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Ebook news digest: travel writing, gifts for writers, books that don’t sell

2017-12-02

News on ebooks, writing and working on the road

Kindle ereader, notepad, pen
5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For
Writer’s Digest

Five nonfiction books that are worth reading for authors independent of level of experience. Some of these books discuss writing, whereas some address other skills and strengths that writers need as well.

Some books aren’t meant to be sold
San Francisco Chronicle

A funny column, and oh, so true.

12 Paying Markets for Your Travel Writing
WritersWeekly.com

The post lists 12 US-based travel magazines and online publications that pay for articles. Naturally, when pitching your ideas to these publications, a perfect reference would be a travel-related book.

Algarve, Southern Portugal
Klaava Travel Guide

The hottest travel destination in Europe at the moment is Portugal. Algarve province is located on the sunny south coast of the country.

21 free ebooks for designers
Creative Bloq

Whether you are starting your career as a designer or already have many years of experience, reading nonfiction books about your own field always gives new ideas and teaches a thing or two.

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers
Writer’s Digest

Nice ideas for gifts, but how about a flight ticket and a room for one month in a peaceful location?

These Harry Potter ebook covers were never released (but should have been)
Mashable

Writing a book is really hard work that takes time and perhaps several revisions. Book cover designers must get used to even more revisions as the alternative cover images for Harry Potter books show. The Harry Potter book series cover designer has published some alternative designs for the book covers.

Suggested Reading for Aspiring Digital Nomads
Hobo with a Laptop

Many writers work where they want and stay places where they feel like staying – as long as it is possible to work effectively in the destination. The same applies to many professionals who only need an Internet connection for doing their job. Hobo with a Laptop is a seasoned traveling professional who has collected an extensive list of essential reading for novice nomads.

How to avoid crowds at Lello (aka Harry Potter) bookstore in Porto, Portugal

2016-11-05

As a travel destination, Portugal has a lot going on at the moment. Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon, Algarve and Porto are world class destinations that attract an increasing number of visitors. One of the lucky Portuguese destinations that gets more visitors than it perhaps ever wished for is a beautiful bookstore in the city of Porto in North Portugal. The author of Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, drew inspiration from it and perhaps also used the bookstore setting as a platform for the Harry Potter world.
Lello bookstore, Porto, Portugal. Photo: Michal HuniewiczPhoto by Michal Huniewicz.

So, it seems that every tourist who arrives in Porto wants to visit the Lello shop in the city center.
Porto, Portugal, Lello bookstore
The result is that the shop is crowded. Once people discovered the store and the word spread, it has been a travel destination. The bookstore eventually became so crowded that the owners had to think of something to allow people to actually shop books and to look around, too.

They invented a scheme that works like this: outside the bookstore is a kiosk (the red kiosk in the photos) where you have to buy an entrance ticket (yes, you pay to enter a bookshop). The kiosk controls the flow of people to the store. Once you buy something, the ticket price is deducted from the total. Fair, and simple system that allows some breathing room for bookstore visitors.

lello bookstore, porto.

Visitors to the Lello bookstore have to get a ticket from the red kiosk first.

As you can see in the photos, the Harry Potter fans’ and curious visitors’ queue can be quite long to the ticket kiosk – before you even get to the bookstore. The photos were taken in September. We can only imagine how long the queue was in August and July.

How to avoid spending a long time in the queue? Arrive early in the morning. Early is a relative term, but if you hit the scene before 11 o’clock, you should be fine.

An important tip for Porto explorers: Beware of the traffic in Porto and everywhere else in Portugal. The way locals drive is very fast, dangerous and unpredictable, and it is against their religion to indicate which way they are going.

Here is where you can find the Lello bookstore:
porto, lello bookstore, map