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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:42 am

Learn Speed Reading - WikiHow
This is an excellent site with step by step instructions including a video.

Whether you're hitting the textbooks in philosophy class, reading long-winded emails from co-workers, or just reading the morning newspaper, chances are at one time or another you've wished you could read a little faster. So widespread is the desire to learn speed reading, in fact, that teaching the skill has become big business: a host of companies now offer books, training sessions and even computer programs to increase reading speed, sometimes at a cost of hundreds of dollars. But why fork over your paycheck or student loan money for a speed reading system when you can start reading faster today by following these simple steps?
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:02 am

Now this can't happen with E Books!
An overdue book has been returned to an American library - 99 years late.
It was handed in to the library at New Bedford, Massachusetts, this week by 75-year-old Stanley Dudek.
The library has waived the one-cent-a-day fine on the book, which would have amounted to $363, about £230.
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:03 am

moongirl wrote:Online reading for lovers of history & romance.
This is a new site established in January of this year and well worth a visit.
The letters are from the 1700s to the 1940s. You can view the original and these have been transcribed
for ease of reading. My favourites are the earliest which come complete with ink spots. I love this site.

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The LETTER REPOSITORY is a database of historical personal letters from the 1700s through to the 1940s. This covers many interesting time periods including the Great Depression, the American Civil War, World War One and Two, the Napoleonic wars as well as many other world events. Mainly written in the English language, many of the letters contain themes of love and romance, religion, family, friends, legal and business matters.
http://www.letter.ie/


Another site worth visiting is: Letters Of Note
Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated every weekday. Edited by Shaun Usher.
http://www.lettersofnote.com/
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:56 am

E-Book? E-Comic! It works! :wink:

The AXE COP saga began on a Christmas visit to see my family. My Father, a man with very healthy loins, has managed to produce a variety of children, ranging from me, a 29 year old comic book artist, to my 5 year old brother Malachai, a 5 year old boy genius, with four other siblings in between. During the visit Malchai was running around with his toy fireman axe and he said he was playing “Axe Cop.” He asked me to play with him, and I asked what my weapon was… so he brought me a toy flute (actually a recorder). I told him I would rather be Axe Cop then Flute Cop, and he seemed just fine with being Flute Cop. The story that followed became more and more brilliant, until I couldn’t contain myself and I had to draw the whole thing into a one page comic.


From there the saga continued, and over the course of my week-long visit we cranked out the first four episodes of AXE COP. I posted the comics to my blog and on Facebook and they got great responses. I decided to give AXE COP a home on the internet here and attempt to continue the saga as often as I have time to draw them, and I can get Malachai to write them.


The writing process is basically just me quizzing Malachai as he develops the saga. I’ll just try to pry all the details out of him and write them all down until something like a complete little story has been formed. Everything in AXE COP started in Malachai’s head, all I do is sort it out and draw it. Here is a video of the writing process.
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:29 am

Bookforum - if you enjoy reading, this site is a feast for your eyes!
http://www.bookforum.com/
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:42 pm

Reading Books in Your Virtual Library

Sony Reader Touch - Overview & Product Reviews
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:01 am

John Grisham
'The Firm' stand he has previously taken has been broken, and now all 23 of his books
will be made available as e-books, according to his publisher Random House.
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:25 am

Upstream Open Library
With over 20 million titles listed... there is still so much work to do!
Ever wanted to play librarian?
If you love books, why not help build a library?
http://upstream.openlibrary.org/
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Re: E-Books

Postby Rat » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:37 pm

moongirl wrote:Upstream Open Library
With over 20 million titles listed... there is still so much work to do!
Ever wanted to play librarian?
If you love books, why not help build a library?
http://upstream.openlibrary.org/

Now, that's a nice idea. I see that in my field there is quite a lot of work to be done. This time, I don't mean cutting the grass. Nice find, moon.
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Fri May 07, 2010 2:06 am

"The Book on Google: Is the Future of Publishing in the Cloud, held in Random House's Manhattan offices?"
Chris Palma - Google


Google Editions eBook store coming
Thu, 06 May 2010

Google says it will launch its Google Editions eBooks service this summer, enabling users to download eBooks on cell phones, eBook readers and PC.

Google Editions will provide about half a million eBooks ready to be downloaded in late June or July.

The Amazon-like eBook store will give 63 percent of its income to publishers, while Google keeps 37 percent, Google's manager of strategic-partner development Chris Palma announced at the publishing-industry panel in New York on May 5.

Users can also buy eBooks from Amazon and Barnes & Nobles through Google Editions with publishers getting 45 percent and Google retaining 55 percent of the sales.

Independent book retailers can also sell Google Editions on their own sites, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Sat May 29, 2010 5:41 am

Kobo eReader
May 12, 2010
Kobo eReader Release Date, Competes with Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle

The American big-box book store, Borders, announced recently that it’s beginning to accept pre-orders for the Kobo eReader, and ebook reader which competes with the likes of the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle. Okay … to be fair, it truly competes with the Kindle and only “kindof” competes with the iPad. Amazon’s Kindle is very similar to the Kobo eReader in terms of features, while the iPad offers the ebook reader and an unlimited list of additonal features — after all, there’s an app for that!

In the strictly ebook reader market, the Amazon Kindle is the clear market leader. However, Barnes and Noble, another superstore book store, has also released an ebook reader that they refer to as the Nook.

Anyway, back to the Kobo eReader … It’s currently available for pre-order at Borders book stores or at borders.com. It’s price is $149.99 and will come preloaded with 100 classic books. It has a 1 GB hard drive, and unlike similar devices, uses a single blue button for navigation.

The Kobo eReader release date is June 17, 2010
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:08 am

The iRiver Story eReader
At one point in time it seemed like iriver had a monopoly on insane, imaginative designs. Sure, it was mostly centered around PMPs, but iriver's stuff in its heyday was fun enough to make even a screenless MP3 player seem interesting. Lately, however, things seem a little more conservative. Take this iriver Story, for instance: it's a sexy device that seems very on par with other e-readers on the market... and that's about it. We played around with it a bit on the show floor, and found the keyboard to be pretty great, the design solid and slim, and the software pretty slow. With all the extra function-specific buttons on the keyboard, there's less of the arbitrary UI navigation limitations posed by some of the more simplistic e-book readers, but there's nothing so amazing or useful on the device that it would tempt the Kindle faithful. We're particularly worried about book load times, but it'll take some more time with the unit to really see how it stacks up across the board. For now you can check out a video walkthrough of the device after the break.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/08/iriv ... -hands-on/
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:20 am

Google Lit Trips
Something to complement Ebooks and real books!

A Different Way to Read Great Literature!
This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more!
http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:14 am

Climate Change In My Backyard - free online book
20 fun projects for children to make a difference
“The action we take today will protect the children of tomorrow.”

...... Ron Smith
http://www.thelittlegreenbooks.com/
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Re: E-Books

Postby moongirl » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:19 pm

The British Library Digitised Manuscripts

The Digitised Manuscripts web pages give access to fully digitised manuscripts held at the British Library, with their descriptions.

Ancient Greek manuscripts available at the British Library site include Aesopic fables found on Mount Athos in 1844.
I searched for The Lindisfarne Gospels, 31 results returned. It is certainly worth a visit.
http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/
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