Year: 2012

Kindle doesn’t know how to correct eink to e-ink

The Kindle doesn’t know how to spell the name of it’s own screen technology! E-ink is what creates the paper-like screen on the Kindles. While reading a book with the Kindle app, I wrote a note inside the book. Inititally I typed “eink.” The Kindle auto-spell didn’t correct “eink” to “e-ink;” instead it offered ink, …

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People don’t want resources. People want people.

A growing trend online is getting to be more about making connections with people rather than resources. The litmus for this observation is how many twitter accounts do you follow that tweet exclusively links? None of the twitter accounts I read post only links. I don’t care to read a bunch of links excruded out …

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DC comics app by comiXology (redudant?)

It seems slightly redundant that DC comics would have their own app developed by comiXology. Why not just read your comics on the original ComiXology app? They state: An entirely new design and interface Easier search functionality that allows readers to find their favorite comics and characters much faster New ways to search and receive …

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An experience of converting an InDesign file to ePub/mobi

Read the experience of a smart man (Craig Mod, MacDowell Writing Fellow, 2012 TechFellow) getting his print book converted into an eBook. I stumbled across his article “Platforming Books” from a tweet by the Director of Digital Information at the Art Institute, ‏@lili_czarina. It’s a rather long webpage, but the main item I would like …

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What makes for a great storyteller?

Every week on Tuesday at 11am CST #ideaschat has an hour-long chat with a new topic. This week’s topic was about storytelling. Question #3 was “What makes for a great storyteller?” Thirteen people gave some great responses. Vulnerability, honesty, wit, ability to captivate, telling the right story at the right time, honesty, passion, live first …

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Blogs need to allow people to subscribe to categories

The blogging platform of the future needs two main things. Community and topic-specific subscription. Drupal allows people to subscribe to specific topics (or categories) of posts. But drupal doesn’t have a tied-in community to their platform. In fact, it’s hard to find any blogging platform that has a tied-in community. Blogger? No. WordPress? No. Livejournal? …

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Learn to make eBooks from InDesign: Part 2

More resources I’ve found on my second day of researching how to make eBooks from InDesign. ================ Barnes & Noble’s eBook publisher home pubit.barnesandnoble.com/ “PubIt! ePub Formatting Guide” (PDF) Download our ePub Formatting Guide for information on how best to format your ePub document. — pretty much tech specs, raw stuff. — The maximum viewing …

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Medium might become the best publishing platform ever, if they…

There’s a new publishing platform in town. It might beat the pants off wordpress, blogger, typepad, pinterest, and tumblr. It’s called “Medium” and it’s by a twitter co-founder. They state, “We’re rethinking publishing and building a new platform from scratch. This is a preview.” I’m really happy that Medium is doing two of the things …

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Learn to make eBooks from InDesign: Part 1

As I’m learning how to create eBooks, I will be archiving all the webpages and PDFs I read; and all the items I install. I’m hoping that as I find these resources that they will be helpful to others who are learning how to make eBooks. ================ Read Adobe’s eBook intro page. http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/2010/03/create_epub_ebooks_with_adobe_indesign.html — Has …

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Metadata for Olympic video

NBC is proclaiming their increased viewership is due to offering so much live video online. While that’s cool, let’s take that a step further. I don’t really care to wake up at 3am to watch a badminton tournament. I want archives. Searchable archives. What I’d like is to be able to tell my iPad, i …

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Passionate about your column or about your topic?

Are you passionate about what you do? hexanine, an agency in Chicago, blogged, “Musing: Weave Passion into Business“: Our short musings on design, branding, business and the human condition. Sure, we all have to eat and pay the mortgage. But it’s easy to become a creative mercenary if you’re merely chasing lucrative markets or the …

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What’s that book about?

When I scroll through the book titles on my Goodreads.com friend feed, sometimes I wonder, “what’s that book about?” I consider asking the person who is reading the book. But then I realize I could just click on the link and read the official summary. Funny how online stuff works. If a friend tells us …

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New comic initiatives: Comics Accelerator, Diamond Digital, Digital Comics Reader, Cyber Force Kickstarter, Comics Plus

Comic Book Resources touched on a few new and ongoing digital comics projects in their article, CCI: New frontiers for iVerse’s digital comics. Comics Accelerator The Comics Accelerator sounds cool for how you can buy a comics in kickstarter-style, AND there is no DRM. However, the site looks WAY too much like Kickstarter. I’d imagine …

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Postrocket: helping Facebook Page admins analyze their content

I really like this new startup, PostRocket. Anything that helps companies to post relevant content, the better. Readers will appreciate getting content that engages them. I just hope they don’t tell Facebook Pages to embrace posting status updates that say, “if you like summer, click ‘like’!”

How many highlights does it take to move up the most-highlighted Kindle list?

I’ve started keeping track of how adding highlights to a Kindle book moves it up the “most highlighted book” list on Amazon. Right now I have a book that has 30 highlights. It’s ranked 11,701 on the list. I will add highlights and see how it moves up the list. (The book is “John 12-21 …

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Free graphic novels on the Kindle

Four things I discovered about trying to read a graphic novel on a kindle. There are only 17 free graphic novels for the Kindle. The most intriguing free graphic novel is Bananaman ranked at the bottom, #17. I “bought” Bananaman for free, and now the book’s ranking is #16. Since one purchase moved the ranking …

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Amazon and Goodreads partnership

Since Amazon is not the most socially friendly website out there, would it be possible for Amazon and Goodreads to partner? I’d love to have better social sharing abilities for highlights and notes on my Kindle books. 3/29/2013 UPDATE: Amazon has bought Goodreads! My analysis: Good news and bad news from Amazon buying Goodreads