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Random Reading Roaming Online – 1.0

Last week I managed to keep up with my RSS reading on feedly and came across some neat articles. If you didn’t see these last week, here’s a chance to check them out :)

On Books

Nat on Reading Romance – (Blogging Outside the US) International Guide: Where to buy books?
One of the pain points of not living in the US is that getting books isn’t easy. For that matter so many giveaways are just for US citizens. This list helps those of us who don’t live in the US.

LitStack has a list of Six Writers Who Loved Weed
Here are the ones I know from the list – Stephen King, Alexandre Dumas and Shakespeare 😀

Kim Ukura on BookRiot – Pay-What-You-Want Ebook Service Curates Book Bundles for Readers – recommends Story Bundle
The concept of Story Buddle sounds great and I’d be happy to give back to indie authors by paying for curated books. They are currently featuring The Second Degree Bundle. I don’t really want to read crime and thriller right now but have subscribed for future bundles.

Dianna Dilworth on AppNewser – BookShout! Lets You Centralize eBook Libraries
If you are a reader on multiple platforms – Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc. “Enter BookShout!, a free tool that lets you legally import and aggregate all of your eBooks into one central portal.” I’m yet to get to multiple platforms, (its paper and Kindle for me now) but I’m bookmarking this app for the future.

Dianna Dilworth on AppNewser – Rovio Enters eBook Business With Angry Birds Cookbook App
The idea of an interactive cook book sounds like fun and I’ve bought it on the app store but sadly can’t use it for a while since Che’s iPad has gone in for repairs and it doesn’t run on the Mac :(

Craft (DIY)

Licia Politis’s Quilled Babushkas on All Things Paper
I’ve always loved nesting dolls but the set Licia has made from paper with quilled embellishments is way cool!

Household Tips

Thorin Klosowski on LifeHacker says Layer Wax Paper On Top of Hard-to-Reach Shelves to Make Dusting a Breeze

Whitson Gordon on LifeHacker has shared a neat Cooking Methods Infographic. I’m going to up this up in the kitchen soon.
The Cooking Methods Cheat Sheet Clears Up All Those Confusing Cooking Terms

Dogs

LifeHacker shared this cool idea to train dogs to keep off the couch. The Monkey Couch Guardian Keeps Pets Off Furniture When You’re Not Home But if you’re like me and have given over the divan to the dogs, then don’t bother 😛

NOVA has made an insightful video on dogs – Dogs Decoded. I’d shared the video along with my thoughts last week. See it here – My Dogs Decoded.

Blogging

Heidi Cohen on Actionable Marketing Expert – 7 Steve Jobs Quotes Guaranteed To Make Your Blog Excel
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

Social Media

Jeff on jeffbullas.com – 6 Tips for Marketing your Business with the Social Media Mobile App Instagram
I use instagram on the Nexus One but I haven’t really understood it well. The other I guess is that I have an older phone that means the camera is not so great. Instagram doesn’t manage to make my picture ‘way better’ or at least so it seems to me on my screen. This one’s for those who have phones that take great pictures. :)

Heidi Cohen offers some useful tips on using Twitter to its best potential. Twitter: 12 Guidelines to Engage & Build Your Following

Articles for Authors

Carol Costello shares 5 book marketing tips for self-published authors on The Book Designer. The 5 Keys to Pain-Free Book Promotion

Joanna Penn answers 10 questions for authors that will help us readers find better books 😀 Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books

Mac Tips

Obscurity Hides Files in OS X in Plain Sight on Lifehacker by Thorin Klosowski

Amelita Puts Useful Commands and Actions in Your Mac’s Menubar on Lifehacker by Alan Henry

Did you come across anything interesting last week? Any posts you’d recommend for me?

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