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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.

Here is a big 13.3-inch ereader that can also be used as a PC monitor

2017-12-09

A new application has emerged for ereader devices that originally were intended for reading ebooks alone: they are also used as secondary monitors for PCs. So far, tech-savvy PC users have had to hack an ereader to plug it into a computer as a monitor, but now, the Onyx Boox Max 2 provides the feature out-of-the box.
Onyx Boox Max 2 ereader and PC monitor
The Onyx Boox Max 2 is a big ereader with a 13.3-inch E ink screen. A device like this is optimal for reading PDF documents and PDF books (the product can open all common ebook file formats). The Max 2 has been developed with this in mind – it lets users write and draw on the screen with a stylus. The device can also be used like an ordinary touch screen device by touching the screen with fingers.

One more key feature that at the moment separates the Max 2 from competitive products, like the Sony DPT-RP1, is the HDMI port that lets you plug the Max2 into a PC and use it as a secondary PC monitor.

People who stare a monitor their entire work day or can’t setup their PC displays for ideal lighting conditions, can greatly benefit from a E ink screen that doesn’t flicker and provides high contrast. It is, of course, a grayscale display without even the possibility to watch videos – perhaps an important feature for easily distracted workers.
Onyx Boox Max 2 e-reader with stylus for handwriting and drawing on screen
The Onyx Boox Max 2 is available in a few online stores for 800 Euros. The official Onyx stores are listed on the company’s web page.

The product is shipping to customers, some of whom have had time to record hands-on videos of the Max 2. Here is one:

As the video and the reviewer’s reply to questions on YouTube indicate, there are some teething problems in the product that may cause problems for some users, but may not affect others.

Onyx Boox Max2 key features and specifications

13.3-inch E Ink Carta display. Made of plastic, it is light and flexible.
Resolution 2200×1650 pixels, 16 levels of grey.
High contrast 15:1.
Electromagnetic (WACOM) and capacitive dual touch screen. With the included stylus it is possible to write and draw on the screen. The capacitive layer allows touching and controlling the screen with fingers, just like using it as a tablet.
Four buttons: Menu, Back, Next Page and Previous Page.
WIFI
Bluetooth 4.0
1.6 GHz quad-core processor.
2GB RAM + 32GB of storage space.
Android 6.0 operating system software.
HDMI port for connecting the ereader to a PC as a secondary monitor.
Speaker and microphone.
3.5mm audio port for text-to-speech, playing music or audio books.
Ebook and document formats: PDF, EPUB, TXT, MOBI, CHM, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, PDB. Audio: MP3, WAV.
7.5 mm thin.
Weight 550g
4100mAH lithium-polymer battery. Up to 4 weeks of standby time.

Onyx Boox Max 2 e-reader and computer monitor

Via The Verge.

Ebook news digest: two types of digital nomads, low-cost ereader, drone photography for everyone

2016-08-16

Ebook news digest August 16, 2016

digital nomad dorothy by duncan rawlinson

Digital nomad Dorothy by Duncan Rawlinson


Mashable: My life as a remote year guinea pig

Stephanie Walden participated in a year-long packaged tour around world. It wasn’t a vacation, but a package for digital nomads who worked the whole time (well, depending on each nomad’s own motivation). They stayed in one place for one month, experiencing 12 destinations during the year. The organizer, Remote Year, took care of travel and accommodation costs and logistics. The idea was to have a community of 70 nomads who would stay together for the whole year. Many exciting and interesting things happened during the year – an intriguing story which is a must read for everyone even remotely thinking of nomad life.

Amateur Photographer: Drone the World holidays promise travel photography with a twist

Everyone knows that there are lots of ways to take better travel photos than the usual selfies in front of statues. Black Tomato has made it extremely easy for anyone to become a master in rather difficult special field of photography: snapping images from a drone. The company organizes travel packages where professional drone photographers follow the travel group. The professionals take aerial images of travelers and they can also teach individual tourists to control a drone and its camera.

