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Ebook news digest: writing apps, audiobooks from Kobo, ebook scam

2017-10-02

News on ebooks, writing and reading

Comparison of Kobo aura One ereader and Amazon Fire HD8 tablet
Best Mac Writing Apps
Laptop Mag

A good selection of writing apps for Mac computers (even though most of these run on other PCs as well). Some of the apps are free, some purchased at one-off price, and others charge a monthly fee. I had to instantly try Simplenote that was a new app for me.

Google Wants You To Read E-Books
Forbes

Google is co-operating with libraries to share ebooks available for loan in search results.

The Wall Street Journal to Stop Publishing Europe, Asia Print Editions
The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is one of the most successful newspapers that has managed to sell digital subscriptions to online readers. The respected financial newspaper is shutting down the printing machines for its Europe and Asia editions, whose print editions won’t be available anymore. Online news and digital subscriptions for readers in Europe and Asia carry on.

Kobo adds audiobooks to its iOS and Android apps
The Verge

The market for downloadable audiobooks has been growing for quite awhile, and now ebook store Kobo has started marketing audiobooks as well.

The Best of Pattaya, Thailand and the Essentials of Thai Culture
Klaava Travel Guide

A downloadable travel guide to the popular year-round beach resort of Pattaya in Thailand.

Author Milly Johnson finds six books with her name on them for sale on Amazon… but she didn’t write them
Evening Standard

This is one type of scam, happening particularly on Amazon, that has been reported this year. Other scams are more straightforward than this one, but the result is the same: the author loses income.

Book doulas: the new way to push your writing into the world
The Guardian

A book doula is defined as a coach who advises, helps and supports a writer to finish a manuscript and to get it published. A personal consultant, in other words.

Dogs in bookstore a controversial chapter
Toronto Sun

Someone took her two dogs along into a bookstore in Toronto, Canada, and caused a huge confrontation between citizens. Well behaving dogs do not bother anyone or cause any problems in stores, but still, some people don’t want pets in stores. I wonder how many books dogs have helped their pack leaders to write?

Ebook news digest: travel writing, working while on a cruise, bets on books

2017-09-13

News on ebooks, writing and photography

an old typewriter for traveling writers had its own hardshell case. Photo by Stan Wiechers.
12 Types of Travel Writing Every Writer Should Know
Reedsy

Articles, books, blogs – a few choices for writing about travel. The article introduces the genres and channels of travel writing.

10 Books That Were Written on a Bet
Electric Lit

Fascinating stories about books that were written because the author had accepted a bet.

Best travel photography apps 2017 – All free to download
Mel365

Travel photography apps for smartphones. Fine applications, except for Instagram that still has the most confusing user interface of all the photography apps.

Developing the Writing Habit
The Writing Cooperative

How a writer develops into a professional craftsman is a personal journey. Each one is different, but there are some universal truths how to make the journey. This article provides a few tips for the road.

How To Be Efficient When Working And Travelling
Lifehacker

Many writers like to travel somewhere to work on their book or an assignment because often, they don’t have to be in a specific place to write. Also, being away from home frees writers from many distractions (and introduces new distractions). Here is an article with solid advice: ‘travel slow’ is a valuable tip that everyone will learn with time.

The Herder’s Boots
Stephen Parliament

A story of an American man who worked and traveled in Mongolia. The country is changing from a nomad society to an urban and industrial nation, but slowly.

Top 5 Reasons Cruising is the Perfect Writing Vacation
Writer’s Digest

I have heard of a writer/translator who did all her work on ships. She didn’t board on cruise ships but long distance ships that sailed the seas for weeks. Author Laura Heffernan has discovered that a cabin on a cruise ship can be her temporary office.

A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing
Science

In Germany and in a few other European countries, universities have started a strong push against academic publishers’ current business model. And things are changing. Academic publishing is very different from nonfiction and fiction publishing, but valuable lessons about the new world of digital publishing will be learned during the next few years.

