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KF8 and ePub3: New Standards for EBooks

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Things are about to get interesting for readers, designers and the eBook publishing business as new formats bring enhanced formatting and interactivity to eBooks. Amazon has just announced a new KF8 (Kindle Format 8) format. The KF8 format replaces Amazon’s.mobi format and adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics. New specs for the ePub format (used by Apple, Google and many others) were recently finalized but barely mentioned by the publishing media.

The idea that a book is nothing more than a container for text data is anathema to anyone who appreciates the art of typesetting. Graphic Design exerts a powerful influence on ease of reading, and also on more abstract considerations like how the choice of typeface affects the mood of the writing. Today’s eBooks sacrifice appearance for flexibility, enabling text to be resized and flowed from screen-to-screen without any relationship to the original numbered page or typographic design. ePub and.mobi files are little more than bundles of basic HTML pages. They’re particularly bad for educational texts where sidebars and multicolumn layouts are common. KF8 and ePub3 standards will greatly improve the aesthetics of eBook design.

KF8 and ePub3 Mean Better Looking EBooks

KF8 and ePub3 formats allow book designers to leverage powerful formatting technologies like HTML5 and CSS3. Embedded fonts, drop caps, floating elements, text on background images, numbered and bulleted lists and fine control over leading (line spacing) are only a few of the new design features that already improve the appearance of millions of websites. Now, they’ll lend their strength to eBooks. Add audio, video and interactivity to a well-displayed eBook and you’ll find publishers banking on the premise that eBooks can be better than traditional books (though that premise will be hotly debated).

The potential for a new renaissance in book design is very real, and for designers, the timing is good. Adobe has already seen fit to include powerful HTML5 export capabilities into Adobe Flash. Tools like Adobe Muse make it easier for designers to focus on aesthetics without having to manipulate cumbersome code. While publishers of printed books pack their text tightly on the page to save paper and ink, eBook publishers have no such concerns. Once design is unconstrained by economics, eBooks (of all things) will be free to restore the glory of hot metal type. Will publishers have the vision? We’ll see soon enough.

KF8, ePub3 and the EBook Business

Amazon chose to use a proprietary.mobi format while its competitors (even Apple) publish eBooks using the open ePub standard. The advantage is clear; Amazon’s ability to control their own eBook format positions them to innovate and deploy new standards quickly without having to wait for specs to be proposed, approved and developed by an external standards body, setting them up to be the first to market “rich eBooks” that are delivered as actual eBooks instead of as mobile apps. Moreover, because Apple has restricted the use of Adobe Flash on its iOS (iPhone Operating System) mobile devices, Adobe has business incentive to develop design tools that support Amazon’s advantage. However, ePub3 specs (Also based on HTML5 and CSS) were finalized recently on October 11, 2001. We can assume Apple and other ePub eReader developers have been been working for some time to integrate the draft standards into their technologies. Toolmakers will find opportunity in filling the needs of ePub3 publishers.

How this will play out in the competitive eBook market is anyone’s guess, but clearly, eBooks are changing (and at least when capable designers are involved, they’ll be changing for the better). In the next few years, we’ll see a slew of new eReader devices that incorporate the new standards along with innovations like color eInk displays and many of the features (like cameras, microphones and web access) we’ve come to associate with tablet devices like the Apple iPad. Adobe InDesign already exports to a variety of mobile formats; it’s only logical to believe those capabilities will be brought in line with now-current publishing standards.

What’s the Catch?

Amazon’s Kindle Publisher Tools do not currently support KF8, but all currently supported content will continue to work. Information on how to update existing titles to take advantage of KF8 capabilities will be available in an upcoming update of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines. Amazon will be rolling out KF8 support for the new Kindle Fire eReader due in November, 2011. KF8 support will be added to late generation Kindles and software Kindle readers in the following months. Older Kindles will not be upgraded to support KF8.

When it comes to ePub3, things are less cut and dry. Certainly, the ePub3 format is standardized-eBooks can ideally be developed to those standards-but there is no standards body governing the extent to which eReader devices have to support those standards. Apple, for example, doesn’t support Adobe Flash in their mobile browser. It’s likely they won’t support Flash content inside eBooks, even if the ePub3 standard does. ePub3 supports optional technical additions like javascript; not bad in principle, but creating eBooks using features that eBook readers optionally implement makes it difficult to deploy one file to multiple vendors.

