2013 was a year when ebooks stopped conquering print books. The also stopped being only a book business topic. They started to become an inseparable part of mass culture.
There are millions of book geeks around the world. Some of them are in love with electronic books – and they probably have already stumbled our site.
The posts listed below are the most interesting stuff created by Ebook Friendly team: infographics, lists, or anything else that became popular online and originated from our site.
Top on Ebook Friendly in 2013
6 fascinating book machines before the Kindle
The launch of the first-generation Kindle is a clear milestone in the evolution of the book. For the first time the book in a form different from the one set up by Gutenberg 600 years earlier, was heralded by Oprah Winfrey.
However, Kindle is a result of earlier inventions. The history of improving books, making them more accessible and convenient, is much longer than that.
These six devices (and not a single one noticed by Oprah) perfectly show that making books more advanced was always on our minds.
From 16th century Book Wheel to Steve Job’s NeXT computer from 1988, they are all inspiring to do more.
“Twitter” defined in The Slang Dictionary from 1874
The word “twitter” is not new. In The Slang Dictionary written by John Camden Hotten and published 140 years ago, its meaning was as in the image above.
Other phrases unexpectedly define “pin”, “poll”, or “button”. I was able to find these words, because the book was digitized by Google, and is available for free from Project Gutenberg. Thanks to that it’s possible to search for specific words inside a book.
8 tips and tricks to get the most of Project Gutenberg
Speaking of Project Gutenberg, if you enter the world of ebooks, sooner or later you’ll realize we all should be thankful to this single site, that started the ebook engine long before the Kindle.
Established in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, Project Gutenberg offers over 40 thousand free ebooks that entered public domain. This brief description doesn’t even touch all the beauty PG has to offer. To get most of it, you can go through the list of tips and tricks.
These 12 questions will help you choose between tablet and e-reader
Many users make an essential mistake of not recognizing own preferences. They buy iPad, because they like it, or they buy Kindle because a neighbor has it.
First thing to do is to decide whether you need a tablet (any tablet) or e-reader (any e-reader). This questionnaire will get you much closer to the right answer.
A quick guide to reading books on Samsung Galaxy Tab
Users of the iPad or Kindle feel comfortable. When they don’t know something they can find the answer in a second on the web.
It’s far more difficult to learn about how to read books on other devices. Samsung tablets are popular, but apparently not as popular as iPads.
This post with simple tips that would turn a Samsung tablet (and smartphone, too) into a powerful reading machine, was among most popular posts visited from Google search.
35 free images from classic books, ready to use and remix
In December, The British Library has released over 1 million public domain images on a Flickr profile, encouraging users to use and repurpose these great illustrations.
On the surface it sounds boring. Old images? Who cares about them! Well, that’s not true. They are not only perfectly mastered, but very often they bring back iconic situations and moods, like the one from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, show above.
For your convenience we listed 35 great images from famous classic novels, including Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, or Jane Eyre.
Who is customizing tablet and e-reader covers (infographic)
Ebooks become a part of the culture – although they are invisible files sitting on a disc of a computer, tablet or e-reader.
What helps show us the love for digital reading is the cases in which we dress e-reading devices.
Together with Caseable, a top destination for customized covers for smartphones, tablets, e-readers and laptops, we created a fun-to-explore infographic that shows users’ preferences in personalizing covers and sleeves.
Goodreads’ success story (infographic)
Another home-made infographic describes the most popular book recommendation site, Goodreads, at the time of the greatest glory.
In March, the news hit that the site was sold to Amazon. The infographic documents all the achievements of Goodreads’ community before the site lost its independence.
20 mesmerizing modern libraries from around the world
We share a lot of stuff about libraries, and this post that lists modern libraries around the world was one of the most visited in the entire 2013.
From The Bishan Public Library in Singapore, to Turku Public Library (Finland), to Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Canada, libraries are adapting to changing conditions, and doing better than anyone could expect.
We’re going to update the post soon with twenty or thirty new libraries, so stay tuned (and please give us recommendations!).
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Check out other lists (and fee free to share them with your friends and followers!):
- Case covers for Kindle Oasis 2 that you might have missed
- Amazon reveals Kindle bestsellers for each year, since 2007
- Here are the best books of 2017 picked by Amazon editors
- Explore 80 best Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 iPad, Kindle, and Fire deals
- Kindle Oasis 2 – things you should know before buying it
Want even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Lists.
Tips and tricks
How to add Audible narration to Kindle for iPad and iPhone
Want to listen to audiobooks on your iOS device? You can get a dedicated app, but you can also do it with your Kindle app.
Waterproof Kobo Aura H2O 2017 – tech specs, comparisons, pics, more
Everything you wanted to know about the new waterproof 6.8-inch Kobo Aura H20 (2017). Product details, comparisons with other waterproof e-readers, full tech specs, and more.
17 insanely colorful Amazon Fire 7 (2017) cases and sleeves
Brighten your life with the Fire 7 tablet, and brighten your Fire 7 tablet with one of these colorful cases, covers, and sleeves. They fit the 7th generation Amazon Fire 7, released in June 2017.
18 best gifts and accessories for the mom who loves books
Gifts your book-loving mother will be pleased to get: literary accessories, book-scented candles, bookish home decor, literature-themed jewelry and much more!
50 awesome posters that encourage to read
A list of most awesome read posters from Etsy, Zazzle, Redbubble, Society6 and AllPosters. For all needs and tastes.
50 best Kindle cases and accessories to buy in 2017
Find the best Kindle cases and accessories for the basic Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis. The list includes items not only from Amazon, but also Etsy, Caseable, eBay, and other sites.