iPad App Reviews - iBooks For the iPad

Steve Jobs announced yesterday during his keynote presentation at WWDC 2010 that the new iPhone 4 will be able to run the free iBooks app currently for use just on the iPad. Synchronizing your place and features in books will be enabled between your Apple devices, making the iBooks application more like the Amazon Kindle. 

When I initially purchased the iPad, iBooks was one of the first apps that I chose to download. This is huge simply because I had up to that point been completely opposed to the e-reader movement. I consider myself a conservative when it comes to my reading, preferring the texture of the pages, the capacity to canine ear my spot in a book, the self-satisfied feeling I get when taking a gander at an especially large tome after I have finished reading it. Each of these were aspects of the reading experience that I was loathe to give up. 

However, the times, they are an evolving. I purchased and listened to my first book recording - ever - on iTunes for my iPod Touch the previous fall and fell in love with the entertaining inflections of David Sedaris reading resoundingly his book Me Talk Pretty One Day as I went about my day by day run. Book recordings have become somewhat of a staple for me now. It seemed equally critical to evaluate my first e-book experience on another Apple device. I was not disappointed, and now wonder about life before my iBooks app. 

In an effort to be reasonable, I decided to download and evaluate the free Amazon Kindle app on my iPad too. Even my conspicuous devotion to with or without items Apple, I have to state that I discovered iBooks to be a greatly improved e-reading experience. Apple went all out in attempting to make the e-book experience as close to real life as could be expected under the circumstances. Your books are downloaded from the iBooks store to your iBooks bookshelf. When you open a book to read it, the design of the e-book page resembles a page in a real book. 

The Amazon Kindle e-reader is definitely less showy and smooth looking. You have to sign into your Amazon.com record to purchase and download your books, which simply doesn't seem as seamless as the iBooks store. When you select a book, it downloads to the homepage of the Kindle app. The appearance of the book once opened is just a full screen of text, much like a pdf would appear. 

Despite the fact that I have come to really enjoy utilizing my iBooks reader, I will say that neither the iBooks nor Kindle readers would ever match the experience of reading a real paper book, yet I do enjoy the capacity to download new books whenever I need to, without setting off to the library or the bookstore. There's a definite convenience factor to the e-books. The books are not cheap, however, so I essentially stay with reading the free works of art that are available on iBooks (there are additionally free works of art available on Kindle). There are dissatisfactions, like the powerlessness to easily flip to any page, yet those are additionally the differences that will continue to keep real books my best option for reading.

Kindle Formatting- Requirements For The Kindle Book Cover Image

You have arranged your original copy and are prepared to e-distribute. Presently you have to realize how to set up your book pictures and transfer your Kindle book cover to the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing framework. There are two covers you will require: the Product Cover and the Internal eBook Cover. The best record design is JPG, which is adequate for distributing both the item and inside cover picture. 

NOTE: I will discuss the Product show and inner cover as it were. (not book covers for print) 

Formatting Images Inside Your Kindle Book 

Kindle Direct Publishing will change over your pictures and text for transfer to the Amazon Kindle Store just as show on Kindles and other upheld gadgets. Kindle Direct Publishing can deal with your book covers in the accompanying configurations: 

  • GIF (or.gif) 
  • PNG (or.png) 
  • BMP (or.bmp) 
  • JPEG (or.jpeg) 

NOTE: Images will show up in shading ONLY on the Kindle Fire gadget. All other Kindle gadgets will show high contrast. 

Inner Book Cover 

The best arrangements to use for the interior Kindle digital book cover is a JPG or GIF picture, 127 KB* size at 300 dpi. This will give enough clearness to pictures, especially for enormous pictures, or substance with slope designs. Be that as it may, you additionally don't need the digital book document size to turn out to be excessively huge. 

