I want you to imagine if you will, the perfect business book. A book with the best possible advice on how to run your SME/SMB, with all the topics you ever need covered – sales, technical details, ideas, productivity – everything you need. Now, imagine this book never ends – as you read it, more ideas are added all the time, so it’s growing with more and more ideas and useful information.
Now, lets take this idea one step further- there are sections in this fantasy book for other areas of your life – for your hobbies and interests; music, movies, book reviews, your favourite sports team, food, whatever.
Let’s complete this fantasy idea by setting a price for this magical book. How does free sound??
Well, last week I created such a book – and it’s so easy to do.
You see, all the information is there, on the web, in blogs, forums and web sites, all available in RSS feeds, such as the RSS feed for this item at the top of the page, providing streams of articles from web sites you like. There is a vast array of RSS readers presenting the information in multiple formats. The problem is, if you are anything like me, when do you find the time to read all this information? If your computer is on, you may be more interested in working than reading blog posts.
The solution, is an e-book. An electronic book such as the fabulous Sony-505, the Amazon Kindle or even the new Apple iPAD. Download the RSS feeds to one of these devices, and you have all of the articles and information in a format that you can read anywhere; sitting in front of the fire, or a train, in the bath, in bed, over lunch, in the park, all without a PC in site.
For moving all of your various RSS feeds into a nicely formatted eBook, I would highly recommend a Free eBook tool called calibre. In addition to the converting of eBooks (regular electronic books) from one format to another, the Newspaper function allows the specification of as many RSS feeds as you like, and will produce an eBook on a regular specified basis with the new items, with an index, all the graphics, and best of all, a way to read this useful information on the go. Oh, and dont forget, because you would be using the eBook to read business news, your company can pay for it, and its tax deductible.
When you create your own never ending business book, don’t forget to add the feed for this blog.