Year: 2012

What happened to Amazon’s book rankings by city?

Do you remember when Amazon used to rank books by their popularity in various cities? I enjoyed seeing which books were topselling in Chicago. Or at my alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University. But Amazon no longer has those rankings listed with the books. What gives? To find the answer, I tweeted this question and my …

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How to get men to use Pinterest

As any other male can attest, I find the female-dominated pins on pinterest rather uninteresting. I have a simple idea for Pinterest to get men using the site more. Here’s my letter to Pinterest. Dear Pinterest, I have a solution that will get more men to use your site. I would like to be able to …

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The incredibly hard captcha forms on Blogger defines its brand.

It sounds silly, but my daily encounter with blogger is having to decipher the captcha characters. Every single time I leave a comment, I have to guess what the letters say. It’s a bit of a challenging experience that gets in the way of me interacting with blogs on blogger. That bad experience makes me …

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ebook standard sizes for covers

What size should you make your ebook cover? There are many devices with different size screens. One size fits all Many people recommend a generic 600×800 size. But that’s for older e-ink screens. Three experts online each have a different recommendation for a catch-all size. Kindle Expert recommends 1876×2500 (7/12/2012). Cinda Fernando likes 1600×2400 (9/27/2012). …

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ebook or eBook?

Do you like the “B” capitalized in eBook? I don’t. ebook looks more normal. eBook looks like it’s trying to do something. Like it should be eBook™ We don’t spell email to be eMail. That would be dumb. Just look at that. eMail. That’s silly, isn’t it? I’m gonna spell it ebook from now on. …

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Amazon makes Kindle less social

Amazon is limiting the ability for people to share their highlights in books that readers own. Laura Hazard Owen wrote an excellent post, Amazon bans Kindle clips.” Here’s a clip: Findings, the year-old content-sharing site from untraditional VC firm Betaworks, was built on the ability to sync and share Kindle highlights. But Amazon told Betaworks last …

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Do you like old book smell?

“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla …

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