Finds of the Week: Make eBooks with Google Docs, Typography Workshop, Creative 404 Pages, Mastering Tabs in Firefox

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Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

How to Make eBooks with Google Docs
Read your documents on any device - the ePub format is a "responsive" format, it automatically adjusts to different screen sizes, so whatever you're reading can be easily read using any device. This article gives a quick overview on using Google Docs (or new or existing Microsoft Word documents) to create ePub ebooks. Kindle devices don't support the ePub format, but do support many others. Formats like ePub, PDF, and many others can be converted to the Kindle mobi (and most other formats) using the program Calibre or an online service like To ePub, quite handy if you'd rather not use Google. Calibre is also one of the best programs for managing ebooks and runs on Windows (32 and 64 bit), OS X and Linux. There's also a portable version.

A Typography Workshop
This isn't a weeks long course on typography, rather, it's an excellent overview of what you need to know about the basics of typography like fonts, typefaces, and type families, the anatomy of letters, classifying type, line spacing, line length, and a section called the “Do’s” and the “Don’t even’s” - & the “maybe it will work, just try it”.
(H/t Web Designer News)

Creative 404 Pages
We've all seen them - those pages that say "the page cannot be found", also known as HTTP 404 File not found errors. Mostly, that's all they say. Some creative and humorous souls have taken these pages to another level - little works of art and interesting and funny (and not so funny) messages. The above link is a page that highlights interesting 404 pages, with content added regularly. Here's another site that has interesting 404 pages, just in case you enjoy them as much as I do: The Best 404 Pages on the Internet.

Firefox Tab Mastery
I usually have three different browsers open at any given time, with multiple windows open in each browser. Each browser window has multiple tabs open, each showing a different page. Most people I know have one browser and one tab open at a time, and go back and forward one page at a time. I started working this way because of a slow internet connection and me not wanting to wait forever for a page to load - it's much faster to let pages load in the background so that I can read them when I'm done with the page I'm currently reading. If you want to learn about basic and advanced tab handling, this article is a must read. The article focuses on Firefox, but the information can be applied to most popular browsers.

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Excellent collection of "Finds"! Keep on searchin'...... keep on searchin' for your "Finds"!

Thank you, I will! :)

Read Firefox tab Mastery and have now been on ghacks.net website all afternoon. So many great 'short' articles, most with screenshots and very easy to understand Tutorials. Awesome Find...Thxs.

Glad you like it - Martin is one of my favorite people. :)

Good one.

I'm a huge fan of creative 404 pages. The best one I've seen had an image of Star Fleet Commander Matt Decker with the caption "The page use to be there....but not anymore"

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yC7w48_785w/UDOQURPAzpI/AAAAAAAAFTE/O6jythB0mpI/s1600/35ddm-22Decker2Hand.jpg