Paginated publishing is back. When we originally turned away from print in favour of the digital world, web formats ruled the roost. But sales of touchscreen devices have boomed in recent years, and the knock-on effect has been to return the most natural format for reading to the ascendancy.
This arrival at full circle has triggered a brand new kind of platform — the e-publishing CMS. We may be just three years into the tablet revolution, but there are already numerous options for the journalist or novelist wanting to self-publish digitally. Apple’s introduction of iBooks was followed by the launch of near-frictionless services such as Origami Engine, ReadyMag and Type Engine, and many more have arrived since. It is a seriously competitive market.
Yet, I think the outlook for Creatavist, a new “web-based storytelling platform,” is actually quite good. A mammoth array of content options awaits potential users of this beta offering, and it also has the backing of Nicholas Thompson, the editor of The New Yorker’s website — he co-founded the developing company, in fact. So, can this new kid on the block make a meaningful impression?
Reading an online article later has never been so easy. Most articles on the web are short, but sometimes you stumble upon a longer essay that’s cumbersome to read in your browser. A click later, though, and the article is saved to your favorite read later service like Instapaper or Pocket. It’s not quite so easy to save your reading material in one place online, though, if what you’re reading isn’t an easy-to-scrape article.
Dotdotdot brings a different approach to online reading. It’s focused on lengthy content, but doesn’t limit itself to articles you find online. It also intends to be the definitive repository for your eBooks and RSS feeds, as well as your online articles. Then it throws in a social networks and tools to save your favorite passages.
Let’s take a look.
When’s the last time you read a technical book that didn’t make your head spin? One that you actually learned something from, and didn’t fall asleep while reading it? One that inspired you to get up and create something better?
Book reviews aren’t exactly what you’ve come to expect from AppStorm. There’s not lots of books about web apps, though Steven Levy’s In the Plex is a great example of an excellent book about web apps: the whole Google ecosystem. But, if you’re wanting to build your own web apps or sites, you’d do well to start with reading books. Seriously. Good books can be invaluable resources, no matter how experienced you are. It’s even better when the books are actually interesting and make it easy to learn.
That’s exactly what the books from A Book Apart are.
Most of our cultural tales, traditions, and legends started as stories that were handed down orally, generation to generation. The sayings and phrases that we think of without thinking were engrained into our consciousness by years of repetition, saying and hearing the same phrases over and over. Sometimes it might seem like it’s hard to think of something that hasn’t been said.
For all of the collective wisdom of the ages, though, it’s easy to forget those special things that the people closest to us say. We can remember what the president or a character in a movie said, but what about that bit of advice your grandma always gave you? The Wisdom of Others is a web app that helps you preserve these memories and more. You can collaboratively create a book of quotes, whether famous quotes you love or special advice from your loved ones. Let’s take a look and see if you’re up to the task of creating your own quote book.
Like most companies, Google regularly communicates with their business customers via email newsletters, updates on their official blogs, and printed materials. For a change, they’ve decided to publish a short book about data, called Think Quarterly, to a small number of their UK partners and advertisers.
To learn more about the latest experiment by Google and how it can be of use to us – the consumers – do read on.