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 — HDMI).
  • Need to save for reading later? Install Pocket app.  Pocket stores articles, links, videos, urls in readable format. Items can be placed there by sharing, right-clicks, extensions and can be also shared from there. Syncs with other devices.
  • 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. In Kindle: Tools/text-to-speech.
  • There are many devices for onscreen reading (your own computer, Kindle Fire, tablet,, iPad, iPhone, 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).
  • 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! You can also export your Notes (in html0 and store them.
  • Another timesaver. To transfer MOBI, EPUB, or PDF files that you have downloads, Select item, click Open With.., and select Kindle. It will immediately appear in Kindle and be permanently stored in the cloud. The Safari browser allows any item to be exported in PDF.
  • 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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