Thursday, June 25, 2009

What Are E-Tutorials and E-Pictorials?



E-Books? E-Tutorials? E-Pictorials? What exactly is the difference?

Well, sometimes the line can be blurred. Something can be both an e-book and e-tutorial and something can be both an e-book and an e-pictorial. Something can also be both an e-pictorial and a video. Something can also be an e-tutorial, e-pictorial, and an e-class all in one. The lines are blurred and it can be confusing.

You see, each can explain exactly how to do something step by step and may or may not include pictures. Each contains a method of learning something from either reading text and following a specific series of steps or reading and/or viewing pictures showing what to do within each step. A tutorial may or may not contain interactivity with the designer after each step or as you progress through several steps.

An e-book may include text and pictures or no pictures at all. An e-tutorial usually includes text and pictures laid out step-by-step. An e-pictorial is a step-by-step instruction all in pictures and might be in a .PDF format or be in a slideshow presentation either on a picture hosting website or video hosting website. Or, it may be on an e-class website whereby it may or may not contain interactivity with the designer. All are digitally encoded then transmitted electronically over the Internet in various types of formats.

If you'd like to see the difference between a non-interactive e-tutorial and an e-pictorial then please visit two posts from my "The Best FREE Craft Articles" blog:

CLICK HERE for the FREE Stitching Folder Tutorial by Linda Ronne of All Stitched Up Blog. Linda's e-tutorial is copyrighted © 2008 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Linda Ronne of All Stitched Up Blog.

For the e-pictorial please CLICK HERE for the post containing links to 3 wonderful e-pictorials from Julia Sprague of Stoneview blog. Just click on the e-pictorial link to see Julia's Flickr e-pictorial. All Julia's Le-pictorials are Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Julia Sprague of Stoneview blog.

There are several ways for you to electronically get non-interactive e-tutorials and e-pictorials that you purchase.

For e-tutorials that you purchase you can either order an e-tutorial or e-pictorial that is sent to you as an email attachment or you can "instantly download" an e-tutorial or e-pictorial yourself.

If you order an emailed E-tutorial or e-pictorial then an Email with a .PDF (Portable Document Format) attachment is sent to you which you then need to download to your computer, save, and then open in Adobe Acrobat.

If you "instantly download" a single e-tutorial or e-pictorial then generally the .PDF file is instantly transmitted to you after payment has been made. You can then download, save the .PDF file to your computer, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.

Or, if you "instantly download" several e-tutorials and/or e-pictorials via a website that uses a shopping cart (like mine) then a confirmation email with multiple download links is emailed to you once payment has been made. You can then download each of the .PDF files, save them to your computer, and then open them in Adobe Acrobat.

For some non-interactive e-tutorials or e-pictorials you are sent a DVD or CD containing the .PDF e-tutorial or e-pictorial slideshow file. You then open it on your computer using software that will open the type of file format you have purchased.

For some interactive e-tutorials and e-pictorials that you purchase once payment is made you are emailed a link to a password protected website where you can view the e-tutorial or e-pictorial that you purchased and interact with the designer. This is also true of e-classes.

For some of the free e-tutorials or e-pictorials you can obtain them the same way or click on a link in a website and/or blog and it either opens up a new window containing the .PDF file or it opens the .PDF file directly and it becomes visible on your computer.

Some of the free e-pictorials are contained within slidehows on some of the various picture hosting websites (like Flickr.com) or contained in a slideshow video on some of the video hosting websites. For an example of the e-pictorial on Flickr.com please click on the links above for Julia Sprague's e-pictorials on Flickr.com. For an example of a free e-pictorial slideshow video please CLICK HERE. It is The MAKING of a QUILT by Sandi Best 2009 on YouTube.com.

Some free e-tutorial and e-pictorial designers utilize free downloading websites where you click on the download link to download the .PDF file to your computer.

Other artists and crafters who offer free e-tutorials or e-pictorials post the entire e-tutorial or e-pictorial in their respective blogs or websites in which case you just visit the website or blog post for the e-tutorial or e-pictorial you're interested in.

My The Best FREE Craft Articles blog contains e-tutorials and e-pictorials written by artists and crafters. I have hundreds of free e-tutorials and/or e-pictorials that are either posted in their entirety or posted on my The Best FREE Craft Articles blog with links to the particular free e-tutorial or e-pictorial on the authors website and/or blog. If you're interested in some of the free e-tutorials or e-pictorials posted on my The Best Free Craft Articles blog just CLICK HERE and then scroll down for the e-tutorial or e-pictorial you are interested in.

