Thing to Know about E-Reader Encryption Security

Combination_lockPrivacy and security are real concerns, for a variety of reasons. Maybe you don’t want strangers to be able to access the e-reader account of your child and find out that child’s personal information. You may have been victimized by credit card data theft or had your financial details stolen, and are careful not to let that happen again through a vulnerable digital device with a subpar firewall and security system. Perhaps you value your own privacy as a constitutional right and want your devices encrypted as a matter of principle.

Amazon’s Controversial Encryption Policy

Whatever your concerns may be, you may have heard that Amazon recently dialed-back the security protections that are built into its tablets. That news came a shock and a disappointment to millions of consumers who use Apple products, and raised valid questions about whether other Apple devices – including Fire and Kindle products – are no longer as safe.

Apple versus the FBI

Apple is the news lately, too, but unfortunately it is not about a cool new consumer product. The tech company in at the center of a furious debate about whether or not to comply with requests from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a way for the FBI to view data locked-down inside the phone of a confirmed mass murderer and terrorist.

Amazon Backtracks

Amazon said it would remove encryption from its Fire tablets months before the battle began between FBI and Amazon, and now it appears to have been resolved in favor or the more robust security encryption provides. Amazon has announced that it is reversing its decision, and will keep encryption technology in its tablets. Apparently the uproar from customers make Amazon rethink its policy in favor of stronger security. By the way, the company explained that the reason it originally thought of doing away with encryption on tablets was because encryption technology costs more, and the company wanted to offer its products less expensively.

Convenience That Doesn’t Sacrifice Secure Privacy

We live in an increasingly digital world where tons of personal and even intimate data and confidential information is stored on portable and other electronic devices. That is super convenient and saves us time and money. But it means that thieves have migrated online and hackers are routinely stealing that data and using it for fraudulent purposes. That’s why technology providers such as Amazon, Apple, and Google reassure consumers that privacy and data  protection is paramount.  Imagine, for instance, that a hacker could break into the storage files of an unprotected device such as the Amazon Echo – which listens to everything said in your living room in order to perform as an electronic virtual assistant. Amazon goes to great lengths to provide technology to prevent that from happening. The same philosophy is behind Apple’s insistence upon maintaining strong encryption on its smart phones.

Why It Matters for E-Reader Users

Why this matters to those who use e-readers is that virtually any electronic device is susceptible to hacking. That is particularly true for devices that are connected to a merchant account where credit card information and other personal data is on file. Maybe a hacker cannot find a way to break into your bank account because the bank is on 24/7 lockdown. But what if that criminal can gather financial information about you from a less secure merchant account through an unprotected digital device like an e-reader? You can be sure they are going to try to exploit that vulnerability.

What You Need to Know

As long as the manufacturer of your e-reader device offers strong security technology, and the vendors you download your e-books from also pay close attention to maintaining powerful security protections, you should have nothing to worry about. But there are steps you can and should also take on your end, as the user of those products.

  • Always use password protection to close and lock your devices when they are not in use. That includes smart phones, tablets, e-readers, and desktop computers. When making purchases online, be sure the merchant’s website is secure and that is security is continually updated.


  • There are also some credit card companies that allow cardholders to use an app that generates a temporary, one-time-only credit card number tied to your account. It works just like your regular account number but only one time, so even if it is stolen it has no value.


  • Financial loss due to fraudulent use of a credit card is limited to $50, as long as you report any loss or theft of your card. Debit cards have less protection, because those are connected directly to your bank account. So it is better to use a credit card or a prepaid card when shopping online.

Stick Libraries

Another clever way to carry more e-books around securely than you could possibly read is to purchase the innovative USB “stick libraries” sold by, because then you have hundreds of titles you can carry around in your pocket. To read them you don’t even need the Internet, so they are really convenient when you want to read offline or take lots of reading material with you into a remote destination that may not have great Internet service.

Electronic Textbook Study Tips: Get more from a Kindle with this cool feature

The New Kindle TouchKindle was the original e-book reader, and has continued to be the most popular of all dedicated e-reader devices. Today there are lots of versions of Kindle available in a range of prices, and each of them has a variety of interesting features. But most people who own a Kindle are too busy reading to take the time and trouble to delve too deeply into how to use all of the different features. That’s why many students or others who are reading to learn and retain book content don’t leverage the power of the “Flashcard for Textbooks” feature, available with many textbooks, that is outlined below. Discover how to use it and it could make your reading more fun and your study more effective and engaging.

What is Flashcards for Textbooks?

