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40 Tips and Tricks for Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Below is a list of forty tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the Google Nexus 7 tablet, from basic getting started tips for the beginner to hacks and ROMs for advanced users. Feel free to add your own tips in the comments section too!

The Basics – Getting Started

1. Nexus 7 Guidebook – The Nexus 7 Guidebook contains a lot of useful information for getting started with Google’s new tablet. It comes pre-loaded on the Nexus 7 and is located in the Google Play Books app.

2. Screen Rotation – By default, the Nexus 7 is locked in portrait mode. You can switch to auto-rotate by pulling down the notifications menu at the top of the screen and tapping the rotate icon to the right of the date. Note that the homescreen doesn’t support landscape mode, however (see #11 and #38 to fix that).

3. Notifications – Pulling down the notifications menu at the top of the screen grants access to the button for the Settings Menu, the time and date, and a list of all your recent emails, events, activities, app updates, etc. Tap a notification to access it, swipe left to remove it from the list, or hit the button in the upper right corner to close all notifications. Sounds for notifications can be changed in Settings > Sound > System. The volume of notifications can be set separately from the master volume by pressing the settings button next to the on-screen volume slider. Turn off notifications by going to Settings > Accounts > Sync.

4. Widgets – The homescreens can display widgets, bookmarks, individual ebooks, folders for certain apps, and a lot more (it all depends on what apps you have installed). Widgets are located in the widget section of the app drawer. By default the homescreen shows a large Google widget. You can remove it and any other widget simply by long-pressing and dragging to the remove icon at the top of the screen. You can also re-size many widgets by long-pressing and then adjusting the blue lines that appear.

5. Folders – Android supports creating folders on the homescreen to group apps, bookmarks, and ebooks together. Simply hold and drag an icon onto another. You can also name the folders.

6. View Available Storage Space and RAM – Since the Nexus 7 has limited storage space, you are going to want to keep an eye on the available space from time to time. Hit Settings > Storage. To see available RAM go to Settings > Storage > Apps > Running.

7. Uninstalling Apps – The easiest way to uninstall an app is to press and hold the app icon from the list of apps in the app drawer and then drag it to the top of the screen where it says uninstall. If it only shows App Info and no uninstall option is available, then it is a system app and can’t be uninstalled. However, if you drag the app to where it says App Info you’ll have the option to disable the app.

8. Lock Screen – It’s a good idea to go into Settings > Security to configure a lockscreen to make your tablet secure. You can set a password or pattern or even set the Nexus 7 to wake up by showing it your face. For added security you can set it to open when you blink your eyes so a photo will not unlock the screen.

9. Font Size – The font size can be adjusted in Settings > Display > Font Size. There is also a secondary setting for large text in Accessibility > System.

10. Wallpapers – Long-press on any open space on the homescreen to bring up the wallpapers menu. Android has live wallpapers, static wallpapers, or you can use your own photos and pictures or some downloaded from the internet.



Ten Easy Steps for Publishing Your First E-book

Publishing your own e-book is a bit tedious, but not technically difficult, if you follow these ten steps:

1. Write your text: Type the text for your e-book. Don’t worry about how it looks. You’ll format it later. For now you’re better off using a simple text editor like Notepad ++ because it saves files with no formatting, that is, as .txt files, and that’s what you want. If you do use a word processor, like Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer, make sure to save your copy as .txt.
author_in_19702. Prepare your images : If your e-book will have illustrations, save these as .jpeg files and size them to 500 pixels on the longest dimension. If you don’t have a photo manipulation program, use the Paint application to size them, which is found in the Accessories folder of a Windows PC. Keep in mind that in portrait orientation (where the longest dimension is the vertical one), an illustration displayed on an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook, will take up a whole screen. On the other hand, landscape oriented graphics, if they are displayed at the top or bottom of a screen, will allow some text to be displayed also, but not much. If you want captions for your photos, make them part of the picture itself. The Google app, Picasa, will help you do this, making a broad border area at the bottom of a photo, where, using the “text” button in Picasa, a caption can be added. (See an illustration of the result to the left.)

