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.


  1. I agree about the PDF. I save my manuscripts as RTF, as Calibre accepts that with no problem. Reading from the list of annotations is not always a quick way to find the edits, though. I wish Amazon would post the highlights and notes I make in my manuscripts on the same page as they post the ones I make in books I buy from Amazon! They now put any “personal documents” I send to my kindle into my archive page, so I don’t see why they can’t offer that.

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