Tag Archives: writing

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.

Ebook news digest: guide to writing a nonfiction book, visual travel stories, PayPal for iBooks

2017-07-18

News on ebooks, writing and photography

laptop on table with papers and pen
The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Publishing a Nonfiction Book
Writing Tips Oasis

An extensive article on planning and writing a nonfiction book that starts with a Table of Contents. Klaava Media’s publishing team was sold – the importance of the Table of Contents is also one of our most popular articles. Here is a writer who knows about writing a nonfiction book. And yes, writing a book is that much work as the article suggests.

How to Tell Better Visual Stories with Travel Photography
Digital Photography School

Telling a story with images has a beginning and an end just like telling a story in writing. The article provides tips for an opening image, and for other types of pictures required to tell a travel story.

Microsoft is giving away millions of eBooks that can be downloaded for free
Techworm

Free ebook downloads for techies. Technical guides for people who are dealing with Microsoft’s products at work. If you are looking for free ebooks, why not try Traveling in Scandinavia?

The top 5 gadgets for remote work and productive workations
Meri Sorgaard

Only 5 gadgets – in addition to an obligatory laptop and smartphone? That’s quite a feat.

Review: Sony DPT-RP1 PDF Reader and Digital Notepad (Video)
The Ebook Reader

The Sony DPT-RP1 is an ereader, but not an ordinary one. It has specifically been designed for reading PDF documents and ebooks. That’s why it has a huge screen for an ereader – 13 inches. Here is a review.

What is the X-Ray Feature on Amazon Kindle?
Methodshop

A reminder on the usefulness of X-Ray feature on the Amazon Kindle ereaders and reading applications for tablets and smartphones. Other Kindle features explained as well.

Because travel is much more than exciting destinations
Travel User Guide

A user guide for travel? That’s what this is – tips, advice and reviews.

Apple is now accepting PayPal on the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and iCloud
Hardware Zone

PayPal is my and many other people’s preferred method for payments on the Internet, and now everyone can purchase ebooks from the Apple iBooks store using their PayPal accounts. Excellent.

Ebook news digest: ebooks in metro, tips for headlines, how to start travel photography

2017-06-10

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Murcia, bookshop of antique books
New York Public Library turns subway cars into mobile ebook libraries
Boing Boing

Some New York metro cars have been equipped with Wi-Fi signal that connects commuters to the city library for ebooks. Nice idea, since under the ground it is rare to get a mobile network or Wi-Fi signal at all. Library has come to the rescue of all the people who want to read, but haven’t downloaded any books beforehand on a smartphone or tablet.

9 tips for writing stronger headlines
Poynter

If you are fed up with headlines Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and similar organizations feed us, here is some level-headed advice to writers for composing their headlines. The advice is valid for headings featured in a non-fiction book as well.

Travel Photography Tips for Beginners
Nomadasaurus

The digital nomad couple has learnt their photography skills on the road during several years. The post features plenty of valuable tips and not only for beginners, but for all travelers who have realized that improvement is required in order to share the snapshots on social media.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kristen Lepionka
Writer’s Digest

An author shares a few lessons on the business of writing and working like a professional.

The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera
Klaava Travel Guide

A travel guidebook to southern France shows the best destinations to visit and the nicest places to stay.

The New 10.5 Inch iPad Pro | Bigger, Better, Faster, Smoother
SLR Lounge

A new Apple iPad tablet 10.5 inches in size that has the same physical dimensions as the 9.7 inch model. Confused? The display extends from edge to edge, making the screen surprisingly large. Many other improvements implemented in the new iPad, too.

Recommended Travel and Digital Nomad Blogs
Become Nomad

A categorized list of travel and digital nomad blogs.

It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Writer’s Reflections on Rejection
Bob Eckstein

If it is any consolation for a rejected writer, everyone, even the brightest stars have been rejected at some point of their careers. The article gives advice on managing the difficult time of rejection.

Ebook news digest: respect privacy when photographing, blogging tools, news editors set free

2017-05-21

News on ebooks, photography, writing and ereaders

Woman reading an ebook on an ereader, photo by wolfg
Know Your Travel Photography Rights
Wanderness

The title of this excellent post should be something like “How to Respect Privacy Laws when Photographing Overseas”. Every aspiring street photographer and traveler with a camera should read this.

Tools I use for Writing, Publishing & Blogging
Write & Publish like a Pro

These are professional tools for a blogger who is running a blog business. Backup is priority number 1.

