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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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Are you an egghead iPad user like me?

Do you bring your iPad into the kitchen to follow recipes? Or maybe you bring it out to the garage and fix stuff? My manager asked me how I use my iPad and I could only answer, “Well, I like to read PDFs and write notes in the margins. That’s my primary use.” And then […]

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Is there a standard ePub format for notes?

You know how you can write notes in an Kindle book? That seems to be Amazon’s propietary system for recording notes. Especially since Amazon doesn’t even use ePub files in the first place (they use mobi files). It would be cool if there was a way to publish a Kindle book with notes already in […]

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Who would like to read a book with me using a Kindle?

I really want the experience of reading a Kindle book with someone else. If there is anyone reading a book on a Kindle, let me know I would like to read the book with you. It would be fun to share notes and highlights through the progress of reading the book. Right now the tools […]

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When eBooks take over, will we hang posters of books on our walls?

Do you enjoy showing off your books? Or maybe you enjoy seing your shelves filled with books. While I do like my book shelves, I also find myself running out of shelf room for additional books. Enter eBooks. Readers are no longer limited by shelf space. You can own hundreds or thousands of books. But […]

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The wrong book to buy for designing eBook covers

Oh man. This has to be the most IRONIC book ever. Seriously. You expect me to buy a book about book cover design when your own book cover is looks like that? It’s sad that this book ranks #6 on Amazon’s Kindle store for design books. Seeing this awful book cover design is rather ironic […]

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Review of Craig Mod’s “Hack the Cover”

Are book covers dead? Check out Craig Mod’s “Hack the Cover.” It’s a great quick book. 39 pages (twice as long as his “Books in the Age of the iPad” and ten times as good). You can even read the entire book online for free. Or in Kindle format for $3.99. There are lots of […]

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A universal “mark as read” for all social media platforms

Many people post the same item to several social media platforms. A photo of a building might be shared on Facebook, twitter, and foursquare. When we post, we want to make sure people across all platforms see what we have to say. But for our readers who follow us on multiple platforms, it’s a bit […]

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Keeping track of how you discovered books

Goodreads has a poll asking about where you heard about the previous book you read. Here are the results: I voted for “blog post” because I heard about “Shape of Design” from Craig Mod’s post “Hack the Cover.” Although I had to think about it for awhile, because I read a bunch of books at […]

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“Mark as read” should be available in Facebook and Twitter

In email, you can mark emails as read. In Google Reader, you can mark posts as read. Why can’t we mark tweets as read? Why can’t we mark Facebook posts as read? I can understand why we can’t do this in Facebook. The developers of Facebook control the interface completely, so they must want us […]