Best of 2017 – our most popular articles, lists, and guides this year

The best of 2017 on Ebook Friendly - news, tips, lists, infographics, and more

A look back on 2017 through the 15 most read and shared posts on Ebook Friendly.

At Ebook Friendly, we spend most of the time on documenting how the culture of reading evolves in digital times.

Our readers can find here lists, tips, infographics, and fun stuff – everything that helps enjoy reading books in the times when technology begins to dominate in more and more areas of our lives.

2017 was an exciting year for book lovers. First of all, in November, ebook geeks around the world celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Kindle.

Yes, ten years have passed since the introduction of the first-generation Kindle and the Kindle Store. To show how much had happened in the world of ebooks, we prepared a detailed timeline of the Kindle, together with the accompanying infographic.

But it’s not all. In 2017, we’ve seen the introduction of iPad Pro models and the most advanced Kindle e-reader so far – the waterproof Oasis 2. Amazon Charts, the most innovative weekly bestseller lists were launched.

We’ve found for you and shared news about the Harry Potter from 1972, book benches in Poland, and the highly creative book that can be read only when it’s cold outside.

As usual, the lists and tips are the most popular kind of content.

A guide to using Kindle app on the iPad and iPhone, a detailed look at Kindle Unlimited books on the list of top Kindle bestsellers, a comprehensive overview of Kindle Oasis 2017, a refreshing list of gift ideas for the book-loving mom – these posts are just a teaser of what you can find when you start exploring Ebook Friendly right now.

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and an exciting New Year, full of new books and enough time to enjoy them.

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Ebook Friendly’s best of 2017

A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room

Best of 2017 - A futuristic library in Thionville France

The public library in Thionville is an example of how libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of communities.

The library was designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, an architecture agency from Strasbourg. The creators’ ambition was to create the project that would become a new model for media libraries.

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Best infographics with quotes from literature

The best infographics with quotes and passages from literature

Books are an endless source of wisdom and inspiration. Infographics are still the web’s favorite form of streaming essential information. Why not combining both?

In this list, one of our most popular articles from Infographics category, we collected fifteen visuals that present most thought-provoking and memorable passages from books.

These fifteen infographics contain hundreds of quotes. You’ll get heavily inspired, we promise!

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Things to know about Amazon Charts bestsellers list

Amazon Charts top things to know

Amazon Charts are weekly bestseller lists that show the latest trending books across all reading formats: print, Kindle, audiobooks, and digital subscriptions.

The lists are designed in such a way that you can make a decision which book to get without the need to move to book detail page. Everything you’ll need is included in the Charts: reviews, social proof, and entertaining facts.

They are an entertaining way to find the new great book to read. This post lists ten things you should know to get the most of Amazon Charts.

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Gift ideas for the book loving Mom

Best of 2017 - exceptional gifts for the book loving mom

Your mom has everything, but you want to surprise her again? Wait! Your mom loves books! The first thing you do is checking out the recently released books.

Luckily, the love for books is not 100% about books. You’ll find in this article the gifts not only for Mother’s Day but also for Christmas, birthday, name day, or when you just want to make her happier.

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A book that can be only read when it’s cold

A book you can only read when it's cold outside

Every year, hundreds of the homeless die of hypothermia, because they have no shelter and no help. To draw attention to this issue, a unique book was released.

Entitled Invisible, the publication includes texts written by homeless people, who frequently visit the soup kitchen in Warsaw, Poland, run by Kapucynska Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on helping the poor.

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50 illustrations about books and reading

The best illustrations that cleverly describe what books are about

Our archive of Best 50 lists includes now a collection of illustrations that cleverly describe what books are about.

We’ve selected the brightest illustrations, drawings, and paintings from Paweł Kuczyński, Andrea De Santis, Jungho Lee, Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu, Dale Edwin Murray, and Mariusz Stawarski, among others.

Creating visuals that describe books is a highly challenging task. How to talk about the universe full of words that make you clever without using the clever words?

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This is Harry Potter from 1972

Harry Potter short story from 1972 written by a Polish author in 1972

J.K. Rowling was not the first author to create a character named “Harry Potter.” One Polish author had done it 25 years earlier.

A short story entitled “Harry Potter” was published in a communist Poland, on March 19, 1972, in a literary magazine Życie Literackie. Its author, Jan Rostworowski (1919-1975), was a Polish poet and short story writer.

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Choosing between Kindle and Fire

Kindle or Fire - this questionnaire will help you decide

This questionnaire, accompanied by simple tips, will help Amazon users choose which device better fits their needs: a Fire tablet or a Kindle e-reader. It will help you clear some doubts referring specifically to using devices offered by Amazon.

Answer ten simple questions, collect points and read accompanying tips and rationale.

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Best cases for iPad Pro 2017 tablets

A round-up of the best iPad Pro 2017 cases and sleeves

The 2017 iPad Pro models are top-shelf devices but buying an original Apple Smart Cover won’t make them unique if anybody else has them as well.

Instead, you can choose a unique case or sleeve from a third-party producer. We’ve gone through hundreds of online stores to pick up the most original accessories for the new iPads. In this post, you’ll find genuine leather sleeves, stand case covers, keyboard cases, and more.

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Book-like benches adorn Polish cities

Benches in Poland invite to read books

Dozens of colorful benches that look like opened paperback books can be seen in major Polish cities.

The benches refer to works of numerous Polish writers and poets, such as Jan Brzechwa or Agnieszka Osiecka. The initiative, launched by the Zaczytani Foundation, is not only to promote reading among Poles but to encourage them to donate books to hospital libraries as well.

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The ultimate guide to using Kindle for iPad

Kindle application for iPad - the ultimate guide

Kindle app for iPad and iPhone is so powerful and gives so much pleasure in reading because it’s the tip of the huge and highly advanced digital content ecosystem built by Amazon.

Below, you’ll read about the app’s most helpful features, accompanied by simple step-by-step guides.

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All you wanted to know about Kindle Oasis 2017

All you wanted to know about Kindle Oasis 2017

Finally, Amazon has released the waterproof Kindle, three years after the first-generation Kobo Aura, and two years after Nook GlowLight Plus.

The newest top-shelf Kindle meets IPX8 water resistance rating. It’s also the first one that has a built-in Audible support. In this post, you’ll find all the most important info, including comparisons with other waterproof e-readers, full tech specs, pictures, and a round-up of reviews.

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A history of the Kindle (infographic)

A detailed history of Kindle e-readers and services

Since 2007, Kindle made millions of people rediscover the joy of reading. But it’s not only e-readers that changed the way we read. It’s the entire ecosystem that includes ebooks, services, and innovations.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kindle, we created a detailed infographic that shows the timeline of Kindle devices and services. Look how much has happened. And it’s only ten years!

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Counting Kindle Unlimited bestsellers

Counting Kindle Unlimited best books in Top 100 Kindle bestsellers

If you are hesitating about getting Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription, this may be the ultimate argument to go for it – we’ve counted how many KU eligible books are on the list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers of 2017.

You won’t believe it: as much 82 books are included in Kindle Unlimited. In this post, you’ll find the full list, as well as the analysis.

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Top 100 most popular Kindle books of 2017

Top 100 best selling Kindle ebooks in 2017

December is the usual time for end-of-year lists and all kinds of rankings. And, as usual, we are delighted to share with you the list of the most popular Kindle books.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Mark Sullivan’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and the first part of Harry Potter series are top three Kindle bestsellers of 2017.

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