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

2018-01-01

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?
Wired

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
Lithub

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: 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?