It can be a bit of a nightmare trying to manage a Kindle with a large ebook collection. You can organize them into categories on the device, but that’s frustratingly slow. You could use the official Kindle app, but that’ll only cover you for Amazon-purchased ebooks.
Enter Scida, a new app for organizing your ebooks and putting them on your Kindle(s). It makes managing Kindle ebooks a breeze, but this initial release is a bit light on features. Let’s take a look.
In recent years e-books have experienced a notable surge in popularity. Much of this can be attributed to devices such as Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad, which have seen a huge rise in popularity over recent years and seem to always be in those “top 10 gadget lists”. Amazon now sells more Kindle-format books than standard paper copies and the research and advisory firm mediaIDEAS forecasted that e-book readers are set to become a $25 billion market by the year 2020.
So with all these e-books floating around, you’ll need a way to manage them, right? Well, that’s where Calibre comes in. Think of it as iTunes for your e-books. Although e-book readers such as the Kindle provide their own software, it is a bit basic and you can only read books purchased from the Kindle store.
Calibre allows you to categorize all your books, convert them into different formats and upload them to your device. Although it won’t win any awards for its looks, the old adage is true, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” (or should that be e-book? Sorry, bad joke). Calibre is, to use the age-old comparison, iTunes for your e-books. Read on to find out why.
Have you ever heard anybody say that paper outlets, like newspapers, magazines and books, will soon be extinct? While we have seen some newspapers and magazines move to digital services, it’s still hard to imagine a world without paper books. However, this has partly become a reality with devices like the Kindle and the iPad.
The advantages of eBooks are hard to overlook. They take much less physical space, they are cheaper, and they offer more features and interaction, like the “popular highlights” feature on Kindle devices.
Have you made the move yet? I have owned a Kindle for a few months now and I have come to love the little device. Whatever device you use, you’ll need some sort of app on your Mac to buy and interact with these eBooks. Here are some of our recommendations.
I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve selected the five book winners! It was fascinating to read all your New Year resolutions – I hope you’re managing to stick with them…
Congratulations are in order to:
- Luiz Felipe Berti
- Frankelly Valdez
- Johan B.
- Lia Belle
We’ll be in touch shortly with information on how to download your free copy of the book. Thanks for entering!
Competition Now Closed
If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you start planning all the resolutions and achievements you want to try and reach in 2011. It’s always an exciting process, and something that often leads to an unusual brainstorming process of weird and wonderful things you could try in the New Year.
Well, why not add another idea to the pile? We published our first AppStorm book a few months ago, iPhone App Entrepreneur, which explains everything you need to get started in the wonderful world of iPhone (and iPad) software development. It isn’t as difficult as you may think, and could definitely be something to explore next year.
We’re giving five copies of the eBook today, to help you on your way. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, sharing one idea for a New Year’s Resolution. It could be anything at all…
We’ll be picking the winners in one week – best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday!