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Ebook news digest: ever-important editing, ebooks from grocery store, tools for digital nomads

2016-10-19

Ebook news digest October 19, 2016

aldi logo on bag, tablet
As American editors sharpen their pencils, some advice on writing short (Poynter)

We still have great difficulties in understanding how Stieg Larsson’s mega-successful Millennium series books escaped the publishing editor’s wordprocessor. There is a lot of meaningless writing in those books, although the excitement always returns, and again is a pleasure to read. Books and articles usually improve when an experienced editor reviews them. Poynter has some good tips on how you can review your own writing.

Aldi starts e-book service in Germany (Ecommerce News)

Aldi is a large grocery store chain that has expanded from its home market Germany to many other European countries, Australia and to the US. The store concept gives shopppers a simple, no-frills, almost warehouse-like feeling. But the prices at Aldi stores tend to be very competitive. In Germany, Aldi already has a digital music subscription service, and it is now expanding its service selection to ebooks as well. Aldi will offer one million ebook titles in Germany on October 20th. A 7-inch Medion tablet for 129 euros is marketed as well by Aldi.

The best apps and tools for digital nomads (BestTechie)

Not everyone, but many digital nomads are entrepreneurs or freelancers who run their own businesses. Being a nomad means moving from one place to another a few times a year, or even monthly. Time is the most precious resource for a freelancer, and that’s why most of them have understood the importance of having the best tools for the job. Tools for time management, budget management, travel management and even relationship management are valuable. BestTechie’s article has listed a few key apps for digital nomads, but if you want more, see this article.

10 Writing Prompts To Get You Started On Your Next Manuscript (Bustle)

Writing is a creative process – although Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts say that soon machines can write news reports that are as good as humans usually write. Nonetheless, writing starts from an idea about the theme. What to write, from which angle, and what is the message? Bustle introduces 10 prompts to get started on a manuscript, but we would like to recommend them for article writing instead. Writing a book is such a large project that authors think, re-think, and review several times the ideas and concepts what the book will be about. If you have a plan for a non-fiction book, maybe we can help you to take the next step.

Bus driver caught using e-reader on the job (CTV News)

Talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving is not news anymore, but it still is a dangerous thing to do behind the wheel. When a driver is caught reading an ebook on an ereader, that’s news. Even more so because the driver was the chauffeur of a bus full of people. A passenger discovered the bus driver’s reading habit and took a photo to prove it. We have a question to the police: would it be all right for the bus driver to listen to audiobooks while driving?

News report on the bus driver’s ebook reading habit:

Ebook news digest: the unbreakable rule in writing, YouTube stars as authors, learning about privacy

2016-09-29

Ebook news digest September 29, 2016

woman leaning on pile of books
The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing (Harvard Business Review)

You’ll have to read the article to find the answer, because the reason we wanted to feature this story is that it presents three valuable questions that every nonfiction author must be able to answer. If you are planning to write a nonfiction book, can you answer these simple questions: Why are you writing this? What audience do you want to reach? Why will they care? If you can, and you are planning a book on travel, culture, history, technology or business, we publish books in these genres.

Top Tips From 5 Digital Nomads (Fox News)

Realistic tips from nomads who seem to have experience and knowledge of what they are talking about. Nomad life is for people who know what they are doing and have the willpower and skills to do it.

The age of self: the strange story of how YouTubers saved publishing (New Statesman)

The generation that grew up watching YouTube regards it perfectly normal and even exciting to to follow someone else play videogames on YouTube. That’s only one popular video genre, others are, for instance makeup tips, pranks or fashion talk. Some book publishers have leveraged the brand power of the most popular YouTube stars and produced books that, at least, have names of YouTubers under the titles. Some publishing experts believe YouTube will save books, but we must wonder: if the brand value of YouTube stars is so great, why haven’t Hollywood or music industry endorsed them?

We Asked Our Favorite Travel Photographers How To Take Better Pictures On The Road (Uproxx)

This article gives plenty of valuable tips for travel photographers and writers who take photos for their own books. First, you should master the mechanics and basic techniques for framing images, since most of these tips are inspirational and travel- or people-related.

Why I am publishing all my private emails, messages and phone calls to the internet in real time (The Telegraph)

A journalist worried about the disappearance of privay is conducting a fascinating experiment. First, he gave away his password to all online services to anyone who wanted them (there is still someone using his original Twitter account). Then, he tried to stay anonymous by using encryption technologies, pre-paid phones and avoiding revealing his location. Both methods had serious shortcomings to his personal and professional life, so he tried yet another approach: he publishes everything he does to the Internet.

