A few years ago, I probably would have said: I hate ebooks. I really don’t like reading large amounts of stuff online. But, I have to say, I’m changing.
eBooks are becoming more than just print: they’re now starting to embed video, audio, and interactivity into eBook technology, and I’m super excited to see what the future holds for digital publishing!
Our current sponsor, NOVO Ink, is on the leading edge of Christian eBook publishing. I asked Bryan from NOVO Ink to explain a little bit about what they offer, and where they’re headed:
What makes NOVO Ink eBooks and eZines better than print?
It isn’t so much that they are better than print, just a new and different way to read with more flexibility. I have found that the convenience of eBooks really shows up in everyday life. I can be at the office, at home, in the airport, waiting in the car, etc. and can choose from a whole host of eBooks and eZines to read from right on my laptop. I can literally read from hundreds of resources easily and clearly, and embedded video content in the eBooks, along with outside web links to additional content, are all bonuses.
You use Zinio as your technology partner. How does Zinio differ from using a Kindle or other popular eBook devices?
One of the major differences between the Zinio reader and Kindle, for example, is that the Zinio reader allows you to read eBooks and eZines in High Definition Full Color.
In addition, you can view still and moving graphics, photos, video, animations, and can link out to additional web based resources that your eBook might have in it. The interactive ability of the Zinio reader creates an interactive reading experience…of course you can also read black text on white page too if you choose.
What is NOVO Ink? How did NOVO Ink get started?
For the Christian reader, NOVO Ink is the source for Christian eBooks and eZines. We are working with the top Christian publishers to fill the NOVO Ink site with as much Christian eBook content as possible. In addition to this, we are working to provide content for the faith-based reader that is not available anywhere else. Many publishers are working on creating interactive digital books, with enhanced features such as embedded video, moving animations, etc. for a entirely new reading experience.
NOVO Ink got started when the founder, Devlin Donaldson, sought a way to bring Christian content to life in digital eBook form. The partnership with Zinio has allowed us to bring the most technologically advanced reader to Christian consumers.
So, NOVO Ink provides faith-based and family-friendly eBooks, but what else do you have?
What we have done on the NOVO Ink site is to filter eBooks and eZines from Zinio, so that all the content on our site is family friendly. You will notice that there are some magazines and eBooks on the site that are not necessarily “Christian”, but are great resources that we feel anyone could enjoy without being offensive.
OK, since this is Springs Bargains, I have to ask…. What can I get for free?
You can absolutely get some FREE downloads from our free download page. Go download one, two, or all the available free eZines so you can get a feel for some of the cool interactive features available in this new way to read…and the full color isn’t bad either.
Can I give someone an ebook or gift card as a Christmas present?
We are working to provide NOVO Ink Gift Cards in the very near future, hopefully within days of this writing…literally. When this becomes available for purchase on our site, I will inform you right away.
What’s the quickest way to get started?
The quickest way to get started is to go here. On that page, it will take you through the steps to get registered, download the reader to your computer, and send you to the site to browse the selections and find what you want to read.
I can’t wait to see what the future of digital publishing holds! As we start thinking about homeschooling our kids (“officially” starting next year), I’m thinking interactive eBooks could be an incredible assset to homeschooling parents!
Thanks so much to NOVO Ink for sponsoring Springs Bargains.
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