hashtags With Picsho

Create Photo Galleries From Social #hashtags With Picsho | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Picsho is a free web app which allows you to search for images on Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitpic (and on other services too) by using simple hashtags, and to pull in your favorite ones into a public image board on the web that can be shared with anyone.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://picsho.com

 

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, September 7, 2012 12:03 PM
Robin, this sounded like an awesome idea, but when I played with it and tried to only capture a few photos that I wanted into a collection, it created the collection with all the photos in the hashtag .. seems like some glitches
Picsho's comment, December 23, 2012 11:50 PM
Hi, Beth. Sorry for the (extremely) delayed response! It definitely sounds like what you experienced was a glitch and/or a flaw in the UX, as Picsho was very early in the beta stage when this was originally shared by Robin Good. We're sure this has been fixed, and we've added lots more features since then. We would be glad if you'd check out the web app again and give us more feedback. Thanks!
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Curate And Monetize Your Best Audio And Video Contents With Pivotshare

Curate And Monetize Your Best Audio And Video Contents With Pivotshare | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Pivotshare is a web platform which allows you to create a branded web site where you can curate, promote and sell your best digital media video and audio files. 

 

The service accepts .mp4, .mov, swf, .flv, .avi and .mp3 files for upload and it lets you set the price and the business model (subscription or pay-per-view or a combination of both) that you want to use.

 

On Pivotshare you can brand your channel with your logo and customize its look and feel, and you can also "bookmark" specific "spots" inside your audio and video content.

Content on Pivotshare is accessible by both desktop computers as well by smartphone and tablet devices and it has the ability to memorize, for the user, where a sesson is left, so that it can be picked up next time he logs in.

 

You can set up some of your content to be free and some of it to be accessible only by paying for it. Each channel can be fueled by more than a contributor and you are free to decide who will team up with you.

 

There are two delivery formats available to curate and organize your key assets: a) the Showcase (ideal for ten items or less) and b) the Library (for collections of 50 or more items).

 

Revenue-wise Pivotshare takes 30% from a Channel’s revenue, and passes the rest to the Editor and Contributors of that Channel.

 

To use the service there is no upfront cost.

 

 

Real-world example: https://ted.pivotshare.com

 

Demo Examples: http://www.pivotshare.com/how-it-works/#demo

 

How it works: http://www.pivotshare.com/how-it-works/

 

Getting Started Guide: http://www.pivotshare.com/getting-started-guide/

 

FAQ: http://www.pivotshare.com/faq/

 

Find out more: http://www.pivotshare.com/home/

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 21, 2012 7:51 PM

For the entrepreneurs out there...or maybe a fundraiser for your class or school.

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Discover, Curate And Vote For The Products You Want Discounts On: Material.ly

Robin Good: Material.ly is a product curation platform that allows you to find, collect, organize and vote for products that you would like to buy at a discounted price.

 

By using the advanced "Curate" bookmarklet it is easy to grab any interesting product from any web page, comment it, tag it, grab more images for it and to make it available inside your Material.ly personal profile and feed.

 

For the products you find and you would like to own, you can click on the red tag that appears next to them to receive a discount. Discounts are for members only and are offered daily and weekly on the most demanded products by the community.

 

Find out more sign-up: http://material.ly 

 

Request a invite: http://material.ly/invitations/request_invite

 

 


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Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation

Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

 

"Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects.

 

The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon.

 

Content curation is the art of selecting content that is appropriate and then organising and publishing it in a way that is relevant for the topic of choice.

 

Editors with the aid of journalists create and collect content then edit and then publish.
Journalism is shifting more and more from the quest for the perfect “scoop” to a more organized and reasoned activity of content curation.

 

The technology of the web and the rise of the social media networks is providing sources of content that can provide curation in ways that were not previously possible.
The content curation platform Scoop.it is an example how we can all become magazine editors and content curators without the overhead of hiring editors or journalists. Scoop.it was established in 2011 with the goal of making content curation easy and accessible to everyone...."

 

 

In the guest post pubblished by Jeff Bullas' blog, Intervistato.com's Maria Petrescu interviews Scoop.it's co-founder Marc Rougier.

Read full article and watch video here:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/09/26/insights-into-the-hot-trend-of-social-media-content-curation/

 




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New Suite Of Tools For Reviewing Articles On Wikipedia: Page Curation

New Suite Of Tools For Reviewing Articles On Wikipedia: Page Curation | Mobile Websites vs Mobile Apps | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

"Every day, thousands of new pages are created on Wikipedia, requiring hundreds of volunteer editors to check them for quality — a process called “New Page Patrol.” To help these patrollers do their important work, we are pleased to announce the launch of Page Curation, a new suite of tools for reviewing articles on Wikipedia.

 

Page Curation aims to improve that page patrol experience by making it faster and easier to review new pages, using two integrated tools:

1) New Pages Feed lets you quickly see what new pages have just been created on Wikipedia. Helpful information is provided for each new page, including possible issues and whether or not the page has been reviewed. The feed can be sorted by date, or filtered by a variety of criteria, so you can easily find articles to review by type, or even by user name.


2) Curation Toolbar appears at the right edge of any article selected by patrollers in the New Pages Feed. It allows them to review articles, tag them, and nominate them for deletion — all in one place and with a simple user interface. This toolbar, which is only available to auto-confirmed editors, also includes other useful curation tools.

 

A number of patrollers have already started using Page Curation, and we hope that more curators will adopt this new toolkit over time..."

 

Read full original article here:

http://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/09/25/page-curation-launch/


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