As you probably know from experience, flashcards are a proven tool for testing your memory and people have been using flashcards for generations to help them retain information that might require repeated practice. That’s true with foreign language vocabulary or anatomy, for example, as well as when you want to learn the Periodic Table of Elements, state capitals, or the dates of historic events.

Flashcards – like the ones your teachers may encourage you to use to help memorize material – can now be created in some electronic textbooks that are classified as “Print Replica” versions. If you aren’t familiar with Kindle Print Replica textbooks, they are formatted in a unique ways that gives them the same layout of the printed edition of the books. The pictures or graphs in the old-fashioned print edition of the textbook, in other words, will show up in exactly the same position in the e-book edition you read with your Kindle device.

How to Create Flashcards in Kindle

When reading a textbook in this format you can then activate the flashcard feature to use on Kindle for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The flashcards give you a word and a definition, to drill key concepts and terminologies. While reading, tap the page, and then tap the Flashcard icon.

(Note: From X-Ray, another Kindle feature use the drop-down menu to select the section you want to cover, tap the section title, and then tap the Flashcard icon to add the terms from that page to a new set.)

Editing Your Flashcards

  • To edit your flashcards, tap the Edit icon, enter your changes, and then tap Done. Tap the Switch icon to reverse the order of the information on your Flashcard.


  • To delete a Flashcard, tap the Edit icon, tap the Delete icon, and then tap Done.


  • To add a Flashcard to a set, tap the set, and then tap the Plus icon. After you enter information for the Flashcard, tap Done to save your new card.


  • To delete a whole set of flashcards, tap and hold the Flashcard set, tap Delete, and then tap Yes.


  • To rename a set, tap and hold the Flashcard set, tap Rename, type the new name, and then tap Done.

Use Them for Study Review and Memory Drills

Now that you have your flashcards, while you are reading you can simply tap the Flashcard icon, tap the set you want to use, and then to see the other side of the card just tap on it. Did you get it right? If so you can tap and drag the Flashcard into the Correct pile. If not, tap and drag it to the Incorrect pile – so that you can review and study that pile of cards more, until you can get the answers right. To mix it up, tap the Shuffle icon and that will shuffle your flashcards. To put them back in their original order just tap the Refresh icon.

What Every Business Should Know About Hiring Freelance Developers

office-625892_960_720Our “Computer & Internet” category here are  had been generating of interests these days. New business owners, entrepreneurs or those looking to learn new skills are flocking to this eBook collection which includes plenty of guides, courses and how-to tutorials.

However, wed development is serious business and not everyone has the resources to learn these skills. So if you’ve been browsing our catalogue, but perhaps thing it might be best to hire a pro, this quick guide will show you how to find the best person for your job!

Questions. Hiring freelancer developers isn’t always straight forward. Knowing what to look for in a developer, and how to integrate them into your team, takes some practice. At the end of the day, there are a lot of questions to consider: is talent more important than particular skills? How many developers should you hire at once? How do you even find developers? While these guidelines might not always have the answer, they’re definitely a good starting place for people in the market to  hire some new freelance talent.

Get a real freelancer. Unless you have a budget of zero, don’t use your friend’s old roommate who majored in computer science. Make sure you’re getting a professional you can rely on, rather than an acquaintance who’s willing to do you a quick favor. It’s absolutely vital that you pick someone with work experience, preferably in a relevant field.

Browse some hiring websites. It’s not the 80’s. It’s not even the 90’s. You don’t have to hope you’ll find a talented developer at the same bar or on the subway; there are plenty of efficient, user-friendly websites that will do the grunt work for you. While most of them have a surcharge, it’s definitely worth a few extra bucks to get your project done well. The alternative is hiring the wrong developer and not making any money because your product never got off the ground.

If you’re on a low budget, consider Rent a Coder, which lets you post a project for free and then has coders bid for the lowest fee. The site can be a bit clunky, and there’s no quality assurance, so if you need a top-notch developer and are willing to spend a bit more, try Toptal, which has its own intense screening system for weeding out subpar developers so that you don’t waste any time.

Know what you’re looking for. You don’t need to know how to code your app to know what you want a developer to do. While you don’t have to lay out every single detail, you should have a pretty clear sketch of what your product is going to look like and how it’s going to work. While it’s always good to get feedback from experienced developers, don’t make them guess what you want from them. That won’t end well for you and your unpreparedness is likely to drive high quality developers away.

Go multidimensional. A developer with only a single skill won’t be much help unless you know precisely what you’re going to ask them to do. Unless you’re really desperate, try to hire a developer with a good balance of relevant skills that will ensure they’re able to carry out all the specifics of the project without calling in backup.

