“I’ll give up my printed books when you pry the last one from my cold, dead hands.”
That’s what I tell people when they ask me what kind of e-reader I have. As a technology journalist, author, and novelist, they expect me to own the latest Kindle or be an iBooks aficionado, and most seem genuinely shocked when I tell them I like my books on paper.
The reasons I give for preferring paper books are probably no different than what others have said: It’s the smell, the feel, and the way books become decorative items on your shelf when you are done absorbing all the wonderful words they contain.
But as a technology journalist, I also know that one day I will be dragged into the digital book future whether I like it or not--or be left behind with no new stories to read. That’s why I decided to sit down with Henrik Berggren, CEO of a small but growing app called Readmill that seems to have its pulse on the future of reading.
Talking with him, I discovered that compared to what Readmill is planning, today’s e-books might as well be dusty scrolls of parchment. In the future, e-books are going to explode beyond just containing stories, becoming niche social networks where we discuss our favorite passages with other readers and even authors and publishers buy our data to make more informed decisions. So hold on tight, book lovers. Reading as we know it will soon change, forever.
„Ich würde auch gern von meiner Leidenschaft leben können.“ – Diesen Satz habe ich in den letzten Monaten – genauer gesagt, seit dem Start in den Freiberuf – in den verschiedensten Variationen gehört. Was die meisten dabei übersehen: Von der eigenen Leidenschaft leben und das tun zu können, was man liebt, ist in der Regel das Ergebnis harter und kontinuierlicher Arbeit. Und nein, diese endet nicht, wenn der Punkt dann endlich erreicht ist und man von der Leidenschaft leben kann. Im Gegenteil, dann wird die Arbeit noch ein ganzes Stück härter und umfangreicher. <--more-->
Amazon launched a “Send to Kindle” button that publishers can add to their websites. The Washington Post and Time are among the first to sign up. “Send to Kindle” is Amazon’s answer to read-it-later services like Pocket and Instapaper.
Three Mac apps to help you self publish your book (via Freelance Writing) As a writer, I’m always looking for ways to maximize my revenue streams. While...
As a writer, I'm always looking for ways to maximize my revenue streams. While doing contract technical writing is working out pretty well for me, I'd like to start work on writing some content that earns money over time. To that end, like millions of dreamers, I'm starting to look at creating ebooks and self-publishing them. I've tried a bunch of programs for the Mac to create ebooks and these three below are the ones that I liked best.
As a forewarning, I'm not going to go too far into the various bookstore formats, other than to say that at the least you'll need to start with a Microsoft Word or ePub file. While Amazon and the like will accept a Word file to publish, to ensure your book converts to the various proprietary formats, I recommend creating an ePub file as your base. EPub is the most common ebook file standard, and I think you'll have fewer problems starting with that. Fortunately, the ebook creation apps I'm going to tell you about all export an ePub natively. While there are Automator scripts to convert text to ePub, by using these packages you're pretty much guaranteed to keep your document formatting.
From music history to war trials by way of Hunter S. Thompson and Steve Jobs, with a side of Ancient China.
Following this year’s best science books, art books, design books, philosophy and psychology books, children’s books, and history books, the 2012 best-of reading lists continue with the annual roundup of the year’s finest graphic novels and best additions to these 10 favorite masterworks of graphic nonfiction.
Since Gingko is tree-based, one person can work on the overall organization, while a second is writing the main points of a particular section, and a third is taking those points and fleshing them out in a subsection.
Storify Has Competition, and It’s Called Brickflow
Brickflow allows users to search for hashtags and compile corresponding pieces of content (bricks) found across Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr into a workable story. You can drag and drop each tile where you want it, piecing together a sensible visual narrative, and voila — you’ve got embeddable and sharable content for the Web. If the topic doesn’t need to be chronological, you can “remix” your flow and rearrange the story.
Crowdfunded via Indiegogo (with a $10,000 goal) and led by a team that includes a former Harvard University-funded startup incubator participant, a man who worked for Prezi, and a filmmaker, Brickflow released its public beta just days ago. They say they are the first social media curator allowing users to string together multiple Instagram videos in a story format. That feature alone could be a game changer for journalists.
Play GCSE Bitesize games in English, Maths, Science, History, RS, Business studies, French, German and Spanish.
Heiko Idensen's insight:
Book Notes lets you make notes on English course books and poems. Choose a title from the menu screen and you will be able to read the full text online. They are all fully searchable with notes made by Bitesize experts or you can always add your own, it's as simple as clicking on the text and finding the passage you want. All your work is saved automatically each time you log off.
From print book, to digital book to buy by the word books. Is that the way the publishing market is going?
You won’t need Amazon.com, Apple’s iBooks, or the publishers. They can distribute a book for free via e-mail, blogs, or their Facebook pace, and anyone can read the book for free, with the bill based on the actual amount read. This saves unnecessary expenses on publishing, marketing, and advertising,” he says. If he is right, how Amazon and other online book retailer would implement thee changes and adapt their inner search algorhythms is anyone guess at this stage, but still, it gives food for thoughts. ePublish a Book (http://s.tt/1eHfL)
So, are we heading for Pay by Words books? Future will tell J
In the past year, several startups have emerged with plans to change the way we discover, share and consume e-books. Some have focused on making e-books more interactive, others are trying to build more and better experiences around e-books.
Not all of these efforts may ultimately catch on with readers, but the hope is that they provide readers with more options and potentially inspire some of the bigger players in the space to innovate as well. With that in mind, here are some of the most exciting startups in the e-book space right now.
Heiko Idensen's insight:
... Great platforms for social reading and sharing teading experiences ....
BookRx is a simple and innovative tool to use if you're looking for interesting reading material. It uses your tweets to predict which books you will enjoy.
Reading a book is a significant investment of time. That's why it's common to ask friends for recommendations when looking for interesting literature. If you haven't said it yourself, you've probably heard someone say the common refrain: "Read any good books lately?"
That method has worked fairly well thus far, but an innovative new web appsources recommendations from the person who knows you best — you.
Simply insert your Twitter handle into BookRx, and seconds later the app produces a list of categories and specific books you might enjoy. The app, which was launched yesterday, is a product of Northwestern University'sKnight Lab. Shawn O'Banion, a third-year PhD student, worked with his professor, Larry Birnbaum, to create BookRx.
“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tellsMashable.
“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tells Mashable. "Typically you’re projecting an image of yourself on Twitter with the things that you say; while that might not be your true self, it’s actually who you want to represent on social media.”