The Ebook Reader: New Onyx Boox C67s ereader now available for $73

Even though the Amazon Kindle totally dominates the ereader market, a few companies are actively developing new products for ebook lovers. Onyx has introduced a new product, the Onyx Boox C67s, which looks like a reasonably good value for the money. Six-inch E ink screen with 1024×758 resolution, but no Wi-Fi, touch screen or frontlight. Price at the moment: $73.

Law Fuel: Leading Blogger Becomes Digital Nomad on World Cruise

Active travel bloggers and photographers may give the impression that every digital nomads is a relatively young, trendy person. Personally, I have always suspected it, because it is the over-50s and over-60s who tend to have resources to live a nomad life if they wish. Jo Castro, a social media consultant, is one of these seasoned digital nomads who has embarked on a trip around the world. She is doing it in style on a cruise ship that visits 39 destinations in 27 countries over 104 nights. The upfront cost is about the same as the digital nomad who traveled for one year on a packaged around the world nomad tour.

Resource Travel: Top 9 landscape photography locations in Northern Spain

Christian Hoiberg lived one year in Santander, a coastal town in northwest Spain. The story features good tips if you are considering traveling in this part of not-so-well-travelled Spain, and even better tips for photo locations and pictures from the northwest region’s rugged coast.

More travel stories here.

If you read PDF ebooks, you may want to try out this Onyx ereader

2016-05-16

Practically all new ebooks are being published in EPUB and Kindle formats so that they are easily accessible on all tablets, ereaders, smartphones and computers (independent of their screen size). A number of books published years ago in print may only be available in PDF format, and the PDF file format was never designed with small screens in mind (it is simply a replica of a printed page). That’s why reading an PDF ebook or document can be frustrating on a small-screen ereader. So, a larger screen is required for PDF, and that’s what Onyx ereader is delivering.
onyx boox max ereader, landscape
The Onyx Boox Max comes with a 13.3-inch E ink screen which makes it a good choice for anyone who is reading textbooks and other non-fiction books in PDF format.

The Boox Max has a feature that is rarely included in ereaders: you can write on the screen. A stylus is attached to the side panel, and using that stylus it is possible to write on the screen.

There definitely is a large group of people who need a 13.3-inch ereader, but it is not for everyone. The device doesn’t fit into a small bag or purse, but you have to have something where you can carry it. For instance, would I take this ereader on a trip to Budapest? Probably not, I would take a 10 inch tablet and a smartphone. The current price for the Onyx Boox Max is $650, which means it has to compete against 12-inch tablets in price.

Having said that, an ereader with large screen would be nice to have in the office and at home.

Here is a video recorded by Armdevices.net where the Onyx Boox Max is demonstrated. It is a five minute video, but the 13.3 ereader is shown right in the beginning and after four minutes.

Onyx Boox Max key features and technical specifications

onyx boox max ereader
13.3 inch screen with 16 shades of grey, 1600×1200 resolution.
Flexible screen with handwriting input.
Full-screen touch with stylus, support handwriting and annotation.
Android 4.0, possibility to download additional applications.
CPU: Cortex-A9 1G Hz.
RAM: 1G LPDDR2
Storage space 16GB.
Memory card: Micro SD (up to 32Gb)
3.5mm connector for headphones.
Microphone.
Micro USB 2.0
WIFI 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 4.0
Ebook formats: PDF, TXT, HTML, EPUB, CHM, PDB, MOBIPOCKET (Non-DRM), FB2, DJVU
Displays JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP images.
Plays MP3, WAV audio files.
Dimensions 325 x 237 x 7.5mm.
Weigth around 550g.
Operating Temperature 0°C- 50°C.
Battery 4100mAh LI-ION Polymer.
Standby battery around 4 weeks.
Charging takes about 3 hours.

The best ereaders for ebook lovers in 2015

2015-11-18

Dedicated ereaders with black-and-white displays remain the favorite reading devices for two types of people: those who read a lot and those who travel. People who read a lot like the pleasant, flicker-free contrast of the screen and simple functionality, whereas travelers like to load lots of books into a small and light device which is not a business- or privacy-critical item (in case the device is broken or lost). Which ereaders are the best picks of 2015?

