18 business books you can finish on your lunch break (infographic)

There is no way to achieve success without reading books. How and what to read, if you don’t have enough time?

Many successful people are known for being avid readers. They don’t need to be persuaded that reading can make them even richer and more successful than they are now.

Bill Gates reads around 50 books a year. When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read even 1,000 pages per day. Now, it is “only” about 500 pages.

88% of wealthy people read at least half an hour a day. It can be a time well-spent, if you pick up the right book and manage your time more efficiently.

The new infographic from Fundera, an online marketplace for small business financial solutions, lists 18 best business books that are short enough to finish them in a couple of lunch breaks.

Lunch? It sounds like a perfect time to relax. Reading is known for reducing stress by almost 70% – and you only need 6 minutes to achieve it.

From The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry, to Bo Burlingham’s Small Giants, to The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker, this handy list will help you quickly pick up the most interesting and helpful book. Make sure to download the ebook to your tablet, and start your new daily routine right during the next lunch break.

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The fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter returns as an animated Kindle ebook

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Jim Kay’s illustrated edition of The Philosopher’s Stone is available exclusively on Amazon in Kindle in Motion format.

The hardcover edition of the first Harry Potter book, with stunning illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Jim Kay, was published by Bloomsbury back in 2015.

Pottermore was teasing about the fully illustrated digital edition in July, and finally, the book has been released.

And it tends to be as exceptional as the original Jim Kay print edition. To make it simple: the glorious illustrations are brought to life in magic animations. And it’s possible thanks to the special digital format called Kindle in Motion.

In this Kindle in Motion edition, Jim Kay’s illustrations are available for the first time in a beautifully designed digital reading experience, with the artist’s interpretations of much-loved locations, characters and magical creatures newly animated to come alive on your device.

For instance, you can notice the smoke from the Hogwarts Express, see an animated portrait of Draco Malfoy, or witness the enchanting spectacle of the Sorting Ceremony. Take a look at what you can expect in the video trailer Pottermore has just released on YouTube:

The Kindle in Motion edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is available in English exclusively via Amazon and costs $9.99. For now on, only customers from the US are eligible to buy it.

You can also get the new enhanced edition in other Amazon stores. In the UK its price is set at £6.99.

Kindle in Motion is a special digital format that adds gif-like loop animations and video embeds to ebooks, enhancing the reading experience. What’s interesting, not only the content of the book but also the cover can be animated – and you can see it already on the book detail page on Amazon. Another interesting feature is that animations are optional. You can switch them off any time you want to focus on reading.

The new format was launched by Amazon in summer last year. So far, only twenty books are offered in this format in the Kindle Store. You can check them out in the Kindle in Motion homepage.

When you buy the Kindle in Motion edition, you can read it on any mobile device with the Kindle app (Amazon Fire, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc). You can also open and read it on the Kindle e-reader, but aminations will be displayed as still pictures.

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What is Kindle in Motion?

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Kindle in Motion is a special format that makes it possible to include animated elements, videos, and backgrounds in the Kindle ebook.

With the launch of the animated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, more and more users would like to know about the format that has been used to bring illustrations to life.

The new format is called Kindle in Motion, and the new Harry Potter ebook, with animated illustrations from Jim Kay, is the best example of what you can expect.

So, what is Kindle in Motion exactly? It is a special digital format, developed by Amazon, that lets enhance the reading experience with animated or interactive elements.

These elements are:

  • animated pictures or illustrations – just like animated gifs, they play in an endless loop,
  • animated book cover – the cover of a book is displayed as an animation not only when you open the book in the Kindle app, but also on a book detail page on Amazon,
  • videos – videos can be embedded in the content of a book – something you may already know from Kindle Edition with Audio/Video,
  • custom page backgrounds – another way to make the ebook more involving.

To see all the benefits of the new format, take a look at the video trailer of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

What’s the difference between Kindle Edition with Audio/Video and Kindle in Motion?

The newer format is more flexible. First of all, you can toggle the extra elements on and off. With animated elements turned off, the ebook is just like any other Kindle publication.

And just like any other Kindle ebook, the Kindle in Motion edition lets you fully control personalization settings. You can resize the font or margins, change the typeface, or turn on the night mode.

If you buy the Kindle in Motion ebook, you can read in on any mobile device with the Kindle application, naming only iOS or Android. Most importantly, you will also be able to open the book on your Kindle e-reader. However, for obvious reasons, the motion elements won’t be displayed.

Amazon introduced Kindle in Motion in the middle of 2016, without the usual press coverage. It’s not surprising – at that time only seven Kindle in Motion books were available.

Currently, a few hundred Kindle books have [Kindle in Motion] in their titles, but there are only some twenty publications in the official Kindle in Motion sub store on Amazon. Among the titles, you’ll find Hugh Howey’s Wool (the first book from Silo series), or a Kindle Single written by Jodi Picoult and entitled Mermaid.

With all the buzz about the animated Harry Potter book, the number of Kindle in Motion books should increase quicker.

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The ultimate guide to using Kindle app for iPad and iPhone

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Learn about helpful features, also the less popular ones, of the free Kindle app for iOS.

