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Ebook news digest: how to loan a Kindle book, Facebook Messenger delivers ebooks, writing test

2018-11-01

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Amazon Kindle ereader on PC keyboard
How to share books on a Kindle

How many Amazon Kindle ereader owners knew that it is possible to loan ebooks from own account to friends and family? Well, it is actually quite easy. When you loan an ebook to someone else, it disappears from your Kindle for the loan period (max 14 days). Also other ways to share Kindle ebooks are shown in the PC World article.

Five Top Tips for Successful Co-writing

Aria Grace at Self-Publishing Advice collaborated with other writers when they wanted to publish a book. The teamwork resulted in a success. Here are the macro-level tips for co-writing projects for us to learn from.

James Patterson on his new Facebook Messenger digital book: You’ve never seen anything like it

CNBC Squawk Box television show interviewed author James Patterson who took the opportunity to tell about his new digital multimedia ebook that is delivered via Facebook Messenger. The book The Chef has been written like a traditional book and will be published like one, but a short version of it has been tailored for Facebook Messenger. The way it works is that a reader receives messages that include text, photos and video clips in a sequence that makes up the book. Why I am not excited about this is that I don’t believe fiction books benefit from video clips or other multimedia material that depict the story that is already explained as text. Nonfiction ebooks benefit from additional media items because they can elaborate a topic.

Photographing London: Iconic Locations and Hidden Gems

If you are planning a trip to London, you may already have ideas where to take those obligatory selfies. Spend a few more minutes at London’s landmark sights and you can find new angles for your travel photos. The Photo Team has put together a handy guide for photographing the best sights and neighborhoods of London. The guide also includes tips for improving your chances of getting that perfect Instagram travel shot.

The Honest Tribe

Max Boyle was so intrigued about a Nordic nation that linguistic Richard Lewis had called the honest tribe that Boyle decided to find out what the Scandinavian country’s secret was. After publishing travel books that told about other Northern European countries, his next destination was Finland. Multiple times, in fact. What he experienced, what he saw, liked, and didn’t like is now available in his entertaining book.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Editors (According to Novelists)

Writer’s Digest asked authors what they hated the most during the process they worked with an editor whose job was to improve the manuscript. The article makes excellent points on the sensitivity of an editor’s work, and lets editors also respond why writers sometimes don’t appreciate the help they are getting.

Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected

A hands-on test of the new October 2018 Ipad Pro models by Cnet indicates that the Apple tablet has become a full-blown computer that challenges laptops. When the Apple iPad was introduced in 2010, we started using them for reading ebooks, following news, viewing YouTube videos, communicating via email, and for many other tasks whenever an app was available. Now that the iPad Pro contains the processing power of a big and powerful computer, comes with a Pencil, and a keyboard/case is available, it is time to think about it as a laptop computer – a new kind of PC, but a PC, anyhow.

Can Your Writing Pass This Test? Take It to Find Out

This simple test by Business Writing blog made me think. Not only my own writing, but also two self-published nonfiction ebooks that I had recently downloaded from Amazon. Both books began with an Introduction that included typos, minor errors and a handful of abbreviations. Both authors are experts who have deep knowledge in their field, but writing a book to a general audience is something else. Nonetheless, the test in the article is suitable if you are planning a blog post, long email message, or anything else where you have to explain something to a reader.

Best Android apps for writing your next novel

Slashgear has reviewed a bunch of writing applications that run on Android phones and tablets. That’s right. Dedicated writing apps are available for smartphones and tablets because you never know when the inspiration hits. I’m going to try one or two and see if I am more or less productive on my phone. Here is our round-up of writing apps for PCs.

book cover image: The Honest Tribe by Max Boyle

Which tablet has the best display for reading ebooks?

2016-05-01

The prices for branded tablets vary a lot: you can find a 7-inch tablet for 50 dollars whereas a 10-inch tablet may cost 1000 dollars. The highest cost of a component in a tablet is the display. It is also the most important component because it is the interface that connects people to the computer. Of course, processor speed, the amount of memory and other factors are important but the display is absolutely critical for the success of a tablet. So, which tablet comes with the best display? Apple iPad Pro 9.7.
apple ipad pro, man on a beach
DisplayMate, a company that is in the display business, has ran a series of tests on a number of tablet screens. The results of these tests point out that the iPad Pro 9.7 has – by a large margin – the best display at the moment. Interestingly the large iPad Pro 12.9 didn’t do as well in the tests as its smaller brother 9.7.

Here is the conclusion from the test lab:
“An Outstanding LCD Display – The display on the iPad Pro 9.7 is a Truly Impressive Top Performing Display and a major upgrade to the display on the iPad Air 2. It is by far the best performing mobile LCD display that we have ever tested, and it breaks many display performance records.”

