Books, CDs, DVDs and video games are already some of the cheapest forms of entertainment around, but we’ve found three services that render them even more affordable – specifically, by making them yours at no cost whatsoever.OK, there is a catch, but it’s a very small one: You’ll incur shipping fees, but this never amounts to more than a few dollars per item. And most of the services operate on a trading model, which means you’ll need to give up a book, CD, DVD or video game you own in order to get something don’t already have. Likewise, acquiring entertainment this way doesn’t deliver the instant gratification you’ll get from online shopping or visiting a brick-and-mortar store, especially because you can’t be sure that the item you’re looking for will be available, and it can take as long as 10 days to receive an item you’ve ordered. But let’s be honest: You seriously can’t beat the prices.We signed up with … [Read more...] about How to Get Books, CDs, DVDs and Games for Free
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Online shopping site Amazon.com today announced plans for two new digital book programs which will enable customers to have greater flexibility in their reading choices. These programs, called Amazon Pages and Amazon Upgrade, are built upon the company’s â€œSearch Inside the Bookâ€ technology, which allows consumers to search the interior text of hundreds of thousands of books. The Amazon Pages program, Amazon.com said, will allow customers to purchase and read online just the pages they want from a specific book. The other program, Amazon Upgrade, will allow users the option of not only purchasing the physical book to be delivered to their doorstep, but also allow for complete access to a fully digitized text version as well which can be viewed on Amazon’s website. “Amazon Pages and Amazon Upgrade leverage Amazon’s existing Search Inside the Book technology to give customers unusual flexibility in how they buy and read … [Read more...] about Amazon to Launch New Digital Book Programs
As technology continues to pervade the classroom (see "Stay Tuned for More Knowledge," Page 26), even the classic textbook is in danger of being relegated to the shelves of historical artifacts. By the year 2005, digital delivery of custom-printed books, textbooks and e-books will account for 17.5 percent of the publishing market and produce nearly $8 billion in revenue, according to Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research. The content of a digital textbook is stored in a computer file that lives on the Internet or on a student’s hard drive. To access the information, students and teachers download a reader application from the respective e-textbook company, which presents the content in a booklike format. As with traditional books, readers can then highlight passages, scribble notes in the margins and dog-ear pages. Students can also search the text by word or phrase. Some digital textbooks cost the same as their paper counterparts, while others cost from 30 percent to 50 … [Read more...] about Will Digital Books Kill the Classic Text Book?
Thinking about the bits of data you leave behind is a one-way ticket to paranoia. Your browser? Full of cookies. Your cellphone? A beacon broadcasting your location at every moment. Search engines track your every curiosity. Email services archive way too much. Those are just the obvious places we're aware of. Who knows what's going on inside those routers?The truth is, worrying about the trail of digital footprints and digital dustballs filled with our digital DNA is not just for raving paranoids. Sure, some leaks like the subtle variations in power consumed by our computers are only exploitable by teams of geniuses with big budgets, but many of the simpler ones are already being abused by identity thieves, blackmail artists, spammers, or worse. [ Verse yourself in 9 popular IT security practices that just don't work and 10 crazy security tricks that do. | Find out how to block the viruses, worms, and other malware that threaten your business, with hands-on advice from expert … [Read more...] about Security Through Obscurity: How to Cover Your Tracks Online
Google plans by the end of the year to give publishers a way to sell online digital versions of their books through a partner program that now allows publishers to submit books for company's search engine results, according to a statement issued Monday.The move will put the Internet company in direct competition with Amazon.com. It's also part of a Google strategy to promote an open platform for reading and accessing books.The Google statement comes a day after The New York Times reported that Google was planning to sell e-books online.In a move that seems to target Amazon.com's Kindle business, Google said in a statement that it wants to build and support a "digital book ecosystem" to allow its partner publishers to make their books available for purchase from any web-enabled device, whether it is a PC, a smart phone, a netbook or a dedicated reading device, the company said."Eventually, we hope to extend this functionality to retailers who embed Google Previews on their website," … [Read more...] about Google plans to enter the e-book business