3. Place images in the copy. Format the text of your e-book first; then put in your pictures or other graphics
4. Submit your copy to an editor. He/she will not only correct grammar, and the spelling or typing errors you missed, but may also suggest ways to improve your copy by reorganizing it, striking parts, or adding others. Accepting an editor’s’ critical suggestions is likely to be painful. You may not want to change what you’ve worked so hard on, partly because you don’t want to write anymore! But if you’ve found a good editor, follow his/her recommendations. And how do you find a good editor? If you know a published writer, ask for a referral.
5. Rewrite your copy, according to your editor’s suggestions.
6. Format your copy. Hooray! The hardest part is over. Now you’re ready to format your e-book. There are basically two kinds of e-book files, one for the Kindle (.mobi), and one for all other e-readers (.epub). There are many ways to produce .mobi and .epub files. I like to upload my formatted copy to Smashwords.com, which has an automated e-book maker called “the meat grinder.” This turns a Microsoft Word file (.doc) into several formats, including .mobi, .epub, .pdf, and several others. One advantage of publishing your e-book at Smashwords is that it provides formats for a wide variety of e-readers, computers, and smart phones. Be advised, however, that the meat grinder is very picky and won’t give your e-book a “Premium” rating unless you follow all the steps in the Smashwords style guide. Download the Style Guide and follow it carefully.
7. Prepare a clickable table of contents. (The Style Guide tells you how to do this).
8. Upload your formatted .doc file at Smashwords.com. Very shortly you will see a report, telling you whether your copy cleared the “auto vetter” without needing corrections. If your copy does require corrections, follow the auto vetter’s directions. Then re-upload the corrected copy. You may need to repeat this step several times before your .doc file finally passes the auto vetter inspection. Then you can submit it to human beings at Smashwords, who will give it, in about three days, a Premium rating (the token of a well-formatted e-book!) Smashwords distributes Premium-rated e-books to a very wide group of affiliate marketers.
9. Check the Smashwords .epub file. Smashwords advises you to check the .epub file generated by the meat grinder, to make sure it looks right. Smashwords recommends that you use the free program, Adobe Digital Editions, to view the .epub file. I discovered, however, that Adobe Digital Editions does not present accents over letters correctly (as are used in many languages besides English). So I recommend you download the free app, Calibre, to check your .epub file from Smashwords. Calibre converts e-reader files from one format to another, a very handy tool!
10. Upload your well formatted .doc file to Amazon.com. Going through the Smashwords.com submission process will give you a well formatted .doc file, which you can then upload at Amazon.com’s KDP department (standing for Kindle Direct Publishing). Before doing that, however, take off the “Smashwords Edition” notation on your title page. The process of Getting your e-book published at Amazon.com takes twelve hours at the most. KDP would like to market your e-book exclusively, but don’t check the box that gives them exclusive marketing privilege for ninety days. Especially at the beginning of your marketing, you will want your e-book to be available for the widest variety of reading devices, and Amazon services just one: Kindle. So leave that KDP box unchecked. KDP will bug you by email to check that little box, but don’t. Wait a while. Save exclusive Amazon sales for a later stage in your marketing strategy.

Amazon Kindle Fire vs. Google Nexus 7

E-readers are the new age books that come with many advantages. The two most recent e-readers that are constantly making news in the tablet world are Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. Though there are several common things among the two, it is quite interesting to know the way they are faring in the market. Here’s an insight on the features of both the devices.

Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7

The all-affordable Amazon Kindle Fire stirred up a revolution when it was announced. The 7-inches digital reader is powerful and promises some of the amazing features. It is simple with an attractive exterior design, not too flashy. There is not much difference in the Google Nexus 7 design which also sports the same look as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. It is much lighter and offers a natural feel when held in the hand. Google Nexus 7 delivers a sharper display with1280 x 800 pixels while the Kindle Fire has 1024 x 600.
When it comes to the processor, the most important part, Kindle Fire has a 1GHz dual-core which is more than enough to get you through the basic tasks. On the other hand Google outdoes with a Nivida quad-core Tegra 3 chip at 1.2GHz, best suited for action-packed games and to support powerful apps. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has a front-facing 1.2 Mbps camera with a longer battery-life.
Even though both the devices run on Android, their software builds are much different from one another. Nexus 7 carries the Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean while Kindle Fire runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that comes with a customized interface. But must agree, Amazon’s Gingerbread is simple and is made much easier to use. Though Google’s Nexus 7 has a lead over the Amazon’s Kindle Fire, there is something to look forward with the next-generation Kindle Fire, rumored to be packed with impressive features.

Why do you need digital readers?

Well, with so much about Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, if you are wondering the how you could benefit from owing an e-reader, the answer is simple!
E-readers have definitely changed the approach the world has towards books. Its advent has changed the way we use books and also has affected the way libraries and publishing houses function. It was not till the advent of e-books, e-readers gained momentum in the market. E-books are now available in several formats and can be easily be accessed on a wide range of e-reader devices.

Benefits of using eBooks and eBook readers

There are several advantages of using eBooks and e-readers than the traditional books.
E-books are environment friendly as there is no paper involved and save printing and delivery costs you can download eBooks instantly, store as many e-books as you want till you empty the storage space of your device and also this is a great way to carry your books around E-readers allow you to alter the size of the text and even annotate and bookmark the text

Many Companies Expressing Interest in Sponsoring UK Fiction Book Prize

Orange Mobile has been sponsoring the ‘Orange Prize for Fiction’ which is based in the United Kingdom and mainly for Women’s books. Ever since T-Mobile acquired Orange, the two companies are restructuring and this resulted in the sponsorship being pulled. This is creating a large gulf in UK Fiction, but others are willing to step up to the plate.