When the iPad Pro 9.7 was introduced, many people thought that it was very much the same product as the iPad Air 2. The products look the same and the display resolution is the same on both tablets. That’s not the case: the iPad Pro has a whole new screen.

Here is the word from the test lab what makes the iPad Pro 9.7 screen so good:

– Two Standard Color Gamuts.
– The Absolute Color Accuracy of the iPad Pro 9.7 is impressive.
– Very Low Screen Reflectance (makes the screen easier to read, for instance, outdoors).
– The iPad Pro 9.7 breaks many new records in display performance and delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance.

So far, the only problem with the iPad (non-Pro model) screen we have had, has been reading outdoors. Even if we can find a shady place, the screen reflection is disturbing and the colors are washed out. It is these features (among others) where the iPad Pro 9.7 shines according to the DisplayMate tests.

Ereaders have been superior when reading ebooks outdoors because an E ink screen lets you read even in direct sunlight. Now, it looks like the LCD display technology in tablets is improving. It is still difficult to recommend the iPad Pro as an ereading device because of its price. If you are going to use the iPad Pro as a computer and an ereader,then it is easy to justify.
apple ipad pro 9.7 smart keyboardApple iPad Pro 9.7 with keyboard.

Apple iPad Pro is both an ebook reader and a computer for some serious work

2015-09-10

Tablets became an instant hit product category in 2010, when the original Apple iPad was introduced. Five years, and several iPad models later, Apple has decided to make the iPad bigger. The iPad Pro has a 12.9- inch display which promotes the tablet into the same size category where laptops such as the MacBook and Macbook Air already are.
apple ipad pro, man on a beach
The starting price for the iPad Pro is $799 (models with higher specs are $949 and $1079), making it a bit cheaper than the MacBook or Macbook Air. As the name implies, the iPad Pro is targeted to professional use: enterprises, entrepreneurs and artists.

If you want to use the iPad Pro as an ereader, you can load your EPUB and PDF ebooks to the included iBooks app. The large screen is well suited for reading PDF-books and documents. Also fixed layout multimedia books created in iBooks Author shine on the large high-resolution display.

Because of its price, using the iPad Pro solely for reading and web surfing, however, may not justify the investment.

If you want to use the iPad Pro also as a computer where you write your next bestseller, you probably want to buy a detachable keyboard from Apple or from a accessory manufacturer, like Logitech. Apple’s keyboard for the iPad Pro is a protective case that can be folded and used as a stand and as a keyboard. The Apple keyboard for the iPad costs $169.
apple ipad pro, pencil drawing
Authors, artists and graphic designers may find a stylus that Apple has developed specifically for the iPad useful. It is called the Pencil, and its price is $99. A reason for the high price of the Apple stylus is that it comes with embedded electronics. The Pencil can sense the angle how it is held in the hand and the pressure it is pushed against the screen, and the tablet app behaves accordingly.

iBooks Author is not on the list of applications that are available for the iPad Pro. iBooks Author is an application that runs on Mac computers (OS X). It is used for creating fixed layout multimedia ebooks, such as books about movies or travel guides.

A similar product with Apple’s large tablet is Microsoft Surface Pro. It has a 12-inch display, and a stylus is included in the product package. Incidentally, the Surface Pro prices start at $799. Microsoft introduced a soft case that doubles as a decent keyboard for the tablet already two years ago.

Other large screen ereaders and tablets are, for instance, Sony DPT-S1 ereader with 13.3 inch black-and-white E ink screen and Samsung Galaxy Pro Android tablet with 12.2-inch screen.

View a hands-on video of the iPad Pro where you can see the keyboard case and pencil as well:

Apple iPad Pro key features and technical specifications

– iOS 9 operating system software with multitasking.
– iBooks ebook reading app pre-installed.
– 12.9-inch LED-backlit display.
– Resolution 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch (ppi).
– Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic, antireflective coating.
– 8 megapixel camera.
– Camera features: autofocus, ƒ/2.4 aperture, face detection, exposure control, panorama images (up to 43 megapixels), timer, geotagging.
– Video mode: 1080p HD video recording (30 fps), slow motion (120 fps), time-lapse video, image stabilization, geotagging.
– Front camera: 1.2 megapixel photos, 720p video recording.
– Two microphones for video calls and recording.
– Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac).
– Bluetooth 4.2.
– Models with mobile network: 3G and LTE.
– GPS in models with mobile network.
– 64‑bit processor A9X. M9 motion coprocessor.
– Apple Pay.
– Siri.
– Battery life: up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music.