The IDPF (in charge of ePub3 standards) refers to an ePub3 file as a “website in a box.” Therein lies the problem. Notwithstanding the fact that an eBook is an altogether different kind of animal than a website, there are enough variances from one web browser to another in how they render and display HTML, Javascript, CSS and other “standardized” technologies to suggest that eBook Reader devices will likely each support different subsets of the ePub3 standard. Standards may be supported but displayed differently. Please, God. don ‘t let Microsoft come out with an eReader. Many publishers will either bypass ePub3’s sparsely supported “special features” and keep their ePub offerings simple, or they’ll develop separate ePub3 files that match the supported technologies of different devices.

Strahinja Markovic, the developer of the Sigil ePub editor makes some compelling points about ePub3:

I know I’m being a cynic, but I can’t help myself. The iPad came along, was declared “the savior of the publishing industry” and now everyone seems to be losing their mind.

Again, “HTML5?” Great for the web. Actually, awesome for the web. For e-books? I don’t remember the last time I thought “this book really needs some video.”

The ISBN Factor

If different eReader devices require different ePub file versions, theoretically, each will require its own, unique ISBN (International Standard Book Number). Publishers are already chafing at the added costs and hassles of assigning unique ISBNs to an ever-growing list of book variants in a publishing world where the requirement to associate eBooks with ISBNs is up for debate. (Amazon does not require ISBN numbers for eBooks and Google will assign an eISBN at no cost when requested.) This will either be a boon for Bowker (the administrator of ISBN numbers in the US) or a trigger for a full-blown eBook ISBN rebellion, especially among small publishers. To what extent will the need to purchase yet another ISBN number deter small publishers from deploying ePub3 files to various platforms?

So Who’s On First?

New ePub3 and KF8 standards represent big developments for book design and the publishing business. Designers will have new opportunities to make better looking books. Competition is driving innovation as it should. Writers and publishers will see their work presented elegantly and professionally across all types of media, and of course, readers will benefit most of all.

How eReader devices, software tools and designers will embrace new ePub3 standards remains to be seen. ePub3 could be a huge backfire if different eReaders and content creation tools support different chunks of the overall standard. Certainly, a great deal of development work will be required to make eReader Devices compliant with such a broad set of features. Of course, that will render the current generation of eReader devices obsolete. How eBook consumers will react to that is another unknown factor.

Where this is all headed is still a matter of speculation; there are many variables. The standards have arrived ahead of the technology that will display them and the tools that create content for them. Ultimately, we may see a real blurring of the lines between mobile apps, websites and eBooks-a sort of globalization of online content. Until the new eReader devices and their accompanying hype hit the shelves, Amazon appears best positioned to deliver a consistent eBook experience while its competitors pick and choose from subsets of the ePub3 standard. Amazon is free to innovate and support all of its own KF8 standards; it’s a safe bet that a Kindle book will display properly on a Kindle eReader, and as mentioned in an earlier post, Amazon is much less restrictive about the kinds of content its users can access in its browser than Apple is with its iPad users. If Amazon continues that spirit with their KF8 books, they’ll have an advantage…for the moment.

Conclusion

It wasn’t that many years ago when nobody wanted their own computer or a mobile phone or an iPod or an eBook reader device. Though it would be comforting to settle back on a heap of firm promises, standards and expectations, eBooks are evolving too quickly for that. It’s a brave new world. Publishers should keep their eyes on the ball.

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Free MLM Leads: 3 Simple Tips For Online Lead Generation

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If I know anything about network marketing, I know that the first thing that newbies do when they decide to go into business for themselves is to jump online and search for ways to generate free MLM leads.

Seems reasonable to me.

After all, with more than one million people every month Googling “MLM,” you have to assume that there’s a tremendous market out there for attracting people to your opportunity.

What’s more, with people like multi-millionaires/billionaires Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, and Jim Rohn talking up the industry (internationally-acclaimed entrepreneur, speaker, and author Rohn noted that network marketing is “the big wave of the future [that’s] taking the place of franchising, which now requires too much capital for the average person…”) you have to feel like you’re in a pretty good place.

The question is, how do you generate free MLM leads for your business and benefit from this rapidly-growing industry? Easy. Just follow these three steps every day, and watch your business begin to thrive:

Free MLM Leads Tip #1 -Comment on blogs and participate in forum conversations where people are looking for MLM advice.

Offering insightful tips, techniques, and insights into how to grow a successful MLM in forums where people are hanging out is a great way to drive traffic to your site. (Just be sure the forums you post in allow for links back to your blog so people know where to find you.)

And if you’re new to the industry and don’t yet feel like you know enough to offer advice, that’s okay. Make it a point to read and comment on 10 new blog posts every day and you’ll discover very quickly what it takes to be successful.