Ebook news digest: where writers work, photography from above, survival tips after disappointing book sales

2017-08-24

News on ebooks, writing and photography

writing tools, photo by Reuben Ingber (Flickr)
The Rooms Where Writers Work
The New York Times

Romantic images of writers typing in an attic at night, or in a solitude of a wilderness cabin are mostly only romantic visions. Most writers create a dedicated space for themselves where they can work undisturbed. Probably the most common place is the writer’s own house. The New York Times has visited a few writers and asked them to show where they work.

How to Take Photographs From a Helicopter
Fstoppers

It is a rare opportunity to get onboard on a helicopter to shoot pictures. A photographer tells about his first helicopter ride that prompted him to write 10 tips for helicopter photography.

What Are Book Cover Designers and Editors Earning? The Freelance Reality
Publishing Perspectives

Book publishing industry relies freelancers on many tasks. Cover designers, editors, proofreaders and many other professionals work for the industry as independent contractors. The article has some pointers to the level of fees paid in the industry.

Library map of the world
IFLA

Statistics on libraries across the globe projected on a world map.

7 Reasons To Smile When Your Book Is Not a Bestseller
The Creative Penn

Thank you for this article Julia Schooler! It can save a day for so many writers. Perhaps the best way to thank you is to buy your book.

The winners of the 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest
Dronestagram

Drone photography is one of most exciting forms of travel photography that is still so new that we will see a lot of development in the technology (and in restrictions) during the next few years. Dronestagram is the online album for drone photographers. The annual photography contest awards have been chosen, and again, the images are fantastic.

Engineers who can cook have a secret
Klaava

The nerds and the geeks who can cook have read the Engineer’s Cookbook. The book explains the secrets of cooking the way that techies can understand.

After more than half a century, The Village Voice is closing its print edition
Poynter

The Village Voice “plans to maintain its iconic progressive brand with its digital platform and a variety of new editorial initiatives and a full slate of events that will include The Obie Awards and The Pride Awards.” Yes, digital is the future.

Amazon’s TenMarks releases a new curriculum for educators that teaches kids writing using digital assistants, text messaging and more
Techcrunch

Smart tools for children’s writing classes.

Ebook news digest: blockchain for publishing, pirate site for academics, the fear of second book

2017-08-13

News on ebooks, writing and photography

digital nomad's office on an outdoor terrace in Italy
Jenni L. Walsh’s Three Tips for Book Two
The Debutante Ball

I think many authors are making a big deal out of the difficulty of writing your second book. It can be a little scary, because now you know how much work it requires, but on the other hand, you also know how to do it. My opinion is that the second book is easier than the first. In any case, the article has good tips for overcoming the fear of the second book.

The Internet Made Information Free: Now It Has Come For Academic Research
Forbes

A pirate site for academic literature, Sci-hub, just may be the force of change for the traditional business models in academic publishing.

Traditional or indie? Hybrid author Nick Spalding looks at publishing from both sides
Publishing Talk

A successful author shares a few tips how he made it. Spalding says he never gives away his books for free, which is contrary to the common mantra that authors should give their books away for free in order to sell their other books.

Blockchain and digital publishing – The disruption has begun
Ryan Jorgensen

A view how the blockchain technology used in cryptocurrencies could affect the distribution of digital media products, such as ebooks.

5 Tips for Better Travel Photography
Digital Photography School

When a photographer shares tips for travel photography, the images shared with the article should be really, really good. In this article, they are.

5 Cities Where Remote Work is On the Rise
Workfrom

I would choose number 3 or 4 for my next destination out of these 5 cities, and avoid number 1. Every time I read a story where someone is praising Bali as a paradise, I think he or she has never even visited the island.

The Future of Peer Review
Scientific American

The author of the article suggests a formal process, tools, registers and rewards for ensuring the tradition of peer reviews of scientific and other documents continues.

Free download: Traveling in Scandinavia
Klaava Travel Guide

Tips for understanding Finland, Norway and Sweden, and for planning a trip to this large region in North Europe.

“A thesis is written for examiners, an academic book for scholars in general” – the basics of writing a book from your PhD
LSE Impact Blog

In other words, repurposing content.

