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  • Social e-book sharing web portal © December 18 2012 by www.azcait.com Authors: Jasur Hasanov, Ebru Delihasan Abstract: The main purpose of the project is making such an environmentfor people (who are interested in books and reading) to read books online in, to ask for their needed books in, to make uploading of books to, and downloading of books from the website.
  • Social e-book sharing web portal © December 18 2012 by www.azcait.com Authors: Jasur Hasanov, Ebru DelihasanAbstract: Developing of a social e-book sharing website for book reader’s society as anelectronic library over web is our project. We named the web portal as www.e-bookbox.com . The main purpose of the project is making such an environment for people (who areinterested in books and reading) to read books online in, to ask for their needed books in, tomake uploading of books to, and downloading of books from the website. As a result the project of e-bookbox.com is one of the helpful sources of e-books forreaders from all over the world. It offers free and easy access to almost every book of any authorat any time of the day.Keywords: e-book sharing, e-book uploading and downloading, online reading, asking of yourneeds to other users, free and easy access.Introduction:1. Benefits and advantages of e-books - [1] An e-book is a book in electronic format. It isdownloaded to a computer, PC, Mac, laptop, PDA, tablet, Smartphone or any other kind of readingdevice, and is read on the screen. It can have numbered pages, table of contents, pictures and graphics,exactly like a printed book.E-books present many benefits and advantages, and this article shows some of them.It is very simple and easy to purchase and download e-books through the Internet. It is exactlylike purchasing any other product. The only difference is that after payments you will either bedirected to a download page or receive the download link in an email. All you have to do is clickon the link and the e-book will automatically download to your computer, to a folder of yourown choice.After download you dont have to be connected to the Internet in order to read the e-book. Youcan stay offline. If you wish to have it printed, it is very easy. Just click on the print button in thee-book, to print it with your home printer.What are the benefits and advantages of e-books?1. E-books are delivered almost instantaneously. You can purchase, download and start readingthem within minutes, without leaving your chair. You dont have to go to a bookstore to buythem, neither wait for them for days, weeks and sometimes more to arrive in the mail.2. No trees are required to manufacture paper for the pages of e-books.
  • 3. When you need certain information, you can get it immediately, by downloading an e-book.4. Many e-books are sold nowadays with bonuses, which you usually do not get with a printedbook. This adds value to your purchase.5. E-books take up less space. You practically dont need any space to store them. You dont needa library or a room for them. You can store hundreds and thousands of e-books on your computeror reading device.6. E-books are portable. You can carry a whole library of hundreds of books with you, on CD, ina laptop, notebook or any e-book reader, without worrying about their weight.7. With todays technology you can read e-books everywhere, on the bus, train, airplane, andwhile standing in line.8. E-books are more safely stored and carried from one place to another, than ordinary books.They also withstand time more than books.9. E-books can show links, for easy access to more information and related websites.10. E-books are searchable. You can easily search for any information in an e-book, instead ofturning page after page.11. E-books can be interactive and contain audio, video and animations, which can enhance themessage that the author is trying to convey.12. Since e-books are delivered through the Internet, there are no packing and shipping expenses.13. E-books can be printable, so that if you wish to read an e-book in the traditional way, you canvery inexpensively print it with your home printer or at any printing shop.14. Fonts in e-books can be resized, making it easier to read for people with disabilities. Withadditional software it is possible to turn some of the e-books into audio books.15. E-books are very easy to sell and distribute.16. It is very simple and easy to purchase and download an e-book. People living in bigmodernized cities, in a remote village in a far away country or on a small island, can equallyaccess an e-book. It takes them the same amount of time to purchase and download an e-book,provided they have an Internet connection.17. It is possible to purchase an e-book 24 hours a day, every day of the year, from the comfortof your own house or office. You can purchase and download an e-book, even if you are on avacation. All you need is a laptop, tablet, Smartphone, or a reading device, and wireless Internetconnection.
