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PDF format is dead end for e-publishing
March 16, 2012 | 9:15 am

I found an interesting article on the blog of “technology innovation company” DPCI about how PDF format is an e-publishing dead end. In an era when e-readers have so many different potential screen sizes and different text formatting and rewrapping abilities, the article notes, a format that was primarily developed to freeze a page into a form that would look the same no matter where it was printed is a dead end for screen reading. PDF is a dead-end format. What I mean by this is that the nature of the format mimics what it was...

Easy-to-Use Applications for Creating Your Own Ebooks in a classroom setting
March 2, 2012 | 9:51 am

SimpleBooklet The Digital Shift has a survey article that could prove to be most useful to teachers.  Here's the beginning: Following are tools that you can use with your students to create ebooks. With them, you can exercise a range of capabilities, from adding a few page-turning effects to PDFs to creating full-blown interactive ebooks with multimedia elements. The simplest form of an ebook is a PDF or Word document that’s been enhanced with some basic page-turning effects and displayed online. Any word-processing program can be used to create the document. Then, to add page-turning effects for online display, upload the completed document...

Kindle app update brings PDF, periodicals to iOS devices
December 24, 2011 | 12:15 pm

This past week, the Kindle iOS app received an update. We did mention it when it happened, but I think a couple of the features in that update are important enough to go into in detail. First of all, the software can now read PDF files. I tried it out with a TV manual downloaded from the website of manufacturer I support in my day job, and it worked pretty well, including drop-down access to the table of contents. Of course, there are many other ways to read PDFs on iOS by now, including GoodReader, iBooks, Stanza, and Safari...

Google adds offline reading to Google Books Chrome app
December 22, 2011 | 10:39 pm

Google has just added offline reading to its Google Books app for the Chrome web browser. They tout this as offering the ability to read e-books on a plane, or when the Internet has gone down for some reason. To read your Google eBooks offline, you’ll need to install the Google Books app from our Chrome Web Store and ensure your Google eBooks are available to read offline. Please see this article in our Help Center and follow the simple step-by-step process to enable offline reading for your ebooks. Of course, it only takes...

Foxit Mobile PDF Reader available in the Android Market
November 30, 2011 | 11:55 am

71g0cxZhbzL SL500 AA300 Andriod Community points out that Foxit has a mobile PDF reader for Android.  They like it: Unlike the desktop version, only a $2.99 paid app is available, but that’s comparable to the other 3rd-party PDF viewers on the Market. The standard zoom and reflow features are present, as well as bookmarks. Foxit seems to be focusing on its reader experience with a set of noted additions: the app will automatically load the last document and page you used, and it can adjust the brightness for its own use, like the Kindle and Nook apps. There’s also a set of annotation tools,...

iStonesoft releases PDF to Epub converter
November 1, 2011 | 8:57 am

Logo Here's another one from Planet PDF today: iStonsoft Studio, a developer of multimedia software, has announced its new PDF to ePub Converter, a professional PDF to ePub conversion software for creating ebooks. iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter features a user-friendly interface and delivers fast conversion. iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter allows users to convert their PDF files into eBooks with few simple steps. The tool is equally suited for beginners and more advanced users. Additionally, the software also supports batch conversion. iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter works on all Windows platform and requires a minimum of 512MB RAM. ...

Foxit upgrades its PDF reader
November 1, 2011 | 8:53 am

Images  1 From Planet PDF: Foxit has released an upgrade to its popular PDF viewer. Foxit Reader 5.1 adds integration with Facebook and Twitter, along with Read Out Loud. Improvements to load time, text rendering, print and reading experience are also included in the upgrade. The social sharing option is a new innovation for Foxit's PDF viewer, and it's bound to be popular with those who share via eReaders and RSS feeds. Files can be shared by right-clicking and choosing Share Current Document, or by using Foxit's screen-grabbing tool to select a portion of the document. A nice touch for sharing only the most...

PDF readers for iOS
October 24, 2011 | 10:31 am

Images From Planet PDF comes word of Kdan Mobile releasing an updated PDF reader for iOS: Kdan Mobile, a developer of mobile applications, has released version 3.8 of PDF Reader, a major update to its powerful mobile PDF application for iPhone and iPod Touch. The new version includes a new user interface, optimized annotation tools, PDF form-filling capability, support for new file types and it integrates with online storage applications Kdan's PDF Reader has the following key features: Powerful file viewing engine Supports various file formats including RAR, ePub, CBR and CBZ File transfer capabilities through WiFi, USB and Cloud storage Document...

Kindle for PC and Mac updated
September 5, 2011 | 3:38 pm

K4pc 171This Kindle for PC update, version 1.7.1 and the update for Kindle for Macs (I see no version #) offer: "Support for Kindle Print Replica content, which look like the corresponding print book with words and images in the position corresponding to the print edition.  See more detail on Print Replica content here. Support for reading most PDF files within the Kindle application, including functionality such as zoom and pan, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, and bookmarks. By the way, I've read that it's best, when finishing a book within the PC for Kindle...

New ebook format from Amazon
August 28, 2011 | 3:51 pm

Screen Shot 2011 08 28 at 3 50 53 PM Received the following email from Paul Durrant of Durrant Publishing in the UK: Along with Kindle for Mac 1.7 and Kindle for PC 1.7, release a few days ago, Amazon have introduced a new ebook format for their Kindle ebook store. Called "Print Replica", it is Amazon's solution for books with a page layout that is too complex to reproduce using their usual Mobipocket-derived ebook format. A "print replica" ebook resembles a PDF version of the book. The page layout is fixed, and the only viewing options are to zoom and to pan. There's...

GenCon Interview: Jason Bulman, lead designer for the Pathfinder RPG
August 15, 2011 | 11:04 pm

pathfinderThe Pathfinder role-playing game was originally developed under the Open Gaming License as a “replacement” for D&D 3.5th edition after Hasbro announced it would no longer be supporting the game. Hasbro was changing over to its new, streamlined D&D 4th Edition rules, which suddenly left all the 3.5th-edition supplements its OGL had fomented without an available master rule set. However, the Open Game License meant that Paizo, Pathfinder’s developer, was free to take the core of the D&D rule set and create a new, compatible game around them. One noteworthy thing about Pathfinder was that the entire full-length version...

Wolfram launches Computable Document Format (CDF) to create interactive documents
July 21, 2011 | 3:12 pm

Today Wolfram launched CDF, a new document format that incorporates interactive charts, infographics, tables, and anything else that you can produce in the company's own Mathematica (or that you can import as MathML expressions from Excel and Word). Conrad Wolfram writes, "The idea is to provide a knowledge container that’s as easy to author as documents, but with the interactivity of apps—for CDFs to make live interactivity as everyday a way to communicate as spreadsheets made charts." Although Wolfram is positioning this as an open document format, the readers over at Slashdot are skeptical about the EULA and potential issues down...

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