Ebook news digest: the honor of ebooks, free writing contests, translating a book

2017-08-01

News on ebooks, writing and remote work

Apple iPad on bookshelf with books
Defending the honor of ebooks (and innovation)
No Shelf Required

A quote from the article hits right into the core benefits of ebooks: “The promise of the digital medium is to democratize and equalize access to knowledge, which, like information, wants to be available to any person, anywhere (important for libraries). The potential of the digital medium, as we’ve already seen with other industries, is to create new ways of earning and generating revenue for content creators (important for publishers). The power of the digital medium is to detach knowledge from institutions, government entities, and most affluent urban areas and spread it to remote parts of the globe so that reading can more easily become an integral part of human existence regardless of a person’s location (crucial for readers).”

31 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes
The Write Life

It seems that there are genuine writing contests that are not only after author’s money. The article lists 31 of writing contests.

How One Hundred Years of Solitude Became a Classic
The Atlantic

If a village of Macondo brings memories to your mind, you may have read a classic One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad) by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book was published 50 years ago, but it wasn’t an instant best-seller. The article tells how the global trends in culture and politics have an impact on the business of books as well.

Nice, France and the Riviera coast is fully booked in August
Klaava Travel Guide

August is the most popular vacation time for the French. When the streets of Paris look kind of empty, it probably means people have traveled to the coast (apart from a minority who headed to the Alps or the Pyrenees).

The appear.in top 5 remote working locations of the world
Medium / appear.in

These locations are credible cities and places to get work done in an environment where you can focus on work, but also tour the sights when you have time.

The art of translating a book
The Open Mic

A translator’s story how she broke into the market of translating books, and what she has learned during 5 years she has been in business. A must read for everyone who has ever thought about book translations as a career.

Reader Analytics from Jellybooks: Crunching the Numbers to Improve Book Marketing and Sales
Jane Friedman

Jellybooks is a company that collects behavioral data from ebook readers who have signed up to being monitored. Andrew Rhomberg, founder of Jellybooks, tells what kind of data the company can extract from ebook readers.

Writing a Memoir: Here’s What Worked for These Travel Writers
The Write Life

A couple that is traveling the world, writing for work, and at the same time writing a book. How do they do it?

Ebook news digest: literary tourism, digital libraries, ebook cover designs, travel photography kit

2017-07-26

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Luzenac, France, Pyrenees, bookcrossing library
Libraries Gone Digital: 4 Ways Libraries Expand Your Reach As An Author
Digital Book World

Yes, libraries are a good channel for distributing ebooks to readers. An ebook publisher who has the distribution agreements in place (for instance, Klaava Media) can deliver ebooks to libraries. It depends on the individual markets how the revenue models (if any) work.

Literary Tourism: Travel The World’s Book Towns
Bookriot

A book town is any community that has relatively big number of bookshops, and perhaps book related events are organized in town as well. Here is your guide to a few renowned book towns across the world.

5 Excellent eBook Reader Apps for Ubuntu
OMG! Ubuntu

Oh my – what is Ubuntu, you might ask? It is a popular Linux system that you can download and install on your PC to replace whatever operating system (often Windows) your computer is running. Ebook reading applications are available for Ubuntu, but why on earth Calibre is regarded as an excellent ebook application is beyond my understanding what a good app should be.

Your Story #84: Submit Now!
Writer’s Digest

A writing contest where the maximum number of words is 25. Deadline August 21.

Gothenburg and Sweden’s West Coast
Klaava Travel Guide

Sweden’s West Coast near Gothenburg is where the Swedes like to spend their summer vacations. After July, when they have gone back to work, there is room for us as well. Worth a visit. The guidebook tells more about the region.

Best kit for travel photography
Amateur Photographer

A travel photography kit for serious amateur photographers.

e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2017
The Book Designer

Ebook Cover Design Awards have been chosen in fiction and nonfiction categories. Take a look at the winning cover designs.

Forget George Eliot: now it’s male authors disguising their sex to sell more books
The Guardian

J.K. Rowling used initials on purpose, because the wisdom was that women authors wouldn’t sell as well as men authors. Well, the tide may have changed as the article points out.

This poet is writing one million letters to strangers
Metro

One million poems is plenty of work, but that’s what a young poet has set out to do. If you want a poem from her, the article has an email address where the poet receives requests.

