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Future iPad Apps from Penguin Books

Penguin Books CEO John Makinson previews the publisher’s take on future iPad content.

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Posted by mark - June 26, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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Blogging Gifts – Everyone loves gifts! I especially love them when I’m not expecting them! Nancy from the Outrigger Waikiki sent me a surprise gift basket to my room when I was staying there recently, courtesy of @alohabruce. I was in Hawaii for the [re]Think Hawaii conference. Apparently, the hotel noticed that I was tweeting from my hotel room, and posting pictures of the scenery! In any case, they sent me a very cool gift basket, and I was pleased as heck with it! –

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Online Business Expands as Newspapers Fold

Are people getting tired of newspapers or is that one place they cut during hard times? Maybe both, but we are starting to see the first signs of this trend in the reduction or the bankruptcy of newspapers. The most recent I saw was a long standing paper in Detroit called the Free Press which reduced it’s publishing to Thurs., Fri., and Sunday.

The question that we now ponder is where will people get there fill of printed news from? My best guess will be the internet which will create more demand for on-line sources. It’s not that there is a lack of information on the internet already, it’s just the kind of content and how it’s presented. It can come in the form of….

  • A newsletter
  • A E-Mail
  • A Website
  • A blog

The possibilities within social networks opens the doors even further, but I think the above mentioned are the most popular. How to turn this shift from paper to electronic media into money. Really not to much different from what has been going on except for a new audience.

If the new audience has been use to the touch and look of a traditional newspaper you will have to make their transition from paper to paperless as comfortable as possible. This will determine who will be attracted to stay with your business.

Traditional white background with black print is still in style. As tempting as it might be to use all the available colors and fonts to jazz up your site in this case traditional layouts seem best. The beauty of undertaking a project like this is if you are adventurous and want to be creative with your site the costs are minimal. to change fonts, colors, graphics are next to none compared to traditional newspapers. Adding advertisements to your site is so easy with google, yahoo or msn.

There are any number of combinations you can use, but don’t forget it’s not about you it’s about them. Your future customer, the one you want to come and spend time and money on your site.

We see this trend of newspapers shrinking and new subscribers to the on-line media just in the early innings which opens opportunities for on-line businesses.

You can get more information from the Internet Business Hub where some of your questions will be answered.

Take a look and see what this business is all about.


Ric Bai

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Posted by mark - June 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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Online Blogging Can Also be Used for Personal Rants

When it comes to making money, what can possibly beat a job you like? Nothing, that’s what,

And when it comes to writing about your online business, for more detail go to: could be more fun than blogging?

A timid voice pipes up from the back of the room at this point. “If you please, Sir,” it virtually squeaks, “what’s a blog?”

There are as many variations on the blog as there are bloggers. But to put it simply, a blog (or a web log, usually spelled web log) is a space on the web that can be used to record thoughts, day by day.

Blogging can be used as a personal journal or as a space for like-minded people to come and collaborate, bouncing ideas off of each other. Online blogging can also be used for personal rants and journalistic critiques, to collect things such as recipes or to register memos to one’s family.

Online blogging only really came into its own about five years ago. Since its humble beginnings as a private online cache of comments, helpful hints, raves and thinly disguised personal ads, the online blog has mushroomed geometrically to become a marketing tool worth reading up on for every internet based home business.

Let’s take a look at some specific advantages blogging brings to online home business opportunities:

You’re in business to make money. Blogging online can be used to generate interest on a number of levels. A popular blog, with persistent managers, can actually sell advertising space and link to products and services. In this way, online blogging is simply one of the best all-around tools for the affiliate marketing home business.

It’s as if you were time-warped back to the 1950’s, and you were invited into the home of a stranger to tell them anything you wished to tell. In that simpler time, people loved to interact, and it’s the same today. The hands-on, personal feel of an online blog creates an atmosphere of almost automatic trust and, for more detail go to: subliminally, sets up its writers as experts. Used wisely, these advantages can help sell any product or service.

This interactive position allows for the utmost flexibility in stance and reactivity, not to mention the possibility of remaining on the cutting edge of developments in your field, worldwide.

As your online blog grows, and you continue to interact with more and more people, you will find your online business prospect list growing. You will also feel a friendly bond with the people you interact with. That’s fun!

The energy flow and influx of leads and information will infuse your home business with a life all its own. And the life force of a properly nourished online blog can become an awe-inspiring outward spiral.


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What are the steps to publishing a book?

I wrote the first draft to a child’s book that I am contemplating on if i should continue writing drafts or not to improve it. And i just want to at least know the process and steps to getting a book published.

As quoted by Sean Connery in the movie "Finding Forester"… "You must first write from your heart, then write from your head." In other words, write whatever you feel like writing, then go back and edit it until its perfect. If you feel your story is perfect, then get it published. If not, see what you can improve upon.
I will say, though, getting published can be quite depressing. You’ll get tons of rejection letters before you get accepted. Everyone has their own opinion, so they’ll tell you how to edit it to their idea of perfection. Then, you should decide if you want to bend to their will or find another publishing company that will take it as-is.

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Posted by mark - June 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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Designing A Large Format Book – Self Publishing 2.0

Interior text layout for large format books breaks all of the “rules” used in smaller trade and mass market formats.

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Posted by mark - June 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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Publishing your Ebook

What is an eBook?

