DIY

Morning Links: Want to assemble your own smartphone? The Percy Jackson problem

By Joanna Cabot
October 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Want to Assemble Your Own Reading Device? Google Shows Off Project Ara Modular Phone Prototype (The Digital Reader) The idea of assembling a DIY mobile device has long since fallen out of the mainstream, but if Project Ara is successful then that could change. *** Journalists Need a Point of View [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 5: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Four

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year four of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering contemporary times and other special topics. Each “course” below is worth one [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 3: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Two

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * Welcome back! For Year Two of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering the Old English through Renaissance times. Each “course” below is [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One

By libertyc
August 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new “Don’t Go to Art School” series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to [...]

Draft2Digital Converts Word Documents Into E-Books: How well does it work?

By libertyc
May 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I read about Draft2Digital, an e-book distributor still in beta mode. They got my attention with their claim to be able to turn a Word doc into a functional EPUB or Mobi (Kindle) file. Naturally I had to check them out, so I asked for a beta code, and I’ve been playing [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 4: The Internet Archive and my first DIY

By libertyc
April 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * I am four months into my DRM-free year, and so far have spent just a fraction of my usual book budget. In my highest year—the year agency pricing came [...]

How to build you very own Little Free Library

By Dan Eldridge
April 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who’ve Built Tiny Libraries On the [...]

On Etsy, a Book Isn't Always a Book

By libertyc
April 1, 2013 // 3 Comments

Have a hardback book you’re not reading anymore? Why not make something with it? I came across a fascinating group of people on Etsy who are repurposing old hardback books into hidden storage boxes for money and valuables. From the outside, these books look just like the real thing. Open them [...]

Win a Google+ Hangout with Guy Kawasaki, or a free copy of his new book, "APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur"

By Dan Eldridge
March 1, 2013 // 9 Comments

Note: This giveaway has ended. Click here to read about the winners. It’s a TeleRead Giveaway! The name of author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki has held a lot of weight for a long time in the go-go-go entrepreneurial start-up scene—especially among the tech community in Silicon Valley, [...]

How to use a $2 iPad app to create semi-professional ebook covers

By Chris Walters
July 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

There have been several moments these past few months where I’ve looked in amazement at what some photo and drawing apps can do on the iPad, and wondered whether they’d be good tools for book cover design. Not only has Piotr Kowalczyk at Password Incorrect wondered the same thing, but [...]

Make Magazine now available in DRM-free PDF

By libertyc
November 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of MAKE Magazine, has posted at BoingBoing that all back-issues of MAKE are now available for purchase in DRM-free PDF format. The price is $9.99 per issue, or all 24 standard plus 2 special issues thus far for $199.99. This is $5 less per issue than the paper [...]

BookLiberator $200 DIY scanner

By libertyc
July 30, 2010 // 2 Comments

Gizmodo has a piece on the BookLiberator, a cube of plexiglass that contains two opposite-facing video cameras to photograph facing pages of a book. You place it on a book, photograph, lift, turn page, place it, etc. Conceptually, this appears similar to the $300 DIY Book Scanner I covered in [...]

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