5 Tips for Self-Publishers in International Markets

Self-publishing can be a complex matter. Whether it is for a novel, a piece of non-fiction, or even for an e-book that you want to monetize, there is a great deal of marketing involved.

In order to get the most out of your book, you should consider international markets. You will gain a wider audience and increase opportunities to generate revenue. But just as it takes effort and time to market your book in your home country, it will be even more complex to target foreign audiences. The payoff, though, can be good, if you do it right.

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Six Reasons Why a Chromebook Is the Perfect College Laptop

Gone are the days when buying a reliable notebook for college meant breaking the bank. Today, the market is swarming with laptops that are perfectly capable of getting you through school, at a price that won’t deplete your college fund in one sweep.

Among the many choices at your disposal are Chromebooks; a relatively new breed of laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS. Essentially the Chrome browser disguised as an operating system, Chrome OS is designed to centralize all your work under one platform: your Google account. This means that nearly all applications are web-based, storing their data in the cloud.

It’s understandable if this dependence on the Internet comes as off-putting, but that hasn’t stopped the Chromebook from achieving mainstream popularity. In fact, Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in 2016, and as Gartner predicts, sales will have grown by 16.3 percent by the end of 2017.

If you’ve been planning to buy a laptop, therefore, a Chromebook is at least worth considering. Why? Here are six good reasons. Continue Reading

The Amazing World of Elearning [Infographic]

Long gone are the days when you could only learn in a classroom or at college. Traditional methods of learning are certainly still important, but as the internet has increased in popularity, we have seen a new type of learning methodology develop – elearning. Let’s put a definition. Elearning (short for electronic learning) represents studies and education facilitated using electronic technology without the need for the confines of a physical classroom.

The cost of elearning, in comparison, is a fraction of what you would pay for a teacher and educational course. For example, the online course website Udemy often offers an extravagant 90% off Udemy discount for many of their courses, temporarily bringing the price way down and giving you a great deal.

The idea behind elearning has actually been around since the 1960’s when the first computer based instruction system was developed. Since then, various types of elearning programs, software, and technology has been created.

Today, elearning has taken a new angle and many businesses are combing mobile technology together with elearning. For example, many elearning courses are available to use on your tablet, smartphone or laptop. You can literally learn on the go and are not confined to a classroom or fixed position. Continue Reading

8 Strange Habits Well-Known Writers Formed to Write Better

Almost every writer suffers from mental block once in a while. It does not matter whether you are new to it or you’ve had experience writing, there are times that your mind will refuse to work. For those who have been in this profession for a long time, they have come up with ways to counter what is commonly known as writers’ block. It is a craft that requires one to possess remarkable will and resilience for them to be successful. Renowned writers have devised bizarre traditions and habits before starting on a novel or article. According to them, they stand out from the rest because of these traditions they follow. The trick is in what drives you to want to reach your full potential and also puts you at ease and in the right mind frame to work.

Mastering a daily routine could be the key to unlocking your full writing potential. Here are some of the things accomplished writers do before starting to write. Continue Reading

Ways To Start Building Your Freelance Writing Career

Freelancing has gained popularity in recent years. People are tired of dull jobs that don’t allow them to utilize their own skills. They want to build their own schedule and work on their own time.

People who love to write, especially, find their dream job in the freelancing world.

This is all great in theory. But in reality, being a freelancer takes much more work than a regular job would. Along with all of those things that come later in your freelancing career, you first need to build a good foundation and set yourself up for success. This isn’t easy, but it does pay off.

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Utilizing Anchors inside your Ebook

One of the appeals of having an interactive ebook instead of a paper book or even a standard PDF is the ease of navigation and reaching information. This is why splitting your ebook content into separate files, each representing a single chapter or sub-chapter, would help your readers navigate easily using a table of contents.

This is easier said than done however. Ebooks with special content such as image scans, sophisticated HTML or complex interactivity, may not be easy to divide. Even semantically, sometimes it makes no sense to divide content into separate files, but rather more meaningful to let the user see a continuous flow of information for that subject.

The way to still provide useful navigation throughout this type of monotonous flow is through the user of anchors. Anchors are invisible points in your content, which mark a reachable location in text. Think of them as bus stops on a long road. Anchors lie within the flow of content itself; this means they will reflow along with the content.

This guide will show you how to use Kotobee Author to create anchors that will help your users seamlessly navigate through your ebook. We will demonstrate useful shortcuts to link chapters and subchapters to various anchors throughout the text, without having to split the content.

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How to Become an Amazing Self-Editor

In order to become a great writer, you first need to learn to edit your own work. When you are writing your first draft, you are simply churning out words – it is the editing process that makes your writing shine.

This is why self-editing is a valuable skill.

You might think it’s best that you hire an editor and at some point you should – but the first edit should be your own. This will give you a better chance of being published since editors don’t have unlimited reading time on their hands. Your work will do much better if it’s properly edited – and who better to do that first edit than you.

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Integrating your Ebooks using LTI

It’s important to make rich content in an LMS reachable in as few steps as possible while maintaining security. With the various content/technology providers available, LTI makes it easy to provide reusable content and tools to your students, under correct authentication – something not possible with SCORM. In this article we will be highlighting why you should start using LTI as a way of integrating your ebooks with your LMS, and practical steps on how to do so using Kotobee. If you’re using an LMS in your organization, this article is definitely for you.

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25 Publishing Events Not to Miss in 2018

For most people, writers have often been considered a solitary species (rather bookish, if you’ll excuse the pun!), that prefer to keep to themselves. But this has rather changed in the past few decades, with the ability to create an image around yourself in order to sell your books a much bigger deal.

Publishing events are often the best places to go to if you’re looking to reach out to fellow writers, literary agents and people in the know. Below is a list of some of the top literary events going on in 2018.

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