Coolerbooks.com, the online store for the Mac compatible COOL-ER e-reader has announced a deal with Google that sees more than a million additional titles available to readers.Coolerbooks.com is the first e-book store outside the US to partner with Google to include over a million public domain books - close to half a million outside the US - from Google Books in its online library.The books are available free via the Coolerbooks.com website."We're delighted to make part of our public domain books available to users via COOLERBOOKS.com," said Santiago de la Mora, Head of Print Content Partnerships, EMEA, the company behind the COOL-ER e-reader."We believe in an open platform for accessing and reading books, we're always looking for more ways to expand access to books. This partnership will make it easier for users to find and access public domain books, thus helping bring more books to more people."The COOL-ER is described as a light, small and elegant electronic book reader that is … [Read more...] about Coolerbooks.com announces Google books partnership
If 2014 showed us the reach and limit of technological innovation, the endurance of "Book 1.0" might be a fitting symbol. As the use of ephemeral messaging, social networking, and "glance media" grow, the place and pace of slower, richer, deeper, and better digested books may never have been more welcome. Last year, I started most days by checking txt messages, email, and social media and ended by reading books and magazine features in print at bedtime. Over the past decade, I've (anecdotally) found that I remember books better when I read them in physical form, versus an e-reader, and it appears that I'm not alone. Over the holidays, a newly published sleep study gave us another reason to put away our mobile devices and reach for a paper book at bedtime. "We found that the use of these devices before bedtime prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep, delays the circadian clock, suppresses levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, reduces the amount and delays the timing of … [Read more...] about The best and worst books on tech and society I read in 2014
Got a BlackBerry? Here’s a round-up of some free BlackBerry apps that will turn your mobile phone into a proper eBook reader – not like Kindle or Sony Reader but close. Later, we looks at workarounds to help you catch up with business documents, downloaded web pages, PDFs, etc. on your BlackBerry from virtually anywhere.Following is a list of eBook readers currently available for BlackBerry – they are all free software and support most BlackBerry models including the latest ones like BlackBerry Bold and Storm.1. eReader Pro – This eBook software from Barnes & Noble will help you browse and download books directly on to your BlackBerry device. It can read any of your existing eBooks that are written in the PDB format or you may download one of their free titles to get started.Just connect the BlackBerry device to you computer, copy the PDB files on to the phone’s memory card, disconnect and you can now read this eBooks inside BlackBerry. The eReader … [Read more...] about BlackBerry eBook Readers – Read Books & Office Documents on the go!
Google has released a PDF booklet with some very useful tips on how to improve your website. The guide is written primarily for online businesses and marketers but the tips and findings mentioned in the book are pretty relevant for smaller websites as well.Excerpts from the book: Visitors to your site should be able to see, at a glance, where to search. Consider enlarging your search box or making it more prominent. Show visitors a clean and easy to understand homepage which isn’t cluttered and has all relevant information available on the top of the page. You want visitors to proceed beyond your homepage. With so many potential routes a visitor could take, make sure they don’t get lost. Options on where to navigate next should be clear and simple e.g. using site search, top/side navigation, and/or product links. Assure the visitor that they have landed at the right site – clearly display your brand and any unique selling points. Avoid long introductions as … [Read more...] about Google e-book Offers Tips on How to Improve Your Website
Looking to save money on books or your college textbooks? Here are some useful resources and tips that can help you grab the best deal on any book that you want to read.Amazon.com – The largest bookstore on the Internet has been around for 15 years but they still excel at their original mission. Amazon.com often has the best prices to offer on most books, and they carry a wider range of books than most other online bookstores as well. Amazon.com offers free shipping for most items inside the US on orders over $25, but the best part is that they ship books worldwide (including India).Half.com – If you’re looking to buy used books, eBay owned Half.com usually has the best prices. Books can be shipped anywhere inside the United States, though expedited shipping is not available on all books. Unlike Amazon, Half.com won’t ship books to international locations. Anyone can resell their used or new books on Half.com, and these are listed in order of their … [Read more...] about How to Purchase Books Online for Less