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Ebook news digest: online tools for writers, recording your trip for a write-up, libraries documented

2018-08-04

News on ebooks, travel writing and e-readers

Morella near Valencia in Spain, Europe
Top 10 Online Tools for Writers

Daily Writing Tips has compiled a list of valuable writing and document management tools for writers. A tool that I couldn’t find in the list would be Simplenote, an excellent online service for writing down notes, drafts and ideas.

Britons spend average of 24 hours a week online, Ofcom says

The development of digital culture seems to be the same in all countries. In Britain, The Guardian reports that time spent talking on the phone fell while time spent online on social media, messaging apps and browsing online content continued to increase. An average Brit checks his or her mobile phone every 12 minutes. Plenty of this action is really reading or viewing photos.

Writing Tips for Travel Blogging and Photography

Photographer and writer Raymond Larose shares excellent advice on taking notes on the road. In fact, I have started to write down a detailed route for each day of a journey so I can later track all the visited places and events. Larose likes to travel light and uses his mobile phone and notepad to take notes.

Travel guide to Europe’s trending destination Portugal

Algarve, located on Portugal’s sunny south coast, has been a popular beach destination for Europeans for years. Now that Portugal’s tourist destinations have been awarded multiple travel prizes, travelers across the world are discovering the region as well.

Sorry, Amazon: These gorgeous libraries are here to stay

Fast Company had a look at the new book The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries by Italian photographer Massimo Listri, and was convinced that Amazon is not going to make libraries obsolete. The author spent three decades documenting amazing libraries in Europe and in other parts of the world. View the photo gallery behind the link for some spectacular images from the book.

10.3-inch Boyue Likebook Note Now Available for $419

The e-reader brand Boyue may not be familiar to an average ebook reader, but the Chinese vendor has several models available. The latest one is the Likebook Note with a large 10.3 inch E ink screen. Large-screen e-readers are handy if you want to read PDF documents in addition to ebooks.

Ebook news digest: artificial intelligence in writing, fact-checking for non-fiction, digital media trends

2018-07-02

News on ebooks, writing and digital media

Mechanical typewriter in library. Photo by Nana B AgyeiPhoto by Nana B Agyei.

How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Writing

Daily Writing Tips makes a case for six ways AI may change the business of writing. Numbers 3 and 4 are tasks that may quickly gain AI skills, and few writers will complain.

Amazon is turning its Fire tablets into portable Echo Shows

Ars Technica reports of a major new feature in Amazon Fire HD tablets. When the Fire HD 8 or the HD 10 tablet is inserted into a new dedicated 40 dollar Charging Dock stand, the tablet becomes an access point (with a large tablet display) to the Alexa voice assistant system. The software of the tablet must be updated, but Amazon sync should do it automatically. Audiobooks may benefit from this.

Fact or friction: the problem with factchecking in the book world

The Guardian discusses nonfiction books that publishers don’t fact-check. Generally, the writer is trusted to be the authority of the subject matter (that’s why the publisher signed a publishing agreement), and therefore, knows what he or she is writing about. Naturally, there are authors who try to cut corners, but they tend to be quickly caught in the age of digital media.

‘Don’t take your mobile phone – and avoid bandits’: Dervla Murphy’s lessons from a lifetime of adventure

The Telegraph has managed to find travel writer Dervla Murphy in Ireland after she spent 50 years more or less on the road. She has fascinating stories and valuable tips for all travelers.

The Best of Helsinki – The Sights, Activities, and Local Favorites

    Here is a travel guide to the city where the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the President of U.S. Donald Trump meet in July. The presidents have settled their meeting place to be in Helsinki, Finland. Likely reasons for the decision to meet in Scandinavia are safety, choice of venues, and reliable management of the events. In addition, most residents are out of town enjoying their summer vacations, so traffic will flow easily.

Six predictions about digital trends in 2018

Business Insider and Emarketer have analyzed Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report, and concluded that there are six trends above others. They include mobile devices driving the business on the web, breakthrough of voice control and China becoming a major player online.

