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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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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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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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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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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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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

Google Plus is for posting, not reading

Here’s another problem with Google Plus. It’s a platform for posting, not reading. You can add people to your circles. For instance, someone requested that he wanted to be in my circles for: books, comics, food, Kindle, libraries, nature, photography, video games and weather. I added him to those circles. However, this person doesn’t always …

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Bookstore of the future

What could the bookstore of the future look like? Bethanne Patrick, Executive Editor of Book Riot, asked this question on her blog post, “The Bookstore of the Future, Installment One: What Would Don Draper Handsell?” (hat-tip to @dbsalk for tweeting a link to this post.) I’d love to see specific niche-by-topic bookstores. Like a bookstore …

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