When you’re in the forums or posting comments on a blog, just be sure to be respectful of the community and be yourself. And if you can make someone laugh, or think, or inspire them in some way to keep going when the going gets tough, all the better.

Free MLM Leads Tip #2 – Interview experts in your field.

Oftentimes, many pros will work to bundle audio, visual, and print training material as a way of gaining a following and signing up new leads. You don’t have to do anything as involved as that, but it is a smart idea to conduct interviews with MLM pros who are willing to do so.

And there are a few very good reasons for this.

For starters, you’re going to learn a ton of insider techniques yourself.

And then, there’s the fact that having something on your blog with an MLM pro’s name attached to it gives you a certain level of clout… just by association.

What’s more, if you land an interview with some of the really heavy hitters in the industry, you may just grab some of the search traffic that their name generates.

Not bad for something that may take about an hour or two of your time to complete.

Free MLM Leads Tip #3 -Lead with a funded proposal

I’ve written several different articles about funded proposals, for the simple reason that they are a great way to earn additional streams of income for your business. In addition, funded proposal systems can help you generate free MLM leads and build wealth on the fast track – especially if the system you use is designed to reach out to your potential customers for you with well-written, effective email campaigns.

There are a handful of effective funded proposal services out there that you can choose from, but not all of them are created equal. To ensure that you pick the very best service for your network marketing needs, look for one that:

1) Offers extensive training for you and your team. I’ve been a marketing professional for over 18 years, but even with all of that expertise, there’s always more I can be learning – especially in the ever-changing world of network marketing. You want to be sure that the funded proposal system you decide on has extensive, effective training on offer and that the information they provide is up to date.

2) Diverse earnings potential. When a new prospect comes to your site to check out your MLM opportunity, even if they don’t join your team, you have the chance to make a commission if you are able to offer them a funded proposal system that will tie them into industry-specific affiliate programs.

3) Fantastic follow up. Once you start driving traffic to your site from the forums and other peoples’ blogs and visitors sign up for the free training your funded proposal system provides through your affiliate link, you’re free sit back and let the software do the selling.

You’ll want to partner with a system that features marketing campaigns with high-conversion, value-packed emails that get sent out on your behalf every few days. Do a quality check on the systems you are most interested in by joining for a trial period and then taking the system for a test drive. If you like what you see, you can’t go wrong.

Ready to jump in?

Generating free MLM leads for your business isn’t difficult to do, but be sure to take the time, be disciplined in your approach, and be constantly on the look out for new ideas that will jump start your creativity and keep you excited about being in the game.

Once you do, the free MLM leads will begin to find their way to your site, and you’ll be well on your way to building a successful network marketing company.

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Understanding Morning Sickness

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There are a number of things to look forward to while you are pregnant: glowing skin, thicker hair, and a curvy body, among others. But what about the more negative things? Although there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel, being pregnant can also bring along swollen feet, a feeling of vertigo, stretch marks, and perhaps the worst, morning sickness.

Estimates say that 75% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness during the first trimester alone. Although some women report a lessening of the nausea and vomiting after these first three months, it takes even longer for half of the women to feel better. Also, morning sickness can come and go throughout the nine months, meaning that while you may get over your queasiness after the first three months, it can strike again later in your term.

The name “morning sickness” is not always an exact description of your stomachaches. While most women do say that they feel the worst in the early hours of the day, morning sickness can hit you at anytime or even last throughout the day without letting up. Typically, a soon-to-be mother will feel queasy, and the scent or sight of some items can send her completely over the edge and make her have to vomit immediately. For other women, the vomiting needs no trigger.

Frustratingly, doctors do not know exactly what leads to this pregnancy queasiness. During a pregnancy, there are so many physical and hormonal changes going on in your body that these are suspected to be the main contributors to your ill feelings. Some say it is related to your more sensitive sense of smell, caused by elevated levels of estrogen. Other researchers have noticed the correlation between the rise in the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin and the onset of morning sickness.

Thankfully, morning sickness does not really affect your baby. Even if vomiting keeps you from gaining weight during your first trimester, doctors are usually more worried that you are staying hydrated and not explicitly starving yourself. You don’t want to lose weight during the pregnancy, but for the most part, staying on a plateau is okay, at least during the beginning of your pregnancy.

However, intense vomiting that lasts the majority of your pregnancy can hurt your child. A baby whose mother has severe morning sickness is more likely to be born prematurely and with a low birth weight or size. Of course, these are not major issues in themselves, but premature birth can affect lung development and other health issues for a newborn.