Ebook news digest: guide to writing a nonfiction book, visual travel stories, PayPal for iBooks

2017-07-18

News on ebooks, writing and photography

laptop on table with papers and pen
The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Publishing a Nonfiction Book
Writing Tips Oasis

An extensive article on planning and writing a nonfiction book that starts with a Table of Contents. Klaava Media’s publishing team was sold – the importance of the Table of Contents is also one of our most popular articles. Here is a writer who knows about writing a nonfiction book. And yes, writing a book is that much work as the article suggests.

How to Tell Better Visual Stories with Travel Photography
Digital Photography School

Telling a story with images has a beginning and an end just like telling a story in writing. The article provides tips for an opening image, and for other types of pictures required to tell a travel story.

Microsoft is giving away millions of eBooks that can be downloaded for free
Techworm

Free ebook downloads for techies. Technical guides for people who are dealing with Microsoft’s products at work. If you are looking for free ebooks, why not try Traveling in Scandinavia?

The top 5 gadgets for remote work and productive workations
Meri Sorgaard

Only 5 gadgets – in addition to an obligatory laptop and smartphone? That’s quite a feat.

Review: Sony DPT-RP1 PDF Reader and Digital Notepad (Video)
The Ebook Reader

The Sony DPT-RP1 is an ereader, but not an ordinary one. It has specifically been designed for reading PDF documents and ebooks. That’s why it has a huge screen for an ereader – 13 inches. Here is a review.

What is the X-Ray Feature on Amazon Kindle?
Methodshop

A reminder on the usefulness of X-Ray feature on the Amazon Kindle ereaders and reading applications for tablets and smartphones. Other Kindle features explained as well.

Because travel is much more than exciting destinations
Travel User Guide

A user guide for travel? That’s what this is – tips, advice and reviews.

Apple is now accepting PayPal on the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and iCloud
Hardware Zone

PayPal is my and many other people’s preferred method for payments on the Internet, and now everyone can purchase ebooks from the Apple iBooks store using their PayPal accounts. Excellent.

Ebook news digest: recommended books for vacation, nomads’ favourite continent, Tour de France

2017-07-05

News on ebooks, writing and reading

bookcrossing street library in Spain
Bill Gates Discusses His Lifelong Love for Books and Reading
Time

Bill Gates is the man who started the personal computing and software revolution in the late 1970s – early 1980s when his company Microsoft managed to make a deal with IBM. He became the world’s richest man, even though someone else may have passed him by now. When he was still the leader of Microsoft, he used to list the books he is going to read on his short summer break. The books, of course, became instant bestsellers. Time magazine has recently interviewed Bill Gates, and yes – he has more book recommendations.

Best e-readers
PCWorld

PCWorld is a computer magazine that has reviewed Kindle and Kobo ereaders. Good advice and terminology for the uninitiated included as well.

Publishers and Publishing: Why We Still Need Them
Writing and Pubishing My Book

While self-publishing, triggered by the rise of ebooks, is living its golden age, publishers still have the same old job as they have had for hundred of years. Here is a reminder on what they actually do.

Save Space in Your Suitcase and Leave These Things at Home For Your Next Trip
Popsugar

The first item on the list to leave home is a laptop. If you are flying, a good tablet perhaps with a small foldable keyboard (if you have to work a little) goes a long way. Instead of packing a paperbook, we recommend downloading thousand ebooks on the tablet for choice.

Ask a Digital Nomad: What Are Your Favorite Places?
The Ramble

Location independent writer Gigi asked a few fellow digital nomads what are their favorite places to stay, have fun, eat, to name a few questions. Interestingly, Europe got the most mentions for traveling professionals’ favorite continent with Asia as a solid second.

Tour de France is live and so is Riviera on the Mediterranean coast
Klaava Travel Guide

Tour de France is the biggest sports event in the world if measured by the number of spectators watching the live event where it happens. Here is a guidebook to southern France where the professional road cyclists pedal as well.

LG’s latest tablet is lighter than a can of soda
Android Authority

If you read ebooks on a tablet or on an ereader for long periods, and you are holding the device in your hand, you may notice the weight. Just like a paperbook, electronhic reading devices weigh a little, but less is always good. LG has announced an 8-inch high-end tablet (LG G Pad IV 8.0 FHD) that is really light.

