2015 Tech - eBooks, Readers & free stuff

How to get the most out of eBooks & Readers
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Instructed by Tom Lahey Business / Other
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 40 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

During this eBook & Reader video training course, we will review the various options for online books including the options for checking out ebooks from your local library. There are a number of options but the eBook world has greatly consolidated into a few companies and formats. Although there are signs of some changes on the horizon, the major formats and vendors are well established. Unlike many tech areas , once you learn the basics of eBooks you shouldn't have to stress about changes and new formats for many years.

Although this course is designed for anyone and you can read ebooks on a desktop computer such as a Windows or Mac, the focus of this course is phones & tablets. If you already have a Kindle, you should stick with the reader and Kindle format. All devices including Kindles will allow you to borrow eBooks from your local library.

It's highly recommended that you have a Android or iPhone and if possible a valid library card for the library sessions.

As with all my courses the focus is getting to the bottom line in under an hour. If you have specific questions or more detailed issues, feel free to message me and I will do my best to answer.

There is a brief video introduction and several video sections, they are followed by a recap, a short quiz and a documents section at the end which has a copy of the slides and a few additional materials.

This course includes a quiz and certificate of completion.

This course was made in high-definition and is best viewed with the DH setting on and with the videos enlarged. Feedback is a critical part of an online course. Once you have completed the course, providing comments helps improve the course and benefits everyone, so let me know what you think.

What are the requirements?

  • This is a basic course, having a smartphone is not required but would be very helpful. Also, having a valid library card would help for the library sections. Please remember most sections have a slide or materials that enhances the topic, please feel free to review or download as needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the benefits of using eBooks & Readers
  • Understand the various hardware & software options
  • How to utilize your local library for some great free books

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for everyone who reads & loves books

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
1-1 My Process
Sample Checkout
Section 2: 2-1 ALA - SF June 2015

2-1 ALA - SF June 2015_

Section 3: 3-1 Hardware
3-1 Hardware
Section 4: 4-1 Book Sources
4-1 Book Sources
Section 5: 5-1 Libraries
5-1 Libraries
Section 6: 6-1 Subscribing
6-1 Subscribing
Section 7: 7-1 Audio books
7-1 Audio books
Section 8: 8-1 Book clubs
8-1 Book Clubs
Section 9: 9-1 Personal book lists
9-1 Personal book lists
Section 10: 10-1 Free stuff
10-1 Free Stuff!
Section 11: 11-1 The future
11-1 The future
Section 12: 12-1 Recap, docs & quiz
12-1 Recap, docs & quiz
5 questions

A few quick questions

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Instructor Biography

Tom Lahey, Business Analyst, Trainer, Author

I have over 20 years’ experience in the Technology area. My degree is in business so I have a solid business foundation first. I have spent my life on the practical application of technology. Even when managing servers across a large data center and Amazon’s cloud services, it was training people and making practical sense of all that technology that most inspired me.

I have lived in the bay area for over 30 years and raised 3 wonderful children. When they were young, all my spare time was full of parks, beaches, camping and more. I still love all those places, but I have a passion for both learning and teaching that is my driving focus today.

I have worked for many large corporations, PG&E, Pacific Bell (when it was still called that), Nabisco and Kaiser and used a significant variety of software and applications over the years.

I have experience in Microsoft Office including Visio, Project, OneNote, Microsoft Management Studio, Oracle SQL developer, Amazon’s Web Services, Database Management, and a truly large list of corporate software including analytics’ packages. I also have experience in Google docs and drive, Microsoft’s Online Office including new features such as Sway, Apples iCloud, OpenOffice and a significant list of online applications. I own and use many pieces of technology including (Win7&8, desktops, laptops, Chromebook, Mac, Android Galaxy phone, iPhone, Kindle, several Android tablets, several Roku devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, several other casting devices, more Galaxy accessories that I can count, Hue lights, and other assorted technology). I also have installed over 1,200 apps on my Galaxy phone, tab S tablet, and iPhone.

I have published two books (working on a third), one on search and one on creating a whole new language for numbers and analytics called Hacking Numbers. They can both be found on Amazon. I have a YouTube channel devoted exclusively to finding quality content on Science, Technology and News (bestscitechnews Channel) I am active on Google forums and have answered countless posts, still under 10,000, but getting close.

I have always struggled to understand why everything has to be so complicated. I enjoy taking complex things and trying to make them simple for everyone (myself included). I love to teach and show others a path through all this technology

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