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 title at the top of this post or CLICK HERE. It's a FREE e-book from Linda Walsh Originals. The link will take you to the post that "How To Host A Folksy Family and Friends Bridal Shower" e-book is on in my Linda's Blog. 

 You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free e-book. Then just download my free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.


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.

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.

I have hundreds of free e-patterns, e-printables, and e-books on my Linda's Blog My Free E-Patterns, E-Printables, & E-Books page.   Just click on one that interests you and follow the prompts or click on the title below for my free Hang-10 Bunny E-Pattern.



To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

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.