How to buy and read ebooks in Edge as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update
PC World

Microsoft Windows 10 features a store where you can purchase apps, games, movies and music. Ebooks haven’t been available so far, but they will become into the store soon. Windows 10 developer version already includes the new store with ebooks, so it is safe to assume that it will happen.

Gvido dual-screen e-ink music sheet gets an unbelievable price tag
Slashgear

A dedicated device for musicians: dual-screen E ink device. Only in Japan, and the price tag may suit for the famous artists only.

The Lighter Side of Finland (6th Edition)
Russell Snyder

If you want to learn something useful and be amused while doing so, The Lighter Side of Finland is for you, especially, if you are interested in the Nordic culture or have travel plans for Scandinavia.

New York Times will offer buyouts to editors in push to transform editing
Poynter

The New York Times is one of the few successful news organizations that has managed to convince readers to pay for digital news. Nonetheless, the old business structures will have to go as the newspaper is preparing a new way to edit news articles. When plenty of experienced editors are let go, we expect some of them are going to establish new startups and independent publishing companies.

Travel Photography Tips and Techniques
Picture Correct

Tip number 10 is very important for everyone who is shooting to document a destination, for instance, in order to write an article or a travel guidebook. Also, when documenting, you must take photos of subjects you may not like or don’t see as very photogenic. You may need it later when you write.

Onyx is launching an E Ink notebook (and several eReaders)
Lilliputing

This is strictly in the rumors category: Onyx may launch a laptop with E ink display. It is called the Onyx Boox Typewriter. Well, let’s wait and see. An intriguing idea, though.


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Ebook news digest: become a better writer, AI-powered camera, best ereaders of 2017

2017-05-11

News on ebooks, writing and photography

woman leaning on pile of books
5 Tips for Becoming a Better (and More Consistent) Writer
Inc.

Tips for people who would like to begin to write fiction or nonfiction, but haven’t had any idea how to start.

Wanderlust: The Case for Writing and Travel
Writers Helping Writers

Angela Ackerman makes the case for all writers to travel in order to develop their craft – not only travel writers who have to do it for work, anyhow.

European Commission’s New E-book Rules Worry Booksellers
Publisher’s Weekly

EU is a trade union, among other things, and is being developed towards a truly single market. Digital goods cross borders easily if geo-blocking (preventing access from people from other countries) is not used by online stores.

This AI-Powered Camera Only Shoots ‘Award-Winning’ Photos
PetaPixel

When something is trending in the world of technology, it triggers all kinds of strange ideas with people. A photographer claims he has built a camera with artificial intelligence (AI) software. It is fully automatic, and supposed to take only perfect pictures. Oh, dear.

The highlights of the French Riviera explained
The Gems of Nice

When you get there, remember it is Cote d’Azur (not Riviera) in French. Visual guide to Monaco, Cannes, Eze, St Paul de Vence, Antibes, Grasse, and many other beautiful places.

Where the news industry went wrong: it got hooked on advertising
Jennifer Baker

Working as a freelancer in the news business has taught this writer a thing or two, and one of them is that advertising is not the future of financing the news. We’ll see.

Best E-Book Readers of 2017
Cnet

The usual suspects continue to dominate the rankings for the best ereaders.

OpenAIRE as the basis for a European Open Access Platform
OpenAire Blog

“A public platform for the dissemination of research will become essential infrastructure to finally fully integrate research publishing and dissemination into the research lifecycle.” We wish success to this ambitious enterprise.


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Ebook news digest: why write a book, importance of manuscript editing, nomad culture

2017-04-24

News on ebooks, writing, publishing and travel life

North Portugal, office of a digital nomad on kitchen table

What are your publishing goals?
Kindle Press

Thinking and deciding on your goal – what are you really trying to achieve – for your planned book is one of the best questions to answer before even starting to write.

The Guardian pulls out of Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple News
Digiday

This is big news in the business of digital media – knowing that other big publishers, like The New York Times have quit Facebook as well. Actually, it is simple: news organizations are publishers who select their distribution channels based on the business opportunity. The same applies to ebook publishers.

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel
The New York Times

The New York Times has followed and interviewed digital nomads who participated in organized around the world remote work trips. Typically, they stay one month in a destination. A participant regarded that it was an excellent way to live like a local and experience local life.

Self-Publishing, Distribution, and Writing for Wealth with Author Joanna Penn
Tara Gentile

Non-fiction author and entrepreneur Joanna Penn talks about her business that was started by her books. Marketing tips for authors.