*Amazon suggests a 127K size for book covers. "The biggest component of practically any Kindle book will be the picture content. Inside your book document, the Kindle book design underpins JPEG and GIF pictures up to 127KB in size. Pictures that are in different arrangements upheld for transfer to KDP, (for example, BMP or PNG), or that surpass this document size prerequisite, will be naturally recompressed as JPEG records during the change cycle. Upgrading your pictures to fit these necessities prior to transferring to KDP will help decline the size of your transferred document. It will likewise lessen the opportunity of experiencing troubles in transformation because of huge document size." HOWEVER once the peruser has bought your digital book, the Internal eBook cover is a debatable issue - they may proceed to take a gander at your digital book cover, yet most don't. 

Picture Processing 

In the event that you decide to transfer your Word (.doc) document, and you have inserted pictures in your substance, Kindle Direct Publishing consequently removes pictures from the substance and replaces them with a HTML img tag. This cycle changes each picture over to a different picture document, which turns into a piece of your substance's distribution bundle (MOBI) 

Note: Images don't show precisely when you review a transferred record. For example, bigger pictures may resize or turn when saw. In the event that your book has a great deal of pictures, it very well may be seen in shading by the Kindle Fire or by perusers utilizing our free Kindle applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows 7 gadgets. Something else, recall that pictures on Kindle (except for the Fire) are shown in 16 shades of dark for incredible differentiation and lucidity. 

The Product Display Book Cover 

The item show cover is the picture that dwells on the virtual shelf in the Amazon Kindle Store. It must be 72 dpi and I suggest a JPG document. I regularly make the item cover from the 600 x 800 Internal book cover. The item picture should be fresh, sharp, and shouldn't be any bigger the 127K, notwithstanding, Kindle Direct Publishing acknowledges two sorts of records for item show cover pictures: 

  • JPEG, or.jpeg 
  • Spat, or.tif(f) 

KDP applies extra pressure to pictures while showing them on its site. For best outcomes, pictures ought to be transferred with negligible pressure. 


I have discovered the best size to make your cover is 600 x 800 pixels. This is somewhat more square than a 6 x 9 inch book cover. Also, the item cover is shown on the Web, so the goal just should be 72 dpi for ideal review. 

Necessities for the size of your cover craftsmanship: 

  • Picture measurements of in any event 500 by 800 pixels - 600 x 800 pixels creates a full screen cover picture. 
  • Try not to make your picture any bigger than 2000 pixels on the longest side. 
  • Spare at 72 spots for every inch (dpi) for ideal review on the web. 

Use Color 

Shading stands out so use shading pictures at whatever point conceivable and applicable. The Kindle Fire offer remarkable shading lucidity, so use shading pictures in your digital book. In spite of the fact that the other Kindle perusing gadgets have a high contrast screen, Amazon has Kindle applications for different gadgets, for example, iPhone or PC, which exploits shading textual styles and pictures. All pictures on the Web show utilizing RGB (red, green, blue) shading mode, which is the shading mode local to the Web and many shading screen shows. Blends of these three tones at different degrees of power make more than 16 million tones. 

Fringes for White Cover Art 

Cover workmanship with white or light foundations will vanish against the Amazon Kindle Store white foundation. Adding a tight (3-4 pixel) fringe in medium dark to the Product Book cover Image will characterize the limits of the cover. 

Transferring Your Cover to Amazon KDP 

To distribute on Amazon, you need a Kindle Direct Publishing account. 

  1. Sign in to your KDP account at http://kdp.amazon.com/. 
  2. Select the checkbox close to the book you need to alter 
  3. Select the "Activities" drop-down menu under your book list and pick "Alter book subtleties." 
  4. Look down to the heading named "Item Image." 
  5. Snap on the catch named "Peruse for Image..." 
  6. A spring up window will show up. Snap the catch named "Peruse." 
  7. Find your cover picture record on your PC, click "Open." 
  8. Snap the "Transfer Image" button. 
  9. Transferred Successfully! will show up alongside the review picture. 
  10. At the point when you have entered all other data look to the lower part of page and snap "Spare and Continue." 

