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Amazon launches "Send to Kindle" button for web publishers and WordPress blogs

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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.
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Good e-Reader Unveils Updated Android News App

Good e-Reader Unveils Updated Android News App | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Over the course of the last few years our News App for Android was not very compelling. It was slow, unwieldy and not indicative to the simplified vision we
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Readmill brings its e-reader app to Android

Readmill brings its e-reader app to Android | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
We knew it was coming, but Readmill has finally brought its digital reading platform to Android.

We first covered Readmill way back in 2011, noting that it made e-books more social ...
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Gingko App - For collaborative writing

Gingko App - For collaborative writing | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

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.


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:32 PM

Very good app for long documents. You could work in a 3 tree level, allowing you to conect between levels, add links, pics, etc... quite user-friendly.

Anne-Christin Tannhäuser's curator insight, February 25, 5:52 AM

Need to try out this tool, looks exciting!

Asif Mehedi's curator insight, June 11, 12:56 PM

Now that I've discovered the wonderful Gingko App, my writing (and pre-writing) is not going to be the same again.

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Storify Has Competition, and It’s Called Brickflow - 10,000 Words

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Storify Has Competition, and It’s Called Brickflow

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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.

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Writing: Scrivener as a complete Blogging System

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About a month after I used Scrivener to finally finish a novel I started years ago, I got the idea of trying to use it as not only a staging area for posts here on my blog, but also as an infrastru...
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HTML5 Document Embedding | Crocodoc

HTML5 Document Embedding | Crocodoc | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Crocodoc converts Microsoft Office and PDF documents to HTML5 so your users can view and collaborate right in your web app.

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Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc

Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
Comment on, edit, and fill out PDFs, Word documents, images and more. Highlight text and add comments using our free online document annotator.

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Fake and Funny: Twitter as Interactive Performance Art

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Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool

Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Follow these simple steps to create a summary of your text.

Step 1Type or paste your text into the box.
Step 2Drag the slider, or enter a number in the box, to set the percentage of text to keep in the summary.

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Step 3

Read your summarized text. If you would like a different summary, repeat Step 2. When you are happy with the summary, copy and paste the text into a word processor, or text to speech program, or language translation tool

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Great tool! Thanks for sharing.
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BBC - GCSE Bitesize - #Book #Notes: collaborative online #notetaking on free #ebooks

Play GCSE Bitesize games in English, Maths, Science, History, RS, Business studies, French, German and Spanish.
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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.

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Pay by Word Books? | ePublish a Book

Pay by Word Books? | ePublish a Book | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
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.
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So, are we heading for Pay by Words books? Future will tell J

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5 Startups Working to Improve the E-Book Reading Experience

5 Startups Working to Improve the E-Book Reading Experience | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

The next chapter of digital reading has begun.

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.

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... Great platforms for social reading and sharing teading experiences ....

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New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets

New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
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.

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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.”

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Free Technology for Teachers: Subtext & Tellagami - Two Apps to Attack Reading Comprehension

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Editorially

Editorially | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

A plain text writing environment lets you focus on the words, not the presentation.


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flea palmer's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:11 AM

I'm not sure how this differs from using Google docs but, as this has been developed by writers specifically for collaborative writing I think this will be of interest to Learning Developers

Dean Mantz's curator insight, September 22, 2013 11:05 PM

This looks to be another collaboration site that follows the footsteps of Titan Pad, Type With Me, Zoho, and Google Docs.  

 

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Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:46 PM

good tool

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E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media

E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

“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.

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Gehdanken 77: Kämpfe für Deine Leidenschaft » sozial-pr - Autor, Coach und Berater

Gehdanken 77: Kämpfe für Deine Leidenschaft » sozial-pr - Autor, Coach und Berater | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

„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-->

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Amazon launches "Send to Kindle" button for web publishers and WordPress blogs

Amazon launches "Send to Kindle" button for web publishers and WordPress blogs | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
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.
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Bring back the illustrated book

Bring back the illustrated book | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

Some of our best novelists have extremely visual styles, and great, faithful illustrations would only intensify the reader’s reactions to their writing.


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Penelope's comment, February 28, 2013 3:51 PM
We are becoming a society that only wants to "see" not "read".
Barbara Ford's comment, February 28, 2013 5:24 PM
While some just look at pictures...and others read only text...the people who experience the best of the author's and illustrator's work are those who can bring about the uniquely wonderful marriage of the two. I think it is incumbent upon our generation to be sure that those proceeding us don't lose the richness to be gained from both. Mr. Sacks does an admirable job in making that point.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, February 28, 2013 6:52 PM
It's not about reading less; all the bogus complaints about "the Internet ruining reading" are silly. Magazines, for example, are doing quite well. Illustrations have been missing due to cost. Returning them is certainly a quality issue.
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Total Boox Hopes to Change How We Buy E-books

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Total Boox (pronounced total books) unveiled a “pay-as-you read” approach to buying books at this week's Digital Book World conference.
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Get Creative With Evernote: 10 Unique Uses You Haven’t Thought Of

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Evernote is one of the ultimate tools in productivity, and with a wide variety of multiplatform apps, there’s no limit to the way that you can use the service.


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The English Workout with Fluency MC: ESL-EFL Speaking Grammar Vocabulary Program on WizIQ

First Workout moved to January 18th. Enroll now! 8 workouts for only $15: http://www.wiziq.com/course/10282-the-english-workout-with-fluency-mc-8-classes Fol...

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Dr. Nellie Deutsch's comment, January 19, 2013 2:12 PM
The first live workout was awesome. It's not too late to join. In fact, it's the right time. You can view this and the next 7 sessions and the recordings for $15. That's a bargain because you will get an MP3, work sheets to practice and so much more.

The point of the English workout is for you to keep viewing the recordings after the live sessions over and over again in your car, as you jog, and so on on your cell phone, mp3, iPad, android and so on. You do not need to be there for the live event.

So enroll in the 8 week workout program, today: http://www.wiziq.com/course/10282-the-english-workout-with-fluency-mc-8-classes
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Three apps to help you self publish your book | ePublish a Book #ibooksauthor #scrivener #pages # mac

Three apps to help you self publish your book | ePublish a Book #ibooksauthor #scrivener #pages # mac | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
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...

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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.


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Why 2012 was the year of the e-single

Why 2012 was the year of the e-single | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it
E-singles -- stories somewhere between 5,000 and 30,000 words, usually nonfiction, and sold as inexpensive ebooks -- are the format for our time. Here's why.
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How to Read Like a Writer

How to Read Like a Writer | Social Reading & Writing: cultural techniques with social networks | Scoop.it

"All the elements of good writing depend on the writer's skill in choosing one word instead of another."

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Reading and writing are inextricably intertwined, and literature — like all cultural creation — is an endless labyrinth of influence. And while some have argued that writing well can be taught, our cultural narrative continues to perpetuate the myth of “God”-given, inborn talent, or what Charles Eames has termed “the ‘gifted few’ concept”.

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