Check the fit. Yes, freelancers often work remotely, but you’re still going to have to interact with them through email, video chats, texts, and potentially in-person meetings. The last thing you want is a developer you or your colleagues can’t stand. No matter how talented they are, you won’t want to work with them, and neither of you will perform at your best. Do everyone involved a favor and weigh potential freelancers’ personality and work habits along with their skills and talents.

Slow it down. You don’t need a developer tomorrow (if you do, you probably budgeted your time poorly and should plan better next time). Take the necessary time to make sure you’re hiring the best person for your project; if you need, interview multiple candidates, or even assign a couple of developers to some easier tasks to see whose work you like best (though you should pay them for this). If you’re too quick on the draw, you run the risk of finding out that the software engineer you passed over actually was a great fit, and that the one you hired instead ended up being a dud.

Give them a challenge. Good developers like software engineering because it’s challenging, complex, and dynamic. Don’t be afraid to give your freelancers a tough project, as long as it’s not completely impossible. Freelance developers tend to gravitate towards the work they find most enjoyable, and nothing’s more enjoyable than a difficult but fulfilling task. The same goes for interviews: use hiring guides to make sure you’re posing thoughtful and thought-provoking questions about their work.

Communicate, but don’t hover. Make sure that you’re checking in regularly with your freelance developers to see how they’re progressing, and to see whether there are changes you’d like to make to your product now that some of its components have been built. At the same time, don’t be a helicopter parent: if you’re checking in with them every hour and demanding constant progress updates, they’re not going to want to work for you again, and they’ll advise other developers not to as well.

Ultimately, there are times when some of these rules need to get broken, or even bent — if you’re in a last minute sprint for the finish line, you might have to hire developers quickly; if you find someone who’s a Python genius and for some reason you only need someone to work in Python, hire them — but make sure you’re considering these guidelines next time you’re planning on hiring a freelance developer.

2 Great Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day More (Even if You’re Single or Cynical!)

98171915_b07b308a32_oSome people are so excited about Valentine’s Day, and are already making romantic plans, and that’s fantastic. The world needs more love. But others, especially those who are single, don’t give a hoot and think it is all too gooey and sentimental. Then there those who have had bad experiences with Cupid and don’t want to risk repeating those. According to an article published last year in Psychology Today, for instance, Valentine’s Day can even set people up for serious disappointment, the same way people feel bad if they make New Year’s resolutions they don’t keep. They set romantic expectations so high that it’s impossible to meet them, despite all the roses and chocolate. But before you get too bummed-out or cynical about all that, there are ways to turn it all around and make relationships thrive while also having tons of fun on Valentine’s – just by cooking up some amazing recipes.

Valentine’s Day Recipes & More!

If you want to prepare a lovely meal for the love of your life, or if you just want to add some great recipes to your repertoire, check on the book available for free on, called “Valentine’s Day Recipes.” This ebook ( offers more than 100 delicious and visually-appealing recipes, especially for Valentine’s Day.

The dessert section is where many Valentine’s Day reader go first, and those aren’t just recipes for candy hearts, either. There is an ambrosia cake, a chocolate cheese cake, a blackberry wine cake, and a recipe for tiramisu. You’ll discover great ideas for making everything from breakfast dishes to dinner entrees– as well as drink recipes like “Fireside Punch,” “Valentine’s Day on the Rocks,” and “Rum Cream.” There is a recipe for Valentine’s Day French Toast, for Caviar Kisses, a for salmon steaks with cucumber dill sauce, and even a unique recipe for Cornish hen and one for bacon and oysters – which are believed to have an aphrodisiac effect.


Speaking of aphrodisiacs, the book explains how the son of Aphrodite – from whose name the word “aphrodisiac” dervives – gave birth to Eros, who was also known as Cupid. In Roman and

Greek mythology  Cupid is always a rather handsome youth, never a plump baby with wings, and he carries a bow with a quiver of arrows. Oftentimes his mother, Aphrodite  – who is also known as Venus – would send her son out to shoot people with his arrows to make them fall in love. No wonder the Latin word “cupid” means “desire.” In addition to those romantic tidbits, readers can also learn about essential oils and love potions, and get some helpful tips for shopping for special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Fall In Love with Yourself All Over Again!

One of the ways that everyone – whether you are dating, in a committed relationship, or single – should observe Cupid Day is by loving themselves on a deeper, more meaningful level. Doing that naturally enhances your self-esteem, confidence, and happiness, while it also strengthens and enhances every other relationship you have. That can be profoundly inspiring and life-changing. There is a new book that lays out a game plan, too, that really works to cure you of toxic habits while showing you how to embrace healthy ones.