Rights and Pricing 

You are nearly done. On this page you should reconfirm Content Rights, and snap "Spare and Publish" at the lower part of the screen. Changes will produce results on the site inside 24 hours. NOTE: The reviewed picture serves just as a placeholder while your book finishes the distributing cycle. The distributing cycle can take around 24 hours (longer in the event that they are sponsored up). So show restraint. 

When to Publish 

Preparing is ideal, so on the off chance that you need your book to be live and prepared for buying by a specific date, at that point pre-set up your book distributing data well before you intend to distribute. The book sits in "Draft" mode until you distribute. Simply ensure you change the date on the distribution before you distribute. In the event that you began the cycle in March 2011, lastly distribute in July, the March date will be utilized. When dealing with your digital book, in the event that you don't have an item picture Kindle will add a placeholder picture to the Amazon detail page for your eBook. Try not to LEAVE IT THAT WAY! In spite of the fact that the Kindle placeholder contains the title of your book and the primary donor name you entered, it is a nonexclusive book cover. While ANY cover delivers a superior client experience than showing a message that a picture isn't accessible, nothing can beat a very much planned and luring book cover.


Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon's best tablet for the vast majority by a wide edge. Except if you are unbelievably finicky about the innovation of your tablet, or on the off chance that you truly need actual catches, there's very little motivation to spend the additional sum to get the Voyage. It's light, simple to hold and utilize, while the screen is one of the crispest e-paper screens accessible to purchase today. The primary USP of the Kindle Paperwhite is simply the illuminated presentation. It makes perusing a delight and individuals read for more than they regularly would. It has a superb high goal with print-quality content. 

Secure your Kindle Paperwhite 

In the wake of having purchased the best tablet, what is the following thing you are worried about? Clearly, shielding it from drops, knocks and scratches. All things considered, your tablet is one of your valued belongings. Try not to stress, Kindle Paperwhite Sleeve are the arrangement! They can either be envelope style or basically, sleeves with an open top. The Kindle Paperwhite screen isn't covered with hardened glass and thusly, it is inclined to scratches. Amazon Kindle Voyage cowhide sleeves and Paperwhite sleeves will secure your gadget's screen when you're not utilizing it. They are thin, straightforward and expertly made chief covers that you can convey to your working environment. There are additionally numerous architect calfskin sacks for Kindle Paperwhite accessible online that you can purchase for those casual excursions you are wanting to take. 

The various types of sacks Kindle Paperwhite 

Presently you may be asking why not accepting a cover all things being equal? Initially, covers are weighty. One of the stars of your Kindle is that it is more slender than a pencil and lighter than a soft cover. One can serenely hold it in one hand for long understanding meetings. The hard Kindle case will make perusing extremely tiring for you. For example, when you are going to an inaccessible spot and you truly need to peruse to kill the time, you can't in any way, shape or form hold a hefty gadget in a solitary hand for hour's correct? Consequently, utilizing a cowhide sleeve is the correct decision. Besides, despite the fact that covers are firmly assembled, they may at present not keep going for long after unpleasant use. Be that as it may, the calfskin sleeves are sturdy and just improve with time. They don't get harmed effectively and fit impeccably without adding any mass to your gadget. Also, they offer you such jazzy plans! 

Intending to get one at this point? Indeed, that is a shrewd decision! You can take all your time and look over the wide assortment of plans that go with your style!

FREE iPad Apps for Seniors

We already realize that in spite of humanity's failure to completely stop cancer and other maturing related diseases following right after them, modern medicine and other technological marvels are permitting more and more people to enjoy longer lives. It is no wonder then that seniors are the nation's fastest developing demographic gathering those who are 65 years old and older continue to swell in number. In this context, the dispatch of Apple's iPad and its succeeding versions are such a godsend-no sweat of usage and without the often difficult learning curve associated with conventional computers, the iPad and comparative touchscreen devices seem to have been designed solely for seniors-a demographic gathering whose members are otherwise known to be averse to technicalities. 

