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Ebook news digest: best writing apps of 2018, Kindle as an agent of change, travel writing as a career


News on ebooks, writing and publishing

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The Best Writing Apps of 2018
PC Mag

The PC Mag article introduces a bunch of writing applications designed for novel, screen, or distraction-free writing. The article features a fine selection of apps, but if you want to find the best free distraction-free writing apps, read this article.

The Kindle Changed the Book Business. Can It Change Books?

A question worth pondering after Amazon Kindle e-reading system (e-reader, ebooks, participating publishers and authors, and the related cloud services) became 10 years old. If not the Kindle, someone or something will change books in the years to come.

Secrets to Earning Six Figures in Freelance Travel Writing
Make a Living Writing

Travel writer Tim Leffel has published a book on making a career as a travel writer. He highlights a few key themes from the book in this article. Instead of focusing on six figures, two important tips for aspiring writers in the article are: find your niche (for instance, adventure travel, road trips, travel hacks) and complement writing with other jobs.

Silicon Valley Won’t Save Books
New Republic

“Books were overtaken by other media decades ago. The problem isn’t that books don’t have enough television in them, or enough internet in them; it’s that they are just one form of readily available cultural consumption among so many.”

The Engineer’s Cookbook
Kari Ojala

Only an engineer can advise another engineer on cooking. This cookbook is different because it has been written by an engineer who can cook: even geeks and nerds learn how to prepare simple but delicious meals with this book.

A Turbulent Year in the Publishing World
The Scientist

Copyright fights and other events in the world of scientific and academic publishing in 2017.

The Most-Rejected Books of All Time

Perseverance is often named as one of the most important assets a successful author must have. If you take a look at the list of most rejected fiction books, almost all of them are classics or very popular books today. It is worth noting that nonfiction writers don’t have to write the entire book before submitting it to a publisher, like fiction writers usually must do.

Tencent’s online bookstore unit whips up more IPO fever in Hong Kong
The Business Times

The Chinese enterprise Tencent listed its ebook business into the stock market, and investors went wild. The ebook stores the company is operating are already very popular, and now, investors are expecting innovations for digital media from the company.

‘Where do I think best? In bed’ – authors reveal their dream retreats
The Guardian

The common theme of the places where these authors like to think or write are private places where they can be alone, or public places where they can be undisturbed.

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


News on ebooks, writing and working on the road

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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

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)

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.

Ebook news digest: fake facts in writing, long content is coming, overcoming the fear of publishing


News on ebooks, writing and publishing

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3 Essential Questions for Every Author
The Book Designer

Only three questions? Easy, you may think. It is not easy, because the author has to dig deep into the meaning and value of his or her book. It is a tough, but essential exercise.

Publishing Myths
Writers and Artists

Excellent article about fake truths that keep popping up in writing blogs and conversations. Juliet Pickering has identified 9 myths that she sets straight. A must read for every aspiring author.

Longer content isn’t wearing audiences out — and they may even be hungry for more, two studies find

I am very happy to learn about studies that prove the value of long online content. I have always believed that since the Internet doesn’t have restrictions of print, television or radio, it will contribute to something new.

How Logitech’s Universal Keyboard Redefined my Definition of Remote Work

I have been using a slim mobile Bluetooth keyboard with my tablet for a year, and I’m happy with it. The article introduces a Bluetooth keyboard that can easily connect to any mobile device or computer nearby. In addition, this Logitech keyboard isn’t expensive. Maybe this is the keyboard for writers who tend to write in bursts whenever and wherever the inspiration hits.

Six Writing Books Librarians Recommend

Most writers have started as avid readers. Here are books that help you take vital steps towards a career as a writer.

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

The best season for traveling in Southeast Asia is approaching. A guidebook to Pattaya, Thailand shows the best sights, and above all, tells about the local culture.

Kobo’s limited-edition Aura One offers extra storage for a crazy number of books
Digital Trends

Kobo Aura One, a 7.8-inch ereader, has been ranked as the best non-Kindle product by many reviewers. Now, the ereader gets a boost in its storage space.

Travel Writing With Anna McNuff
The Creative Penn

An interview with travel writer Anna McNuff whose latest travel book describes her run across New Zealand. The interview is available both as a podcast and text.

Scared of Becoming an Author? 6 Secrets to Overcoming Publishing Fears
Elephant Journal

A writer’s confidence grows with experience and years of working with words, but in the beginning, publishing an article, not to mention a book, may feel a scary proposal. The article explains how to overcome those fears.

In the hunt for reader revenue, publishers give micropayments another look

Micropayments are very small charges, for instance, for reading an article or downloading an essay. This article reports of positive results newspaper and magazine publishers have had recently with micropayments.

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


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

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

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

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

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.