Ebook news digest: publisher follows TV business model, reading apps, startups for nomads

2016-09-22

Ebook news digest September 22, 2016

North Portugal, office of a digital nomad on kitchen table
Best ebook reader apps (Which)

Downloading and reading ebooks on a tablet or on a smartphone is easy once you have discovered the right reading app for your needs. Do you only search for books on the Kindle Store, Apple iBooks, Google Play, or Kobo store? If the answer is yes to any of the previous alternatives, it is best to stick to the store’s own reading application. If you shop around for ebooks, you should also try independent reading apps, such as Bluefire or FBreader.

This Ebook Publisher Doesn’t Have Authors. It Has Writers’ Rooms (Wired)

We have been expecting new business models and innovation to book publishing ever since ebooks started to become popular. Wired magazine introduces an ebook publishing startup ReMade that has drawn inspiration from TV industry. A lead writer writes a pilot book (episode) that defines the style and characters for the series. A group of writers collaborate to write the rest of the books for the whole season after that.

How the startup world is bringing digital nomadism closer to reality (TechCrunch)

Life and work of a digital nomad is not all about song and dance and beautiful tropical beaches, but hard work without a place most people would call home. A digital nomad must trust his or her skills and capability to survive to make the nomad life worthwhile. Fortunately, there are startup businesses that can take some of the load off the shoulders of busy nomads. TechCrunch introduces a few startups that provide services for digital nomads.

Tracy Chevalier: ‘Writing is a magic trick that still surprises me when I perform it’ (The Guardian)

“Research is easy. It’s sitting down to write that’s hard.” This encapsulates the essence of writing: it is pretty hard work. Seasoned author Tracy Chevalier shares her tips for writers. She writes historical novels which means her research is mostly done in libraries, and only occasionally in the field. Travel writers may disagree with her view, though. In the business of travel writing, research tends to be hard, and writing can offer a welcomed period of relaxation and calming down after an exhaustive journey.

Amazon has cornered the future of book publishing (Quartz)

Amazon is the pioneer of online shopping, ebook business, online computing services for enterprises, and many other things. It also happens to be the market leader in the mentioned businesses. Quartz boldly argues that Amazon would already have taken the lead in the whole book publishing business in the US. The reason would be the rapid rise of self-publishing along with ebooks that Amazon has carried over to printed books with its CreateSpace service.

Want to publish a nonfiction ebook that gets distributed via all major sales channels? Read this.

Ebook news digest: the birth of travel photography, ereader still rules, Lenovo’s new keyboard for writers

2016-09-04

Ebook news digest September 4, 2016

an office for a digital nomad in Bordeaux, France
Why I like my e-reader better than my smartphone (TNW)

Although the days of quickly growing the user base are over for ereaders, many book lovers still make the magic discovery how easy and convenient it is to read on an ereader. Here is a tech reporter’s story.

New European publishing rules could cost Google and Facebook (IT Pro Portal)

News publishers in some European countries, like France and Germany already have tried to get a piece of the revenue that online services, such as Facebook and Google generate from the publishers’ content. Some methods have failed, whereas in some cases Google has agreed to pay something to the publishers. Now, EU has taken the topic seriously and is planning a legislation titled Neighboring Rights that would give full control to the publishers to determine who can loan or reference their content. If this initiative moves forward, it is a dramatic change. It will mean big business model reconsideration for many online services.

Meet the Mother Daughter Duo Changing the Face of Digital Nomads
(The Huffington Post)

An exceptional proposition to become a digital nomad: mother with her nine year old daughter. One year in four locations, each on a different continent. Hopes are high at departure, so we would love hear from them after six or twelve months.

Lenovo launches Yoga Book: A tablet with touch keyboard, stylus that turns written ink into digital notes (CNBC)

A good keyboard is what most writers require from a laptop. You get the feel and the sound of the keys that are clicking and cracking. Perhaps it simply means that something is being done, but it can be satisfying. Lenovo has introduced another option for a physical keyboard: a touch-sensitive keyboard. The Yoga Book is a tablet/laptop hybrid that has a display where laptops usually have a display, but instead of a physical keyboard, there is another touch sensitive display that is used as the keyboard. We can’t wait to try this one.

The birth of travel photography (Daily Mail)

Never thought of it, but of course, images taken in exotic places were among the first photographs people wanted to have for themselves as memories. All right, perhaps selfies and portraits came first, but travel photography must have been a close second. Rare photos taken 170 years ago in Egypt have been discovered, and they were auctioned to the highest bidder. These pictures shown in the article may have started the whole travel photography hobby and business.

If you travel, write and photograph, perhaps you have a book in you that is seeking a publisher?