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Publish Your Own Personal Stories with Stolif

Publish Your Own Personal Stories with Stolif | Web Publishing Tools | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Stolif is a new web service which allows anyone to publish their own stories by posting texts, images and videos on Pinterest-like visual boards much like Pinterest does.


Stolif positions itself as a free web publishing tool for personal expression and sharing, that makes it easy for anyone to publish their favorite content.


Pages published with Stolif can be set to "public" or private and content can be easily shared with all major social media platforms.


By invitation only.


Find out more: http://www.stolif.com/ 

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Publish Short Texts To The Web Instantly: shortText.com

Publish Short Texts To The Web Instantly: shortText.com | Web Publishing Tools | Scoop.it

shortText.com is a simple tool to post text online, with minimum fuss. You type your own text and you can publish it instantly, including links to images or videos, to a real web page. 


(Free urls will remain active as long as it is visited at least once in 6 months by anyone, after which we may purge the URL for others to use it.)


Warning: once you post something, is posted. No way to swtich back.


shortText also allows you to reduce the size of any text to 140 characters so that you can post it on Twitter. It does so by keeping the long text on shortText.com.


ShortText allows to keep a page private and to turn on or off the use of comments.


No sign ups, no sign in are required.


The service is completely free and it is ad supported.


Firefox Add-on: http://www.shorttext.com/twitzer.aspx 

*shortxt is a simple Addon which lets you post text longer than 140 characters on Twitter.com.

1) Just write as much text as you want in the Twitter box
2) Right click on the screen and select "Twitzer Text". It will shorten text to fit in 140


Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lgndmpfddmhonmjkgleaidcjjhdeplch 


FAQ: http://www.shorttext.com/faq.aspx 


Find out more: http://www.shorttext.com/ 


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Layout, Optimize and Publish Your Own Professional iBook with Apple iBooks Author

Layout, Optimize and Publish Your Own Professional iBook with Apple iBooks Author | Web Publishing Tools | Scoop.it

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for the Apple iPad.


From Mashable:

"Apple announced a new iBooks Author App on Thursday that makes creating an Apple ebook a drag-and-drop process.


Using the app, which was announced at the same time as a new textbook experience for iPad, users can drag a Word file into a book creation space.


The app automatically determines the best way to lay out the book and creates appropriate sections and headers.


Users can then drag and resize images within the text and add definitions, photo galleries, movies Keynote presentations and 3D objects.


Users can preview their books on their iPads or publish them directly to the iBook store."


N.B.: iBooks Author is designed to be used with the iPad and published in the iBookstore. After the user is satisfied with the proof, the book can be published using iTunes Producer directly into the iBookstore.


*Users can also export PDF copies of the book if they want to distribute something in a more traditional way (or need non-interactive galleys).


Read full photo-review: http://mashable.com/2012/01/19/apple-ibooks-author/#view_as_one_page-gallery_box3931 


Read the "hands-on" review: http://mashable.com/2012/01/19/ibooks-author-app-review/#view_as_one_page-gallery_box3937 


Find out more or download it: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks-author/id490152466?mt=12 


http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ 


Learn more about iBooks: http://www.apple.com/education/ibooks-textbooks/ 



Update: There seems to be something disconcerting and unprecedented inside the License of this software. Please be forewarned, that this is something you may not like or want. Read here: http://www.businessinsider.com/warning-apple-can-hold-your-work-hostage-if-you-sell-through-ibooks-2012-1 

and here: http://venomousporridge.com/post/16126436616/ibooks-author-eula-audacity  


(Curated review by Robin Good) 

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