High-Tech Options for Marking Up Manuscripts? Dec 26, 2022 0:01:52 GMT
Post by annemarble on Dec 26, 2022 0:01:52 GMT
Does anyone use high-tech solutions for marking up a manuscript? Does anyone have recommendations?
I'm looking into some of the e-Ink tablets as a way to mark up manuscripts. (I've been reading reviews on a website called eWritable that does reviews and comparisons of the various e-Ink tablets. This chart is really helpful.) I like the idea that these are distraction-free. However, it seems that the affordable ones are often just OK. There are some nice e-Ink tablets, but some of the best-reviewed models are 2021 tablets. One of the better-known companies has a reputation for marketing tactics and other decisions that upset the users. The Kobo Elipsa is one option that has promise. The Kindle Scribe seemed promising (and I have been saving up gift cards), but it doesn't have handwriting recognition (yet). So I might just wait until 2023 to see if there are new options.
I thought of getting an Apple Pencil and marking up manuscripts on my iPad using Goodreader or a similar app. But the battery life is nowhere near that of an e-Ink tablet, and the iPad weighs more. Besides, if I'm using my iPad, why not just type up the actual changes on my manuscript? Except I'd rather use my laptop for that.
In the low-tech department, I have printed out manuscripts on paper and marked them up that way. But that gets cumbersome, especially for longer manuscripts. I sometimes end up trying to figure out which edits I've entered and which ones I haven't. And of course, those notes aren't stored in the cloud if something happens.
Years ago, I made notes on some of my stories using an eBookwise. It was very cumbersome -- but you could write on the screen with a little stylus, years before anyone thought of producing a Kindle for note takers.
Maybe I just need to get another laptop for upstairs that I use for writing (and for writing forums and chatrooms).