6 books Wall Street is reading this summer
CNBC

If you are a professional, here are books that many cubicle heroes will be talking about in the autumn. The books are not only business stories, but also astrophysics. Yes, astrophysics. You know, black holes and stuff.

Ebook news digest: choosing an ereader, National Writing Day, vanlife, coworking for writers

2017-06-27

News on ebooks, writing and location independent work

Small library closed, window reflection of park
How to buy the best ebook reader
Which?

A comprehensive guide on choosing an ereader for reading ebooks.

I thought writing novels from home was the dream – I didn’t realise how lonely I had become
The Telegraph

Writing is hard work even when you would do it at home in your pyjamas. For most writers, distractions must be minimal, which is why it is a lonely job. Author Jane Green tried coworking, and it worked for her loneliness.

Digital Nomads Living The Vanlife Share Challenges & Work-Life Balance Tips
Forbes

Interviews of nomads who have chosen vanlife, living and working in a van that has been converted into a comfortable motorhome. Instead of flying into new destinations, vanlife means driving to new places, and perhaps stopping by at a national park for a few weeks.

A selection of travel tips and cultural insights into the Nordic countries
Klaava Travel Guide

Traveling in Scandinavia: free download.

This Flowchart Will Tell You What Book to Read Next
Writer’s Digest

How do you choose which book you are going to read next? Many people trust Amazon’s recommendations, friends’ or book reviewers’ recommendations, or online services like Goodreads or LibraryThing. If nothing of these works for your, here is a flowchart that might help.

How I Travel: My Digital Nomad Packing List and Recommendations
Location Independent

James is an entrepreneur and digital nomad (or location independent professional as he prefers) who has been on the road for a few years. If you want an exhaustive list on all the (almost million) things you have to consider for living and working on the move, here it is.

20 inspirational pieces of advice for writers on National Writing Day
The Telegraph

June 21st was the National Writing Day in the UK, and 20 authors shared their advice on writing.

Meet Mendr: The Uber of Photoshop
Fstoppers

A fascinating idea for an online service: if you want a photograph you have taken to be edited, there’s an app for that: Mendr. The app uploads your photo to a work pool, where professional photoshoppers can pick it up and perform the edits you wanted.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling celebrates 20 years of her magical world
Evening Times

“20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.”

Ebook news digest: travel writer or blogger, iPhone photography, European libraries, writing that second book

2017-06-20

News on ebooks, writing and photography

acer tablet with Bluetooth keyboard
3 Big Differences Between Travel Writing and Travel Blogging
Travel Blog Success

There are differences between travel writing and blogging, and in the long term, they are fundamental for a writer to understand. Yet, it is perfectly all right and possible to do both.

7 iPhone photography features you probably don’t know about
Picturecorrect

Useful features once you take the time and learn to use these iPhone camera functions. For instance, burst mode is a vital function for photographing fast moving subjects, and HDR mode can give good results in strong, bright light.

‘The future of their businesses is at stake’: European publishers are exploring alternatives to the duopoly
Digiday

European publishers whose revenue is increasingly depending on online advertising are not happy with Facebook and Google. Not only these companies borrow publishers’ content and make money with it, but they also take a large share of the online advertising revenue. Not anymore. Many big European publishers have switched to alternative ad networks.

5 Things All Writers Should Know When Writing a Second Novel
Writer’s Digest

The article talks about fiction books, but it is valid for nonfiction writers as well. Many non-fiction authors have told me that the hardest part is to commit to a new project and start it, because after the first book everyone knows how much hard work it was.

Scandinavia guidebook – free download: travel tips and cultural insights into the Nordic countries
Klaava Travel Guide

Sweden’s West Coast is one of the hidden gems in Europe as far as travel destinations are considered. The large wilderness region of Lapland that covers the northern parts of Norway, Finland and Sweden is an outdoors lovers paradise. And city life in the north? It is covered as well.

Stunning Photographs of European Libraries
Fubiz

In European cities, libraries are often operating in magnificent old buildings. Some have originally been designed as public spaces, some have been converted into libraries, but in any case, these pictures are amazing.

