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Get Your Reading On: Recap

Over the past week or so, we looked at using technology to help you read more. Since reading helps the brain grow along with one’s vocabulary and general knowledge, reading more is an important task. Hopefully you learned a thing or two that you didn’t already know while reading the series. If you missed the series or a part of it, below you will find links to all the articles from the Get Your Reading On Series. Continue reading

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Get Your Reading On: Social Networks for Readers

Today, in our final post on using technology to further your reading, we will look at some social networks that are centered around the readers of the world. For those that are new to the idea of a “social network” just think of a social network as a country club (without that stereotypical snobbiness) that is centered around a particular concept. Website likes Facebook and MySpace are social networks to the fullest extent in that, they center around your social circle, whom you know and how. There are other social networks out there like Digg (news), Flixster (movies), and even Twitter (conversation) are all extremely social and centered around something very particular. So now that you understand what a social network is (at least in a very general sense) we can look at the two social networks centered around reading (I’m sure there are more than 2 but the two I’m looking at are the most popular). Continue reading

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Get Your Reading On: eBooks

To further explain, an ebook, is a file that contains the contents of a book in a computer file. An ebook can come in several formats including (but not limited to) text, HTML, LIT, PRC, and even Microsoft Word’s format. While many purchased ebooks are going to be in a proprietary format specific to that vendor (or reader), there are places to download free ebooks. These can either be in the vendor’s proprietary format, or they can be in an open format that would allow you to read the book using a web browser or one’s favorite text editor. Continue reading

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Get Your Reading On: Audiobooks

Earlier this week we took a look at reading books via email and RSS feeds. Today, we are going to look at something a little more friendly on the eyes, audiobooks. I say “friendly on the eyes” because it doesn’t really require your eyes so much as it requires a good set of ears and some earphones or speakers. Audiobooks have been around for a while in some form or another. There was “Books on Tape” then we graduate to “Books on CD” and now with iPods, there is digital audiobooks. There are a couple of sites that sell audiobooks online and we’re going to look at several of them in this article. Continue reading

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Get Your Reading On: DailyLit.com

This is where DailyLit.com comes into play. DailyLit.com makes reading on a daily basis a snap. You simply sign up for an account (they will send you a registration verification), pick the book (or books you want to get in your email, and the next day you begin reading the books you’ve always wanted to read. Continue reading

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Getting Your Reading On (Introduction)

Over the next week few days or so, we will take a look at things like digital audiobooks, eBooks (and eBook readers), ways to read books via email and RSS, and we will even look at a couple of social networking sites that are centered around reading. There is a lot out there in technology when it comes to reading and expanding one’s mind. Join me as we take a look at some of that technology. Continue reading

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