BlackBerry Key2 vs iPhone: Keyboard Face-Off

Many writers like to instantly write down ideas and brief drafts when a thought pops up in the head. Often, it means typing on a smartphone touch screen. Blackberry has brought physical keyboard back to its smartphone, promising more convenient typing. Tom’s Guide compared the new Blackberry Key2 to the iPhone. Even Blackberry is not what it used to be.

From virtual reality to ebooks, the future of digital media in schools is a total toss-up

GeekWire visited a conference in Chicago that was focused on educational technology. The report from the conference is not convinced technology in schools in the US is moving to the right direction. Well, many European countries have already established methods to apply digital media to education, so it is doable.

Ebook news digest: book publishing myths, also writers need to rest, Barnes & Noble wants cheaper paperbacks

2018-06-03

News on ebooks, writing and publishing

laptop on table with papers and pen
10 Myths Most People Believe About Writing & Publishing
ToughNickel

These points are so true. I would like to know how have these myths been born? Wait, maybe that is an idea for a book?

Why You Need Time Away from the Computer
ProWritingAid

“Scientific American also reports that the default mode network (a circuit in the brain that comes to life when people daydream) is “more active than is typical in especially creative people… some studies have demonstrated that the mind obliquely solves tough problems while daydreaming.” I couldn’t agree more with the article’s recommendations to read, travel or exercise instead of always working.

Riggio Rallies Booksellers at BookExpo: ‘Open More Stores Than We Close’
Publishing Perspectives

Len Riggio, the chief of the great American bookstore chain Barnes & Noble, gave a speech at the BookExpo 2018 conference in New York, and claimed that the company is opening more bookstores than it is closing. He also had a direct message to print book publishers: lower the prices of massmarket paperbacks.

Travel Writing 101
FundsforWriters

The article has tips for writers who aim at specializing in travel writing for magazines, newspapers, or online publications.

5 digital privacy rights Europeans now have that Americans don’t
CBS Moneywatch

European Union is showing the way how citizens privacy must be respected online as well. The GDPR regulation is a fundamental change to the take-the-data-and-run approach businesses have treated individuals’ personal data until 25 May 2018. The new regulation will have far-reaching impact, but we must go through the first painful steps first. The GDPR has only little impact on books, but it affects the way books are marketed.

Travel guide to Portugal’s south coast, to the province of Algarve
Download

Portugal’s south coast (the Algarve province) attracts both vacationers who enjoy the sun and the sea for a week or two, but also digital nomads and pensioners who spend the entire winter on one of the coastal towns. The travel guide covers both audiences.

10 new paradigms for digital journalism
ijnet

James Breiner arguments that digital publications – many of which have a history in traditional newspaper or magazine business – should abandon the advertising business model and turn their attention to readers/users who should be the priority customers (instead of advertisers).

National Geographic Has Digitized Its Collection of 6,000+ Vintage Maps: See a Curated Selection of Maps Published Between 1888 and Today
Open Culture

There is something so fascinating with old maps. Drawn by hand, many are accurate even to today’s standards, whereas others are like maps in The Lord of the Rings. Anyhow, plenty of old maps are now available at National Geographic’s archives.

‘Native’ open access publishers propose a new publishing deal
ScienceGuide

EU has set ambitious goals for Open Access policies in academic and scientific publishing. And it is working. Some publishers have dropped prices they charge from institutions.

Ebook news digest: ereaders for musicians, new EPUB version, interaction with readers

2018-05-01

News on ebooks, writing and ereaders

Amazon Kindle ereader on laptop keyboard
Want to improve your writing? Mind the Gap.
The Writing Cooperative

The Curiosity Gap Theory for writers can help to find story themes that resonate with readers.

PadMu is a 13.3-inch (x2) E Ink eReader for Musicians (Video)
The Ebook Reader

Ereader devices with black and white screens are now also marketed to musicians as sheet music readers. Some products even come with controllers for the musician to turn the page without having to touch the device.

Why Specs Change: EPUB 3.2 and the Evolution of the Ebook Ecosystem
EPUBSecrets

EPUB is the industry standard file format for ebooks (Kindle is proprietary to Amazon). The vast majority of EPUB-books are based on the version 2 of the standard, although during 2018, a new version 3.2 will be published. The article reassures that existing ebooks are compatible with the new standard and encourages publishers to move to the version 3.

