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The Wikipedia website  now includes tools to help you create formatted ebooks using content from one or more Wikipedia pages – here’s a sample ebook in the EPUB format.

Wikipedia eBook

Wikipedia has offered the PDF export functionality on their website for some time but with the recent change, you can export a selection of Wikipedia pages as EPUBs which is a much better format for reading articles offline on mobile phones, ebook readers and tablets. PDF is still a more suitable format for creating print-ready ebooks.

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Las aplicaciones pueden salvar a los periódicos

Jimmy Wales, el fundador de Wikipedia, ha comentado el futuro de la prensa y su modelo de financiación en una entrevista con Associated Press. Ha declarado que son las aplicaciones y no el modelo de pago lo que de verdad salvaría a los periódicos digitales.

El pago por las aplicaciones en el iPhone, el Android o el iPad, pueden ayudar definitivamente a solucionar los problemas económicos de la prensa.

Wales no cree que pagar por determinados contenidos en la web resulte un buen negocio, ya que no existe un modelo de pago centralizado como sí lo hay en los servicios que proporciona Apple (iTunes, iBooks y App Store) o Android Market.


Jimmy Wales, el fundador de Wikipedia, ha comentado el futuro de la prensa y su modelo de financiación en una entrevista con Associated Press. Ha declarado que son las aplicaciones y no el modelo de pago lo que de verdad salvaría a los periódicos digitales.

El pago por las aplicaciones en el iPhone, el Android o el iPad, pueden ayudar definitivamente a solucionar los problemas económicos de la prensa.

Wales no cree que pagar por determinados contenidos en la web resulte un buen negocio, ya que no existe un modelo de pago centralizado como sí lo hay en los servicios que proporciona Apple (iTunes, iBooks y App Store) o Android Market. Leer más “Las aplicaciones pueden salvar a los periódicos”

Which e-reader should you choose?

“E-readers are fantastic. You can increase the text size, on some you can even change the background. Some even have the ability to turn text into voice.

“They could open up a whole new world of reading for blind and partially-sighted people. Increasing the print size is important, but also you need to be able to change the contrast and background colour.

“Some people can read better, for example with yellow text on a black background or white on a black screen.

“Most people find that their eyesight does get worse as they get older, even if it is just difficulty in reading.”

At first using an e-reader is slightly disconcerting. Clutching a piece of metal does lack the tactile satisfaction offered by a dog-eared, coffee-stained paperback. But the advantages are overwhelming for those of us of a certain age and this seems to be born out by American research which shows that two-thirds of people investing in the technology are over 40.


Choosing an e-reader isn’t easy.
Here is how to get the best out of the wealth of options available.

By David Millward

Apple iPad running iBooks

Photo: Heathcliff O’Malley

iPad owners can get Apple‘s iBooks ebook software free and buy books using the iBookstore.

In common with many other “baby boomers”, my eyesight is getting worse. Up until now, thanks to the wonder of contact lenses, I had managed to at least deal with being short-sighted. But then life threw another googly at me, the need for reading glasses.

But even they don’t always work, especially by the end of the day when even even tackling a normal font size becomes somewhat challenging. However, rescue appears to be at hand in the form of the e-reader, a portable device which can contain hundreds of books.

Before e-readers came on the market only around four per cent of books were accessible to to the partially sighted – either in braille, large print or audio. According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) they have proved a godsend for people with failing eyesight:

“E-readers are fantastic. You can increase the text size, on some you can even change the background. Some even have the ability to turn text into voice.

“They could open up a whole new world of reading for blind and partially-sighted people. Increasing the print size is important, but also you need to be able to change the contrast and background colour.

“Some people can read better, for example with yellow text on a black background or white on a black screen.

“Most people find that their eyesight does get worse as they get older, even if it is just difficulty in reading.”

At first using an e-reader is slightly disconcerting. Clutching a piece of metal does lack the tactile satisfaction offered by a dog-eared, coffee-stained paperback. But the advantages are overwhelming for those of us of a certain age and this seems to be born out by American research which shows that two-thirds of people investing in the technology are over 40. Leer más “Which e-reader should you choose?”

iPhone OS Finally Gets Multitasking After 3 Years


Cat’s out of the bag, time for rumours to cease, Steve Jobs introduced the highly anticipated iPhone 4.0 OS at Apple’s event today. There are more than a 100 new features for the next iteration of the next generation of the iPhone system but the media event focused on the seven features that are of particular importance.

Though most of the new features will be welcomed by all, not every single one of it has little to no practical use for business professionals. In the mix, Apple reveals that the new OS will spot a 5x digital zoom for camera, the ability to rotate photos and a feature that’s already available on the iPad; a customizable home and lock screen wallpaper.

However, the above are just bonuses. The critical updates include multitasking, iBooks and iAd.

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