It’s amazing how a single app can change the way we enjoy books. Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone has many unique features that make it the most versatile book reading environment.

The reason is not only how the app is designed. It’s actually simpler and easier to use than other book-reading applications.

Kindle app for Apple’s mobile devices 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 with simple step-by-step guides.

The guide includes advice for ebook newbies, for instance, how to import Kindle books from another device. You will also find more advanced – and less known – features, naming only the ability to save articles for later reading, or book discovery tools.

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Kindle app for iOS – tips and tricks

Import ebooks from your Kindle

Many users who consider buying a tablet or smartphone from Apple ask a question: “How to put Kindle books on my iPad and iPhone?”

Do you fear you’ll have to spend hours trying to back up your Kindle and then upload all the ebooks directly to the iPad?

Keep calm. You can make it happen in minutes, using the free Kindle app.

How to put my Kindle books on the iPad and iPhone

 

1. Download Kindle app for iOS

On your iPad or iPhone, go to the App Store – the app with all applications available for the iOS (iOS is an operating system of the iPad and iPhone).

Use the search feature to find the Kindle app. Tap “Get” button, and wait until the download is complete (see screenshot above, on the left).

2. Register the Kindle app with your Amazon account

Type the email and password combination you are using to sign in to your account in the Amazon online store.

If you have more than one Amazon account, make sure to choose the one you’re signed in on your Kindle e-reader. You used this account to buy the Kindle in the Amazon store.

When your Kindle e-reader and Kindle app for iOS are connected to the same Amazon account, all your Kindle books are synced via Amazon servers, just like all your Gmail messages are synced via Google servers, no matter which computer you choose to connect to it.

You never registered your Kindle with the Amazon? It may happen if you bought Amazon’s e-reader from a third-party seller. If you have the account on Amazon, I strongly recommend registering the Kindle with it.

Registering all your devices with the same account is the most comfortable way to manage and sync all your Kindle books. What’s more, there is no way to use the Kindle app on the iPad and iPhone without signing up.

3. Import only the books you want

Are you afraid that the moment you start syncing your Kindle and Kindle for iOS, all your Kindle ebooks will download automatically and take too much of your iPad’s memory? It won’t happen.

When you open the Kindle app, you’ll see two tabs at the bottom: “Cloud” and “Device.”

 

Cloud tab

When you tap the Cloud button, you’ll see all the books that are stored in your Kindle cloud library.

The list includes all the books that you have added to your Amazon account:

  • the ones you bought in the Kindle Store,
  • the ones you sideloaded to your Kindle or a Kindle app on another device – these personal documents are synced between devices, too

Although you see these books in your Kindle app for iPad or iPhone, they are not downloaded to the device yet. You can do it easily, by tapping the book (see the screenshot above, on the left).

Device tab

Your Kindle app comes with just one document that is pre-downloaded. It’s a simple guide with a few tips to get you started.

Once you download any book from the Cloud tab, it will appear in the Device section. Every book available in the Device tab can be accessed offline, which means you open and read it even when your iPad is not connected to the internet.

I suggest you don’t import all the books to the Kindle for iOS. There is no need to do that. Download only the titles you are reading right now or going to read next (plus the custom dictionary, if you are using it).

It could be a few of them, even a few hundred, but think twice before packing the Kindle app with thousands of ebooks you’re not going to read anytime soon.

Save web articles for offline reading

Did you know you can use Kindle app for iPad and iPhone the same way as read-later services?

If you are not familiar with read-later platforms, such as Instapaper or Pocket, here is a quick explanation. These services let you save articles you find on the web so that you can access them later. This solution gives three main advantages:

  • you’ll keep all interesting articles in one place, and access them when you have more time for reading,
  • you can access the saved articles even when you are not connected to the web,
  • you will see the article in a clean read-only view – without elements which distract from reading: banners, widgets, social media sharing panels, or navigation bars.

You can achieve the same using the Kindle app on the iPhone and iPad. It’s possible thanks to the new feature called “Send to Kindle.” It lets add content directly to the Kindle app, using the iOS share menu.

How to use Kindle for iOS as a read-later service

1. Find the article you want to save

Which app or apps are you using to read news and blogs on the web? There are a lot of possibilities. You may read in Safari or Chrome browser. You may use Feedly. Or news aggregators such as Apple News or Google Play Newsstand.

No matter which app is your favorite, all of them support the iOS share menu, which helps send the content, its part, or a link to services such as email, text message, or notes app.

2. Open share menu and select Send to Kindle

 

When you find an article you can’t read immediately (but want to keep for later), you can use the share menu to add it to the Kindle iOS app.

Different apps have the share icon placed in different positions. Usually, the icon shows the arrow coming up from the box.

In Safari browser, the share menu icon is located in the bottom bar, right in the middle (see the screenshot above, on the left). Tap it, and the share menu will slide from the bottom edge of the screen.

In the upper row, you should see the “Send to Kindle” icon. It looks the same as the icon of the Kindle app. If you don’t see it, scroll the row to the right. If you still don’t see it, tap “More” icon and switch on the Send to Kindle option.

3. Choose options and send the article

After you tap the Send to Kindle button, a simple panel appears with a few things to customize:

  • you can change the title and source of the article,
  • you can choose where you want the article to be sent – a Kindle library or a single device.

 

By default, Save in Kindle Library is checked on (see the screenshot above, on the left). If you don’t turn the option off, the article will be sent to your Kindle cloud library, and it will be available shortly under Cloud tab in the Kindle for iOS app.

If you turn Save in Kindle Library off, you’ll need to choose the destination device. If you have more than one device connected to your Amazon Kindle account, make sure to pick up the iPad or iPhone you’re using right now. The article will be sent only to this single device and won’t be synced via your Kindle library.

I only use the second option as it makes it easy to delete the read articles (and I’m saving a lot of them to the Kindle app).

Download free Kindle ebooks

Once you install the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad, it will become the easiest way to download and read ebooks from different sources.

There are several sites on the web that offer free ebooks to download in a variety of formats compatible with almost any device.

What’s very important, all these sites offer publications completely legally, as the books come from the public domain, and it means they can be freely reused and shared.

Below, we’ll guide you through the process of adding free ebooks to your Kindle app.

How to add free ebooks to Kindle for iOS

You can find free ebooks in the Kindle Store, but there is no way to add them directly from within the Kindle for iOS app. Well, you can add them – but only partially, as free samples.

Instead, you can explore Amazon website in a dedicated Amazon shopping app or a web browser like Safari or Chrome.

And, since you are in a web browser, you can also check out other sites which offer free ebooks. Our favorite ones are Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Europeana, and DPLA.

Let’s visit Project Gutenberg. This site is optimized for mobile devices, so you can easily browse it also on a smaller screen.

 

1. Find the book file in a browser

When you open the mobile version of Project Gutenberg on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily find the most popular titles. Pick up the one that you want to download and tap it (see the screenshot above, on the left).

2. Select the right format

When you are on a page with book details and download options, it’s important to pick up the file format which is supported by Kindle e-readers and apps.

On Project Gutenberg, it’s simply named “Kindle.” On other sites, make sure to find formats called “mobi” or “prc.” You can also download the pdf file, but it’s not as flexible as mobi. For instance, you won’t be able to increase the font size, adjust margins, or turn on the night mode.

Project Gutenberg gives the option to select the Kindle file with or without pictures (see the screenshot above, on the right).

3. Open the file with the Kindle app for iOS

When you tap the download link or button, the dialog window will appear asking you to decide what to do with the file. Tap “Open in Kindle” link (see the screenshot below, on the left).

 

The ebook will open in the Kindle app, and you can start reading it instantly. Enjoy!

Optimize the reading experience

One of the biggest benefits of ebooks is the possibility to adjust the settings of the book reading app, to make the text appear exactly how you want it.

The settings in the Kindle for iOS app are simple and easy to use. Some apps offer more options, that’s true. On the other hand, the Kindle app has everything you need to personalize the look of the text.

How to customize the look in Kindle for iOS

When you tap the screen, the view will change to reveal the full interface. To adjust the settings, on the top bar tap “Aa” icon (see the screenshot below, on the left).

 

In the settings panel, you can change:

  • level of brightness,
  • background color,
  • size of the font,
  • typeface,
  • line height,
  • justification.

Adjusting the font

Some people love reading books with a gentle serif typeface. Others prefer a bold font, especially after reading for long hours.

The size and type of the font can be changed instantly in the Kindle app for iOS. Therefore you can adjust the look of the text to what your needs are here and now.

My preferred typeface is Bookerly, the modern font designed from scratch exclusively to be used in Kindle e-readers and apps. It is easily readable when its size is small, and it’s not too heavy when you increase it.

If you need a heavier typeface, you can always pick up the original font from Kindle e-readers – Caecilia. Amazon has also added a bold face, addressed to readers with vision problems. The font is called Ember Bold, and it’s on top of the list of available typefaces.

Adjusting the background

Many book-reading apps offer a selection of backgrounds so that users can pick up the one that suits them most.

In the Kindle app for iPad and iPhone, you can select one of the three background+font color schemes. Besides White, you can set Sephia, a color scheme designed to ease the eye strain and resemble the look of the page from an old print book. This option is not good, however, if you want to read ebooks outside.

The Black color of the background is combined with white font. It’s the night mode – perfect when there is no external source of light. The screen doesn’t emit as much light as in White or Sephia mode, and you can read longer without causing eye strain.

 

Learn more about the book

Besides standard reference tools, such as a dictionary, Google, or Wikipedia, Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has a few extra features that will allow you to learn more about the book and its author, better follow the plot, and discover the most valuable passages.

 

The easiest way to access all features is via Menu (see the screenshot above, on the left). We’ll have a closer look at About This Book, Popular Highlights, and X-Ray.

About This Book

About This Book is a card with all essential info about the book and its author. You can not only access it from the Menu list. An even quicker way is to tap Info icon in the top right corner (see screenshot below, on the left).

 

When you open About This Book card, you will see the following sections:

Book Essentials

It includes the title and author, accompanied by the average rating and the number of reviews. Below, there is a book blurb from a book detail page on Amazon.

Here, you will also find a share icon, which you can use to spread the word about the book you are currently reading.

Typical Time to Read

The information about the number of pages is available in the main view at the bottom, but in this section of the About This Book you’ll also find out what is the average time needed to finish the book.

About the Series

If a book is a part of a series, you’ll find the relevant info here: what is the name of the series, and which volume of the series the book is.

About the Author

You’ll read here information about the author pulled out from the author’s page on Amazon. Below, the covers of other popular books written by the author can be found.

The section includes also a Follow button that will connect you with the author on Amazon.

Popular Highlights

A short information with the number of the book’s passages that were highlighted by other users, and how many times it happened.

Popular Highlights

Popular highlights are not listed in the About This Book section. If you want to find out what passages have been highlighted by other readers, tap the Menu icon and then Popular Highlights section (see the screenshot below, on the left).

 

When you open the window with the most popular highlights from the book, you’ll see the favorited passages accompanied by the information about how many times they were highlighted.

The feature that shares what others like in the book I’m currently reading is an inspiring way to compare your point of view with the others. It is also a great and convenient way to reread the most valuable parts of the book (besides the passages you’ve highlighted, of course).

X-Ray

X-Ray is a unique featured available for some books in the Kindle Store. In Amazon’s own words “X-Ray lets you explore the bones of a book.”

What is X-Ray? It’s an advanced reference tool that helps track what’s happening in the book and analyze the dynamics of the plot. It’s a reading companion which comes extremely handy when there are too many characters in the book, and you got lost who is who.

You can access X-Ray in two ways:

  • from the Menu – just like other features described above (see the screenshot below, on the left),
  • in the top bar via the dedicated X-Ray icon (the screenshot below, on the right). This icon will be seen only in the books that have the X-Ray enabled.

 

X-Ray is an all-in-one guide to characters, locations, and terms used in the book. When you open X-Ray while being on a specific page, it will show on top the descriptions of characters and terms that are found on this page (see the screenshot below, on the left).

In the X-Ray list, the character is represented by the profile icon. You can narrow down the results to characters by tapping “People” tab on top.

Everything else, for instance, locations or historic events mentioned in the book, comes under “Terms.” The icon looks like an opened book.

When you tap the entrance, you’ll see the detailed description. If it’s a character, the card opens with a one-sentence description of the character and a simple bar showing the presence of this character throughout the book.

Beneath, you will find all instances when the character was mentioned in a book. This feature is a fantastic tool if the book has many characters and you don’t want to get lost in who they are and how they are connected.

 

The card presenting the terms is similar to characters but it includes the extended description from Wikipedia and a link to the full article. A bar with the presence of the term in the plot can be found under the description.

X-Ray is a great way to analyze the plot, and see how it develops: how characters evolve, and where the action takes place.

Find new books to read

Although you can’t buy ebooks directly in the Kindle for iOS, you can find the app surprisingly helpful when it comes to discovering new books to read.

The most important thing to remember is that while you can’t buy the entire book, you can always download a free sample.

In no time you can get free samples from as many books as you want. And there is no better way to check out whether the book is worth buying than reading a couple of first pages.

How to discover new books with Kindle for iOS

There are e few ways Kindle app will suggest you free samples to download from the Kindle Store.

When you search the library

If you are in the Library view (see screenshot below, on the left) and use the Search feature to find the book in your Kindle library, the app will also suggest the books from the Kindle Store that answer the search term you entered.

For instance, when you type “Harry Potter,” on the list of results you will see all the Harry Potter books you’ve bought – and underneath, in Kindle Free Samples section, you can find the books from the Kindle Store that match your search (see screenshot below, on the right).

 

Each suggested book comes with the average rating. When you tap the cover or title, the free sample will start downloading.

Free samples are not synced between devices, so it will stay only in your Kindle for iOS app until you delete it.

When you finish the book

Is there a better time to find the new book to read than after you finish the one you loved?

When you come to the end of the book in the Kindle for iOS app, a “Before You Go” card will pop up (see the screenshot below, on the left).

 

The card includes the following sections:

  • an invitation to review and rate the book,
  • more books by the same author,
  • more books from the same category,
  • recommendations based on which books were bought by customers who bought this book.

When you tap the book cover in Before You Go section, a short description will appear, together with the average rating, and a button to try the free sample (see the screenshot above, on the right).

The Before You Go card is also available right in the Menu list in the top left corner.

In About This Book section

If you read a book from an author you didn’t know, you can always check out the About This Book section and find more books by the same author.

Enjoy enhanced ebooks

iPad is a fantastic multimedia companion. The book lover who owns the iPad sooner or later will try reading an enhanced ebook.

The first destination to check out interactive and enhanced books is the App Store. The Books category lists many ebooks that are sold as standalone applications.

Did you know you can also use the Kindle app to read ebooks enriched with multimedia, animations, and interactive elements?

Kindle Store offers two kinds of enhanced ebooks:

  • Kindle Edition with Audio/Video – the format is available for users since 2010. Users were able to play videos and audio tracks embedded in the text of the book,
  • Kindle in Motion Edition – a new format, introduced in 2016. It’s more flexible and versatile than Kindle Edition with Audio/Video.

One of the best examples of how far you can amplify the reading experience on the iPad or iPhone is the Kindle in Motion edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

What to expect from Kindle in Motion ebooks? Take a look at the list of features:

  • animated illustrations – just like animated gifs, they play in an endless loop,
  • animated book cover – the cover of a book is displayed as an animation not only when you open the book in the Kindle app, but also on a book detail page on Amazon,
  • videos – they are embedded in the content of a book,
  • custom page backgrounds – they can be still images or gif-like animations.

The best part of the Kindle in Motion ebook is that it can also be opened on devices that can’t play animations or sound. Yes, you can read such books on the Kindle e-reader, the media elements just won’t be displayed.

What’s more, when you read the Kindle in Motion ebook on your iPad or iPhone, the enhanced content is optional. You can instantly switch it on and off with a tap of a button.

Listen to Audible audiobooks

Unlike the Android version, the Kindle for iPad or iPhone doesn’t provide a text-to-speech feature.

There is, however, a way to listen to the Kindle book you have bought. It’s possible thanks to an advanced feature called Whispersync for Voice.

What is Whispersync for Voice? It’s service that lets seamlessly switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to its audiobook version.

As you’ve noticed, you’ll need also to buy an audiobook companion to the Kindle edition you have, to enable the Whispersync for Voice. Be prepared for an additional cost between $0.99 for the classic title to even $15 for the current bestseller.

There are over 60,000 Kindle books that come with audiobook narration. How to find them? Amazon provides a clever feature that will let you find out which of the Kindle books you own have the Audible narration. You can find your match beginning at the Audible narration home page.

How to enable Audible narration on Kindle for iOS

Once you add the Audible narration to the Kindle book, follow the steps below to enable Whispersync for Voice.

1. Open the Kindle book that has the audiobook companion

When you open this book in the Kindle app on the iPhone and iPad, the message about the availability of the audiobook will appear at the bottom of the screen (see the screenshot below, on the left). Tap the text saying “Tap to Download” and wait until the download is complete.

Make sure to be connected to the Wi-Fi network as the audiobook file can have more than 100 MB.

 

2. Switch between reading and listening

Done! From now on, when you open a Kindle book with Audible narration, the icon of the headphones will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen (see the screenshot above, on the right).

Tap the headphones icon to reveal the audiobook bar and play the audiobook. While you hear the voice, the matching parts of the text are being highlighted.

The magic of Whispersync for Voice is the ease of change between the reading and listening, and the beauty of delving into the story in different ways.

Kindle for iOS – useful links

If you want to learn more about using the Kindle app on the iPhone and iPad, make sure to check out the links below:

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The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, Book 1)

A.G. Riddle

A thought-provoking technothriller about global genetic experiments, ancient conspiracies, and the mysteries of human evolution. Its complex characters and historical and scientific details will stay with you long after you finish.

This fast-paced adventure is the first book in The Origin Mystery Series (now in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture).

⇢ Kindle $3.99

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated [Kindle in Motion]

J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

A specially designed Kindle in Motion edition of as illustrated by Jim Kay.

Prepare to be spellbound by this dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and its much-loved characters in this exclusive Kindle in Motion edition of one of the world’s favorite books.

Brimming with rich detail and humor that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

⇢ Kindle $10.99

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50 literary classics and how long it takes to read them (infographic)

 

The Visual Communication Guy has released an infographic with word count and time to read of the 50 famous literary classics.

In times when the time is the most important factor in deciding whether you’ll read a book or not, information how long would it take to finish it becomes almost as important.

Our favorite blog on data visualization, The Visual Communication Guy, has just released a new infographic that measures books by words and hours.

Designed by Alisa Scott, the visual collects data about how much time it takes to finish reading 50 of the most famous classic novels.

Each book comes with info about word count (abbreviated to “WC”) and time to read. The latter is calculated taking 300 words per minute as an average reading speed. You can check out the approximate reading time on the vertical axis. Under each book, you will also learn a date of the first publication.

As you will see, as much as 44 titles can be read until 10 hours each. The longest book on the bookshelf is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It has over 530 thousand words, and it will take almost 30 hours to finish it.

The second-longest novel is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, followed by Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

Curtis Newbold, the founder of The Visual Communication Guy, created some of the most creative visuals related to reading and languages. You have to check out at least these two ones:

Click or tap the infographic to see all details.

 

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How to add Audible narration to Kindle for iPad and iPhone

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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.

Unlike the Android version, the Kindle for iPad or iPhone doesn’t provide a text-to-speech feature.

There is, however, a way to listen to the Kindle book you have bought. It’s possible thanks to an advanced feature called Whispersync for Voice.

What is Whispersync for Voice? It’s service that lets seamlessly switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to its audiobook version.

As you’ve noticed, you’ll need also to buy an audiobook companion to the Kindle edition you have, to enable the Whispersync for Voice. Be prepared for an additional cost between $0.99 for the classic title to even $15 for the current bestseller.

There are over 60,000 Kindle books that come with audiobook narration. How to find them? Amazon provides a clever feature that will let you find out which of the Kindle books you own have the Audible narration. You can find your match beginning at the Audible narration home page.

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How to enable Audible narration on Kindle for iOS

Once you add the Audible narration to the Kindle book, follow the steps below to enable Whispersync for Voice on your iPad or iPhone.

1. Open the Kindle book that has the audiobook companion

When you open this book in the Kindle app on the iPhone and iPad, the message about the availability of the audiobook will appear at the bottom of the screen (see the screenshot below, on the left). Tap the text saying “Tap to Download” and wait until the download is complete.

Make sure to be connected to the Wi-Fi network as the audiobook file can have more than 100 MB.

 

2. Switch between reading and listening

Done! From now on, when you open a Kindle book with Audible narration, the icon of the headphones will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen (see the screenshot above, on the right).

Tap the headphones icon to reveal the audiobook bar and play the audiobook. While you hear the voice, the matching parts of the text are being highlighted.

The magic of Whispersync for Voice is the ease of change between the reading and listening, and the beauty of delving into the story in different ways.

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American reading habits in 2017 (infographic)

 

Americans read in 2017 slightly less than in 2016, with 41% devoting the same time to reading as a year before.

The end of the year is a great time for summaries and comparisons of all kinds. They are rarely presented in an infographic form, and that’s what makes the new visual from Global English Editing particularly interesting.

The fresh new infographic collects info about American reading habits in 2017.

Each part of the visual is based on a different study or article, giving a comprehensive look at how Americans read nowadays. Basically, most interesting reading facts and figures revealed this year are included in this visual.

Besides the comparison of the time spent on reading, you can find here book sales figures split by format. The print is still most popular – 65% Americans claimed they read this format recently. The sales of hardcover editions increased by 4.1%, while ebook sales went down by as much as 18.7%.

The infographic includes also top 10 bestselling titles of 2017, in both print and ebook format, and a snapshot of the most popular books in all 50 states. Which American cities are most literate? You’ll find this info as well.

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The waterproof Kindle Oasis 2017 – tech specs, comparisons, pictures, more

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The 2017 Kindle Oasis offers more benefits than just water resistance. Here are the details.

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

Kindle Oasis 2 has the long-expected feature that will let you read without fear in the bathtub.

The e-reader meets IPX8 water resistance rating. It means you can put it in fresh water, two meters deep, and keep it there for up to one hour without causing any damage.

The second-generation Kindle Oasis is the first waterproof Kindle. However, water resistance is not something that makes Kindle Oasis stand out from the competition.

Amazon’s newest e-reader is the first one that has a built-in Audible support. It means you can play audiobooks on it. The trick is that it doesn’t have internal speakers or even a headphone jack. But it has Bluetooth. You can connect to it your Bluetooth-enabled headphones or speakers and the Oasis can play the audiobook companion with a few taps.

The newest top-shelf Kindle has two storage options – 8 and 32 GB – and it’s because of audiobooks. An audiobook file is much larger than an ebook.

Compared to its predecessor, released in spring 2016, Kindle Oasis 2 has a larger screen. The 7-inch display has an increased resolution of 1680 × 1264 pixels, keeping the same pixel density as in the 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite – 300 ppi.

There is one more thing that makes the Oasis a unique e-reader – the asymmetric design. The idea was not to make the device that looks original. The idea was to shift the center of gravity to one side, the one intended to be held in hand. Kindle Oasis is a perfect solution for anyone who wants to read ebooks conveniently for long hours with just one hand.

Later in the overview, you will see launch details, international availability, price variants, full tech specs, and comparison to other waterproof e-readers.

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Kindle Oasis 2017 – launch details

Kindle Oasis 2 was announced in a press release on October 11, 2017. As usual, at the same time, the device appeared on Amazon website, and users were able to pre-order it.

There are five versions of the Kindle Oasis 2017 to choose from. You can decide on the storage, special ads, and cellular connectivity. To configure the device, you will need to add it to cart first.

Here are the prices for US customers:

  • 8 GB, Wi-Fi only, with special offers – $249.99,
  • 8 GB, Wi-Fi only, without special offers – $269.99,
  • 32 GB, Wi-Fi only, with special offers – $279.99,
  • 32 GB, Wi-Fi only, without special offers – $299.99,
  • 32 GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular, without special offers – $349.99.

As you see, the version that can connect via cellular network is only available without special offers.

As usual, together with the new device, Amazon is launching original case covers. This time, not one but two designs are offered. The difference is in the material.

  • Kindle Oasis Premium Leather Cover – the case is crafted from premium natural leather. Available in three colors: Merlot, Saddle Tan, and Midnight,
  • Kindle Oasis Fabric Standing Cover – the textured fabric, the same you can find on cases for other Kindle models, is water-safe. Available in three colors: Charcoal, Indigo, and Sandstone.

What does “water-safe” mean? The case is not water resistant. When you drop it in water, the case will get wet, but nothing wrong should happen. After the case dries, it should look the same as before: no shape deformation, no change of color. However, you should not try to test it with coffee or wine.

In both case models, the construction of the stand is the same – the front cover folds to create the support similar to the picture frame.

Kindle Oasis 2017 – international availability

The 2nd-generation Kindle Oasis is shipping on October 31, and users from all over the world are eligible to order it.

In the main Amazon store, customers shopping from the outside the US can buy the international version of Kindle Oasis 2017. However, there is only one version you can order. It’s the variant with 32 GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi only, and no special offers. It costs $299.99.

Kindle Oasis can be also ordered though localized Amazon stores. Here are the prices for the entry-level variant:

  • Amazon UK – GBP 229.99,
  • Amazon France – EUR 249.99,
  • Amazon Germany – EUR 229.99,
  • Amazon Italy – EUR 249.99,
  • Amazon Spain – EUR 249.99,
  • Amazon Canada – CAD 389.99,
  • Amazon Japan – JPY 33,980,
  • Amazon India – INR 21,999,
  • Amazon Brazil – BRL 1,149
  • Amazon Mexico – MXN 5,649

The new Kindle Oasis will be released in most countries the same day as in the US – October 31. It will launch later in Brazil (November 7), and India (November 15).

Kindle Oasis 2017 – comparisons

An obvious thing to do – and something most users would like to see – is comparing side by side the newest Kindle Oasis with waterproof e-readers from the competitors. It’s what you will see in the table below.

So, let’s have a look at tech specs of Kindle Oasis 2 versus Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 versus Nook GlowLight Plus.

As you see, the 2017 Oasis is the most expensive model. Narrowing down the comparison to one single feature – water resistance – would not justify the price that is twice as high as Nook’s and $70 higher than Kobo’s.

Kindle Oasis 2 compared to other waterproof e-readers

Feature Kindle Oasis 2 Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 Nook GlowLight Plus
Screen size 7 inches 6.8 inches 6 inches
Pixel density 300 ppi 265 ppi 300 ppi
Screen resolution 1680 × 1264 px 1430 × 1080 px 1430 × 1080 px
Grayscale 16-level 16-level 16-level
Waterproof rating IPX8 IPX8 IP67
Water resistance Withstands immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes Withstands immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes Withstands immersion in 1 meter of fresh water for 30 minutes
Front light Yes Yes Yes
Blue light control No Yes No
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes
Weight 6.8 oz
194 g
7.3 oz
207 g
6.9 oz
195 g
Dimensions 6.3 × 5.6 × 0.33 in
159 × 141 × 8.3 mm
5.08 × 6.77 × 0.35 in
129 × 172 × 8.8 mm
4.7 × 6.4 × 0.34 in
120 × 163 × 8.6 mm
Storage 8 GB
32 GB
4 GB 4 GB
micro SD card No No No
Speakers No No No
Bluetooth Yes No No
Colors Aluminum Black Gold
Release date October 31, 2017 May 2, 2017 October 21, 2015
Price $249.99 $179.99 $129.99

All e-readers can be immersed in the fresh water, so they resist not only water spills. Both Kindle Oasis and Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 meet IPX8 rating, so they are tested to withstand putting in 2 meters of water for up to 60 minutes.

The question is who would intentionally leave the e-reader in water for such a long time. When it comes to electronics, water resistance is all about getting undamaged from water spills or dropping the device in water by accident. All three e-readers can do that, so why pay more for the Kindle Oasis?

Water resistance was a long-expected feature in Kindle, but, in my opinion, it’s not the most important benefit of the new Oasis. It’s the ability to play audiobooks. Anyone who tried it with the Kindle app on the Fire tablet or an Android-powered device knows how stunningly easy it is to switch between reading a book and playing its audiobook companion.

A bigger internal memory? Yes, it’s a benefit, but 4 GB is enough for thousands of ebooks, and all e-readers can meet expectations of the vast majority of users. The bigger memory is needed to download audiobooks.

An audiobook file takes much more space. A version of the 2017 Kindle Oasis with 8 GB leaves 6 GB for the user – and it means that on average some 30 audiobooks can fit until the memory gets full. The 32 GB version is capable of holding around 160 Audible audiobooks, according to Kindle Oasis technical specifications.

Kindle Oasis 2017 – pictures

Take a closer look at the newest Amazon Kindle. Here are the most interesting pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindle Oasis 2017 – video review

Here’s one of the first video reviews of the second-generation Kindle Oasis. David Carnoy, executive editor at CNET, says:

Kindle Oasis 2017 – full tech specs

We’ve collected all tech specs in one place so that you can analyze the 2017 Kindle Oasis e-reader in detail.

Warranty1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year or 3-year Extended Warranty available for US customers sold separately