For the e-tutorial and e-pictorials on the Everything E-Directory please CLICK HERE.

To view and print a .PDF E-tutorial or e-pictorial you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. If you don’t have it the Adobe Acrobat Reader don't worry. It’s a FREE download from Adobe. Just go to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. The current version is Adobe Reader 9.1.

If you already have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher then all you need to do is download the .PDF file attachment from your Email, save it, and then open it to view it. It will open in the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You can then re-save it, view it or print it from Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I just love e-tutorials and e-pictorials as I much prefer learning how to make something by following the pictures versus reading the text. There are just so many wonderful e-tutorials and e-pictorials out there on just about every subject that it's almost impossible for you not to learn how to do whatever it is that strikes your fancy.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Are E-Books? E-Pamphlets?



I love to read and have loved visiting the public libraries since I was a child. I just loved roaming through the stacks of books or sitting and reading for hours on end and always wanted to have a study or library of my own.

I tend to prefer hardcover books versus pocketbooks as I always had a hard time reading the little print and nowadays always buy hardcover. I also tend to prefer books with lots of illustrations, pictures, and step by step instructions. Truth be told I also love romance novels, but we won't get into that.

So when e-books came into being I was intrigued. E-Books? What exactly were they and how would that work? For sure they weren't going to be hardcover books that you could hold and feel. I wasn't sure I was going to like them or that they would ever replace books as we know them to be

So, what exactly are they?

Well, an e-book is basically the electronic version of a print book. It can contain all the traditional sections of a regular print book and be quite lengthy or be a short pamphlet (like a how-to craft project book) - in which case I call it an e-pamphlet.

So, it's basically a book that can be transmitted digitally in .PDF format and either downloaded onto a computer, read via a computer, or nowadays transmitted into a reading device that could house multiple numbers of e-books. It was definitely intriguing thinking about being able to have a device that could contain LOTS of books in digital form.

E-Books have become a wonderful e-product for artists and crafters to either sell or give away for free. Most of the e-books that are sold by the artists and crafters are in .PDF format that can be downloaded similar to e-patterns once they are paid for and then saved to your hard drive and read by Adobe Acrobat. Like e-patterns they can be either e-mailed as attachments to an email or instantly downloaded once they have been paid for.

If you order an emailed E-Book then an Email with a .PDF (Portable Document Format) attachment is sent to you which you then need to download to your computer, save, and then open in Adobe Acrobat or download to a hand held reader device like Amazon's Kindle.

If you "instantly download" a single e-book then generally the .PDF file is instantly transmitted to you after payment has been made. You can then download, save the .PDF file to your computer, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat. Or, you can download it to a hand held reading device like Amazon's Kindle.

Or, if you "instantly download" several e-books via a website that uses a shopping cart (like mine) then a confirmation email with multiple download links is emailed to you once payment has been made. You can then download each of the .PDF files, save them to your computer, and then open them in Adobe Acrobat, or download them to a hand held reading device like Amazon's Kindle.

For some of the free e-books you can obtain them the same way or click on a link in a website and/or blog and it either opens up a new window containing the .PDF file or it opens the .PDF file directly and it becomes visible on your computer. Some free e-book designers utilize free downloading websites where you click on the download link to download the .PDF file to your computer.

If you'd like to see an example of one of my free e-books (or e-pamphlet) just click on the e-book image at the top of this post. It's a FREE e-book from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns. The link will take you to the page that "How To Host A Folksy Family and Friends Bridal Shower" e-book is on in my instant e-patterns website which utilizes a shopping cart. From there you just add it to your shopping cart and then follow the prompts to check-out. Once you finish the check-out process you'll be sent an email containing the download link for the free e-book. Then, just copy/paste the link to your browsers window, download the .PDF file, save it to your computer and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.

Previous to the creation of hand held book reader's, like Amazon's Kindle, all the e-books were created in .PDF format and downloaded as described above. Then came the hand held reading devices and a new definition of e-book.

According to Wikipedia.com; An e-book (short for electronic book, also written eBook or ebook) is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, often protected with a digital rights management system. E-books are usually read on personal computers or smart phones, or on dedicated hardware devices known as e-book readers or e-book devices. Many mobile phones can also be used to read e-books.

About a year ago I read a Newsweek article about Jeff Bezo's new Amazon Kindle device and I was intrigued. I wondered exactly what this was and wondered how this would work for e-books and craft books?