First, let’s take a look at the top four ereaders in 2015 ranked by the Ebook Reader.com. The blog, specialized in ereaders, has tested and reviewed new products and ranked them by their features, usability and value.
amazon kindle paperwhite 3, outdoors
1. Kindle Paperwhite 3
The Kindle Paperwhite 3 has deserved its number one place as the best overall ereader after a few iterations of the model (version 3). Available at Amazon stores at $120.

kobo aura h2o reader by a pool
2. Kobo Glo HD
Kobo runs a bookstore that has perhaps the largest selection of EPUB books available. Kobo also manufactures ereaders, but their availability is limited to few markets. In some countries, Kobo ereaders are available at ordinary bookstores (France’s largest bookstore FNAC is one of these). Kobo Glo HD is available at $129 at Kobobooks or at bookstores.

amazon kindle voyage, coffee
3. Kindle Voyage
The Kindle Voyage is at the high end of the scale when ereader features and prices are compared. The Voyage is ranked as the best premium ereader. Price $200.

onyx boox i86 ereader
4. Onyx Boox i86
The most common ereader screen size is six inches. It is actually difficult to find products with larger screens, but the Onyx Boox i86 is one of them. Price $280 at Amazon.

You can read reviews of all the products at Ebook Reader blog.

After global brands like Sony and Samsung withdrew from the ereader market, availability of products is very different in different parts of the world. In addition, regional products only targeted at certain markets are being marketed by bookstore chains or retail electronic chain stores.

For, example, Tolino ereader and ebook store in Germany is practically as popular as Amazon Kindle and its German ebook store. In Scandinavia, online bookstore Adlibris is marketing Letto ereader that is available only from company’s online stores. Both Letto and Tolino are EPUB readers. A reason for the success of these regional products is that they are available in local languages, and customers can shop in online stores in their own languages.

Tablets and large smartphones (also known as phablets) have become so popular that many device owners are using them to read ebooks as well. And why not? Sharp, bright color display is a pleasure to view when reading non-fiction books or any books and magazines that include color photos or images (not to mention videos).

Pack a Budget Ereader in Your Bag for a Holiday Trip

2015-06-03

Many people have collected a stack of books that they are going to read during their vacation. Today, it makes sense to store those books on an ereader for saving space and weight. If you worry you might damage or lose your tablet or laptop while reading at a pool, airport, beach or at an outdoors café by a busy market square in Vienna, carry a low-cost ereader along for your trip.

Here are some budget ereaders to choose from.

sony prs-300 ereader, red
Sony PRS-300 – a compact and light ereader. Sony doesn’t manufacture ereaders anymore, so you’ll be shopping for refurbished products for as low as $20. You can purchase ebooks from any bookstore apart from Amazon, and read them on the Sony ereader.
 
 
 
 
 
onyxbooxclassic
Onyx Boox Classic is a touch screen, Wi-Fi enabled ereader for about $70. The manufacturer sells products directly their web site and delivers globally.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
pockebookbasic2
Pocketbook Basic 2 – Pocketbooks are primarily marketed in Europe, but can be purchased elsewhere as well. The basic model for about $80.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
bookeencubookmuseessential
Bookeen Cybook Muse Essential – Cybook is a popular ereader brand in Europe. The Cybook Muse Essential is currently priced around $90.
 
 
 
 
 
 
kindle-basic-angle
Amazon Kindle – you can’t go wrong with the Kindle – even the entry level models are highly usable devices. The price varies, today this basic model was $79. The Paperwhite model with front light was $119. The only thing to remember is that you can read ebooks purchased only from Amazon on the Kindle.

Energy Ereader has a selection of few low-cost ereaders as well.

One more thing: the latest hot trend in technology are smartwatches and smart wear. It is (theoretically) possible to read an ebook on a smartwatch. More details in this article.

The ebookreader.com published the original listing that we complemented with additional products.