How to Be a Writer Literary Agents Want
Writer’s Digest

In some markets, a writer needs an agent to get in touch with a number of publishers, and the article shares good tips for it. In many markets, publishers don’t require an agent to represent the author. For instance, if you are planning a non-fiction ebook, read this first.

Meet Susan Hughes – Editor
Life as I Know It

Editing is an elemental part of the process of writing a book. Plan enough time for editing when you start your project. Susan Hughes shares other valuabe tips as well.

Traveling to North Europe? Try Finland, join the nation’s 100th Independence year celebrations
The Lighter Side of Finland

The author of the entertaining ebook believes he has discovered the secret for Finns’ wellbeing.


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Ebook news digest: mind shifting and social media for writers, tools and kits for travel writers

2017-04-01

News on books, publishing, and writing April 1st, 2017

Tavira, Portugal: a non-digital nomad in a park

Writing and Publishing Resources for Independent Authors
(Kate M. Colby)

An author herself, Kate M. Colby has collected a valuable list of resources for authors: books, blogs and podcasts to help writers in all aspects of their mission.

Interview – Davide Vadalà (Travel blog: Nomad Travellers)
(A Brit and a Southerner)

Many digital nomads, travel photographers, road travelers, hikers, globe-trotteres, and people who simply love to travel publish a travel blog where their journeys can be followed. Here is travel blogger Davide Vadala’s story.

Every Writer Needs an Editor, Especially if that Writer is Also an Editor
(Publisher’s Weekly)

The editorial director of a writing magazine discusses the difficulty of taking her own advice. Yes, the editing process can be painful for some writers, but the world needs editors who can turn manuscripts into readable, successful books.

10 of the best tools for remote working
(Creative Boom)

This is a good article for identifying online tools for remote workers, but online tools are not enough for traveling professionals. You will fail if you trust on online tools alone. This article outlines the importance of offline tools and recommends key apps and services.

Preparing Your Mind for Writing: How to Make the Shift
(Writer’s Digest)

Author William Kenower has realized that his mind has to shift to a specific mental state before he can write. Some writers talk about flow, words just appearing into the manuscript from subconscious, and descriptions of many other ways as writing really goes well. Well, welcome, mind shifters.

The Ultimate Digital Nomad Packing List 2017
(The Broke Backpacker)

The Broke Backpacker, we salute you! This is probably the first blog post that really says what it means to be more or less constantly on the move. The backpacker has also learned the value of offline tools, like Maps.me, which has perhaps been the most important app for us on the road.

Social Media for Authors: Get Social To Get Published
(Devumi)

Many tools and services introduced in the article are familiar for most writers, but the trick is how the writers are using those tools. Are they advancing his or her writing career? Of course, mastering social media is not the only thing publishers may expect from writers, but one important aspect of marketing.

The most read article in March 2017 at Klaava.com was about photography and travel in northern Europe.

Ebook news digest: travel blogging vs writing, publishing vs self-publishing, best travel camera

2017-02-26

Ebook news digest February 26, 2017

digital nomad working at a terrace near fruit farms of Murcia
Published Author Book Writing Tips
(Heidi Cohen)

Heidi Cohen has compiled the best book writing tips from successful authors into this article. If there is one thing that caught my eye in these valuable tips, it was the fact that so many authors emphasized two things: ensure you have a clear message or goal for your book and start marketing instantly when you know that you are going to get the book published (one way or the other).

Best Travel Camera 2017
(Mel365.com)

Many travel writers (and writers of other genres) take their own photos for their articles and books nowadays. Writers may not want to dive deep into mysteries of photography technology, but capture moments, facts and sceneries with decent equipment. What is the best camera for travelers is the question that the long article answers in many ways.

Pros And Cons Of Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing
(The Creative Penn)

Joanna Penn’s article on traditional publishing and self-publishing is almost like “Everything you ever wanted to know about book publishing” in one article. An excellent article to read, even if you already have published a book. I would categorize Klaava Media as a hybrid publisher, because we take every author and ebook as an individual project and tailor the co-operation with the author accordingly.

Ask a Digital Nomad: How Do You Choose Where to Go Next?
(The Ramble)

Digital nomads who have traveled and work for a year or more talk about the places they like to stay. How do they choose their destinations, why and how long do they stay in one place? Many nomads agree that moving too often is not the best way to go, but where they go is a surprisingly wide and open field. I am waiting for the moment when a digital nomad says he or she has spent a winter in Lapland.

