January 29, 2007

Our Heartful Thanks to Mr. Hart

Having written his "Grandpa and the Computer" book when he was 82 years old in 2001, our truly senior author has decided to hang up his author hat now, in January 2007! His "senior to senior" computer lesson book was hailed by experts, readers, and the press alike at its publication in 2002. Sandy Berger, AARP's reviewer, had this to say:

"With a down to earth, witty writing style, James Hart tells you where to start first (no surprise, it is turning on the computer) and continues right on through the learning process. His instructions make computing easy, fruitful, and fun rather than hard and complicated. Because it worked for him, Hart explains how to unlock the Internet and e-mail world. His loneliness vanished when he was e-mailing pen pals, family, and friends. Next, he concentrates on Search and the Web browser program, opening up a whole new world.

Conquering the computer was a job well done. Writing this book was another job well done. Hart’s approach deserves my Compu-KISS® of approval. My Compu-KISS® philosophy of "The Computer World, Keeping It Short and Simple" goes hand in hand with Mr. Hart’s approach. His "Grandpa and the Computer" removes the intimidating aspects of computers and shows how computers can open a new world to anyone at any age. His invitation to join him in the computing world is warm and convincing."

"Grandpa and the Computer" was also recommended by Sree, the Tech Guru of WABC/Channel 7 "As a book you may want to get for seniors who are new to computers."

It has been our privilege to be your publisher, Grandpa Hart!

January 15, 2007

Smart Books for Smart Phones

It had to happen. Mobile news, stock reports, movies, shows, and videos. Now mobile books. Mobile ebooks, that is. So read some of our best selling titles on your smartphone or cell phone, while you are commuting, traveling, waiting, or relaxing. Now you can. Anyhere. Anytime. They are available fom our new smartphone book store:

Our Smartphone Bookstore

If you have purchased a ringtone, downloaded it to your computer, and transferred it to you smartphone or cell phone, you already know what to do. You can visit our partner, MobileBooks.org for more information. The logo you see in this posting is also theirs.

We'll be posting new titles as they become available. Stay tuned.

January 2, 2007

The Making of MakeiTV.com

Check out our new blog, makeiTV.com. Another blog you say? Why bother - there are over 1.5 million blogs out there now!

Because Internet TV is in its infancy. We will use this blog to share the joy, pain, and sometimes plain stupidity (ours) that creeps in while making it happen. Making iTV is new. Making iTV is exciting. Making iTV is fun and can be profitable. Let’s find out together.

You’ll learn what we learn. You’ll see what we see, mash up, or dish out. On Dish TV one day, that is. Join our blog and community. Add your comments, questions, tips, and stories. Use ours to shorten your learning curve. iTV is taking over the cyberwaves. Surf is up at:

Make iTV


January 1, 2007

Born in 2006 - The first news-video generator bot

This just in (at least for me):

From the Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab) at Northwestern University comes News at Seven, an automatic system that crafts daily news shows. It finds the news you are interested in; edits it; finds relevant images, videos, and external opinions; and then presents it all using a virtual news team working in a virtual studio. News at Seven is a uniquely compelling experience that can present traditional news--augmented with supplemental images, videos, and opinions from the blogosphere ALL WITHOUT HUMAN INTERVENTION....

Check it out at: News at Seven

[PT = my personal take]: And the next step will be to tap into the webcams all over the world, relegating us to writing commentaries, until that gets automated...which will become really horrific when the authoring software far right (not left, of course) tendencies....

Yes, and a Happy 2007 to you too!