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5 Best Tools for E-Book Lovers

5 Best Tools for E-Book Lovers

Gone are the days when you had to carry around a bunch of heavy books if you wanted to read while you were on the road, at the park, on breaks, etc. Now, all you have to do is open an app, and the books you love are right at your fingertips. E-books are awesome, because they can be downloaded and read anywhere, and pretty much from any device. One of the greatest things about e-books is that if you love to write, this is your chance to be a published author without having to jump through a lot of hoops and spend a ridiculous amount of money for self-publishing. If you are an e-book reader or writer, here are some tools that are going to make you love them even more.

1. FoxyUtils Provides All of the PDF Tools You Will Ever Need.

FoxyUtils tools will make it easier than ever to merge, convert, split, and use any PDF file. It is fast, reliable, and easy to use, and you will enjoy high quality tools. If you choose the Premium Plan, you can connect right through Dropbox and Google Drive, so there is never any need to upload files from your device, so you can keep it free of unnecessary data. All you have to do is log into the cloud and retrieve the books you want to read.

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2. Kobo Gives Access to Millions of E-Books.

By using Kobo, you will have access to more than five million e-book titles on both mobile and desktop devices. This app will allow you to search by author, title, and genre, and there are also “best of” lists you can check out if you are looking for something new and interesting to read. This app is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows, and desktop users. You can even choose day or night mode (to adjust the brightness), font types and sizes, and a whole lot more.

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3. Oodles Books is Great for Publishing Your Own Writing.

Maybe you want to get into writing your own e-book. If this is the case, check out Oodles Books, which makes it easy to publish anything you want, and to reach out to new readers and grow your audience. Whatever you write will be published on Oodles Android and iOS apps, and your work will reach an audience of millions. Publish anything from short stories to essays to novels to non-fiction books, and get direct feedback from your readers. Also, you can read stories by other Oodles readers for free.

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4. Wattpad Online Storytelling Community Enhances Reading and Writing Experience.

Wattpad tool is available through iTunes, and can be used by both iPad and iPhone users. You get a free e-book reader, and all the free e-books you can read, no matter what genre you are into. You can even use Wattpad to write and post your own stories. It is available in several languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, and many more. Users must be at least 17 years of age to download this app. This is a tool that is going to make your e-book reading and writing experience better than ever.

5. FBReader is a free multi-platform e-book reader that is also free of advertising.

FBReader supports most popular e-book formats, including ePub, fb2, rtf, html, and plain text. It is easy to customize FBReader, and you can choose colors, page turning animations, fonts, bookmarks, dictionaries, and more. You will have access to the most popular network libraries, and download e-books (free and paid). You will enjoy online storage for your e-book library, being able to store e-books in your Google Drive space, organizing books by various criteria, and a whole lot more.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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