Sometimes, doctors do not always aptly handle morning sickness, which can lead to health problems for your baby. If you believe that your mishandled nausea and vomiting has led to your baby having a birth injury or other health-related issues, you should consult the advice of a birth injury lawyer. For more information on birth injuries and the laws regarding this type of medical malpractice, check out the knowledgeable Philadelphia lawyers at Lowenthal & Abrams, PC today.

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The 6 Qualities of Insurance Agents With Dominance Personality

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Does personality contribute to the success of an insurance agent? Personality traits provide a recipe for success for one to identify and capitalize one’s unique strengths and qualities.

A behavioral profile assessment based on four styles or behavior traits i.e. Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance has been instrumental to measure an individual behavior.

Insurance agents with Dominance personality have the following qualities that can enhance their sales capability and outcome:

(a) Competitiveness

Insurance agents with dominant personality are aggressive. They are always watchful of their peers and comparing their performance to others. They are hard wired to be the winners. Their competitiveness compels them to work harder.

There is nothing wrong with being competitive. Competitiveness is a valuable attribute. But the agents must direct their efforts toward the attainment of their business goals.

(b) Ambitious

They are motivated by big dreams and will not settle for mediocre performance. They are goal driven and clear about being excellent in every part of their business and personal lives.

Ambition is an internal motivator that makes them to get up early, stay up late and make whatever personal sacrifices necessary to achieve their goals. It is the inner fire that keeps them stay in momentum.

(c) Ego driven

To ego-driven individuals, satisfaction comes from victories. Their job is to win. They are aggressive in their approach and always have their eyes on the horizon looking for the next win.

They are willing to put in long hours. They do not give up easily but explore different options and approaches to succeed. They take advantage from every situation to put them ahead of competitors.

(d) Love challenges

They thrive on challenging environment. They are willing to pay the price for success. When facing obstacle, they have the courage to adopt new solutions. They are tenacious.

Driven by an overwhelming need to win, they strive for perfection. They set the bar high, jump over it and set new standard next time. They possess strong will and display tremendous amount of determination and persistence.

(e) Entrepreneurial

They have an entrepreneurial streak and are willing to seek new opportunities. They don’t mind taking risk in order to receive the rewards that can go along with it.

It is not unusual for them to be quick decision makers or selective listeners. They’re self-motivating and require little or no management involvement to succeed. They know what needs to be done. They dislike relying on others and hate being micromanaged.

(f) Result oriented

They set challenging goals and know what they want to accomplish. They make sure their goals are motivational and relevant to their personal situation. They visualize and focus on their target and take goal orientated actions on a daily basis.

They are no-nonsense individuals who have little time for small talk. They are problem solvers who seek expedient resolutions. Being task-oriented, they get annoyed if there is any delay in things they do.

The major personality dynamics of insurance agents with dominance style are boosters to for greater success in sales. Depending on the sales situation, other qualities may be required for success.

Your overall challenge in achieving sales breakthrough is to internalize the skills and knowledge requirements of the insurance sales job and then bring your competence to the next level using your personality strengths.

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Important Facts About Asbestos and Asbestos Removal

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If you have found there is asbestos in your home it is crucial that you immediately have the asbestos removed. Asbestos is highly dangerous to you, your family and your pets.

Definition of Asbestos

To help you understand what asbestos is, asbestos is made up of a group of minerals. The minerals in asbestos have long and thin fibrous crystals. Your naked eye is not able to see all of the asbestos and can easily be inhaled causing serious illness. If you have inhaled asbestos it will plunge deep into your lungs. Your lung’s linings will be eaten away by the asbestos causing difficulty in breathing and deadly cancer. If you are diagnosed by a doctor with Asbestosis or Mesothelioma it is not curable.

Years ago asbestos was used in building houses due to how strong it is, durable and helps to fireproof a home. The asbestos is found in insulation, roofing, and tiles in homes in older homes. Asbestos is banned from using in new homes due to the dangerous and incurable health hazards it can cause.

Over more recent years the affects of Asbestos have become more obvious and on 31st December 2003 new laws were introduced to ban the use, re-use, selling or distribution of any Asbestos products of any kind.

Who can Remove Asbestos?

You must hire a fully licensed and certified company to remove asbestos due to their dangerous content. An experienced company should be chosen that will safely remove your roof and is able to replace your roof with today’s standard of up-to-date safe materials.

It is critical the business you use is fully equipped and qualified to complete any asbestos removal. They need to be certified and in Australia the business must be licensed by WorkCover.