3 Big Differences Between Travel Writing and Travel Blogging
(Travel Blog Success)

This article gives plenty of insight on the freedom of blogging and on the realities when working for someone else. That’s the fundamental difference, and truly understanding it will save many writers from a lot of agony.

Ebooks news digest: nonfiction writing prompts, best photos of 2016, breakthrough of remote work

2017-01-01

Ebook news digest January 1, 2017

laptop on table with papers and pen
Plan Your Year: Nonfiction Writing Prompt #52
(Write Nonfiction Now!)

Writing a nonfiction book or article requires planning. Often, the hard part is to decide what to include and what to exclude, even though sometimes, a writer has already processed it at the back of his or her mind before the actual writing starts. The article has many other good tips for writers.

Best Photos of 2016
(National Geographic)

A gallery of National Geographic’s 52 best images of 2016. It was curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs. Amazing images – if someone can afford to take more than two million frames, some of them better be really good.

Get to the point! Avoid these words and keep readers happy
(Articulate)

An excellent list of today’s hype words that are forgotten tomorrow. Avoid them and avoid yesterday’s empty phrases as well, such as “don’t get me wrong”, “fast forward to…”, “like … on steroids”.

What Does a Literary Agent Want to See When They Google You?
(The Write Life)

Yes, literary agents will search you on the Internet. The interesting thing is what they are looking for. An agent is not required in many countries outside the U.S., but writers can approach publishers directly. Many publishers have instructions for book proposals on their web pages. Nonetheless, the publishers are more than likely to do the same as agents do: Google the writer. More in this article.

The number of news stories on digital nomads in news sources was so high this time that I decided to list a few articles about the topic alone (it looks like remote work and digital nomad concepts have been discovered by major media companies now):

Why I quit Yahoo and Gmail when I started traveling (Klaava)

Figuring out “Remote Work” Is Figuring out “Work” (Accidentally in Code)

100 Little Things That Happen When You Become a Digital Nomad (The Sweetest Way)

6 Difficult Countries to Be a Digital Nomad (The Nomad Guru)

The 10 Best Cities for Digital Nomads (TransferWise)

Ebooks news digest: dealing with a big publisher, writers conferences, tips from Hemingway

2016-12-21

Ebook news digest December 21, 2017

book conference, frankfurt, publishing perspectives
Why I still won’t review for or publish with Elsevier–and think you shouldn’t either
(Tal Yarkoni)

Scientific publishing is a vast business sector within the publishing industry. The biggest publisher of the sector is Elsevier that has been often accused of acting like a monopoly. Tal Yarkoni highlights so many issues with Elsevier that it is almost scary. In many countries, published authors can join an association (non-fiction and fiction may have separate associations) that can represent authors when they feel they have been mistreated by publishers. In many European countries, associations employ intellectual property rights/copyright lawyers who know how to deal with often complex cases. Tal Yarkoni’s strategy, however, is crowdsourcing: using the power of the scientific community to pressure the publisher.

Which Writers’ Conferences are the Best to Attend?
(The Write Life)

An introduction to writers’ conferences in the U.S in 2017. Whatever the conference, it is good for a writer to occasionally mingle in real life among real people and talk – not just write.

My 5 Top Complaints about Being a Digital Nomad
(Julie Ewald)

If an article or a book manuscript includes the phrase “don’t get me wrong” or even worse, it starts with that useless phrase, it is not a good sign about the quality of the story. Julie Ewald’s blog post, however, features so much valuable practical information for traveling digital workers that it makes an exception. Read the article if you are planning to hit the road with a laptop.

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

(brainpickings)

Hemingway was a strong character who had his own ways of enjoying his success. A Norwegian youngster managed to make friends with Hemingway. The master himself gave the young man writing advice that was later published in the book With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba. The article highlights some of Hemingway’s tips from the book and shares the background for what happened.

Gift Guide: Books Most Recommended By FORBES In 2016
(Forbes)

Business magazine Forbes recommends both nonfiction and fiction books as gifts for 2016 season. Ebooks can be gifted by purchasing a gift card to an online bookstore. First, you buy the gift card from an online store. Then, you give it as a gift to someone. When the person who got the gift wants to enjoy it, he or she logs in to the same bookstore, finds a book, and enters the code printed on the gift card instead of paying for the book.

Here is our recommended book list.

