I used to work at a video game store.
When customers were trying to decide which system to purchase, this is what I would tell them:
“Focus on the game library.”
I think the same can be said for smartphones and tablets. There are many apps that can be used on multiple devices–sometimes better and sometimes worse–but what can really separate the different OS’ are the exclusive apps. If you find that your favorite apps can only be found on a particular platform, that’s the direction you should probably go.
Take a look at how the number of apps compare from app store to app store:
I love my Kindle (with Keyboard), but it hasn’t received as much use during my graduate school studies because my highlights and notes were trapped in the Kindle in a useless little file called “My Clippings.”
Well, that file is useless no longer!
My teenage girls were recently in the market for a tablet, so after quite a bit of research, they landed on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in tablet.
Of all the things considered, price ended up being the biggest factor.
Where there tablets with better specs per dollar? Yes.
But for an introductory tablet, you can hardly go wrong with what you get for Amazon’s low price point.
I love books. I read far above the average 12 books a year for the American male. The trouble is that over the years I have amassed a variety of volumes that sit on the shelf and gather dust. Most titles haven’t been re-read since first finding a home on the bookshelf and I will likely enter that eternal rest before reading any of them again.
To simply sell the books or give them away seems an obvious solution, but I can’t seem to let go. There is something nostalgic and familiar about books that moves me to hold on. Now, before you go calling me a hoarder, check our own shelf for books you’ve only read once or have yet to crack the cover of for the first time.
Welcome to Book Lovers Anonymous. My name is KC and I love books.
[We're giving away ten copies of JD Greear's book, "Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart"]
LifeWay has released a reader that can be used on your mobile device or straight from your browser.
The LifeWay Reader app brings thousands of Christian books right to your iPhone and iPad. The LifeWay Reader enhances your books with live links to Bible passages wherever the author references a verse. Fully integrated with the LifeWay ID platform, this app connects you directly to the content that you love.
Nice! All on the cloud.
Think: “Kindle”, but with the LifeWay Christian book selection!
Here’s a closer look:
Some of the statistics in this infographic really surprised me!
- There are over 121,000 libraries in America and 69% of Americans use libraries
- 67% of libraries offer downloadable e-books and 28% lend out e-readers and mobile devices
- 95% of libraries have some kind of online, social media presence
69% of Americans using libraries really surprised me. I think libraries have held their own over the past few decades, because they’re not afraid of technology. I still remember using an Apple II in elementary school class in the … wait for it … wait for it … library!
Also, who can remember using a card catalog cards when looking for books in the library? I remember using them–as scratch paper to write down what I found on the computer!
But what does this have to do with the church?
The life of a pastor is becoming increasingly mobile. Spending time in study at a coffee shop, rather than at an office, gives the minister the chance to meet new people, make new contacts and interact with the world around him or her. The growth of technology is making this possible. If you are in the ministry or are looking for a gift for your pastor, here are some pieces of tech that can make this job a little easier.
Lifechurch.tv is introducing another tool to assist believers all around the world develop relationships with God.
It’s called, BibleX.
Take a look:
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The newest and hottest computing device on the market is the tablet. Some are predicting that this device will replace all personal computing in the next three to five years and if they continue to improve it, I am happy to agree. That being said, I would like to see a bigger market of competition and the levels of products out there are just not comparable at this point. But with time and a huge profit margin nearly guarantees that this will happen soon enough.
You might think that publishing a book on Kindle is just as easy as taking a MS Word file and uploading it. Well, you’d be half right. You can upload a Word file, but you’d probably regret it.
Amazon supposedly takes “Word (DOC or DOCX), HTML (ZIP, HTM, or HTML), Mobipocket (MOBI), ePub (EPUB), Plain Text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF), Adobe PDF (PDF)” files, but most of these will either have formatting problems or won’t take advantage of Kindle’s ability to change font size. I’ve personally used html, mobi, and ePub and have had the best results with mobi.
So that begs the questions, “How do you get your draft into a mobi file?” There’s no “save for Kindle” option in either Word or Pages.