The Telegraph newspaper seems to think that Kobo has indicated their interest but that discussions with Apple were the most advanced. It would make sense to Apple to be the companies patron because they are really trying to do with eBooks what the iPod did with music. Apple takes books seriously is doing business with iBooks is really the only way you are going to purchase content directly on the iPad.

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and many others pulled the ability to purchase books via Apples ecosystem when Apple changed their policies for in-app payments. Rather then give Apple a cut of every eBook sale, tons of companies just pulled the ability to buy books in their apps. This has resulted in a large number of people willing to do business with Apple directly, rather then jump through hoops on an internet browser or other complicated procedures.

Apple is not only big on selling books directly to customers but also maintains a strong presence at trade-shows. The company continues to have closed door sessions at Book Expo America, the London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, CES, Computex and many more. They use these conferences to secure new publishing contracts and to meet with their vendors.

It is very likely that Apple has the deep pockets and financial resources to make a strong play to sponsor the formally Orange Fiction Book Prize. With Amazon, Kobo, Sony and other major companies setting up shop in the UK, it would make prudent to have your name attached to a huge annual event.

Who are together with Tor? Ebook DRM free

When the first eBook came into being in the 1970s, no one had ever forecasted that so many changes would happen on it. From the initial typing-into-computer to Open eBook format, eBook has evolved into a commercial market rather than another form of traditional books. Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed in 1998 so as to protect the rights and benefits of publishers, copyright holders and individuals. DRM for eBooks was brought up for the protection of people in this field.

For most readers, the common view is that we respect and back up legal copyright protections. However, why is there no one to give us a hand when we purchased a beloved eBook and found we are not entitled to share it with our family and best friends. DRM is appropriately designed to restrict any forms of duplication, print and circulation and sharing books with others is an undisputed case.

So the truth is, we obey the rules and purchase DRMed eBooks while we are not allowed to read at liberty. Even if we intend to read a book purchased from amazon store on our Nook Simple Touch, for instance, incompatible formats and Kindle DRM problem would make things tough. Consequently, we spend additional time searching for practical solutions, which makes Calibre famous.

who are together with Tor?
As Tor and Forge Books publicly announced eBooks DRM free this year, readers have paid more attention to the future of eBook DRM. However, it seems that no news has come out from amazon, Barnes & Noble or other related eBook stores by now.
Fortunately, Tor is not alone. Now let’s have a look at who are providing DRM free books together with Tor.

Baen Books

Baen Books is probably the first one who say no to DRM (Digital Rights Management). When the DRM technology started to be adopted in the late 1990s, the founders of Baen Books believe that “DRM does more harm than good to a publisher”. Maybe they concluded this from the angle of audience and kept that if you think of readers, readers would feel it. Actually, we readers greatly appreciate DRM free eBooks.

O’Reilly Media

In June 2011, OverDrive announced that O’Reilly Media would provide DRM-free eBook titles. Its 1,500 eBook titles will be available to OverDrive’s channel partners, including those in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of other territories worldwide.
If you are looking for topics on Programming, JavaScript, iPhone, Android, Python, HTML5 & CSS, Microsoft, Java, Perl, Linux, Data, etc., O’Reilly Media will be an optional choice. O’Reilly DRM free eBooks are available on amazon store at present.

Carina Press

Carina titles have been sold DRM Free in EPUB and PDF formats through their store. They will also be selling through Sony, Books on Board, Fictionwise and others.

Tor and Forge Books

On April 24, 2012, Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor Books and Forge Books, announced that beginning in July, all of its e-books would be sold free of DRM.

On Jun 4, 2012, Fritz Foy, Macmillan EVP Digital Publishing and Technology, officially announced that a new Tor/Forge DRM-free e-book store will debut here on Tor.com in late summer, 2012.

On Jul 20, 2012, Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor and Forge, is pleased to announce that all of their eBooks are now available DRM-free from Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, Google, and most other major eBook retailers.

“It’s clear to us that this is what our customers want,” said senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden. “We see it in the success of SF publishers like Baen and Angry Robot that have preceded us in going DRM-free. To the best of our knowledge we’re the first division of a Big Six publishing conglomerate to go down this road, but we doubt very much that we’ll be the last.”
In fact, there are some other stores sell DRM-free eBooks except above ones. That is similar to many websites that offer free eBooks to audience.

DRM free eBooks on Amazon
Compared with Barnes&Noble, you are able to get more DRM free items from Amazon, some of which are not DRM free eBooks but excerpts or other files. It’s likely that if more eBook stores decide to sell DRM-free books, Amazon would not be an exception.

