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Library Thing, GoodReads, Shelfari -- and other social networking for bookworms

March 16, 2013

Tags: Social networking, reader reviews

You'll find a helpful range of reader reviews on these social networking for bookworms sites. Check out LibraryThing, GoodReads, Shelfari, BookCrossing, BookMooch, Book Movement, (more…)

EBook basics for authors (part 1: formatting)

March 13, 2013

Tags: ebooks, ePub, mobi, Kindle, formatting

Updated March 13, 2013. Original post appeared May 12, 2011.

Mobi and ePub are the two basic eBook formats
It's not enough to know which book you want to read; now you need to know which devices will read which books, with which features. At a tutorial on eBook basics organized by the Washington (DC) Biography Group, we learned that the main standard formats for eBooks are ePub (for most e-readers) and Mobi (the proprietary format read by Amazon’s Kindle) (more…)

Online Tutorials on Proofing and Copy Editing

March 2, 2013

Tags: editing, copy editing, copyediting, mark-ups, Adobe Acrobat Reader, trimming flab

You can learn a lot about editing online, sometimes for free. Here are good examples of what's out there:
How to use Adobe Acrobat Reader XI to mark up a PDF (more…)

Evernote (Productivity Tools for Writers and Editors)

March 2, 2013

Tags: productivity tools, timesavers, footnotes, endnotes, archives, organizing notes

"Once you get it, they say, you live and die by Evernote, the five-year-old, everything-in-one-place personal organization application that is hyped by its creators as your 'external brain.'" So writes Rob Walker on Bloomberg BusinessWeek (As Evernote's Cult Grows, the Business Market Beckons , 2-28-13). (more…)