So, last year I thought I'd see how many craft related e-books there were for Kindle. Unfortunately, at that time they didn't have a lot of "arts & crafts" e-books as of yet, but I was hoping that would change. Well, change it did. In fact, the popularity of Kindle has just about EXPLODED.

As mentioned above I tend to prefer hardcover books with large print so, I was thrilled to read that one of the nice features about Kindle was that you could change the font size no matter what the book. Now - that's a TERRIFIC feature.

Plus, another nice feature is that when you buy a Kindle book your Kindle reader downloads the book and stores it in your Kindle library. Another TERRIFIC feature. Not only do I get large print, but I get my library - albeit a digital library, but a library non the less. And, the Kindle will actually read the book to you in some of the supported formats. Now, that's a nice feature, too.

I read recently that Amazon was going to allow Kindle Products to be read by other readers. That's a smart business move. You know that a product is doing well when a major competitor decides to enter the field and Google has announced that they are going to enter the e-book business.

If you'd like to know more about what Kindle is Wikipedia.com has a wonderful page on it HERE.

Kindle does support .PDF format and many other formats and has an email service ( for a small fee) so you can email .PDF e-patterns to your Kindle. For sure, you'd have to print the e-patterns pieces out from the e-pattern you bought and then email the e-pattern to your Kindle. I don't know if I can see myself setting the Kindle down next to my sewing machine and reading the e-pattern as I go along. Hmm.... Well, maybe the 9.7" version would work. Hmm....

I do not have a Kindle reader as of yet, but it's definitely on my wish list. I do want to find out how it handles arts & crafts books and when I finally buy one and download some of the arts & crafts books I like that are available I'll let you know what I think. I'll even try emailing some of my e-patterns to my Kindle and see how they look. If you have a Kindle reader and have downloaded some arts & crafts related books I'd love to know what you think.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What Are E-Articles, E-Projects, and E-How-To's?



Have you noticed there seem to be writers everywhere you look on the Internet now? Whether they are bloggers updating their blogs, small business owners writing content for their websites, or writers submitting FREE articles or e-articles - there is no shortage of blogs or FREE article content websites.

There are articles that explain how to do this or that and come in all different kinds of formats. Some are articles contained within a webpage, some are e-articles which can be downloaded, some are e-projects and e-how-to's that explain step by step how to do something. It seems like more and more people are writing, especially artists and crafters, and I think that's FABULOUS. It's like a ground roots swelling of FREE information and articles.

If you like to read like I do then with the amount of blog posts and FREE written articles and e-articles out there you can be reading 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days of the year and still not read it all.

Now you don't have to be a professional writer to be a published on the Internet. During the past year I have noticed not only a proliferation of free e-project content and how-to content on a lot of small business artist and crafters websites, but a a proliferation of FREE article content websites springing up for posting FREE articles written by just about anyone. The only criteria for the latter seems to be that the article must be an original copyrighted article written by the article submitter.

The various FREE writing article content websites allow you to post FREE original articles you have written and allow webmasters and bloggers to utilize the FREE articles contained on their website for their own blogs or websites according to specific terms and conditions that they lay forth. Terms and conditions for usage vary website to website so if you want to use any of the content be sure to read the terms and conditions for usage. This is fabulous for small business website and blog owners that want to utilize free article content to drive some traffic to their websites and/or blogs but do not want to write the content themselves.

The subjects are vast and varied and cover just about anything you can think of. I especially like the FREE articles about "crafts and crafting" written by crafters around the world. I'm thrilled that more and more crafters are sharing their crafting knowledge and skills with everyone so anyone worldwide can benefit from their skill. I also love the FREE articles on sewing, floral design, hobbies, and "genealogy" issues.

For a lot of the free articles websites you click on a link and it takes you to a page where the free article is and it is then displayed on your computer screen. For other websites the free article might be contained within a .PDF file in which case it's called an e-article.

The e-articles might be accessible in one of two ways. The first is similar to e-patterns where you click on the link for the e-article and download the .PDF file to your computer - where you can save it and then open it in Adobe Reader.

Or, the link will open the .PDF file directly using Adobe Reader. In order for the link to open the .PDF file directly the file itself would have to be contained and stored on the web - in which case it would have it's own URL and the link would be to that particular URL.

I have even seen e-articles that are contained within Microsoft Word files - in which case you download the Word file to your computer and open it in Microsoft Word.

