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Ebook news digest: how to loan a Kindle book, Facebook Messenger delivers ebooks, writing test

2018-11-01

News on ebooks, writing and photography

Amazon Kindle ereader on PC keyboard
How to share books on a Kindle

How many Amazon Kindle ereader owners knew that it is possible to loan ebooks from own account to friends and family? Well, it is actually quite easy. When you loan an ebook to someone else, it disappears from your Kindle for the loan period (max 14 days). Also other ways to share Kindle ebooks are shown in the PC World article.

Five Top Tips for Successful Co-writing

Aria Grace at Self-Publishing Advice collaborated with other writers when they wanted to publish a book. The teamwork resulted in a success. Here are the macro-level tips for co-writing projects for us to learn from.

James Patterson on his new Facebook Messenger digital book: You’ve never seen anything like it

CNBC Squawk Box television show interviewed author James Patterson who took the opportunity to tell about his new digital multimedia ebook that is delivered via Facebook Messenger. The book The Chef has been written like a traditional book and will be published like one, but a short version of it has been tailored for Facebook Messenger. The way it works is that a reader receives messages that include text, photos and video clips in a sequence that makes up the book. Why I am not excited about this is that I don’t believe fiction books benefit from video clips or other multimedia material that depict the story that is already explained as text. Nonfiction ebooks benefit from additional media items because they can elaborate a topic.

Photographing London: Iconic Locations and Hidden Gems

If you are planning a trip to London, you may already have ideas where to take those obligatory selfies. Spend a few more minutes at London’s landmark sights and you can find new angles for your travel photos. The Photo Team has put together a handy guide for photographing the best sights and neighborhoods of London. The guide also includes tips for improving your chances of getting that perfect Instagram travel shot.

The Honest Tribe

Max Boyle was so intrigued about a Nordic nation that linguistic Richard Lewis had called the honest tribe that Boyle decided to find out what the Scandinavian country’s secret was. After publishing travel books that told about other Northern European countries, his next destination was Finland. Multiple times, in fact. What he experienced, what he saw, liked, and didn’t like is now available in his entertaining book.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Editors (According to Novelists)

Writer’s Digest asked authors what they hated the most during the process they worked with an editor whose job was to improve the manuscript. The article makes excellent points on the sensitivity of an editor’s work, and lets editors also respond why writers sometimes don’t appreciate the help they are getting.

Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected

A hands-on test of the new October 2018 Ipad Pro models by Cnet indicates that the Apple tablet has become a full-blown computer that challenges laptops. When the Apple iPad was introduced in 2010, we started using them for reading ebooks, following news, viewing YouTube videos, communicating via email, and for many other tasks whenever an app was available. Now that the iPad Pro contains the processing power of a big and powerful computer, comes with a Pencil, and a keyboard/case is available, it is time to think about it as a laptop computer – a new kind of PC, but a PC, anyhow.

Can Your Writing Pass This Test? Take It to Find Out

This simple test by Business Writing blog made me think. Not only my own writing, but also two self-published nonfiction ebooks that I had recently downloaded from Amazon. Both books began with an Introduction that included typos, minor errors and a handful of abbreviations. Both authors are experts who have deep knowledge in their field, but writing a book to a general audience is something else. Nonetheless, the test in the article is suitable if you are planning a blog post, long email message, or anything else where you have to explain something to a reader.

Best Android apps for writing your next novel

Slashgear has reviewed a bunch of writing applications that run on Android phones and tablets. That’s right. Dedicated writing apps are available for smartphones and tablets because you never know when the inspiration hits. I’m going to try one or two and see if I am more or less productive on my phone. Here is our round-up of writing apps for PCs.

book cover image: The Honest Tribe by Max Boyle

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: 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 last wilderness in Europe, the Arctic Lapland
Klaava Travel Guide

A downloadable travel guide to the Nordic land of adventures: Lapland.

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?