Tag Archives: Free eBooks

Free eBook: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone

Another free resource for those of us SharePoint people who are looking to also bring Lync into our social computing world!

*** UPDATE: This FREE eBook Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone has been updated to RTM and is now available for download at the URL below …

Matt Landis, Microsoft Lync Server MVP, has compiled a series of great step-by-step articles on Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Preview into a FREE 90-page eBook titled Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone. If you’ve previously downloaded earlier releases of this eBook, Matt has now released an updated Rev 5 with new content, so I strongly recommend downloading this tremendous resource again. This eBook demystifies the installation and configuration process for Lync Server 2013 for standard and enterprise features, and includes topics on Installation, Monitoring, Persistent Chat, Resiliency, Enterprise Voice and Lync 2013/Onenote 2013 client integration.

Do It: Download your free copy of Microsoft Lync 2013 Preview: Step-by-Step for Anyone today!

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

For those of you looks at the new Windows 8 platform and how to use items like the WinJS, commanding UI, animations and sensors, it’s a really nice run down of everything you would want for building out a basic and elegant Windows 8 app on a mobile platform.

I’ve skimmed the chapters and am now diligently working my way through the exercises…

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/08/20/free-ebook-programming-windows-8-apps-with-html-css-and-javascript-second-preview.aspx

Free Kindle books for the Homeschooler

This is just awesome.  I love technology and it has brought learning to a point where it has never been more accessible than it is today.  Sometimes I wish I was a kid again.

I’ve had several Kindles for a while now and received some great resources for my professional career thanks to Microsoft’s Downloadable content for eReaders.  But it doesn’t stop there.  A couple of months ago I won a Kindle Fire at a Microsoft event.  Already having an iPad and the previous Kindles, I basically toyed with it for a few weeks and rooted and hacked it to run Icecream Sandwich OS.  Then I found this little gem:

Project Gutenberg: Children’s Book Series (Bookshelf)

How great is it that?  All sorts of children’s books right there in the palm of your hand.  So my daughter now has my Kindle Fire (she calls it her mini-iPad) and has access to all of these great stories.  She loves The Bobbsey Twins.

And it doesn’t stop there.  21 American Literature classics that are free on Kindle is another great resource.  She’s not quite ready for Little Women but how great is it to know that these classics are available to her when she is ready.

And that’s just the start…

The National Academies Press announced last year that all the PDF versions of its books will be available free to download.

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And while PDF is sometimes hard to read on a Kindle, I love the Calibre eBook Management program by Kovid Goyal because not only does his program do conversions of .pdf to .mobi, he gives his amazing software away for free.  I use this program on a regular basis for loading all of my reading needs into my Kindle/iPad.

It’s not all learning of course.  Since we’ve got a Netflix account, she can also watch the Electric Company streamed right to the Kindle Fire, along with several other great educational series.  I know it’s not a free resource, but at $8 a month, it’s tough to beat.