Last week I did my best to convince you to use "Scrivener". It is definitely my program of choice for writing software. At the same time, I realize that it may not suit your needs. Perhaps you don't have enough hard drive space, or use something other than Windows or OSX. Maybe you just don't need all of its features.
Here are some other options. I have borrowed this list from Piotr Kowalczyk and the blog posts on his website. I cannot vouch for many of them, but they come with recommendations from many other bloggers, including The Bubble Cow, Marketing Tips for Authors, The Creative Penn, The Book Designer, Publetariat, Authors Tools Blog, Author Tech Tips, Inkygirl and The Bookwright. (And that, in itself, is an endorsement. These folks know their stuff.)
Today we'll look at some writing, editing, and formatting applications.
WRITING AND EDITING
Popular office toolbox you can use any time from your Google accounts dashboard. Text editor is basic, but you can share documents online for real time editing and feedback. Download as txt, doc, pdf, odt and html. You can access your documents from any device with a web browser, by logging in to your Google account.
Open-source, multilingual productivity suite, available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. It’s compatible with all other office suites, including Microsoft Office.
Powerful note-taking working in the cloud. Advanced functions to capture and save ideas, good search. Access from many devices via applications (for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile).
Full screen text editor developed with writers in mind. Works on Windows, Linux and MacOS. You can export documents to Google Docs.
If you need a distraction-free editors you have to try WriteRoom (Mac) or DarkRoom (Windows). They get your computer out of the way, so that you can completely focus on your work.
An online service where you can submit a text and users will edit it for you. A very engaging way to not only make your text better, but also meet writers and readers.
Paste the text and it will be analyzed in real time. Title checker, plagiarism detection as well as spelling, grammar and word choice suggestions. The service also offers a Vocabulary Builder.
One-stop solution for all your e-book management needs, both as a reader and writer. It converts files from and to many digital formats. Use it to add e-book metadata.
A well-thought editor for epub files. Includes editors of metadata and multi-level table of content. You can add pictures, SVG images are supported.
Online tool which allows you to convert files in different formats. Input: doc, epub, fb2, html, lit, lrf, mobi, odt, pdb, pdf, prc, rtf, txt. Output: epub, fb2, lit, lrf, mobi.
A simple online pdf-to-epub converter.
HAPPY WRITING, EVERYONE!