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January 5, 2011

What happened to Urbis?

Filed under: Uncategorized — bestrateguru @ 5:26 pm
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I have occasionally used Urbis as a writing site. It had a pretty good credit system and the feedback I got was pretty helpful. So, I was pretty surprised when I went there the other day and saw this message:


Application Error

Ouch. Something isn’t right.

If it’s our fault, we’ve been notified. If it’s your fault, we forgive you.

Let’s just move on with our lives.


I did some digging and it appears that the site has been down for months. I guess that’s it, which is a shame. The more venues for writing, the better.

For those looking for a serious place to workshop your writing, check out TheNextBigWriter.  I’ve been on there for years and have gotten quite a bit out of the site. You have to pay $7.95 per month but as Urbis shows, the free stuff doesn’t always stick around.


February 25, 2009

Kindle and Booksie Are Great Combination

Filed under: Uncategorized — bestrateguru @ 4:14 pm
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I purchased an Amazon Kindle about a month ago and finally took it out of its box.  I like it.  The interface is clean and the screen is easy to read.  The size makes it a better device for reading than a cellphone or an iPhone.

The best thing though is that I haven’t had to buy a book since I got one.  I’ve been busy loading writing from Booksie on the site as well as from Project Guttenberg.  Booksie gets me access to new writing and Guttenberg allows me to download classics.  Both can be done for free.

Below is a screenshot of my Kindle with a book from Booksie.

ntent on Amazon Kindle

ntent on Amazon Kindle

Downloading from either is pretty easy although there are a few steps you have to take:

From Booksie:

1. Click the Generate eBooks button on the right hand side of the content you are reading.

2. Download the file to your hard drive.

3. Email is to your Kindle using the email address they provide (this costs something like $.10.   Or you can email it to Amazon, they’ll convert it for you and then you can load it on to your Kindle using a USB connection.  This way takes about 10 minutes.

Downloading writing from Project Guttenberg is pretty much the same.

The Kindle itself costs $359 so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it.  I also use the Kindle to download books from Amazon, newspaper subscriptions, and more.

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