Books VS eBooks

I have been mulling over a subject for a while now, Books vs eBooks. Which is better? Being an avid reader for years I have loved each and every book I’ve ever read!  The experience of reading a book is wonderful and gives me an unmatchable satisfaction. Books for me have been textbooks from school and college, travel guides, fiction novels, magazines and even comics. All of them have been great reads.  Since the last decade or so the concept of eBooks has picked up and has been catering to a growing customer base across the globe. With people using laptops / eBook readers like Amazon’s Kindle OR Barnes & Noble’s Nook OR Sony eBook reader / SmartPhones / Tablets and the increasing variety of gadgets that support ebooks, they are grabbing attention.

Both forms of books have their pros and cons however. Basically both forms have same objective – making you read and giving you information. I feel that the medium is not as important as the content. Content is key regardless of whether you read digitally or from paper. eBooks can definitely help in enhancing the reading experience but not the matter being read. Here I would like to discuss their similarities and the differences that give one kind an edge over the other.

  • Paperbooks are easily available at nearest bookstore and pretty portable usually. Sometimes they can get heavy and cumbersome to carry however. Ebooks are digital and can be carried in any device as small as a USB stick, in dozens.
  • Books and e-books are both very varied in pricing. Sometimes an electronic version of a book can be available for a lesser price than the paperbook.
  • Books generally don’t cause eye-strain when read in good light. eBooks can be feel heavy on the eyes after a particular point but depends on the reader.
  • Books will always require a light (natural light or lamp) where eBooks are generally read on devices which have an inbuilt system of lighting.
  • eBooks are read on devices which require battery or power to keep the devices running whereas the books don’t anything except the reader.
  • Some people strongly recommend eBooks because it saves a lot of paper and are environment-friendly . Books, even when printed on recycled paper, lag behind in this aspect.
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3 Simple steps to download & convert Youtube videos to Mp3.

Many of us have been using Youtube for quite some time now for all kinds of needs of music, demo videos, sports, etc. Many a times I have faced this problem of downloading youtube videos. Here is a simple 3 step process of converting the song videos to Mp3 format and downloading it too so we can use it on multiple devices.

1 – Search for the song on youtube which you want to download. Copy the link from address bar of that particular song.

2- Open the site http://www.video2mp3.net/ to convert the video into Mp3. Paste the link you copied above  in the box “Enter the URL of the video you want to convert to MP3” and press convert.

3- The site will convert the song and load it. You can then save it to your pc or laptop and enjoy the Mp3 format.

Its very simple yet very effective and helpful. Enjoy listening.

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Social Media Etiquette Tips.

This guest post is by Tamanna Bhanot.

Social Media is gradually overtaking in-person networking and has become an indispensible part of our lives. “Facebook” has become a verb (“I’ll Facebook you”), “Tweet” is the new “message” (“He tweeted about it”) and “Ping” is the new “nudge”. Everyone has taken to having private conversations on a public forum. A person who isn’t registered on a social networking website is looked upon with ridicule just as people without email addresses were about 5 years ago.

Note: If you still don’t have an email address, get help and get one! You are way behind the curve. If you aren’t on a social media site, get on one. You’ll find it to be a great tool to keep in touch with old friends and connect to new acquaintances.

With great power comes great responsibility“, an superhero’s web spun this quote to fame. The quote applies to the power of social media networking as well. There are some graces that we must keep in mind to use social media to our advantage.

1. How much is too much?: The amount of information people put up on their social media profiles depends on their personality, age, work profile and relationship status to some extent. You want people to think you are fun but not MAKE fun of you. Always remember that your co-workers and boss can also access the information that your friends can.

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STEVE JOBS –Lessons to be learnt from the Creative Genius.

We all know what Steve Jobs did do the world with his company APPLE and its products. He turned around the way we listen to music, the way we use computers, the way we talk on phone, the way we use phone as a multi-purpose device, the way gadgets can be loved, the way to feel proud owners of the gadgets, the way to stand in long long que for hours and hours before the launch of any special product (people used to start assembling 2-3 days before the launch date), etc etc etc . I’m sure everyone is aware of the turnaround which happened in Apple once SJ was re-appointed the CEO in the nineties till being declared the most valuable company in the world in 2011. In this long journey which initially started in early eighties I’m sure SJ has left us with or taught us lot of good things about work and profession to all of us.

 

This article is like my tribute to the great man who should always be remembered and admired the way he changed the face of gadgets and changed the way people use gadgets.

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SKYPE – Multi-functional tool for Online Communication.

I’ve been using Skype for quite some time now and I’m very happy and satisfied with it. In simple words if I need to tell the prime advantage of it then I would say “Total Value for Money and Time”. In today’s fast times everyone is looking to save time and money and Skype does exactly that whether it’s for personal use or professional use.

To define Skype in lay man language – A free software which allows users to talk with friends, family, colleagues, clients, etc around the globe for free of cost or minimal cost. It’s pretty easy and fast to download the software from their site www.skype.com and calls can be made free of cost from skype to skype and from skype to mobile / landline device at minimal costs which varies from country to country. Skype also has some paid services and paid subscriptions which might be of use for professional or regular callers and in long and continuous run. Recently my nephew shifted to Toronto for his higher education and my cousin couldn’t accompany him there but no worries since Skype was there. My nephew showed her his full college campus and also his apartment over Skype and that too for free ( Just need a laptop and internet connection ).

Few benefits I would like to jot down here are as follows –

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