  • 18. People are already spending a lot of time in front of their computers, so why not read and e-book, instead of doing something else?Nowadays one can find e-books about every possible subject, fiction and nonfiction, free and notfree.Actuality:1. Benefits of sharing free e-book on your VA website: [2] Websites are created both forpersonal or business purposes and most often than not, each websites want to be on top of the listwhen it comes to Page Ranking and over all performances. There are lots of ways where you canmake your VA (virtual assistant) website reach the highest level when it comes to search enginesbut the most effective and proven is when you create free e-book/s on your website. Benefits of sharing free e-book on your VA website:1. Becoming more expertIf you spend time creating and sharing e-book/s for your website, your readers and new visitorswould think and know that you are an authority when you talk about your website’s niche orsubject. When creating an e-book, you get to expand your knowledge about the topic hencegiving an in depth information about Virtual Assistant and other related topics. It gives morevalue to the services you are offering to your VA website as well.2. Attract VisitorsSharing a free e-book will also open the gates for new visitors and will make your regularreaders stay longer on your VA website and even share it to their friends through different socialmedia. Good thing is, during the e-book download process, you can gather email newslettersubscribers and add them to your potential readers.3. More visitors and readers to your VA website can lead you to more business opportunities.You can monetize your blog by accepting link and display ads or even sell products to yourwebsite. There are also affiliate programs that you could join once you have an established andknown website. If you gain an enormous amount of generated traffic, you can also attract DirectAdvertisers that is willing to pay you in exchange of their banners or logo placed anywhere onyour site.Just like blogs on VA websites, e-book/s are also important and a must have. Sharing knowledgeand information about your site’s niche is one thing that your readers would surely appreciate -especially when they are free and are easy to share.
  • 2. Similar web portals: [3] (www.getfreeebooks.com)History of www.getfreeebooks.comIt started out small, with a number of e-book collections, mainly focused on the internetmarketing category. Surprisingly it grew at a moderately amazing rate, but to a certain extent, itwas giving out a feeling that it wasn’t enough. The topic in mind was too specific and I was surethat free e-books can be covered in a much general and bigger way. And that’s howGetFreeEbooks got its content today.Surely it had its own ups and downs, technical glitches, hosting issues, submission overloads andothers, but thanks to all of your support, we have reached a level of what you’re seeing today –Great readers, great authors and most importantly a great community that shares.
  • GetFreeEbooks Objectives:  To create a central hub / directory of free legal e-books from various genres and categories, not limited to hosting them, but to link, providing resources and other useful information for both authors and readers, anything closely related to e-books.  To provide tips, tricks, resources and strategies on how authors and readers can utilize various tools out there to enhance their writing and reading tasks.  To create a community with SIMPLICITY in mind. Meaning, minimizing registrations before downloading (zero registration is my main objective). You only need to click and download to start reading.  To filter out free e-books with too much commercial content in order to maintain the highest quality of information. We aim to only list full fledge, complete standalone e- books which do not require readers to indulge in other external activities / sources, to acquire knowledge they’re searching for. Maybe it’s only possible in a perfect world, but perhaps an e-book that starts and ends on its own. Convenience and top notch content is our priority.3. Worldwide conferences.Name: Technology Summit - Social Bookmark Services [4]Date and time: Thursday, February 17, 2005 1:30 PM - 4:00 PMLocation: At the MLS, Burr Ridge officeIts actually a sneaky way to start a discussion about online social services and networks ingeneral and how libraries are totally not paying attention to them. One of the things OCLCs2003 Environmental Scan talks about is "circles of trust" and how libraries need to re-insertthemselves into users online circles. I think these services are one way to do that at the point ofthe users need.Theyll have other impacts on libraries, too, though, especially serviceslike Flickr and del.icio.us that let users tag items with their own vocabularies. When someonegets used to retrieving items using the words they think of, not the words we think of, do youthink theyll still be willing to type "Last Name, First Name" to find an author? Will theyunderstand a title search that accepts exact phrases only? (Those are rhetorical questions and thecorrect answers are "no" and "no," even if you offer keyword searching hidden elsewhere onyour catalog.)So how could we make better use of the integration of folksonomies and user-basedvocabularies? Im not suggesting we throw the bath water out with the baby, because Im also a
  • big fan of structured searching, and lets face it - one of the things Google isnt good at issearching structured data. But why cant we offer both? They arent mutually exclusive.Why cant our catalogs let users find items of interest and then store them for later retrieval usingtheir own tags. Take a look at this Flickr page for architecture. Notice the "related" and "seealso" links? The same thing happens on the del.icio.us page for architecture. Imagine thedisplay of this type of folksonomy integrated into a librarys catalog, so that users could findtitles and subjects for "architecture," but they could also browse by tags (such as "buildings" or"urban"), which they could then bookmark themselves and specify as "public" or "private"(like Furls "private archive" feature). Aggregate the public tags and let users access their privateones.What if records retrieved from structured OPAC search results displayed those types of user-based tags alongside the MARC data? It would be the best of both worlds, although, I believe Ihear a very audible groan from the ILS vendors. Then, if a user is really interested in a particulartopic, she could subscribe to the feed for the standard subject search, the aggregated user-generated public tag, or a combination of both.Another idea: lets add visual "whats popular" and "whats recommended" pages like these toour catalogs. I have to say, I was stunned to realize that our SWAN catalog seems incapable ofproducing a "whats new" page on its own (and Im not talking about an RSS feed, just a standardHTML page).Now take this a step further and apply it to readers advisory. Its pretty obvious that users likesharing their own thoughts and information. Why not take advantage of that? Imagine the read-alikes and recommendations users would build using their own folksonomies! Let them tag cozymysteries and robot sci-fi and financial nonfiction titles how they want to find them. And if youreally want to get social about the whole thing, how about building out those tags cross-catalog?What would WorldCat look like if tagged by users, especially now that OCLC has opened itup?In addition, we can make better use of these ideas amongst ourselves. I suggest that for the nextlibrary conference that wants to be blogged, we establish ahead of time a Flickr tag for thephotos. And how about a del.icio.us tag for links discussed by presenters? And how about anagreed-upon Technorati tag for posts that go to personal blogs rather than an official conferenceblog? Actually, I believe the Technorati search would find all three anyway. Weve had fits andstarts to head in this direction, but lets pull it all together.In retrospect, it all seems kind of obvious (even though Technorati tags didnt really exist beforethe ALA conference started), but I always say the best way to learn about new things andunderstand their potential is to use them. If I had been able to, I would have tried to integratethese ideas into the intranet/extranet were building at MLS because I think theyd have valuethere, too. Ideally, Id like to let every user (or at least those that have logins) tag bits of
  • information in our system that get inserted as additional metadata. Maybe I can make this aphase two project.Anyway, its something to think about, and this is definitely a trend for libraries to watch. Imgoing to start the Tech Summit by saying Im Morpheus, standing before you with a red pill anda blue pill. Take the red pill, and youll walk out feeling overwhelmed, but excited, and youlltrack what happens in this area because youll understand it will affect libraries. Take the bluepill, and youll walk out shaking your head in denial, believing that all of this wont impact patronexpectations at all and that theyll continue to contort themselves to our searches, rather than ushaving to do the reverse.Work Plan: 1. As it is known we used the main principles of SDLC (planning, analyzing, designing, testing, implementation) 2. Firstly we created clear and obvious view of the website (www.e-bookbox.com) 3. We defined the needed technologies and applications. 4. We divided project into several parts and will make work schedule for steps of working on these parts. 5. After completing each part of the project we made testing for each part. 6. The parts which passed the testing are combined as a part of the project. 7. Competition of all parts as tested project is ready to implement and operate.Waterfall model Waterfall approach was first Process Model to be introduced and followed widely inSoftware Engineering to ensure success of the project. In "The Waterfall" approach, the wholeprocess of software development is divided into separate process phases.