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work [Infographic]
Toggl, Mart Virkus

The pioneer of remote work IBM famously called its remote workers back to their cubicles, but the trend of remote work continues to strengthen.

Keine Einigung über E-Book-Steuer
Boersenblatt

EU has already agreed to adjust the VAT of ebooks so that member countries could tax digital books in a fair manner, but the news is that the first meeting that was supposed to start implementing the new regulation halted the whole process. Now, we wait.

Ebook news digest: ebooks in metro, tips for headlines, how to start travel photography

2017-06-10

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Murcia, bookshop of antique books
New York Public Library turns subway cars into mobile ebook libraries
Boing Boing

Some New York metro cars have been equipped with Wi-Fi signal that connects commuters to the city library for ebooks. Nice idea, since under the ground it is rare to get a mobile network or Wi-Fi signal at all. Library has come to the rescue of all the people who want to read, but haven’t downloaded any books beforehand on a smartphone or tablet.

9 tips for writing stronger headlines
Poynter

If you are fed up with headlines Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and similar organizations feed us, here is some level-headed advice to writers for composing their headlines. The advice is valid for headings featured in a non-fiction book as well.

Travel Photography Tips for Beginners
Nomadasaurus

The digital nomad couple has learnt their photography skills on the road during several years. The post features plenty of valuable tips and not only for beginners, but for all travelers who have realized that improvement is required in order to share the snapshots on social media.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kristen Lepionka
Writer’s Digest

An author shares a few lessons on the business of writing and working like a professional.

The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera
Klaava Travel Guide

A travel guidebook to southern France shows the best destinations to visit and the nicest places to stay.

The New 10.5 Inch iPad Pro | Bigger, Better, Faster, Smoother
SLR Lounge

A new Apple iPad tablet 10.5 inches in size that has the same physical dimensions as the 9.7 inch model. Confused? The display extends from edge to edge, making the screen surprisingly large. Many other improvements implemented in the new iPad, too.

Recommended Travel and Digital Nomad Blogs
Become Nomad

A categorized list of travel and digital nomad blogs.

It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Writer’s Reflections on Rejection
Bob Eckstein

If it is any consolation for a rejected writer, everyone, even the brightest stars have been rejected at some point of their careers. The article gives advice on managing the difficult time of rejection.

Ebook news digest: literary tourism, collaborating authors, waterproof ereader, ebook statistics

2017-06-02

News on ebooks, writing, and travel

ereader on top of stack of books
Literary Tourism: Travel The World’s Book Towns
Book Riot

Towns with an exceptionally high number of bookstores are sometimes referred to as booktowns. Book Riot has collected the most notable towns from Canada, Norway, South Korea, from around the world into an article – in case you want to visit them all.

5 Critical Mistakes of Author Collaborations And How to Avoid Them
The Creative Penn

Co-authoring a book is not as common as collaborating with other artists for a piece of music or a film. An author who has succeeded in collaborative projects with other authors has identified five key issues. 1: learn to know your co-author before starting a project.

Snapshot: June 1, 2017
I Love My Kindle

The author of the post loves the Kindle, but if you love numbers (and data on ebooks) read the post. One of the many bits of data is that every day about 2000 new titles are added to the Kindle Store. Makes any and every publisher think how to differentiate from the mass.

Traveling in Scandinavia – Free Ebook Download
Klaava

A collection of travel stories, cultural tips and tourist information for North Europe. Free EPUB and Kindle ebook download.

Travel Writing: All You Need To Know
Jerry Nelson

The post describes the genres of travel writing and the authors who are the most famous representatives of the genres.

An Interview with a 21st Century Nomad
Mapping Megan

Steve Moore, a writer, has been working on the road for 20 years, long before the world started talking about the digital nomad lifestyle. He has perspective to nomad life.

Over 2 Million Historic Photographs Now Available Online – Pique Your Interest With A Peek Into History
SLR Lounge

Europeana project is like an online museum, preserving old European objects digitally. Now, two million images has been archived and made available, but check the rights before you download because not every photo is in public domain.

Kobo’s new Aura H20 is a smaller, cheaper version of its best e-reader
The Verge

A waterproof ereader for the vacation season sounds like a good idea. Kobo has released a new version of its waterproof device, and the reviewer likes it.