If you really want to get your geek on, I just discovered a great new tool for producing PDF, EPUB and MOBI e-books. The language is called Markdown and the tool I use to build Markdown documents is MarkdownPad 2. Created by Evan Wondrasek, a software engineer in Minneapolis, MN, MarkdownPad 2 is pretty comprehensive. There are two flavors (as with most projects of this kind): the free version and the licensed version. A single-user license costs 14.95 (USD).
For over two decades now, I have dreamed of publishing a book. When the Kindle and iPad burst onto the scene, I knew that my dream had changed. Getting published on paper seemed daunting; however, getting published digitally seemed so very simple…except for the actual formatting of the book.
I tried to code and compile my own Kindle book several times. It took so much time to edit, proofread, and then recompile the book to only have to do it again the next time I see an error. Then, for Valentine’s Day, I made a book for my wife using a simple Amazon’s Send to Kindle app. That worked fairly well, but again, I had to go through several drafts before I found the formatting that worked best.
Into this malaise of formatting errors, a hero has emerged, a hero named PressBooks.com!
Here’s an interesting look at what some deem as a successful guest blogger.
Although I understand where they’re coming from, I can tell you that this isn’t the metric used for ChurchMag.
Check this out:
At first glance, Times Haiku just looks like a listing of Haiku’s formulated from the New York Times, but it’s much more than that!
Here’s how it works:
Take Michael Whitworth for example:
Last year, I released the first book in what I hope will become a series on the entire Bible. As a preaching minister, biblical literacy and spiritual maturity are my passions, but I also believe the Bible should be engaging, not boring. When people read the Bible and books about the Bible, I want them to say it was a “real page-turner; I couldn’t put it down.” I want people to know Scripture so that their lives can be transformed by it. I want them to see Scripture as funny, frightening, weird, convicting. So I’ve thus made it my life’s pursuit to write books that help others better understand the Bible and become more like Jesus. After finishing my first book in this project, “The Epic of God: A Guide to Genesis,” I found myself asking, “What’s next?”
What an awesome concept!
The Church is constantly struggling to gain peoples attention and communicate effectively. The idea of scripture being a, as Michael said, “a real page-turner,” is really cool.
Remember life before email?
Remember writing letters by hand?
Some of you may not while others may remember sending and receiving letters via the United States Postal Service many, many times. A lot has changed in just one generation.
My wife remembers waiting months to hear back from family and friends while growing up as a missionary kid. The digital age has certainly changed our own kids experience as missionary kids, as Instagram, Facebook, Skype and more, have brought the other side of the ocean much closer.
Here’s a look at the interesting history of handwritten letters:
I’ve know there’s a difference between “curly quotes” or “inverted quotes” and “straight quotes.” I figured that know one knows, cares or it really matters; but when it comes right down to it, I’ve never paid it much mind as I never took the time to figure out how to use them.
Or how about a hyphen, en dash or em dash.
Do you know the difference? Does anyone care? Do you know how to type proper quotes and accents?
I’ve got you covered:
Jake Weidmann is one of the eleven master penmen in the … wait for it … wait for it … world!
This video done by This Is Our City is one of the most inspiring videos I’ve seen in a really long time.
It hits on multiple dimensions. The testimony of Jake Wiedmann, the concept he shares and the beautiful art he creates will sure to light you up one way or another.