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!
It seems as if Google is looking to expand its fairly successful augmented reality game Ingress franchise — with eBooks. In a pertinently appropriate partnership with bestselling conspiracy fiction author Thomas Greanias, Google’s Niantic Labs is giving the Enlightenment vs Resistance saga some narrative history.
I think this is a shrewd move. The game, fun and engaging as it is, practically cries out for some tangible backstory. Plus, if in-game chatter is an indication, additional media — swag, imagery, even motion pictures –would be quite welcome, and will also increase mindshare. There is no official word with regards to iOS functionality, and with quite a few players topping out at the higher levels, stuff like this could help maintain interest.
iBooks Author is free software available for Mac OS X that allows you to create multi-touch textbooks.
You can take advantage of the multimedia capabilities by learning how to format videos fro iBooks Authors. In this short video I teach how to format video that is compatible with iBooks and that will be displayed accurately on an iPad.
Take a look:
The Story ESV Bible is an excellent resource for sharing the Gospel, and with this current Easter special, your church could consider providing your Easter service guests with a copy!
Launched just last month, “this new outreach Bible features a 12-page, beautifully designed and full-color presentation of the storyline of the Bible. The material covers creation, the fall, the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the hope of the second coming. It also provides a clear invitation to readers to receive Christ as their Savior. Specially prepared, full-page introductions by the creators of The Story show how each Bible book contributes to the Bible’s storyline.”
And it even has a cool mobile app!
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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:
I am not, and have never been, a morning person. The only valid reasons I can usually think of for getting up early include early morning flights, Black Friday sales, and beating my room mate to the shower so I can have all of the hot water. Not exactly your “daily motivation” stuff of legend.
It seemed to me, though, that all of my “heroes of the faith” were morning people… and productive ones at that. I know that being productive in ministry and in life means making the most of my time, and it is as the saying goes;
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
This is where author Andy Traub steps in with his tech-friendly, motivational e-book and action plan.
Is this the library of the future?
It reminds me of the “Internet stations” I’ve seen in libraries before, multiplied by ten.
Can you imagine a bookless library?
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?
Sexting is a problem and it can be difficult for parents who didn’t grow up with texting to understand and grasp the subject.
Did you know that:
“28 percent of teens admitted to having sent a sext”
“Teens that sext are more likely to engage in sexual behavior.”
No matter how “good” you think your kids are, sexting is something that is easy to fall into and it’s a dangerous and slippery slope.
Here’s how to download uknowkids.com‘s free ebook for parents: