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Got time off? Relax and re-energize with free books, magazines & podcasts!

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Got workaholic tendencies? Then maybe it’s time to take a break! Whether you’re vacationing or simply enjoying a day at the beach, these link-filled articles can help you connect with some great tools & media that will help you shift gears, re-energize and maybe even reclaim that long-lost enthusiasm.

 

Turn Any Ebook into an Audiobook with FBReader & Ivona Text to Speech (TTS)

This video shows how to set up and use the free apps FBReader & Ivona TTS engine to turn ANY ebook into an audiobook! You’ll learn how you can kick back and close your eyes, while your tablet or smartphone reads that ebook to you through your headphones or speakers. Which means you can “read” with your ears while bouncing around on a bus, driving to work, standing in line at the bank or supermarket or just hanging out in your favorite recliner. How cool is that?

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OverDrive + Zinio = FREE Books & Magazines from Public Libraries!

This video shows how you can use the OverDrive app and the Zinio app to get free ebooks and magazines for your tablet or smartphone from your public library.

Why buy books, when you can use OverDrive to download them from your public library for a couple of weeks for FREE? And why buy magazines, when you can use Zinio to download them from your public library for FREE, read them, and even KEEP THEM FOREVER on your tablet or smart phone? In this video you’ll learn how to set up and use both these powerful apps to get TONS of reading material from one — or many more — free public libraries!

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Free Content for Your New Kindle, Nook, Sony, or other eBook Reader

Did Santa bring you a new e-book reader? Whether you have Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader or almost any other ebook reader, you may be surprised to learn:

  • There are plenty of sites on the web that will provide you with free e-books in your reader’s particular format.
  • Most of these devices will display any standard PDF document if you don’t mind taking a couple of extra steps to load them.
  • The Kindle, the Nook, the Sony Reader, as well as several other e-book readers, will also play MP3s… so you can load audio books or even your favorite music on the device!

In the last year or so, we’ve published several posts that will help you find free e-books and audio material so you can use your new reader to crank up your skills and wisdom. These include:

UPDATE: Just hours after publishing this, I found the following great article on Mashable.  Check it out!

How to Upload PDFs (eBooks) to Your iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, & NOOK

Topic: How to upload PDFs (eBooks) to your iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, & NOOK
Format: blog posts & videos with How-to info
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Try this Google Search: “free PDF books.” Yikes! You’re gonna find a zillion free PDF-format ebooks all ready to download. If you’re a self-directed learner, this stuff is a gold mine! But how can you download these to your new iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, or NOOK?

In support of my new eBook, The Project Management Minimalist, I just posted an article on my Project Management Resources website titled “Using The PM Minimalist eBook on the iPad, Kindle, or Sony Reader.” It’s got links to a bunch of video tutorials and blog posts that provide instructions on how to load PDF ebooks & documents to all these devices. Check it out… and then do that Google Search for “free PDF books” and start loading up your favorite e-books reader with tons of free learning!

URL: Using The PM Minimalist eBook on the iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, or NOOKhttp://michaelgreer.biz/?p=1039

[6/17/2010 update re: NOOK by Barnes & Noble: A reader alerted me to the fact that the Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook reader is able to directly load and read PDF eBooks. The following table compares the nook to the Kindle:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/compare/?cds2Pid=30195 ]

[6/21/2010 update] This may be the beginning of the eBook reader price wars! Barnes & Noble just dropped their price to under $150 w/WiFi!!  See ZD Net Article:

[11/6/2010 update re: iPad & PDFs] I just came across this video from CNET. Intro material says: “The iPad reads PDFs nearly as well as it does EPUB files: graphics and text look good on the large iPad screen”  See the whole article and video here:

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