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13 Free E-books To Boost Your Blogging Expertise

Knowledge is a treasure and we can enrich our know-how in many different ways and reading books is one of them. Reading books is the best way to gain knowledge that endows us with a comprehensive understanding regarding different aspects of life which in turn gives us the confidence to deal with different problems and find out appropriate solutions as well. With the advancements in the sector of Information Technology, the concept of reading e-books has also gained huge acceptance.

For this collection, we are presenting 13 free and the best e-books that will enhance your knowledge about blogging. These e-books are useful for the newcomers as well as for the seasoned bloggers. Here is the full list. Enjoy!

Effective Internet Presence

Why Your Blog is Your Social Media Hub

The Corporate Weblog Manifesto

279 Days to Overnight Success

How to Monitor Your Social Media Presence

The Zen of Blogging

The Beginner’s Guide to SEO

BlogBash 30 days 30 experts

Blog Profits Blueprint

Killer Flagship Content

Everyone’s an expert

How to Start a Business Blog

New version of Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber Dissidents

11 Free Tools To Annotate PDF Documents For iPhone And iPad

In this post, we have collected 11 free tools that will let you annotate you PDF document. Many people use PDF files and read documents in PDF format, and even when they do not use PDF regularly, they often come across such files once or twice in their lives. Many PDF readers are there but none of them offer any option to annotate your document. Therefore, we have compiled this post.

In this post, you will find some free resources to annotate your PDF documents. With these tools, you can add text notes, bookmark a section, highlight or underline text very easily. We hope that you will like this collection and find them useful.

UPAD Lite

The UPAD app takes notes to another level. Your notes become more striking than a printed page. And you’ll be completely intrigued.

PDF Review Free

Pdf Review is an annotation tool for pdf that has an ordered list containing the feedback and notes without obfuscating the original pdf. It supports the full review workflow. Reviewers can easily add feedback with a single tap and send an organized report to the author.

Adobe Reader

Adobe® Reader® is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing and interacting with PDF documents across platforms and devices.

DocAS Lite

DocAS lets you take note, sketch your ideas, annotate PDFs, convert other document format to PDF, do presentation, read documents, record your meetings and classes, and share your notes/documents on your iPad, All-in-One.

AnnotDoc Lite, viewing MS Office doc and PDF with annotations

AnnotDoc is the ONLY iPad app that supports annotation on MS Word and MS PowerPoint! In addition, it supports annotation on PDF as well. Reached Top 1 in some App Stores!

PDF Max

PDF Max is the 5-star rated, full-featured PDF app used & trusted by millions of iPhone/iPad users world-wide. It designed for those people who’re looking for a full-featured PDF annotating, form-filling & note-taking app.

Pdf-notes free for iPad

This app is simply excellent! Functionalities are very well designed and usability is very good and simple. It is extremely useful for classes and study.

Mendeley

Mendeley is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital library. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite.

GoodNotes

GoodNotes lets you take handwritten notes, sketch diagrams, mark-up PDFs and organize them on a beautiful bookshelf. Turn pages with a swipe, highlight or add notes to any page, and share your notes with anyone. GoodNotes will automatically save your notes and has full backup function to prevent data loss.

SignNow – Sign and Fill PDF & Word Documents

Need to sign a document? Need to get someone’s signature on a document? SignNow makes it easy to do both for free, and forget about printing, scanning, or faxing.

DocuSign Ink – Sign PDF & Documents

Sign documents and get signatures quickly and easily from your iPad or iPhone. A must-have app that will save you time and eliminate the need to print, fax or mail documents and forms for signature.

Congratulations To The Winners Of Awwwards Latest Digital Book

Thanks to all of the participants of contest in which Awwwards Latest Digital Book were givingaway. We ran the MySQL random query and selected these comments to give them free Awwwards Latest Digital Book.

The awards for design, creativity and innovation on the Internet, which recognize and promote the best web designers in the world. Awwwards are the awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world. They have featured the best 365 css websites around the world in this book.