Screen 7-inch E-Ink Carta touchscreen
Levels of gray 16
Front light Yes
Screen resolution 1680 × 1264 pixels
Pixel density 300 ppi
Waterproof Yes
Waterproof rating IPX8 – tested to withstand immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes
Storage capacity 8 GB (aproximately 6 GB available to the user) – thousands of books or over 35 Audible audiobooks
32 GB (aproximately 27 GB available to the user) – thousands of books or over 160 Audible audiobooks
microSD card No
Body color Front: black, back: aluminum
Battery life A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless and Bluetooth off and the light setting at 10
Charge time • Under 3 hours from a computer USB
• Under 2 hours using the Amazon 5W charger (sold separately)
Weight • Wi-Fi version: 6.8 oz / 194 g
• Wi-Fi + Cellular: 6.8 oz / 194 g
Dimensions 6.3 × 5.6 × 0.13-0.33 in / 159 × 141 × 3.4-8.3 mm
Wi-Fi Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, or 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Cellular 4G LTE connectivity in US where available, 3G/EDGE/GPRS in other locations; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T’s 4G LTE high-speed data network in the U.S and AT&T partner networks outside of the U.S
Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from Kindle Oasis to your Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported
Speakers No
Headphone jack No
Audible-ready Yes; capable of playing Audible audiobook companions for Kindle ebooks. Pair with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
Bluetooth Yes; with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, speakers, microphone
Accessibility features The VoiceView screen reader, available over Bluetooth audio, enables access to the vast majority of Kindle Oasis features. Kindle Oasis also includes the ability to Invert Black and White, adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins
Supported formats • Text: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprocted MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX through conversion
• Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
• Audio: Audible audio format (AAX)
Original case covers Yes; sold separately. Two variants to choose from: a protective premium leather or water-safe fabric cover
Included the box • Amazon Kindle Oasis (2nd generation, 2017 release)
• USB 2.0 charging cable
• Quick Start Guide
Launch dates • Announcement: October 11, 2017
• Pre-orders: October 11, 2017
• Release: October 31, 2017
Prices • 8 GB, Wi-Fi, with special offers – $249.99
• 8 GB, Wi-Fi, without special offers – $269.99
• 32 GB, Wi-Fi, with special offers – $279.99
• 32 GB, Wi-Fi, without special offers – $299.99
• 32 GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular, without special offers – $349.99

Want to learn more? Check out User’s Guide for Kindle Oasis (2nd generation, 2017 release).

Kindle Oasis 2017 – product info

And, as usual, the last part of the overview is devoted to what the producer of the device is proud of. Here are the highlights from the product page of the 2nd-generation Kindle Oasis on Amazon.

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017) – waterproof, Audible ready

8 GB / Wi-Fi

The first waterproof Kindle
No more soggy pages with the all-new Kindle Oasis – it’s IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. And it’s built to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bathtub, hot tub, or pool.

Now with Audible
Now you can listen to the world’s largest library of audiobooks on your Kindle—anytime, anywhere, while traveling, cooking, or when you just want to rest your eyes. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to move seamlessly from reading to listening. Available via a free over-the-air update.

Our largest, highest resolution display
Featuring our largest 7-inch 300 ppi display, Kindle Oasis fits over 30% more words per page for fewer page turns. Crisp, laser quality text reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight.

Ideal for one-handed reading
The ergonomic design shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book. Easily turn the page with either the touch display or dedicated page turn buttons. Whether you choose to read with your left or right hand, the page orientation automatically rotates to match.

Larger storage capacity
Kindle Oasis is now available in 8 GB or 32 GB. Carry even more titles with you.

Got you covered
Complete your Kindle Oasis experience with a protective premium leather or water-safe fabric cover. The slim, form-fitting cover opens like a book and is designed to closely wrap the bezel like a glove. Snapping securely in place magnetically, automatically wake your Kindle or put it to sleep by simply opening or closing.

⇢ Kindle $249.99

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7 benefits of adult coloring books that will surprise you (infographic)

Did you know a famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung was the first to recommend his patients adult coloring?

Coloring books for adults are known since 1960s, but it’s the last few years when they have seen a huge growth in popularity.

A team from Original Coloring Pages has created an infographic about coloring books. It lists major benefits and facts about the coloring books for adults.

Aside from bringing back the memories we had back in the days of our innocence, there can be no doubt that coloring these books provides a whole lot of fun and relaxation as well.

Solving several emotional and mental issues, helping ease stress and anxiety, making people smarter, or enhancing our mindfulness. What are your reasons to reach for an adult coloring book?

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What type of learner are you? (flowchart)

A new flowchart will let you quickly find out which of the five types of learners you are.

Everyone has a unique way to learn because everyone receives and processes information differently. Some people love to study with pictures. Others are much more engaged when they can listen and speak.

Luckily, there are many different methods of learning, so the only goal is to find out what kind of learner you are.

And you can find it out in the new infographic designed by Nivene Judeh for Pound Place. Well, this infographic is most suitable for visual learners. Auditory learners would be more excited to hear a podcast.

The infographic starts with the helpful flowchart that follows the question: “Which part of the classes do you feel you would learn the most from?”

Pick up the options you most identify with, and in no time you will see which kind of learner you are.

Under the flowchart you will see five learning styles described in detail:

  • the visual learner – you learn best with graphical depictions, such as charts, maps, or body language,
  • the aura/auditory learner – you love discussing topics and listening to audio instruction,
  • the read/write learner – you are most successful textbooks and note taking,
  • the kinesthetic learner – you learn the most by trial-and-error, when you get to put theory in practise,
  • the multimodal learner – if you do not have one distinct learning preference.

The last thing is a useful piece of advice:

Everyone learns in different ways, so don’t compare yourself to others. Be willing to experiment to find out what works for you and you’ll find that no subject is beyond your abilities.

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