How to publish your eBook on Amazon

Lifehacker offers a short guide on how to turn your musings into a finished product in the Amazon Kindle Store:

  • Write your book in Microsoft Word and save it as a .doc file. Skip the .rtf and .docx formats. They don’t play nicely with the Kindle.
  • Pay attention to how you format your text. Bolding, italicizing, and indenting are no problem, but steer clear of bullets, headers, footers, and fancy fonts.
  • Any images you use need to be in .jpeg format with center alignment. Remember that the Kindle can only show images in grayscale.

Apple releases iOS 4.2

iOS 4.2 has just been released for iPod and iPad, adding major support for features like AirPlay, Folders, Multitasking, and more. The update also provides free Find My iPhone/iPad functionality to all users, a service previously reserved for paid subscribers of MobileMe.

Get it now by connecting your iOS device to iTunes.

Easy HTML coding and blogging with Markdown

I’ve been experimenting with Markdown for a couple weeks. Markdown is a programming language for web writers that essentially allows you to write web copy while inserting html commands without cluttering your copy with XHTML/HTML markup.

I’ve been using Markdown on my iPad, where it’s extremely tedious to write copy and HTML/xhtml code together within documents. The Markdown app lets me write copy then use a much simpler language for formatting text with ordered and unordered lists, links, italics, and other common html tags.

This makes blogging on iPad much simpler. My current configuration is to write in Markdown. The app let’s me open the fully coded HTML output into an email, which from there i can send to Posterous, which syndicates to my WordPress blog. I can also copy the HTML markup directly into the WordPress app.

Features

  • Compose HTML emails using Markdown syntax
  • Save drafts of your messages in progress
  • Preview your messages before posting them
  • Email raw markdown source to your Posterous blog or other service
  • Copy generated HTML to your clipboard
  • TextExpander touch support

Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly

Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly for Back to the Future, and actually filmed five weeks worth of material before director Robert Zemeckis canned him and hired Michael J. Fox. Check out the bizarro-world outtake video of Stoltz as McFly.