An international jury made up of some of the most important designers, bloggers and Internet agencies, will evaluate each site by means of a strict system of evaluation; scoring it on a scale of 1 to 10 for its Design, Creativity, Usability and Content.

Congratulations to all the winners from SmashingApps.Com. They will be contacted in few days. If you are not winner at this time so please be patient and keep visiting here or subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well because we are coming up with another new great contest very soon.

Thanks to Awwwards for sponsoring this wonderful contest at Smashing Apps.

If you want to conduct any contest at Smashing Apps just contact us and send us all the details.

Awwwards Latest Digital Book Giveaway

Awwwards is running a contest, where 50 winners will get the free digital copy of Awwwards latest book. Well, you guys know what they are doing? Lets say it once again for n00bs.

The awards for design, creativity and innovation on the Internet, which recognize and promote the best web designers in the world.

Awwwards are the awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world. They have featured the best 365 css websites around the world in this book.

An international jury made up of some of the most important designers, bloggers and Internet agencies, will evaluate each site by means of a strict system of evaluation; scoring it on a scale of 1 to 10 for its Design, Creativity, Usability and Content.

This contest will run from June 14, 2011 to June 18, 2011 June 24, 2011 (date extended) and we will select the winners randomly by running MySQL query. Result can be announced any day before June 23, 2011 so keep visiting here or subscribe to our rss feed to get the latest updates. To participate in the contest to win free digital copy of Awwwards latest book, All you have to do is :

1. Just leave a comment.

2. Use valid email ID in the email box.

3. Make sure that you are following @SmashingApps and @thecssawards on twitter and subscribe to our rss feed to track this contest and for future updates.

And that’s it! So, what are you waiting for now? Let’s participate in the contest and good luck.

45+ Useful Yet Free eBooks For Designers And Developers

Internet has made the world of knowledge and information so much open than it ever had before. With thousands of tutorials available online and proper standards in place, it just takes few days of study to master even the most complicated skills.

Designing community always require useful resources and new techniques to bring novelty in their designs. Here, we are showcasing an incredibly useful collection of 45+ free e-books that every designer and developer must read. We hope that you will learn some new techniques and get help in mastering your own area of expertise. Enjoy!

Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML

A learner’s guide to creating standards-based Web pages.

How To Be Creative

MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself. If you’ve ever felt the draw to do something creative but just haven’t been able to pull it together, you’ll love this manifesto.

Web Designers Success Guide (PDF)

Web Designer’s Success Guide is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business.

Design Your Imagination

WebGuru is glad to offer an ebook named “Design Your Imagination”; a one stop resource for the beginners and learners of website design. Though this e-book is mainly targeted for the beginners of website design, it might prove helpful for the experienced web designers as well.

HTML5 WTF?

From Simon Schoeters, the author: Yet another overview of the changes introduced by HTML5. How does it look like? What is sexy? What is sexy? This presentation, that’s what.

HTML & XHTML

The definitive guide to HTML & XHTML.

JavaScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner

For the Absolute Beginner, No Experience Required

Pro Drupal Development

Learn how to use the content management framework to create powerful customized web sites.

Web design in a Nutshell

Completely revised for standards compliance, including CSS 2.1 and XHTML 1.0.

Using XHTML

Molly Holzschlag has her finger on the pulse of what web developers need to know. And small wonder, she has been working in the trenches herself for years.

Joomla!

Building a Successful Joomla, Powered Website

Up to Speed on HTML 5 and CSS 3

A presentation to Refresh DC about the emerging HTML 5 and CSS 3 standards, namely about aspects that are beginning to become applicable to web design and development.

Faster, and More Secure Webfonts

Font embedding for the web is a great step in making the web look better and become more functional, but what about security and load times?
Bram Pitoyo’s slide deck takes the top layer off font embedding and shows us how things work, and ultimately how to improve performance and make it more secure.

20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web

What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?
For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.

Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (HTML)

Accessibility is designing products so that people with disabilities can use them. Accessibility makes user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities, and people in a wide range of circumstances, environments, and conditions. Thus accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, and organizations that develop accessible products.

Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)

Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites

Type Classification eBook

This book has been made to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.

Time Management for Creative People

It’s subtitled ‘Manage the Mundane – Create the Extraordinary’ as it’s designed to help you maintain your creative focus while dealing with your other commitments.

Forty’s Pocket Guide to SEO

Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.

Taking Your Talent to the Web

Rated Five Stars at Amazon.com since the day it was published, “Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com

The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

Are you a professional designer? Would you like a process to create more consistently creative work which distinguishes itself from the work of your peers?
Would you like a process which would help translate the often vague, unclear wishes of your clients (and yourself, for that matter) into a clear and solid basis for your design? This manifesto will show you how.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web (HTML)

A practical guide to web typography.

Design Patterns

Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns – A Free New Book

Why design?

The booklet is written to provide some core messages for which we can create a common chorus. It defines the power of Designing, a larger concept that includes strategy as well as artifacts across a variety of disciplines.

The Woork Handbook

The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design… directly from Woork.

A Concise Guide to Archiving for Designers

In 10 short chapters the guide provides designers with the proper ways to store and describe their collections.

Getting Real

Discover the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web-based application. A book by 37 signals.

Lateral Action

Freedom, Money, Time,Key to Creative Success

Dive Into HTML5

Dive Into HTML5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards.

Scribd in HTML5

As fans of HTML5 and its possibilities for the web, it’s nice to see major sites like Scribd jump on board the train and push it forward. Your move, Slideshare.

Learning PHP 5

A pain free introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.

HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

This guide introduces you to just the main elements of HTML5 that you’ll probably want to use right away. This guide is for those who want to get the basics figured out first, and worry about the finer details later on.

Dive Into Accessibility

This book answers two questions. The first question is “Why should I make my web site more accessible?” If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is “How can I make my web site more accessible?” If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.

Eloquent JavaScript

Eloquent JavaScript is a book providing an introduction to the JavaScript programming language and programming in general.

Search User Interfaces

This book presents the state of the art of search interface design, based on both academic research and deployment in commercial systems.

Access by Design Online

A universal design approach to web usability.

Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines

Throughout your Web design or redesign project, you should take advantage of what is already known about best practices for each step of the process. The Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, compiled through an extensive process of research and review, bring you those best practices.

Practical PHP Programming

In this eBook you’re about to learn to use the most powerful web development language that can be found, and, what’s more, you will do so with the minimum of fuss.

HTML

A Beginner’s Guide to HTML.

Knock Knock

Knock Knock is now available for you to read for free. It’s a short take on how to use the new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.

CSS Cookbook

Quick Solutions to Common CSS Problems.

Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

Cascading style sheets (CSS) are the modern standard for website presentation. When combined with a structural markup language such as HTML, XHTML, or XML (though not limited to these), cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document.

Ajax Design Patterns

Creating Web 2.0 Sites with Programming and Usability Patterns.

Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity

Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity.

Ruby on Rails: Up and Running

Lighting Fast Web Development

Essential ActionScript 3.0

Action Script 3.0 Programming Fundamentals.

Foundations of Ajax

The expert’s Voice in Web Development.

17 Websites You Should Bookmark To Download Free eBooks

It is widely accepted that reading is the most simplest way to derive and construct meanings in order to gain particular knowledge from a source. This phenomena has been computerized or digitized when books unfold into digital media equivalent to E-Books.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we will be able to download free e-book and take it with us anywhere we go? That’s why we dove deep into the Internet to compose the list of 17 places to download free e-books for your use.

If you want to share more free sites to download free eBooks so please comment about them below. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  smashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.