Must-read inspirational tech books to add to your reading list
Gadget Flow

Solid recommendations for books that practically are already classics in the genre of high technology. If you haven’t read any of these, leave books related to Steve Jobs at the bottom of the reading stack. First, get a proper perspective to the industry.

Don’t reply to comments when you’re hangry, and other tips for engaging with readers
Nieman Lab

A number of major web sites run by big media have closed their comment channels altogether, but it is not recommended for authors who should be interacting with their readers. The article covers the basics of managing the good and bad of public commenting.

Travel guidebook to a Nordic capital: Helsinki, Finland
Klaava Travel Guide

Scandinavian countries are transforming from chilly winter to warm summer season as travelers head to the clean cities, clean waters and untouched wilderness regions of the northern Europe.

Trust, Visibility, Mobile Storytelling And Blockchain For Books: Lessons Learned From London Book Fair 2018
The Creative Penn

A long report from the London Book Fair 2018. The report is also packed with tips to authors who haven’t visited any major book show, because primarily these events are for publishers and agents who trade rights at meetings during the fair. Of course, the shows are a good place to see and experience what is happening in the world of books. The writer has posted so many selfies in the article that I have to ask: do they add any value to the content?

Should I Become a Book Collector?
Book Riot

As the article explains, you need time and money to be able to become a book collector, but forgets to mention a key problem with collections: they require space, and often, a lot of it.

In 2018, every single no. 1 nonfiction best-seller has been about Trump
Entertainment Weekly

Nonfiction books about President Trump are bestsellers in 2018, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the trend will continue to 2019 and 2020.

Ebook news digest: book towns, fake news, EU stops geoblocking, Kindle Lite

2018-04-02

News on ebooks, writing and digital media

bookshop of antique books in Spain
Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers
Atlas Obscura

Journalist Alex Johnson has written a book titled Book Towns that shows communities across the world that have decided to attract visitors and residents with books. This article has some lovely photos of bookshops.

Why fake news on social media travels faster than the truth
The Guardian

MIT researchers have studied social media platforms as far as 10 years ago, and concluded that fake news really spread faster than real news. They also have some suggestions why it happens. Here is a key reason why books are important for understanding the world: researching, analyzing the data, structuring, and writing a book takes time, and during the process fake and real things reveal themselves.

Travel with your digital subscriptions
EU

In its long term mission to create a single digital market to the European Union countries, April 1 2018 is the day when digital media subscription services must allow access to their media streams from any EU country. No more geoblocking within EU.

1 Billion E-Books Checked Out Via Library Distributor
Forbes

Overdrive has been in business for five years, but has already reached a significant milestone. Since its inception, the company has distributed one billion ebooks to libraries across the world.

Travel Guide to Portugal’s South Coast Algarve
Amazon

It seems that everyone wants to visit Portugal now after the southern European country has won a travel award after travel award for the best beaches, resorts and attractions.

Infographic: A Concise History of Publishing
Ribbonfish

This concise history of publishing starts only from the 20th century, forgetting everything that happened before that, but if you want to be brief, be brief.

Apple’s iPad event took me back to school. What a trip!
Cnet

So Apple introduced a tablet targeted at schools. In principle, it is the normal 9.7-inch iPad but you can buy a touch sensitive stylus (Apple Pencil) that has plenty of additional features. The price of the tablet is competitive, but the Pencil has a wide Apple margin included in the price. For ebook reading, iPad’s screen is one of the best if not the best tablet screen available.

Amazon launches Kindle Lite app for basic smartphones and slower internet connections
Android Authority

A lightweight Kindle ebook reading application for mobile phones that have limited memory space and slow network connection. The Kindle Lite is initially available in India alone, but let’s see if it becomes available in other countries.

Younger viewers now watch Netflix more than the BBC, says corporation
The Guardian

For many years, broadcast television companies were confident of the future. Advertising money was converting from print media to digital and broadcast media. The inevitable, however, is happening: digital media in the form of streaming services is challenging television.