  • Requirements: 1. General requirements of the project The project of e-bookbox.com will be one of the helpful sources of e-books for readers from all over the world. It will offer free and easy access to almost every book of any author at any time of the day. 2. Requirements as a technology HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVASCRIPT, FLASH 3. Requirements as an application XAMPPSERVER, WAMPSERVER, ECLIPSE PDTAnalysis: Before a starting for actual coding, it is highly important to understand what we are going to create and what it should look like? In our system e-bookbox.com will be one of the helpful sources of e-books for readers for reading books online, asking for their needed books, uploading of books, and downloading of books from the website. It will offer free and easy access to almost every book of any author at any time of the day from all over the world.Design: System Design helps in specifying hardware and system requirements and also helps in defining overall system architecture. To understand the design of the www.e- bookbox.com clearly look at the figure below. The general overview of the www.e-bookbox.com
  • We will have 3 main sections for users. 1. Book order 2. Book upload 3. Catalog (book download)Implementation & Unit testing (coding): On receiving system design documents, the works divided in modules/units and actualcoding is started. The system is first developed in small programs called units, which areintegrated in the next phase.Integration & System Testing (testing): This phase of "The Waterfall Model" is virtually never ending phase (Very long).Generally, problems with the system developed (which are not found during the development lifecycle) come up after its practical use starts, so the issues related to the system are solved afterdeployment of the system. Not all the problems come in picture directly but they arise time totime and needs to be solved; hence this process is referred as Maintenance.Acceptance: The final successful work is ready for user.2. Incremental Model: The incremental model is an intuitive approach to the waterfall model. Multipledevelopment cycles take place here, making the life cycle a “multi-waterfall” cycle. Cycles aredivided up into smaller, more easily managed iterations. Each iteration passes through therequirements, design, implementation and testing phases. A working version of software is produced during the first iteration, so you have workingsoftware early on during the software life cycle. Subsequent iterations build on the initialsoftware produced during the first iteration.
  • Requirements: 1. General requirements of the project The project of e-bookbox.com will be one of the helpful sources of e-books for readers from all over the world. It will offer free and easy access to almost every book of any author at any time of the day. 2. Requirements as a technology HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVASCRIPT, FLASH 3. Requirements as an application XAMPPSERVER, WAMPSERVER, ECLIPSE PDTDesign: System Design helps in specifying hardware and system requirements and also helps indefining overall system architecture. To understand the design of the www.e-bookbox.comclearly look at the figure below. The general overview of the www.e-bookbox.com
  • We will have 3 main sections for users. 1. Book order 2. Book upload 3. Catalog (book download)Testing: The incremental model integrates the elements of the water fall model that is applied inan iterative fashion. The sequence produces the deliverable increments of the software. With anincremental model, a core product is first incremented, which is used by the customer. The plandeals with the modification of the core product to meet the customer needs in a better way.Implementation: Reducing a design to code may be the most obvious part of the software engineering job,but it is not necessarily the largest portion. An important (and often overlooked) task isdocumenting the internal design of software for the purpose of future maintenance andenhancement. Documentation is most important for external interfaces.Acceptance: The final successful work is ready for user.Main contents of the e-bookbox.com:User Side: 1. Home page and menu bar. 2. Registration System. 3. Login system. 4. File download page. 5. File upload system. 6. Book order page.Home page and menu bar:
  • Registration System:Login system:
  • File download page:File upload system:
  • Book order page:Admin Side: 1. Main Admin page. 2. News editing system. 3. File control system. 4. Password control system.Main Admin page:
  • News editing system:File control system:
  • Password control system:Conclusion: As a result the project of e-bookbox.com is one of the helpful sources of e-books forreaders for reading books online, asking for their needed books, uploading of books, anddownloading of books from the website. It offers free and easy access to almost every book ofany author at any time of the day from all over the world.References and Resources 1. Remez Sasson, The Benefits and Advantages of eBooks, Available: http://www.successconsciousness.com/ebooks_benefits.htm 2. Mylene Dela Cena, Jul 31 2012, Benefits of sharing free e-book on your VA website, Available: http://virtary.com/articles/benefits-of-sharing-free-e-book-on-your-va-website/ 3. John Eye Website owner, Available: http://www.getfreeebooks.com/?page_id=6 4. The MLS, Burr Ridge office, February 17, 2005, Available: http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2005/01/18/mls_february_tech_summit_on_ social_bookmark_services.html