Ebook news digest: co-authoring tips, Estonia citizenship for nomads, websites for writers

2016-12-06

Ebook news digest: December 6th, 2016

Smiling woman holding books
10 Great Tips on How to Write a Book With a Co-author
(Writer’s Digest)

Many travel guidebooks, non-fiction books, textbooks, and scientific publications are written by more than one author. A collection of articles is relatively easy to compile into a book if you compare it to a real book that reads like it was written by one author. The really difficult thing in multi-author projects is to get the writers’ team truly to co-operate and collaborate. Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown know what they are talking about when they list 10 tips for co-authoring a book. My favorite tip: editing other writers output (acknowledging that someone will edit yours).

Why are so many digital nomads becoming “e-Residents” of Estonia?
(LeapIn Blog)

Estonia is a small country on the shores of the Baltic Sea, located between Russia and Latvia. The capital Tallin has one of the most beatiful medieval old towns you can find in Europe. In 1991, when the nation managed to separate itself from Russia, it started building its telecommunications infrastructure from scratch. The leaders of the country were and still are very modern people who realized high tech is the way go for a small nation. Many innovative digital services have been developed (for instance, Skype) in Estonia. One of the latest is e-citizenship. Practically anyone can become a digital citizen of Estonia.

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016
(The Write Life)

No one really needs 100 websites to start writing a book, but if you can find even two or three sites that help you, it has been worth the time to check out all the listed web pages. Most of the listed web sites provide tools and advice for writers who are starting out their pursuit of independent work. That’s when you need help the most – published authors have usually learned the tricks of the trade during the years. One more web site for writers: travel writers and photographers who want to publish a book, read this.

Meet the photographer taking stunning drone images from around the world
(Brisbane Times)

Amos Chapple is a travel photographer, but not one who is going from place to place with a large SLR camera hanging from his neck. He is a travel photographer who uses drones to take pictures from an angle that has been unavailable for photographers until recently. He got a dream gig from Unesco that hired him to travel and photograph on a drone World Heritage Sites. He has plenty of insight on what travel photography really is all about.

European Union lifts the VAT burden on ebooks
(roger packer)

EU has been consistent with its VAT policy: printed books have a low VAT, and ebooks have a high VAT because digital media products are services. Luxembourg and France have fought this principle and lowered the VAT for ebooks, but EU told them it is not allowed. Finally, all the necessary steps have been taken in the EU, and the VAT for ebooks can be set as low as it is for paper books. The new regulation will become effective in 2017.

Ebook news digest: tools for writers, amazing travel photography, experiences of a business nomad

2016-11-09

Ebook news digest November 9, 2016

woman drinking coffee, thinking what to write
Top 10 Tools To Develop Your Novel Writing Skills (Lifehacker)

Every author has his or her favorite tools, but a good author never stops looking for better tools that can make the work faster, easier or more efficient. The article features some good tips that we never thought of, but we would like to add a couple of tips of our own: a voice recorder, mobile data access and a camera. They help you get something done when an inspiration strikes.

Top 27 Travel Photos in the 2016 SIPA Contest Out of 50K Entries (Resource Travel)

The Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) is an international photography contest for professional and amateur photographers. SIPA claims to have the “highest international participation,” with nearly 50,000 images from photographers in 130 countries. There are many big photography contests with great prizes and great winning images, but as far as travel photography is concerned, the selection of travel photos presented in this article is absolutely magnificent.

Understanding How To Thrive As A Digital Nomad (Uproxx)

Real experiences from a digital nomad who is running a business with his partners and traveling the world. Naturally, they are not constantly on the road, but stay in one place for months, at least. As it happens, these nomads are running a travel-related business Triphappy. In any case, the article features tips and information from a digital nomad that has really experienced the nomad life.

Travel Tips: How To Turn Snaps From Your Smartphone Into Terrific Travel Photography (Travelers Today)

What do you see in the vicinity of a globally renowned sight, like Pisa, Eiffel or Big Ben? Lots of smartphones, tablets and cameras raised at eye level, taking pictures. The article highlights a few very simple tips how to improve your travel photos. We would like to add one tip: be quick to take advantage of a moment. The moment can be anything: a boy on a skateboard with Eiffel tower as the background, or an old lady walking along a narrow alley in the old town of Nice.

PayPal study finds two-thirds of eBook buyers prefer format for price and convenience (Talking New Media)

PayPal has conducted a survey where the payment company asked consumers of digital products about their behavior and reasons for their behavior. The survey focused on ebooks and games. We are not convinced that it makes sense to compare ebook buying behavior against digital game purchases, but that’s what the report does. Nonetheless, you may find valuable nuggets of data from the report. The survey was conducted in a number of major markets across the world.