Depending on who's doing the checking, there are around 15 to 20 million iPads out there. A ton of those huge number of iPads are owned by seniors. In case you're a senior and you've quite recently purchased your own iPad, you should realize that the accompanying iPad apps ought to be in your tablet device immediately! 

IBooks: iPad's de facto ebook reader, the iBooks app is an essential piece of your reading arsenal. You can make the text size bigger or make other adjustments to make the reading easier on the eyes. It likewise has a number of clever features, for example, comments devices you can even print out or email your explanations. In the event that you own several devices made by Apple, for example, the iPhone or Macbook, you can synchronize the ebooks you're reading in every one of these devices, down to the exact page you last stopped reading. Incredibly convenient. 

Kindle: on the off chance that you instead love purchasing your ebooks from Amazon.com, then you will need its free ebook reader called Kindle, which is additionally the name of Amazon's own proprietary image of electronic ink-based ebook reader. The Kindle app connects your iPad to one of the internet's largest indexes of ebooks, so on the off chance that you discover satisfaction in reading, you can't turn out badly with this app installed on your device. A huge in addition to is the capacity to download free sample chapters of ebooks from Amazon. 

Flipboard: we already know how seniors are enthusiastic about long range informal communication sites. Presently, the Flipboard app makes it a lot easier for seniors to connect with friends or fundamentally anyone with the same interests on the internet. To state that Flipboard is an elegant long range interpersonal communication app might be an understatement-indeed, Apple itself named it "App of the Year" for the clever way it combines your access to different long range informal communication sites like Twitter and Facebook. Not just that, it likewise aggregates your RSS memberships, so you can read the news feed in one go. 

ABC: on the off chance that you love staring at the TV shows, then the ABC app is for you. It lets viewers watch recent ABC shows on their iPads at no charge by any means. A reminder, however: you should use earphones to make sure you don't pass up anything. 

Netflix: on the web, Netflix is a service that permits its customers to order movies and other videos on the DVD design. The app fundamentally works similarly, yet with the technological benefit of streaming video (perfect for those with decent broadband connection). Be that as it may, while the app is free, you will in any case need a paid Netflix record to order videos. 

Google Earth. This app reminds you-and beautifully demonstrates-the awesomeness of the device's implicit worldwide situating system (GPS) capabilities. Introduce it on the iPad and you'll be able to consistently know where you are exactly-it is pretty clever in case you're wondering where to go or simply discover your way around a new city. Google Earth is normally best when paired with the iPad's underlying Maps feature. 

Zinio. In the event that iBooks or Kindle are for books, then Zinio are for magazines. Many significant periodicals produce content specifically optimized for viewing on the iPad-that is the reason reading them is like treating the eyes to some sweets. With the Zinio app, you'll get to read the current feature stories in a number of magazines for free, yet being able to read the entire magazine issue will even now require you to consume some bucks. 

The Weather Channel. Seniors are vulnerable to sudden changes in the weather, that is the reason introducing the free Weather Channel app will keep you updated on the latest weather conditions and forecasts. The app provides maps, radar sweeps and even videos-simply enter your ZIP code. 

Epicurious: in the event that you love to cook, this app makes it very easy for you to discover recipes to your favorite dishes-and even encourages you to discover previously obscure yet delightful ones. 

WebMD: based on the mainstream medical website, the WebMD app is a convenient and very useful reference, especially for seniors. Among its functionalities is a side effect checker, a rundown of emergency treatment essentials for any medical emergency, an extensive database of medications and treatments, and an apparatus that helps you identify your pill. 

This special rundown of the best 10 free iPad apps is in no way, shape or form complete, however this selection fundamentally adjusts the most well-known needs of seniors-from entertainment, to safety, to medical awareness.


E-readers, for example, the Amazon kindle, are becoming more and more well known. Millions have been sold, and chances are you know somebody with one. In case you're considering joining that club, you might need to do some research before deciding if this is the correct device for you. Coming up next are frequently asked questions about the kindle: 

Do you have to purchase a kindle to read Amazon ebooks? 

