Kindle makes good editing tool
March 27, 2012 | 10:15 am
The Kindle is great for e-reading, but what about editing? British writer Stephanie Zia blogs that the keyboard Kindle makes a great editing tool:
Be it a book, a dissertation, a company report, you can email your own work to your kindle with the special email you’re given with your purchase. Or you can transfer it direct from your computer. Your MS magically transforms into ‘book’. A nice chunk of that all-important distance is added that doesn’t happen when you read to edit from the screen, or even from paper. You can highlight text and add in notes as you read. When you’re ready to go back to your next computer edit you can bring your edits up as a list. This is best used for fine edits, i.e. when you think (ha ha) you’ve got a finished product.
She provides some advice on how to convert a manuscript to a Mobipocket format document with Calibre for exporting to the Kindle. (Though I’m not sure why she suggests saving it as a PDF for import and conversion to Mobi. Seems to me that ought to cause some formatting errors; I know I’ve had trouble copying and pasting from PDF in the past. Couldn’t it be saved as HTML or something instead?)
Just goes to show that sometimes tools you think of as mainly for reading can help in the writing process, too.