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Archives: October 2013

Amazon is Now Offering Flash Sales on Select Kindle Books

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 11.16.50 AMAmazon has introduced a new flash sale program for Kindle exclusive books. The company will offer limited time deals on select eBooks. The eBooks will be on sale for one day with big discounts of 50 percent off or more.

Today’s deal includes bestsellers like Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond for $.99 down from $1.99, Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath for $.99 down from $3.99 and The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley for $.99 down from $1.99. Any publisher that offers a book exclusive to Kindle can sign up for the program.

“We’re always looking to build features that customers love, and to help publishers and authors get their books discovered—Kindle Countdown Deals achieves both,” stated Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “And with more than 400,000 books available only in the Kindle Store, there are lots of opportunities to use this feature.”

Make an eBook on Your iPhone Using Pages

pagesAre you looking for a word processing app to make an eBook with? Check out Pages, Apple’s word processing app, it’s a pretty great writing app that lets you do word processing and then add layout and design. It’s great for making your own eBook.

The app lets you build beautiful documents using Apple’s templates. You can edit text within the app and choose from lots of fonts and colors when it comes to layouts. You can add images and even create interactive charts and include links to social networks within the documents. The files are saved to iCloud and you can collaborate with others through the cloud the same way you would with a Google Doc. The documents are even PC compatible, so you can share documents between friends on PCs and Macs.

You can use the platform as an iPhone or iPad app, as well as as a web app. The mobile app costs $9.99 and the web app is $19.99, cheaper than Microsoft’s cheapest Office Suite which costs $5 a month subscription fee and with more design options than Google Docs.

‘Alphabet Animals’ is Today’s Recommended Children’s App

alphabetanimalsAlphabet Animals is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

The $1.99 iOS app from brings together two things that kids love, letters and animals. The app is designed for kids aged 4 and up. Here is more about it from iTunes:

In this app, animals – from an Alligator to a Zebra – take the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet. Each animal represents a different letter – but what could it be? To find the answer, children can tap on the Animal to hear its name, tap to Pull the card and hear the Alphabet. This app is simple enough for children to learn their ABC’s and expand their vocabulary while giving parents the visual treat of Suse MacDonald’s unique artwork.

What children’s apps do you recommend? Please add it to our Recommended Apps for Kids directory. To share an app, fill out our simple form below. Once you complete it, your app suggestion will be stored in our growing database of great apps for kids. We will use this directory to plan features and share new digital tools with our readers.

You can also download an Excel version of the directory to sort the results for yourself. Read more

Next Issue Now Has an iPhone App

nextissueNext Issue Media has introduced an iPhone app for Next Issue giving readers the ability to read magazines on their iPhone. The company already has an app available for the iPad and Android tablets.

The iPhone app includes access to more than 120 magazines including Real Simple, Elle, Better Homes and Garden, People and Esquire, among many others. Here is more from the Next Issue blog:

Enjoy the greatest stories in the new app’s immersive landscape view, and whether you’re on a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection, you can start reading articles quickly with our progressive downloading. All files have been optimized for the iPhone to make it easier to download enhancement-loaded magazines from practically anywhere.

 

Barnes & Noble Has a New Nook GlowLight $119 eReader

NookBarnes’ & Noble’s Nook Media has introduced a new eReader called the Nook GlowLight. Despite concerns about the business and the departure of the company’s CEO, the company seems to be holding on for another holiday season.

The $119 Nook GlowLight is a 6.5 inch eInk Pearl Display eReader with a backlit screen. The screen has a 758 x 1024 pixel screen and weighs in at 6.2 ounces. The screen has 60 percent more pixels than previous models. The device is Wi-Fi enabled and has 4GB of memory, or as B&N boasts, can hold up to 2,000 books. Like other Nook devices, the new Nook GlowLight supports ePub and PDF files.

The device will go head to head with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite device, which has similar sizing and features. Amazon’s device costs $119 with ads and $139 without ads. Barnes & Noble is playing up the fact that its device has no ads but comes with a $119 price tag.

Social-Media Themed Costume Ideas

Twitter FeedHalloween is tomorrow. Do you know what you are going to wear? Are you are a procrastinator who could not decide on a costume? Or did you just decide today that you want to dress up?

Nearly 70% of typical costume wearers admit social media like Facebook and Pinterest impact their costume choices, according to a survey done by Savers/Value Village. “Nearly half of them say they get inspiration from looking at their newsfeed, like photos of what others wore,” shares Sara Gaugl, Savers spokesperson. “Nearly 40% say they put in more effort to wear something different every year because they know pictures of them will be posted on social media.” Read more