I have not been a tablet enthusiast. I have been a loyal laptop user for many, many years and I just could not see the purpose of a tablet. To be completely truthful I still view them with skepticism. I certainly cannot see spending the money to buy anything as pricey as an I-pad. I don’t watch movies on a small screen, don’t like surfing the net on one either. I have an MP3 player I use for listening to podcasts and some music in the car.
But, I did get a Kindle because digital publishing is the future. There is a certain convenience in having so many volumes at hand. Every day I get an email from CNET’s Cheapskate blog. In it I learn about super deals in tech. One day the deal was for a refurbished Kindle Fire for $139. Since it came with a one year warranty, and since most everyone I knew was at least toying with a tablet, I took the deal.
Now, I still prefer a laptop but there are occasions when a tablet is more covenient to carry. So, I’ve been learning about apps. If you want to seriously write, use a real keyboard. But I have found ten apps that a writer will find useful. Here they are in no particular order.
Evernote is a lot like Microsoft’s OneNote only it is entirely web based. You can create folders, add ideas, insert photos, make lists, and share files of notes with others. I use the free version.
Just about every writer knows about Goodreads. It is the world’s largest social network for for readers. You can access thousands of reviews, set up your own reading list, and let Goodreads help discover great books. This is a free app too.
My Writing Spot keeps your manuscript a tap away for whenever you have a minute or two. You can use this as a standalone app but it works better when you couple it with the free web app of the same name. Then you can sync your manuscripts and work on them from any web accessible device. It will cost you $2.99 but you may consider it worth it.
SEO Buddy offers constant access to current site rankings with Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and Alexa. You just enter a site’s Web address and tap on “Check URL” to obtain Search Engine Rankings, Indexed Pages, Inbound Links, DMOZ Listing, SiteAdvisor Rating, and Domain Age statistics. And you can click on individual results to drill down for more details. Cost? $0
Royalty Calculator enables you to estimate royalties for books, music, and more. On the percentage screen enter the quantity sold, unit price, discount, and royalty percentage. You can choose whether the royalty is before or after the discount (Retail vs. Net), and the Royalty Calculator will show you the total value sold in addition to the royalty amount. Both of these screens have a total or accumulator on the bottom so that you can easily add up royalties from a number of different titles. Explore your future with this easy-to-use Royalty Calculator. Cost? $0