An eBook or electronic book or digital book is a simply digital text file that can be read on your computer or dedicated reading devices. eBook may consist of text, sound, photographs, illustrations and video. eBook also can contain the “hot link” that will bring the eBook reader immediate access to the website linked in the text.

Your eBook can be published in several different ways :

1. Your eBook can be as a digital file that are downloaded and then read on the laptop or desktop computer.

2. Your eBook can be created as a digital file that are downloaded and read on palm-top or handheld computer.

3. Your eBook can be created as a digital file that downloaded and read on dedicated eBook reader devices.

4. Your eBook can be a digital file that are copied onto CD-ROM or Floppy Disk.

Here is what you need to start your successful journey in publishing your eBook :

1. You need a computer with internet connection.

2. You need Microsoft Word Program to let you save the ASCII text files. If you have the Adobe Acrobat that would be great, but you don’t need it now as a beginning time.

3. You need a fax machine.

4. You need several e-mail accounts. You will need one for your business, one for your personal e-mail and one for the return email when you register to search engine and directories because when you register to them, you will receive a lot of junk e-mails.

5. You need a desire to adjust your market place. Try to stay out of a fixed mindset on what a book is supposed to resemble. Allow your paying customer to help it evolve into a masterpiece that they will enjoy. Keep open for formatting and authoring more eBooks in a variety of formats.

The advantage of publishing eBook rather than traditional book publishing :

1. The production cost that you must spend is much much much lower than you publish a traditional book.

2. You will realize a higher rate of return.

3. Your eBook can be distributed to world wide easily and quickly.

4. You will able to perfect the eBook by making changes to the text whenever you feel it necessary.

The most important thing by publishing your own eBook is you have started your own business that will bring you to become an internet entrepreneur.

To know How to publish your own eBook in just “One Day” and get all FREE complete guidelines including the marketing plans please go to:

Linda Jap

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Posted by mark - June 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

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eReplica: Same-As-Print Digital Editions

Pressmart is industry’s most advanced solution for publishing electronic edition of everyday newspaper, magazine or any other publication on multiple distribution channels like Web, Mobile, RSS, Podcast, Blogs, Search Engines and Social Media, with integrated revenue and cost-saving capabilities. It’s a full-service offering that includes ePublishing, delivery, hosting, subscription management, online payments, ad serving and usage intelligence through one package.

Pressmart is cited as the fastest growing online publishing service widely accepted and proven in 38 countries, in over 22 languages. Some of the leading publishing titles such as Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union Tribune, Birmingham Post, CNBC Europe, Khaleej Times, Bangkok Post, Sunday Times, Nation Media etc. have partnered with Pressmart for repurposing content on new media delivery channels.

Premier newspaper associations such as Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA), National Newspaper Association (NNA), Curtis Circulation Company and World Association of Newspapers (WAN) have chosen Pressmart as their new media delivery partner

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Posted by mark - June 3, 2010 at 4:00 am

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Lisa Messenger Book Publishing Dale Beaumont, one of the worlds leading authorities on book publishing, is joined on the stage by best-selling author and award winning marketer Lisa Messenger. During her time she talks about how to sell large volumes of book without going through bookstores. Some of the information shared will blow your mind.

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DVLog (my daily video blogs) Episode 2 (27.05.2010)

Hey guys, episode 2 here, hope you like the improved intro+outra the old one kinda sucked, was too indistinguishable

Alex Rees’ Page:

Alex’s Vlog (feat. Me)

Many bloggers, particularly those engaged in participatory journalism, differentiate themselves from the mainstream media, while others are members of that media working through a different channel. Some institutions see blogging as a means of “getting around the filter” and pushing messages directly to the public. Some critics worry that bloggers respect neither copyright nor the role of the mass media in presenting society with credible news. Bloggers and other contributors to user-generated content are behind Time magazine naming their 2006 person of the year as “you”.

Many mainstream journalists, meanwhile, write their own blogs — well over 300, according to’s J-blog list. The first known use of a blog on a news site was in August 1998, when Jonathan Dube of The Charlotte Observer published one chronicling Hurricane Bonnie.[37]

Some bloggers have moved over to other media. The following bloggers (and others) have appeared on radio and television: Duncan Black (known widely by his pseudonym, Atrios), Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit), Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (Daily Kos), Alex Steffen (Worldchanging) and Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette). In counterpoint, Hugh Hewitt exemplifies a mass-media personality who has moved in the other direction, adding to his reach in “old media” by being an influential blogger. Equally many established authors, for example Mitzi Szereto have started using Blogs to not only update fans on their current works but also to expand into new areas of writing.

Blogs have also had an influence on minority languages, bringing together scattered speakers and learners; this is particularly so with blogs in Gaelic languages. Minority language publishing (which may lack economic feasibility) can find its audience through inexpensive blogging.

There are many examples of bloggers who have published books based on their blogs, e.g., Salam Pax, Ellen Simonetti, Jessica Cutler, ScrappleFace. Blog-based books have been given the name blook. A prize for the best blog-based book was initiated in 2005,[38] the Lulu Blooker Prize.[39] However, success has been elusive offline, with many of these books not selling as well as their blogs. Only blogger Tucker Max made the New York Times Bestseller List.[40] The book based on Julie Powell’s blog “The Julie/Julia Project” was made into the film Julie & Julia, apparently the first to do so.

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