Tips & Resources

The sections below are designed to reduce your searching time and therefore increase your enjoyment time. The digital world is expanding rapidly. If you find ideas and sources that should be added, please let us know.

  • If your computer screen is small (laptop, iPad) you might want to add a larger-screen monitor (ca. $100). Or, if you have a newer TV, explore way to have the TV screen mirror the computer (BestBuy and MicroCenter are good resources for such a linking).
  • Install Readability. You can now read text in a single uncluttered column, pick your type size, and even save things for later reading. (Safari also does many of these things: View/Reader).
  • Install RSS. An excellent time-saver. Watch this video (less than 4 minutes). Install a reader/aggregator (mostly free) on your PC or Mac.
  • Computers can also be set to read aloud any words that are on your screen.
  • There are many devices for onscreen reading (your own computer, Kindle, iPad, etc.). And many softwares to use. But why not first explore via your own computer? Google, download, install Amazon’s free Kindle, plus some of their free books. (This isn’t a commercial, but Amazon has been a canny pioneer. Their latest: when you buy a conventional book from them, you can add a Kindle version for a few dollars that will open on any of your devices).
  • Currently one of the most rapid, comprehensive, and accessible indexing (for persons, issues, topics, places, movements, music, etc.) is via iTunes(!). Google and install that free program/application on your computer. Open, click Store on menu bar, then type your query in Search Store box. Many or most of the results will be free and you can link directly to them from that page. (Try “Richard Dawkins” and then again “postmodernism” to see the possibilities). Then try  YouTube. Then try BookTV.  (If your search person has a common name, you may have to bypass some musicians).
  • Several companies are now offering subscriptions that will let you “borrow” ebooks for limited times:  Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Oyster. With Amazon’s WhisperSync for Voice, one can toggle between ebook and audiobook formats without losing place.
  • Free subscription to Open Culture will give you daily links to internet cultural expansion.
  • Many of the sites you visit will be “editable” (i.e. you can copy/paste words/pictures elsewhere on your computer). Others will be Read Only (but you still may be able yo copy the address/URL and send it to a friend or file it).
  • Reading via the  Kindle app has an additional advantage. You can highlight passages and add notes for future reference AND these will be permanently stored in “the cloud.” Whenever that book is in your computer library (even re-borrowed from a library). your annotations will have remained available!
  • For my “desert island.” If I were told that my internet device could only have a few entries, I would choose:

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