The Internet of Things – creating a user guide for a fridge door

The Internet of Things (IoT) is, according to Wikipedia, the network of physical objects – devices, vehicles, buildings and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The popular example is the concept of a smart fridge that could warn you when it… Read more »

How the new Kindles might affect the role of the Technical Author

Here are some initial thoughts on how the new Kindles from Amazon might affect the role of the Technical Author. Yet more diversity in reading platforms Technical Authors know this already – their content needs to work on lots of platforms and across different mediums. It’s more evidence that the layout must not be baked… Read more »

You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle ebooks

We’ve had a number of emails from people assuming they need a Kindle to read Kindle ebooks. Actually, Amazon offers free software applications that enable to read Kindle ebooks on Windows , Macintosh OS/X, Linux and smartphones. You can download the Windows viewer here. There are a number of free ebooks available, as well as the ones… Read more »

Our Kindle publishing experiment

We’re carrying out an experiment in publishing guides as Kindle ebooks. We’ve updated and uploaded our “Network to get Work” guide, which has been published today on Amazon UK and Amazon.com for £2.12 and $3.45 respectively. There were two primary reasons for doing this. Firstly, we wanted to test how easy it is to publish to… Read more »