There are also a TON of free crafting articles, e-projects, and how-to's websites that utilize all sorts of free articles and e-articles. Links to some of these websites can be found on the E-Projects and How-To's page of my Everything E-Directory website.

I also wrote an article about the free E-Projects and How-To's websites on my The Best Free Craft Articles blog. Just CLICK HERE for my post.

If you're a small business crafter on the web writing FREE articles is a terrific way to get FREE exposure for your website or blog. Most of the FREE article content websites allow you to include a copyright and bio paragraphs with clickable links back to your website or blog on the bottom of your article.

I also written many FREE articles for myself and other websites. The FREE articles that I have written are on my The Best Free Craft Articles blog and can be used according to the terms and conditions contained within each of my posts. Just CLICK HERE for all my free articles.

In fact, my The Best FREE Craft Articles blog is nothing but free articles written by artists and crafters. I have over 500 FREE articles that are either posted in their entirety or posted on my The Best FREE Craft Articles blog with links to the particular free article on the authors website and/or blog and I'm always on the lookout for more. If you're interested in some of the free articles posted on my The Best Free Craft Articles blog just CLICK HERE and then scroll down for the article you are interested in.

I also put together a list of all the FREE writing articles websites that I was aware of. My list is contained within a post on my The Best Free Craft Articles blog. Just CLICK HERE for that post.

There are a few paid for article and e-article content websites and they would function similar to the way in which e-patterns are paid for and then downloaded. Please see my previous article on my Everything E For Crafts E-Directory blog for my post on "What Are E-Patterns?"

Whatever way the information is conveyed there is a TON of it out there. Whether it's a free article, e-article, Word document, e-project website, how-to website, etc. there's sure to be something on just about any subject you can imagine - which I think is fabulous. Especially if it's crafting information.



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Sunday, June 21, 2009

What Are E-Patterns?



Things have changed when it comes to craft patterns. Progress is actually being made in this area and e-patterns are all the rage. In fact, they are the way of the future for craft patterns.

What are E-Patterns?

Well, they are complete patterns sent to you over the Internet as a .PDF (portable document format) file which can be downloaded directly to your computer. Instead of being mailed to you via the U.S. Post Office they are either sent to you via Email or you can download them directly yourself (i.e. instant download e-patterns). No waiting for the postman to arrive anymore. Or, worrying that the dog is going to bite the postman.

Why would you want to order E-Patterns?

First of all, you save time and money (both of which are a rare commodity these days).

Time because you either get them instantly or you get them emailed within 24 hours.

Money because E-Patterns generally COST A LOT LESS then regular patterns mailed via the post office.

Secondly, you can view or print them anytime you want with the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader (FREE download available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html ).

What do you get with an E-Pattern?

That really depends on the designer of the e-pattern, but basically, you get the whole pattern just like it had been mailed to you, only it is sent to you electronically.

Instead of receiving the whole printed pattern in a plastic envelope via the post office you’ll receive the whole pattern electronically (minus the plastic envelope, of course).

How does it work?

There are several ways for you to get them.

For e-patterns that you purchase you can either order an e-pattern that is sent to you as an email attachment or you can "instantly download" an e-pattern yourself.

If you order an emailed E-Pattern then an Email with a .PDF (Portable Document Format) attachment is sent to you which you then need to download to your computer, save, and then open in Adobe Acrobat.

If you "instantly download" a single e-pattern then generally the .PDF file is instantly transmitted to you after payment has been made. You can then download, save the .PDF file to your computer, and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.

Or, if you "instantly download" several e-patterns via a website that uses a shopping cart (like mine) then a confirmation email with multiple download links is emailed to you once payment has been made. You can then download each of the .PDF files, save them to your computer, and then open them in Adobe Acrobat.

For some of the free e-patterns you can obtain them the same way or click on a link in a website and/or blog and it either opens up a new window containing the .PDF file or it opens the .PDF file directly and it becomes visible on your computer. Some free e-pattern designers utilize free downloading websites where you click on the download link to download the .PDF file to your computer.

To view and print the E-Pattern you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. If you don’t have it the Adobe Acrobat Reader don't worry. It’s a FREE download from Adobe. Just go to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. The current version is Adobe Reader 9.1.

If you already have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher then all you need to do is download the .PDF file attachment from your Email, save it, and then open it to view it. It will open in the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You can then re-save it, view it or print it from Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you'd like to see an e-pattern and download it just click on the e-pattern image below. It's a FREE e-pattern from Linda Walsh Originals. The link will take you to the page that "Marsh Me Snow" is on in my instant e-patterns website which utilizes a shopping cart. From there you just add it to your shopping cart and then follow the prompts to check-out. Once you finish the check-out process you'll be sent an email containing the download link for the free e-pattern. Then, just copy/paste the link to your browsers window, download the .PDF file, save it to your computer and then open it in Adobe Acrobat.