No! Indeed, many individuals with iPads and other readers get apps so they can download kindle books because the Amazon store has such a large selection (and sometimes ebooks are cheaper there also). 

In the event that you don't have an e-reader by any means, you can at present read kindle books. Google "kindle PC" or "kindle macintosh" to discover Amazon's download page, and get the software for free. Most advanced cells likewise have kindle apps. Download one and afterward when you shop in the online bookstore, simply click the tab to have your eBook "sent" to your kindle app (and you can even adjust everything so you can read the same ebooks on your computer, phone, and eBook reader). 

What amount do ebooks cost? Are they less than conventional print books? 

You can locate a huge range, everything from free or 99 cents to $9.99 and up for new releases from mainstream creators. Self-published or indie writers tend to have lower priced offerings (simply browse at Amazon to discover heaps of $0.99 to $2.99 ebooks in every genre and verifiable too), however quality can be all in or all out. Make sure to download the free sample before shelling out any money. 

To discover extra affordable offerings, attempt Smashwords.com. It's easy to browse for freebies there as well. Whether you're searching for a $3 thriller or a free dream ebook, you can discover quite the selection there. While it's predominantly a marketplace for indie creators, some mainstream creators are e-distributing older titles where the rights have reverted back to them. 

Would i be able to read my kindle in obscurity? 

No. The screen isn't illuminated, so it's more like reading a real paperback book than a computer screen. This choice was made to emulate the true reading experience and furthermore to keep people from developing the eye strain sometimes associated with seeing computer screens. 

Would you be able to check ebooks out from the library and read them on the kindle? 

Unfortunately, no. Not as of now. The kindle uses a different file design (mobi) than most online library pages offer. The epub design issued by libraries is compatible with Sony readers, iPads, alcoves, etc., yet you should download Caliber or some other software to convert a library eBook for kindle use (and it may not be possible at all if the eBook has DRM-computerized rights management - a type of protection to keep people from sharing files). 

Would you be able to acquire or lend books to friends? 

Amazon has recently implemented a lending program, however there are quite a few restrictions. Most importantly, you can just lend each title once (ever). Second, this is discretionary for publishers (and a ton of them aren't permitting it for the time being). Ultimately, lending an eBook means you can't read it yourself during the 14-day period it's borrowed. 

Can you "blessing" kindle books? 

Yes. It took them a while to get the program online, however Amazon currently lets you email electronic blessing certificates for titles in their marketplace. Simply make sure the person on the other end needs the book (a general blessing certificate might be another choice), so your money isn't wasted. 

Would you be able to sell your titles when you're done with them? 

No, unfortunately there's no "used eBook market" for kindle offerings. 

Would you be able to change text dimension? 

Yes, this is one of the more appealing features about e-readers. In the event that you prefer to read without your glasses or you're simply more comfortable with a larger textual style, it's just a matter of contacting a catch to increase or decrease text size. 

Would you be able to read PDF files on the kindle? 

Yes, yet you can't change the text style, so PDFs aren't as reader-friendly as mobi files. 

Is paying for the 3G kindle worth the money, and does the service cost extra each month? 

There are no month to month fees associated with the 3G kindle. In the event that you travel a great deal and like the idea of being able to download books anywhere you can use your cell phone, then you may like this feature. All things considered, it's not all that hard to do your shopping when you're somewhere with wifi (home, coffee shop, library, etc.), so in case you're hoping to save $50, simply go with the wifi version. 

Would you be able to purchase a used kindle and get someone else's ebooks? 

Yes and no. You can sell your old model kindle or get one from someone else, yet the ebooks on that device that were purchased from the Amazon store will disappear once the kindle is registered to a new record.

Kindle Available on Your Windows Phone 7

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader is currently available for Microsoft Windows Phone 7 users, spreading the e-book reading euphoria across even more stages. By adding the Windows Phone 7 to the already expansive rundown of Kindle apps available on iPhone, Android, iPad and Blackberry more people can read with their hand-held devices than at any other time. 