OverDrive, founded in 1986, is based in Cleveland, OH. As a leading digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content, it delivers secure management, DRM protection and other services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers globally. It currently hosts more than 650,000 premium digital titles from more than 1,000 publishers. Its android reading app, OverDrive, has also been proved very helpful.

Carina Press

Baen Books
Baen Books, established in 1983, is an American publishing company aiming at science fiction and fantasy. According to data from Book Summary, it is likely to belong to the TOP 10 most active publishers of the dedicated SF imprints.

O’Reilly Media
O’Reilly Media, established by Tim O’Reilly in 1978, is an American media company aiming at books, magazines and Web sites as well as producing conferences on computer technology topics.

Tor and Forge Books
Tor Books, founded in 1980, is a New York-based publisher aiming at science fiction and fantasy titles. Tom Doherty Associates also publishes mainstream fiction, mystery, and occasional military history titles under its Forge imprint. Along with St. Martin’s Press, Henry Holt, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, it is now part of the Holtzbrinck group, now known as Macmillan Publishers. It has won the Locus Magazine poll for best science fiction publisher every year since 1988 and published more award-winning and nominated science fiction books than any other publisher.

The Future of Electronic Paper Looks Bleak

E Ink Music Stand

It’s amazing just how little progress has been made in the field of electronic paper over the past few years, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon.

The reason for this is the fact that E Ink holds a monopoly over virtually all the epaper displays used for ebook readers on the current market, both here in the US and throughout the world.

E Ink is known to license their technology to other manufactures, but what it comes down to is an utter lack of competition. And that just got compounded last week when E Ink announced they are going to buyout SiPix, their only real competitor in the epepar field.

SiPix screens are very similar to E Ink screens. Both utilize the same electrophoretic technology, but in different ways. SiPix screens were used in a few ebook readers, including the Pandigital Personal ereader and the Cybook Orizon, but the screens never really took off.

The reason was obvious. In a direct head-to-head comparison, Sipix screens are clearly inferior to E Ink screens.

The truth is SiPix didn’t stand much of a chance anyway. So the fact that E Ink is buying them out isn’t going to change a whole lot. The bigger issue is the fact that E Ink has no competition. The iPad and LCD ereaders and tablets are the biggest threat, but as long as dedicated ebook readers like the Kindle and Nook remain popular, E Ink is going to continue to dictate the rate of technological advancement.

And if the past few years are any indication, development is going to keep moving along at a snail’s pace. E Ink screens have improved very little over the past 5 years. Two years ago E Ink introduced their Pearl screens with better contrast, but even still those were just an incremental improvement over previous Vizplex screens, the difference is hardly even noticeable, in fact.

E Ink has other types of epepar screens too. They make a super high-definition screen with 300dpi, but they’ve been showing off prototypes of it for years without it even materializing into a marketable product.

E Ink also has color epaper screens, but they just aren’t very good. They are too dark and gray and the colors are all washed out. Unfortunately it looks like good color E Ink is a long ways off still.

Most people aren’t seeing it, but I do. The future of electronic paper looks bleak and stagnant because E Ink has no real competition in the field of low-power displays that are readable in bright light. Sure, they’ve got a bunch of cool concept products, like the E Ink music stand shown at the top of this post, but what about better ereader displays?

Perhaps some alternative display technology can gain ground, but that’s not looking very promising either. Both Bridgestone and Mirasol have decided to withdraw from the market, and Pixel Qi isn’t a threat at all. Hopefully some other company can rise to the challenge. If not, we might be stuck with the same basic monochrome epaper displays for the next several years.

ADE: Should I activate Adobe Digital Editions anonymously or with an Adobe ID?

Activating Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID allows you to do more with Adobe eBooks, such as downloading them on multiple computers and transferring them to supported portable devices. However, this is a matter of personal preference. Before deciding, please consider the following…

If you use anonymous activation, note these limitations…

  • You will only be able to read a downloaded Adobe eBook on a single computer.
  • You will not be able to download an Adobe eBook on more than one computer. After the initial download of an Adobe eBook, subsequent downloads of that title can only be completed on the same computer.
  • You will not be able to transfer Adobe eBooks to supported eBook devices.
  • You can decide to activate using an Adobe ID at any time. However, if you activate Adobe Digital Editions with an Adobe ID which has already been used to activate Adobe Digital Editions on another computer, the Adobe eBooks you originally downloaded when using anonymous activation will no longer work.

If you use an Adobe ID…

  • You will be able to download an Adobe eBook on computers that have been activated with the same Adobe ID (up to 6 computers/devices can be activated using the same Adobe ID).
  • After the initial download of an Adobe eBook, subsequent downloads of that title can be completed on computers activated with the same Adobe ID.
  • You will be able to transfer Adobe eBooks to supported eBook devices activated with the same Adobe ID.