Zillr

This sites contains lots of computer ebooks for you to download. 44 categories contains lots of informative books. If you are a computer professional then this website should be a book marked.
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ManyBooks

In ManyBooks you can browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from their visitors. ManyBooks provides free ebooks for your iPad, PDA, iPod or eBook Reader. There are 26,977 eBooks available here and they’re all free. iPad users should use iTunes to add ePub files to iBooks so they can read these books on their iPad.
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FreeBookSpot

FreeBookSpot is a rich source available for you to download Free e-books online, there are more than 5000 FREE E-BOOKS available in 96+ categories. You can search and download free e-books in many categories like computers, scientific, engineering, programming, biology, physics, fiction and many other books. No registration is required to download free e-books.
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4eBooks

This website has a great collection of computer programming ebooks. A short review with description of a book can give you idea about the book before you download it. Thousand of free ebooks can be found in almost every computer programming field like PHP, JAVA, .Net, Scripting, HTML, XHTML, Ajax and many more.
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FreeComputerBooks

FreeComputerBooks contains a huge collection of free ebooks of computers, programming, mathematics, and technology, it contains lectures and tutorials as well. Many categories with sub categories will sure help you find the ebook you want.
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FreeTechBooks

This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.
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Free-eBooks

Free-eBooks is an online resource for you to download free ebooks exist in many categories. Other than free ebooks, you can download free magazines or submit your own ebook as well. Register for free and start downloading ebooks you want.
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GetFreeEBooks

GetFreeEBooks contains lots of free ebooks for you to download. All the ebooks within the site are legally downloadable without registration.
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OBooko

OBooko is a website where you can dig into more free e-books. Featuring more than 30 categories of e-books ranging from children to history and archeology, Obooko.com should not be missed.
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OnlineComputerBooks

OnlineComputerBooks.com contains details about free computer books, free ebooks, free programming books, free online books and sample chapters related to Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science, Internet, Engineering, Business, Marketing, Maths, Electronics, Physics and Science which are provided by publishers or authors on their websites legally and free of charge.
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BookYards

Bookyards has a total of 17,010 books, 41,784 external web links, 4,197 news & blogs links, 384 videos, 32,963 Ebook links and access to hundreds of online libraries (800,000 Ebooks) for your reading pleasure.
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KnowFree

KnowFree is a site where you can exchange or download e-books freely, you can also exchange or download video training and other materials for educational purposes and self-practice.
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OnlineFreeEBooks

OnlineFreeEBooks provides lots of ebooks to download along with user’s guides, reports, lectures, tutorials and many things which contains information.
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The Online Books Page

Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web.
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EBookLobby

These free ebooks are divided into different categories. Category’s range from business, art, computing and education. Select the appropriate category and you will find the e-book you’re looking for.
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e-Library

The total of free ebooks in their directory are 12,473, total visits from eLibrary to ebook sites are 7,301,165.
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Wikibooks

Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit.
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We are looking for more websites and will be back to you with a new Lists, please let us know if you any website which should be listed. Thanks

Free iBooks On iPad For Books Lover

If you are a book lover and love to read then you must know about the free iBooks app for iPad that has a built-in iBookstore with access to thousand of books you can download and begin reading immediately.

iBook on iPad is an amazing way to download and read books. You can browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and you can also bookmark your favorite passages. You can get free iBooks app from here, just drag the ePub files into your iTunes 9.1 Library and sync your iPad with your computer. The books will appear on your shelf in iBooks.

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Some Attractive Features:

1. iBooks supports amazing feature like speaking a word on a page, find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature.
2. Users can quickly find a required page using the page navigator at the bottom of every page.
3. Users can change the font size and pick from five included type faces to make your book more easy to read.
4. Using built-in bookmarking feature you can highlight your favorite passages.
5. Download many of your favorite books from iBookStore and record on your bookshelf or browse them in a list sorted by title, author, or category.
6. Users can read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore before making it a part of your collection.
7. Dont forget to enjoy a complimentary copy of the beautifully illustrated classic, Winnie-thePooh by A. A. Milne.

Requirements to use iBooks:

1. You must have an iPad.
2. Unfortunately, the iBookstore is not available to customers outside the United States.
3. You must have an iTunes Store account to download from the iBookstore.
4. iBooks only supports books published in the ePub electronic book format.
5. To add ePub documents from outside the iBookstore to iBooks, they must be DRM-free and synced to iPad using iTunes 9.1 or later.