More examples of free e-patterns can be found on The Best Free Craft Articles blog. Just CLICK HERE for the free e-patterns articles and then scroll down until you see one you might be interested in.

Once you get the gist of it - it's really very simple. Almost a piece of cake.

If you love patterns and e-patterns just think of how many you can save on your computer. THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of E-patterns stored on your computer!

No more cluttering up all the drawers in your house. No more hundreds of boxes or plastic containers all over the house. Not only can you get your craft patterns right when your creative juices are flowing, but you also get less clutter and pattern organization. Progress really is being made.

And the best part of all, you can REPRINT the pattern sheets OVER and OVER and OVER again.

No more taping worn paper again. No more photocopying pattern sheets at work. REAL progress is being made.

Now, if we could just get a woman elected president. Now that would be REAL progress. Stop dreaming, Linda.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

What Are E-Products?



You may have heard the term E-Products and E-Commerce and might be wondering exactly what they are and what that is?

Well, E-Commerce is simply the buying and selling of goods and services on the Internet (i.e. the World Wide Web or www). E-commerce and E-business are used interchangeably and stand for the same time.

E-Products are products which can be digitally encoded then transmitted electronically over the Internet. In effect, an e-product is a digitized product that is sent electronically from the seller to the buyer via various file formats. The formats can be read on a computer screen, read and opened using various types of software, transmitted and opened using a specialized device like an MP3 player or Kindle, downloaded for use in graphics programs, or read using a special reader such as the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most new computers come with the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader already installed.

For online retail selling, the term E-tailing is sometimes used and refers to E-goods or E-products.

Anything that can be digitized can be an e-product. For example, an e-pattern is a regular pattern that is created in .PDF (i.e. Portable Document Format) format so it can be read and transmitted digitally over the computer. It looks exactly the same as a print pattern would except it's viewable over the computer screen and is stored in a computer file instead of being stored on paper. It can be saved to your computers hard drive and printed via the printer connected to your computer. It is sent to you via the Internet versus via the U.S. Post Office.

So, what else could be an E-product? Well, there's a lot. So, hold onto your hats!

You can have E-books, E-article, E-cards, E-comics, E-classes, E-magazines or E-zines, E-graphics, E-printables, E-patterns, E-photo's, E-software, E-artwork, E-video's, E-music, E-websets, E-labels, E-tags, E-templates, E-catalogs, E-brochures, E-pamphlets, E-doodles, E-stitcheries, MP3 files, podcasts, etc.

E-Products can be sent as attachments to an email or they can be "instantly downloaded" by the customer themselves after they are paid for. Or, once they have been paid for they can provide a link to an otherwise password protected website such as for an e-class.

If you are thinking of selling online and have products that are conducive to being digitized and sold then you should seriously consider selling them as e-products.


Friday, June 19, 2009

What Are E......????? Series



The Internet, websites, and blogging, in particular all have a language unto themselves. Once you've been on the Internet for awhile you start to recognize the different languages and what the various words mean. Sometimes the words are used to describe a particular type of website or blog. Sometimes they're used to describe a particular type of product.

So, for all of you who are new to the Internet or are a new small business crafter doing business on the web I thought I'd create a new series on my "Everything E For Crafts E-Directory" blog to SIMPLIFY all of this and to help everyone understand what all of this means.

You may have seen different words like e-pattern, e-book, e-class, e-printable, e-tutorial, e-pictorial, e-directory, e-article, e-mall, e-store, e-tailer, graphics, video's, podcast, e-zines, e-newsletters, e-projects, e-catalog, e-community, forums, social networking sites, Etsy, eBay, auctions, Twitter, Facebook, E-tv, DIY, picture hosting, website hosting, plugboard, etc and don't know what they are.

So, I thought I'd do a "What Are E.......???? series for each of these words on my "Everything E For Crafts E-Directory" blog and tell you what they are and, hopefully, give you an example so you can see for yourself.

And, once you become familiar with all of this you can visit my "Everything E-Directory" website and click on all the different websites, blogs, and/or e-product listings to see what they're all about.

I hope you enjoy my new "What are E....??? series. I hope it SIMPLIFIES things for you.



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