Ebook news digest: why ebook is better, lonely writer’s syndrome, travel photography tips

2018-03-01

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Apple iPad on bookshelf with books
Ebooks are not ‘stupid’ – they’re a revolution
The Guardian

When Armand Nourry, the head of Hachette publishing company, blurted that ebook is a stupid product because it only replicates the print product, he didn’t know the scale of the storm he had created. Here is a level-headed response to Mr Nourry.

What Makes Good Travel Writing?
Amateur Traveler Chris Christensen

The article features so many valuable, timeless pieces of advice that every aspiring travel writer should read it.

6 reasons why an ebook reader is better than a book
Everything about ebooks

This article was written before the famous “ebooks are stupid” remark, but it points out how many ways the digital product improves the reading experience.

10 Ways to Overcome Lonely Writer Syndrome
Writer’s Digest

Writing is a lonely job, but someone has to do it. In addition to tips mentioned in the article, I warmly recommend field trips every once in a while to research a topic for a planned book.

The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera
Amazon

It is time to start planning that vacation, and the Riviera coast in France is a legendary destination.

20 More Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know
Digital Photography School

Visiting local markets and rising early to photograph how a city (or wherever you happen to be) are my two favorite tips out of 20 listed in the article.

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018
The Write Life

100 web sites that were recommended by the readers of the Write Life blog.

Science’s pirate queen
The Verge

A fascinating (long) story of a Russian idealist who believes scientific information should be free, but Elsevier disagrees. She is the person behind Sci-hub. Although the sites have been shut down, she says she has backups for returning everything online.

Ebook news digest: best tools for nonfiction writers, large screen ereader, insight from failed book

2018-02-01

News on ebooks, writing and ereaders

Amazon Kindle ereader on laptop keyboard
The Best Writing, Editing and Publishing Tools for Aspiring Nonfiction Authors
Book Ghostwriter

The emphasis of this article that lists tech tools and books for nonfiction authors is on editing. Tools and books for other stages of the writing and publishing process are mentioned as well. Experienced writers should check out the article – I am going to buy one of the books listed.

Closer Look at 10.3-inch Onyx Boox Note (Videos)
The Ebook Reader

The Onyx Boox Note is an anticipated ereader because Onyx is one of the leaders in the trend for large-screen devices. This model also has plenty of features for note taking. Take a look at the videos.

Why did my first book fail? Let me count the ways
The Irish Times

The author learned his lesson, and is willing to share the important insight. Every writer who is planning, or is already writing his or her first book, should read Michael Mullooly’s analysis on his failure. We have written about the same topic as well, only from a different angle.

Top Ten Publishing Trends Every Author Needs to Know in 2018
Written Word Media

The article sees positive vibes for indie authors in 2018, but the cost of success may be increasing.

Planning a trip to Scandinavia? Read the tips and get the pointers to right direction
Klaava Travel Guide

A collection of writings for travel guides written about the Nordic countries.

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018
The Write Life

A long list of writing and publishing related web pages grouped into relevant categories.

Walmart is teaming up with one of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies to take direct aim at Amazon
Business Insider

Kobo has strong presence in North America (Canada) and a few other countries across the world, but so far, it has not been visible in the US. This will change after Walmart retail giant starts marketing Kobo ereaders and ebooks.

Independent booksellers could join forces to compete with chains
The Guardian

Independent bookstores in Britain are fed up with the way big publishers treat them and favor large book chains when bestsellers are launched. More than 100 small bookshops have already signed up for an initiative that is planning to establish a united representation for them when negotiating about key products.

Google Play now sells audiobooks, includes voice support for Google Assistant
Venture Beat

Audiobook sales has been growing recently, and Google has realized it is time to join the game.

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

writer's eyeglasses on computer keyboard
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: 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: fake facts in writing, long content is coming, overcoming the fear of publishing

2017-11-01

News on ebooks, writing and publishing

laptop on office desk, woman reads newspaper
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
NiemanLab

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
Techpp

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
diyMFA

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
Digiday

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: 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?

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

2017-09-13

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
Reedsy

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
Mel365

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
Lifehacker

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
Science

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.