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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.

Here are the countries where you have plenty of colleagues who also provide professional services online

2017-07-27

If you are a writer or a freelancer providing writing-related services, like translation, editing, or proofreading, and you manage your assignments through online services, you know how global the business is. Many other professionals, such as programmers, graphic designers, and photographers also sell their services on global online freelance platforms. If you have ever wondered where these different types of professionals are located, now there is a map for that.

Vili Lehdonvirta at the Oxford Internet Institute has collected data from various online freelancing services, and put together graphs that show where professionals are participating in remote work processes and projects, and in which countries specific type of work is performed.
Online Labour Index, Oxford University, Vili Lehdonvirta
The statistics, titled Online Labour Index, shows which skills regions and countries are providing to the global market. For instance, the most common type of remote work in the United States is writing and translation. Indian subcontinent is a major supplier of software development and technology skills. Europe is divided in north, south and central regions that provide different types of services.

The largest supplier of online labour is the traditional outsourcing destination India, which is home to 24 percent of all the workers observed. India is followed by Bangladesh (16 %) and United States (12 %).

The software development and technology work category is dominated by workers in the Indian subcontinent, who command a 55 percent market share. The professional services category, which consists of services such as accounting, legal services, and business consulting, is led by professionals based in the UK with a 22 percent market share.
Online Labour Index, Oxford University, Vili Lehdonvirta
The data for the statistics was collected from four large online professional service trading platforms, also known as online freelancing or online outsourcing platforms: Fiverr, Freelancer, Guru, and PeoplePerHour. They are English-language platforms, meaning that non-English-speaking countries are likely to be underrepresented in the figures. Many freelance service platforms exist in other languages, but English-language platforms are the primary ones in international trade. Internet traffic statistics indicate that the four mentioned sites represent at least 40 percent of the global market for platform-based online work. The figures are likely to give a good indication of the overall market, and particularly which skills regions and countries provide to the global market.

Find out more graphs and data from Vili Lehdonvirta’s article at the Unversity of Oxford web site.