Your Kindle is a Proofer

Kindle owners do lots of things with their Kindles – some this you may already know how to do, but there may be a lot of you who never thought to do it. There is a discussion thread going on over at the Amazon site where members are posting some of the random things they do with their Kindles in addition to “just” reading books. I will be profiling some of these over the next few weeks – after all, part of the title line of this blog is supposed to be about Kindle tips vs. just a feature on free books!

Here’s one of the tips from the discussion board:

The Kindle is going to be an important part of the process I use to edit my novels. I recently dug out a manuscript I hadn’t looked at in five years with the intent of whipping it into shape and sending it to market. Instead of lugging around almost 800 pages in a big binder, inspiration struck and I emailed the Word doc to my Kindle.

Reading it there was an amazing experience – I was able to detach almost completely from the fact that it was a manuscript, probably because my brain is wired to accept what’s on the Kindle as a “real book”. It was like having the finished book in my hand. And when I tried Text To Speech with the manuscript (don’t worry, I gave myself permission), you’d have thought I was listening to an audio book narrated by James Earl Jones.

So in the future, I plan to use the Kindle to review my early drafts before beginning the process of editing.

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3 responses to “Your Kindle is a Proofer

  1. Sorry to post a comment here. Feel free to delete it but I have looked all through my emails and your blog and cannot find a way to contact Michael directly. I came across an AWESOME free tool for the Kindle. I am in no way connected with it and it’s free, but I thought it would be best to mention it in a not-public forum. You have my email, so I’ll let you contact me if you are interested in checking it out.

  2. Steven Seiller

    This can work well as I have done this many times. Further, you can use the annotating tools on the Kindle to ‘edit’ the document with comments and notes. (this is when I appreciate the keyboard on my Kindle 3!)

    Recently, I exceeded the number of annotations allowed in the document and couldn’t retrieve them all! (Some day I should look up how many that is….)

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