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.

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

The Girl With The Old School Geek Toys

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is gaining in geek cred, and it’s no wonder. Lisbeth Salander, the book’s hard-edged hacker-investigator, abandons convention to solve highly complicated problems.

In addition to her wits, Lisbeth relies on an arsenal of gadgets and toys that enhance her connectivity and efficiency on the job.

Engadget has a pretty great index of some of the 2002-era toys associated with Lisbeth throughout the book:

Apple PowerBook G4 – The author really delights in this one, listing the specs of this aluminum bad boy. It’s got (as noted in the novel) a “PowerPC 7451 processor with an AltiVec Velocity Engine, 960 MB RAM and a 60 GB hard drive” plus Bluetooth and a DVD burner. Salander is also pretty stoked that the 17-incher has a 1,440 x 900 resolution and NVIDIA graphics. And can you blame her? She shellsout the big bucks for this one, laying out 38,000 Swedish kronor, not counting the tax — that’s over $5,000. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, page 216).