When dealing with a business for asbestos removal ensure they have a solid asbestos management plan and they have a plan to replace the materials with safer, more suited alternatives.

Top 5 Tips to finding a business to fix your asbestos problem

1. Always seek business that have proven experience to ensure they carefully remove the asbestos from your beloved home or business.

2. Only use businesses that hire tradesmen that are highly trained to take care of your roof.

3. Ensure the business you hire have a clearly laid out plan in case of an emergency to reduce of prevent more damage to your home or business.

4. Look for a business to looks at every job on a case by case scenario, asking questions to better understand how to remove your asbestos quickly and with the least amount of danger

5. Finally, only EVER use business that is Fully licensed and certified to remove asbestos and ask for their qualifications and license details.

After all, you’re placing the life of you, your family and friends into their hands and you need to ensure in years to come you will remain happy and healthy.

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How Hard Is It To Migrate To A Foreign Country?

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Immigration reform appears all over the news these days. In Cali, The Dream Act approved this month. The measure of this law entitles some illegal immigrants to go to state colleges for free. Whether you support this or not, it cannot be refuted that each human is better off with education of some kind.

Is it good to allow illegal students to get a better education than natural born citizens? Before you even think about that question and go into different reasons, let’s think together and weigh different view points. It is horrible what many of these folks have to endure to live here, but is it right that we do whatever they ask at our own expense?

Mexicans are not the only immigrants who come to the US illegally. Other nations have lots of problems with their boundaries, as well. Some Americans have decided to flee as illegal immigrants to other nations, as well.

Nowadays, it takes more than just determination to make it into another country and set up a home. You probably already figured that out. For beginners, you need to decide what form of transportation you will be taking. Ships could be a little easier and safer when traveling. You must have your passport to board an aircraft. You must have a United States passport to go anyplace these days. You can easily get a United States passport; it just depends on your past.

Always seek the honest way first before you try to slip into a country. Even the Dalai Lama had problems traveling from Tibet to America because he got denied the process of receiving an application for China visas. Luckily, the Dalai Lama has been able to travel with the support of Amnesty International and a few other groups that support him and his people.

One of the most troublesome lands to enter now is New Zealand. It might be because it is so beautiful or maybe because of The Lord of the Rings’ popularity, the movie having been filmed there. So even if you have made preparations and own a United States passport, New Zealand will not let you stay for too long.

Maybe you should come up with another idea, as living in a foreign country can sometimes be somewhat tricky. If you still want to travel, be sure you have all your stuff, your documents, and a place to stay.

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Don’t Stay In Jail Before You Are Convicted

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What You Need To Know About Bail

Once you are charged with a crime, you can get arrested awaiting hearing. However, the arrest does not mean that you have to spend time in jail before you are actually convicted of the crime. You can still enjoy your freedom as you await your court date and this is something that is made possible through the bail. Bail is a simple agreement between you the defendant and the court for an amount of money to serve as assurance that you will actually return to the scheduled hearing in court.

The bail amount is usually a large amount and it is refunded when you actually show up for the hearing as agreed. In case you miss the date, you forfeit the amount paid and an arrest warrant is issued against you. Those unable to pay the bail amount have no choice but to remain in jail until their scheduled day in court. Trials can take months and it can be frustrating to have to say behind bars before you are convicted simply because you are unable to post bail.

How it works

If the bail set is too high for you or your family to afford, then you may need to work with a bail bond. A bail bond is quite like a personal loan. You will be needed to put a small percentage of the total amount required and then have a bail agent or bondsman provide the remaining amount. Collateral is usually required for the remaining amount to be given and this is what works as assurance. It could be property, house, car or even high priced jewelry. A bond company can be of assistance when it comes to the bonds and they prefer working with relatives and friends of the defendant because they would know where to find the accused in case they decide to disappear.

The bond types

Bail bonds come in different types and they include surety bond which is secured by the insurance company for the financial backing needed, property bond where the defendant’s house is put down as collateral for the release awaiting appearance in court; it can be sold in case the defendant fails to show up for a court date. You may also get some immunity from jail if the judge decides your crime is low level and there is no flight risk involved.

Your criminal defense attorney can help you with securing bail or bail bond once you have been arrested. It is always a good idea to contact a criminal lawyer as soon as you are arrested so they can help you out with every stage of the process including the bail and trials. You may be in luck to get free initial consultations and later enjoy flat rates for all services that your attorney will be offering to ensure that you have the most pleasant experience dealing with the charges against you. Choose an attorney, you can trust with transparency, especially as far as the charges are concerned.

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