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Save Handwritten Notes & iPads During Takeoff: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week.

They include changes to airline device rules, the best iPhone apps for writers and a way to digitize everything you write (video embedded above).

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1. What Are the Best iPhone Apps for Writers?

2. EPad Femme Tablet Made Exclusively for Women Now Selling in Middle East

3. How to convert ePub Books for use on Kindle

4. Save Handwritten Notes on Your iPad Wirelessly & Instantly

5.  Tools To Use When Google Reader Dies

6.  iPads & Kindles May Soon Be Allowed During Take Off

7. Websites Where You Can Download Free eBooks

8. How To Make a Homemade Stylus

9. Free eBooks of the Week

10. ‘The Saturday Evening Post’ to Publish F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Collection

5 Alternatives to Goodreads

Amazon announced plans to acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers, yesterday afternoon. Many people expressed disappointment about the news on Twitter. While Goodreads, assured fans that the team behind the community is not going away, for those of you looking for an alternative to the soon-to-be Amazon company, we’ve made a list of five other social networks for readers. We’ve included links and the site’s description to help give you an idea of what these various social networks for authors have to offer.

5 Alternatives to Goodreads

1. weRead: “weRead is your own online virtual bookshelf and a great community for book lovers. Whether you love classics or popular fiction; whether you love Dickens or Dan Brown; weRead is a place where you can find others who share your reading tastes and through them discover new books that you will absolutely love.” Read more

Teens Are Not the Only Ones Texting While Driving

A recent survey by AT&T reveals that adults are the biggest violators of texting and driving. Nearly 49% of adults surveyed admitted to driving and texting compared to 43% of teenagers. Ironically, 98% of adults thinks that this behavior is unsafe.

John Ulczycki of the National Safety Council  states that, “Texting while driving is not just a teen problem. Teens text. But you’re looking at around 10 million teen drivers, but about 180 million other adult drivers.”

The bad news is, these numbers have been increasing. Of those that do text and drive, 60% said they never did it three years ago. Texting and using your smart devices can distract you for an average of 4.6 seconds – long enough to increase your crash risk by 23 times. Read more

Bulletproof Sapphire Getting Almost Cheap Enough for Your Mobile Screen

Sapphire is the material used in bulletproof windows for military vehicles and Rolex watches, so why not mobile screens? If you have an iPhone 5, you are already seeing the genesis of the new technology in its camera lens.

Sapphire is only second to diamond in strength, and a screen made with sapphire can withstand scratches and dropping, making it a much more durable investment at a price. However, producers of man made sapphire project that the technology will become cheap enough to be used on high end smartphones in the next few years.

Currently, Gorilla glass costs much cheaper to use at $3 per phone compared to sapphire screens which costs $30 per phone. Sapphire optimists are projecting a $10 decrease in cost over the next few years which would make the material a lot more competitive, especially for phone users who want more resilient screens.