Monday, April 18, 2011

Read the Fine Print

It's that time of the week again. The one where I bombard you with technology related tips, tricks, or sites and pray that you'll use em. It's okay if you don't, but do check them out when you're ready. By ready, I mean when you have a few minutes to peruse and feel a bit adventurous.

This week's mini-theme: Reading. Not because I'm a teacher, because reading is good for your brain. And because I like to read online. I'm a teacher and I started a sentence with "and." You like it. Hope you like these next ideas.

Read free books online! You do not need to have an e-reader for this, just an internet connection and a computer-like device. Read Print has online books you can read for free. The ads are distracting at first, but the convenience factor, along with the price, make it a site that might be worth checking out. You can also access short stories and poems.

Now that I've got you reading, or thinking about reading, maybe you realize you don't have the time to do it. No problem, if you've got Read It Later. It's an extension that you can install (by just clicking on the word "Install") to your Internet browser. It allows you to save pages you're interested in instead of cluttering up your bookmarks. This works great for pages you want to read just once and will probably not come back to. Read It Later puts a little icon into your toolbar that you can click on when you've found a page you'd like to read but just can't at the moment. It will save it for you and you can read it later, hence the name. Once you've read it, you can check it off your reading list and it deletes. Pretty swift.

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