Utilizing Anchors inside your Ebook

One of the appeals of having an interactive ebook instead of a paper book or even a standard PDF is the ease of navigation and reaching information. This is why splitting your ebook content into separate files, each representing a single chapter or sub-chapter, would help your readers navigate easily using a table of contents.

This is easier said than done however. Ebooks with special content such as image scans, sophisticated HTML or complex interactivity, may not be easy to divide. Even semantically, sometimes it makes no sense to divide content into separate files, but rather more meaningful to let the user see a continuous flow of information for that subject.

The way to still provide useful navigation throughout this type of monotonous flow is through the user of anchors. Anchors are invisible points in your content, which mark a reachable location in text. Think of them as bus stops on a long road. Anchors lie within the flow of content itself; this means they will reflow along with the content.

This guide will show you how to use Kotobee Author to create anchors that will help your users seamlessly navigate through your ebook. We will demonstrate useful shortcuts to link chapters and subchapters to various anchors throughout the text, without having to split the content.

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How to Become an Amazing Self-Editor

In order to become a great writer, you first need to learn to edit your own work. When you are writing your first draft, you are simply churning out words – it is the editing process that makes your writing shine.

This is why self-editing is a valuable skill.

You might think it’s best that you hire an editor and at some point you should – but the first edit should be your own. This will give you a better chance of being published since editors don’t have unlimited reading time on their hands. Your work will do much better if it’s properly edited – and who better to do that first edit than you.

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Integrating your Ebooks using LTI

It’s important to make rich content in an LMS reachable in as few steps as possible while maintaining security. With the various content/technology providers available, LTI makes it easy to provide reusable content and tools to your students, under correct authentication – something not possible with SCORM. In this article we will be highlighting why you should start using LTI as a way of integrating your ebooks with your LMS, and practical steps on how to do so using Kotobee. If you’re using an LMS in your organization, this article is definitely for you.

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25 Publishing Events Not to Miss in 2018

For most people, writers have often been considered a solitary species (rather bookish, if you’ll excuse the pun!), that prefer to keep to themselves. But this has rather changed in the past few decades, with the ability to create an image around yourself in order to sell your books a much bigger deal.

Publishing events are often the best places to go to if you’re looking to reach out to fellow writers, literary agents and people in the know. Below is a list of some of the top literary events going on in 2018.

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Math Formulas, Ebooks, and You

Math needs no introduction, it will forever be one of the cornerstones of education. The most popular use of ebooks is for educational purposes, so it makes sense that there be a considerable demand for having various ways to display math formulas in ebooks.

Also, mathematical formulas vary in complexity through the education levels dramatically, which is why there needs to a unified method of showcasing any level of formula.

Whether you are a middle school teacher looking to teach basic algebra or a Ph.D. student writing their dissertation on how incredibly exciting calculus is, this guide will highlight the different ways of showing mathematical formulas in ebooks. These differing methods vary from simple to advanced, but each with their own purpose and uses.

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Free Writing Competitions in 2018

Let’s face it – there’s some pretty stiff competition out there in the big, wide world of writing and publishing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a success of it! One of the best ways of getting yourself some attention, especially if you’re an up-and-coming writer hungry to start getting your work published, is enter a competition.

And fear not! It doesn’t have to get expensive! Although there are plenty of writing competitions out there with entrance fees (they can also be called “Reading Fees”), you do have the option of entering competitions that don’t have entrance fees. Some of these competitions and contests are also backed by reputable names, such as the BBC, who will then publish them to an incredibly wide audience.

Just as we’ve entered a new year, think of this as a golden opportunity to start your writing career. So, take your pick of the 21 competitions outlined below that don’t require a financial commitment on your part to enter.

Scroll to the bottom, or click on any of the images to visit the competitions’ respective websites.

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The Best Books of 2017

At the end of each year, it’s wise to take a look back and see what potentially life-changing reads you could’ve missed. With the endless myriad of publications and opinions, it’s easy to get lost in the sheer volume of choices.

We’ve set this list up to shortlist 18 awesome publications that we’ve personally enjoyed reading over the last year. We hope you enjoy as many of them as you possibly can!

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30+ Awesome Workshops & Retreats for Fiction Writers in 2018

With the new year just in, you’ve got a new opportunity to invest in your career as a writer. One of the best ways to do this is by attending workshops or retreats where you’ll get guidance and critiques, often from hosts who are themselves, award-winning authors.

Aside from getting your creative juices running, writer’s retreats and workshops are also the perfect way to network with other authors and others involved in the publishing industry. You’ll get to ask the right questions and hear the answers you need for your latest literary work – and get yourself known.

30+ awesome retreats and workshops for fiction writers

Below are 30+ amazing retreats and workshops around the world that you can attend to glean advice and take inspiration from. Many of them offer financial aid of some sort. Also, make sure to check their other programs while you’re at it!

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The Essential Checklist for Academic Authors

For those of us who were in education as recently as the 2000s, we’ll still remember the sometimes large (and rarely slim) textbooks we had to lug around to classes. Fortunately, for the generations coming after, digital textbooks have been making gradual but meaningful inroads into how students get their information and interact with it, thanks to academic authors. In previous articles, we discussed how technology could be successfully incorporated into the classroom context.

But have you, as an educator, ever considered writing your own digital textbook? Although there’s still a bit of a love-hate relationship with textbooks, they do have major benefits, especially in terms of ease of use, and interactivity.

If you are considering writing your own academic ebook, below are seven useful points you will need to keep in mind for when you start.

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