The Kindle App quickly became the most well known download for Windows Phone 7 users and has features not previously available. The new features permit users to take full advantage of the Amazon Buy Once, Read Everywhere approach to Kindle applications. This includes a clever bookmark feature, which uses Whispersync across Kindle stages that keeps your place, any features and notes, regardless of the Kindle e-book device you use. 

With the capacity to read in landscape and picture mode, the Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 is user-friendly and adaptable. There are three different colored foundations and five textual styles the user can choose from, considering a personalized reading experience. 

Kindle additionally now comes with a personalized recommendations feature that is integrated into the home screen and even lets the user recommend their favorite Kindle e-books to their friends. The social component of reading has been introduced to the Kindle world with the capacity to lend favorite books to friends for advance times of as long as 14 days. Danger free lending at its computerized best! 

The capacity to re-download a Kindle purchase from Amazon is reassuring with the new Worry-Free Archive, so on the off chance that you ever lose or damage your Windows Phone 7, any Kindle e-books will consistently be available to you. With access to 775,000 or more books at Amazon, the Kindle App ensures users will think that its easy to accumulate an extensive e-library, even on their smartphone. 

The stellar rise in prominence of e-book readers and apps, for example, the Kindle has taken the literary world by storm. With Amazon earlier reporting the development of Kindle apps for both Android and Windows based LCD tablets the interest generated in multi-use devices utilized as e-readers will continue. 

Despite the increase in ubiquity of LCD tablets and smartphones as e-book readers utilizing Kindle apps, people have appeared to embrace both multi-stage and e-readers to ensure all their reading requires are met. This has allowed Amazon to cover the market effectively by offering Kindle e-readers and cross-stage Kindle Apps to ensure the technically insightful can keep their favorite reading material at the tips, or brush of their fingers. 

The Kindle App for Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is currently available to download for free at the Windows Marketplace.

Book Lending Gets a Kindle Makeover

Lending a most loved book to a companion is a respected convention that has quite recently gotten a twenty-first century makeover. Amazon presently permits Kindle clients to loan books for as long as 14 days to their companions before naturally being gotten back to their virtual shelves. 

Lending isn't restricted to Kindle tablets, with individuals utilizing any Kindle App ready to peruse lent books that have been bought from Amazon including LCD tablets like iPad and cell phones, for example, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7. Having the option to loan a book without the danger of never observing it again or of the book enduring a puzzling and ruinous destiny is consoling. There is additionally extraordinary allure in having the option to quickly loan a book, when advantageous or spontaneously. 

With the notoriety of Kindle Apps and tablets expanding and Amazon having record deals of Kindle tablets, another period of book lending seems to have been introduced. A couple of taps of the fingers and your companion can acquire your number one book any season of day or night, paying little mind to area. digital book configurations of famous books are as often as possible at the highest point of Amazon blockbuster records and Amazon has perceived the positive social parts of sharing a decent perused different Kindle stages. 

There are, nonetheless, a few restrictions to the straightforwardness at which individuals can share their books on the different Kindle stages as distributers can quit partaking in the lending plan. It is yet to be perceived the number of distributers will decide not to permit their books to be credited through Kindle and how the consent to loan will impact the buying choices of purchasers. The draw of having the option to share a book across Kindle tablets and gadgets utilizing the Kindle Apps can't be limited. 

There are those that are questionable about the eventual fate of Kindle tablets despite multi-use gadgets, for example, the iPad or the different cell phones. Amazon has tended to this adequately by making Kindle Apps that epitomize the Amazon strategy of Buy Once, Read Everywhere. The Whispersync innovation permits clients of any Kindle stage to spare their bookmarks, notes and any featuring and synchronize them over their different Kindle gadgets. While Kindle tablets conceivably may not be as rewarding for Amazon in 2011 as the mind boggling deals in 2010, the different Kindle Apps and the expansion of a socially powerful lending highlight mean Kindle in its different structures seems, by all accounts, to be staying put.