“The Habit Fix: The New Habit Guide to Getting Happy and Healthy in 7 Simple Steps,” is an e-book that was released just in time for Valentine’s Day, and it is available on It helps readers celebrate falling in love with themselves through positive transformation without any of the self-help hype. Giadone emphasizes the fun factor, because pleasure is such a strong and effective natural motivator. Deeply-ingrained habits are extremely hard to break, she says, because people still love, enjoy, and crave those unwanted behaviors, even though they know they are toxic. But she offers a positive alternative and proactive solution that anyone can easily follow to succeed without austerity, drudgery, boredom, or pain.

Within days of its release, the unique book had garnered about two dozen 5-star reviews and was ranked within the coveted “Amazon Top 20” – rising to the rank of #6 in the category of “Hot New Releases” and #14 overall for the Self-Help and Self-Esteem genre. Here’s the really good news. For a limited time only, from February 10th through the 14th, Giadone is giving the book away absolutely free. All you have to do to claim your copy is go to Amazon, find the book, and download it free of charge. You also don’t even need a Kindle, because Amazon has a free app that lets you read e-books on virtually any device.

Interestingly enough, Giadone is actually a world-renowned professional singer/songwriter and musician, who has performed on international stages and made appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. She’s issued about a dozen record albums to critical acclaim, with praise from Rolling Stone Magazine and Time Magazine. Songs of hers have been used in Disney movies, TV shows, and on Hollywood film soundtracks, and she and her band play packed venues five nights a week in Nashville, Tennessee.  Giadone wrote “The Habit Fix” as a practical, easy-to-implement action plan to transform body, mind, and heart, because when she sought that kind of self-help book she could not find one. Her unique process is intentionally designed to deliver results that last but don’t require a huge investment of time and brainpower. It is action-oriented and doesn’t make grand promises of overnight success. What the “The Habit Fix” does is target seven key areas of one’s life with seven highly effective methods of personal growth that have brought profound improvement and success to thousands. The key is to learn to love the new habit and all of its benefits  more than the old one, she believes. Then you’ll automatically succeed!

The 10 Most Popular Books of 2015

Magical Technology of e-BooksBook lovers had plenty to celebrate in 2015, because it was a banner year for best sellers and great reads in lots of different genres. E-books that made the list of top reads in 2015 included everything from children’s books to military histories and from gripping nonfiction stories to darkly mysterious fiction novels. In case you missed out on the pleasure of these books, here is list  of some of the most popular titles you may want to add to your current reading list.

  • The top three, published by Penguin Random House, are Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand; Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty; and Gone Girl: A Novel, by Gillian Flynn.


  • The next top-ranked book, which also spawned a blockbuster Hollywood movie, was American Sniper, the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.


  • Next is the novel All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, followed by the adventurous memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. That book also led to an award-winning movie that starred Reese Witherspoon.

The books Divergent, by Veronica Roth; The Maze Runner by James Dashner; and Dark Places: A Novel – another book penned by Gillian Flynn – help to round out the list of the Top 10 Best Sellers of 2015. Number 10 on this list – The Pact by Karina Halle – was, in fact, a self-published book. That was virtually never heard of in the days before e-book technology, but e-books are a simple, inexpensive, and direct way for both emerging and established authors to self-publish books that have the potential to sell millions of copies all around the world.

A Good Month for Book Bargains

The price of e-book best sellers appeared to drop off by about as much as 30% during the post-holiday sales period, too. Book sellers tend to jettison much of their inventory that’s left over from the holiday season during the first month or two of the new year, so if you act now you may be able to pick up many of the most popular e-books of 2015 at a substantial discount.

What is really fascinating to consider is that you can take all of the lists of 2015’s most popular titles and build a personal library out of e-book versions of each one, at a fraction of what it would cost to buy those books in print. Another phenomenal aspect of e-books is that they reduce the weight load in your backpack while simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint to help conserve natural resources like trees.

The Emergence of the Stick Library

Never before in history has it been possible to carry an entire library, with hundreds of volumes of books, right in the palm of your hand or your pocket. But that’s easy now, and highly affordable. The e-Go! Portable Library, which was created by, was one of the most remarkable e-book innovations of recent years, because it lets you store an entire library of e-books on a small USB stick. The libraries are sent to you with free worldwide shipping included, and come in a variety of different styles. There is also a 100% money back guarantee, making this a completely risk-free opportunity to buy an e-GO! Library preloaded, with 1,000 of the world’s most popular books. You can also purchase an Audio Library version, which contains about 2,000 hours of listening with some 550 classic titles read aloud to you. For kids, there is even a special children’s book version. For the price of a handful of printed books, in other words, you can acquire thousands of e-books that you can carry around in your pocket and share with anyone you want.