Tuesday, November 16, 2010

5 best websites to get free ebooks

Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" Display, White, 3G Works Globally - Latest GenerationThe increasing popularity of Kindle, Nook and iPad has turned many book lovers into electronic readers. It has also increased the demand for books available online, especially free e-books. So whether you own an e-reader or prefer to read a book online or on your PC, here are five best websites where you can download free e-books. These websites are a great resource to find a vast selection of free downloadable online books on a wide variety of subjects.

One of the pioneers in setting up a digital library, Project Gutenberg has the oldest collection of free ebooks online. The website contains over 100,000 free e-books produced by volunteers and through its partners and affiliates. It was founded by Michael Hart, who invented ebooks in 1971.

2. Free Book Spot
Free Book Spot boasts of links to free ebooks in more than 90 categories including archaeology, environmental engineering and statistics. You can also add free ebooks to the list.

As the name suggest, ManyBooks.net carries more than 28,000 free ebooks. Ebooks are sorted through authors, genre languages and titles. It also has a “Books of the Week.” Personally, I think this is the easiest free ebook website to navigate. It also has a simple and clean look. The website is maintained by Matthew McClintock. Donations are accepted to help keep the website updated.

Free-ebooks.net allows you to browse the books by author or by categories. It features the latest addition to their list of free ebooks and offers free magazines. Registration is required to access the library and download a book.

5. Bookyards.com
Bookyards.com’s goals is simple – to be the “library to the world.” And they are doing this by simply searching the web continuously for free ebooks. Aside from the free ebooks, Bookyards is also a portal to educational materials, news and blogs, videos and other web links.

Related link: Visit e-Reader Accessories for other resources on e-readers!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free ID Card Maker

Do you need to create an ID card for a class, guests or simply for yourself? With the help of BighugeLabs, a web portal that allows you to create effects on your photos, you can create an ID card, nametag or any badge in an instant. Here are the simple steps to create a customized ID card:
  1. From the homepage, select “Badge Maker”
  2. Once you’re on the Badge Maker page, upload a photo you’d like for your ID card. You can either upload a photo from your PC, or get it from your Facebook or Flickr account.
  3. Choose which part of the photo you want visible in case it needs to be cropped – center, left or right
  4. Choose the layout orientation of your ID, whether it’s landscape or portrait
  5. Select the color you want for your ID
  6. Fill out the information requested – name of your ID, your name and other text you want included. You also have the option to include a bar code.
When you’re done, press “Create.” The website will instantly generate your ID. Save the image if you’re satisfied with the ID design. If not, you can always go back and edit it.

BighugeLabs is a simple and very easy to create an ID card. The only thing I hope they would add to this very helpful application is a “preview” function while you are in the process of creating your ID card.

Related Link: Free name tag creator

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Free Digital Scrapbook Fonts

The choice of fonts you use adds impact to your design. This is especially true if you are into digital scrapbooking. Apart from the photos and embellishments, fonts help set the mood and tone, and amplify the theme of your scrapbook project. Having the right fonts would also add extra oomph when you decide on digital scrapbook printing. If you are seeking new fonts, try Scrapbooking Fonts, a website that offers free downloadable fonts.

Scrapbooking Fonts provides a wide variety of free fonts for you to use for heading, main text or photo captions of your pages. Fonts are classified according to themes such as modern, decorative, and vintage. There are also Celtic, Asian inspired and illustrated fonts, as well as holiday-themed and dingbat fonts. The website even has Disney-themed dingbats!

One of my favorite fonts was the “Cool Dots” because it reminded me of the time when I would put dots on each end of a letter to give my handwriting some extra style. Here's what it looks like:

Here are other fonts that I like: Little Trouble Girl

Lemon Chicken


Scrapbooking Fonts also provides a free guide to downloading and installing fonts if you don’t know how to install them.

Aside from the free fonts, Scrapbooking Fonts offers quotes or sayings that you can use as headings or captions, such as quotes about love, inspirations, babies and families. So if you are into scrapbooking or digital scrapbook printing, check out Scrapbooking Fonts and you'll be inspired to find the perfect font.

For some more ways to improve your scrapbooking skills, take a look at these best selling books:

Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking (Leisure Arts #15941) (Creating Keepsakes)  The Busy Scrapper: Making The Most Of Your Scrapbooking Time  Scrapbooking Made Easy (Leisure Arts #15946) (Simple Scrapbooks)

Related Links: Don't forget to also read my post on Free Digital Scrapbooking Kits!