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The Dilemma With eBook Readers

With tablets and 5” smartphones taking large shares of the market, one can easily say that eBook readers are slowly losing popularity among consumers. 150 million smartphone shipments is no small number, especially if this is the value of smartphones shipped in just the third quarter of 2013. Moreover, with the tremendous availability of apps of all kinds, turning a smartphone into just about anything is as easy as downloading and using an app, and this includes eBook reading as well. However, not so many people have given some thought to what eBook readers are capable of despite the stiff competition that they are currently facing. Features of an eBook Reader eBook readers are simply defined by their name. They are devices, almost the size of an iPad, which allow you to read eBooks more conveniently. eBook readers maintain simplicity and ease of use, something which cannot be ignored whenever you’re comparing it to a tablet. Some notable features of an eBook reader include: 1. High Level of Readability This is arguably the biggest advantage of an eBook reader over a tablet. While your tablets and smartphones use LCD screens, some eBook readers have e-ink displays. These displays are non-reflective...
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How to Write an eBook: Eight Steps to Make it Easy

Writing an eBook is much like writing a book in general. The steps are pretty much the same. The difference may be the visuals as some eBooks may have more than regular printed books, depending on the type of books of course. The following are eight steps that will give you an idea of what is involved from start to publishing. Choose a Topic As I’ve talked about before, it’s better to choose a topic that you know: one that you can put your own thoughts and ideas into. Also choosing a topic may be harder to do than most think. (Read my “Where to Find Inspiration for Blog Posts Topics” for more help.) Research This is the same as finding a good location for a business. So, instead of “location, location, location” it’s “research, research, research”. Make sure your topic is thoroughly researched, and you have as many points from beginning to end that you want to share as you can. Organize Your Details Make sure you get everything together with everything you need. Outline and figure out the order in which you want to write your eBook. You need a plan before you start writing. If you don’t...
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Blurb Brings You eBooks for the iPad Made Simple: Facebook Style

Creating eBooks is much easier than some think, and there are plenty of easy to use programs/websites to help the process too. There is one in particular that I have used for books in the past (and will also use in the future), and the website is called Blurb. Recently I learned that Blurb not only does photo books, regular books but also eBooks. I wanted to see just how easy it was to make an eBook, so I went through the process and made my own using Blurb.com and its Bookify program. The basics of it: you sign in, design a book, have Blurb convert it to an eBook and you’re done. Not too bad at all. For those that enjoy more details, here you go: eBook with Blurb Bookify The first step is to sign in to Blurb.com > Apps > eBooks for iPad > Get Started. There are three ways to create an eBook. First you must create a book, and then after you will have the option to convert it. The three ways include: Easy-To-Use Templates – More Customization – Full Creative Control. I decided to choose the first one and try out the ability to...
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Top 5 eBook Applications

Because of the versatility of the different smart phones available in the market today, the phones capability has been extended and has been used not only to send messages and make calls but for a bunch of other functions too. There are a number of applications available that lets a smart phone user do multitude of tasks from his phone like send email, chat using Yahoo Messenger, make calls using Skype, connect with friends in Facebook and more. Another feature which most of the smart phone users love is the ability of smart phones to open Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word or ePub files which lets them read eBooks from their phone. This is with the use of eBook applications for smart phones that displays the eBook in a format that is easy and comfortable for the users to read. Here are some most loved eBook applications for smart phones and android phones: 1. Apple's iBook. This application is created by Apple and is the application that they recommend for iPhone and iPad users. What is nice about iBook is that it gives a feel of reading a real book because of its looks, its layout, its page turning effect and even...
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CSS In 24 Hours

CSS in 24 Hours icon is a book by Kynn Bartlett that helps anyone that needs to learn how to do cascading stylesheets to pick up the basics in a very short period of time. A book that's almost 450 pages might not seem like it'd be the type to help you learn it in 24 hours, and truthfully it might take some people a little bit longer, but I pretty much learned the basics within a few hours.

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Unmarketing by Scott Stratton

Unmarketing by Scott Stratton is an intriguing book that gives people a different look at how to market their businesses. I've known about Scott for a long time, having first encountered him on Ryze many years ago. He has always had a unique perspective for how businesses should think about marketing themselves that goes against the grain. He has had some great successes and in this particular book he tells stories of both successes and near misses.I was especially intrigued by one story he tells where his idea for a new restaurant in his area was to have one night where they invited many guests within the area to come for a free meal. The people for the restaurant thought that was a horrible idea because in their minds they would be losing a lot of money. They decided to go a different way and unfortunately the restaurant didn't survive, although Stratton says he doesn't know if it's because they didn't give his idea a shot or not. The reason it's intriguing is because on TV these days there are other shows where one sees other consultants offering this same type of marketing advice and both restaurants and stores find themselves...
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