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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: 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: 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: 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.