5 Must-Have Apps for Writers
Being a writer in this technological age means that there are some pretty helpful tools floating around out there to help you out. My phone is pretty much always by my side, and I’ve filled it with apps that I can use wherever, whenever. This week, I look at 5 Must-Have Apps for Writers.
With Amazon’s recent announcement that it’s stepping into the subscription ebook service world, I wanted to recommend Scribd, another (more affordable) service that has been around since 2007. For as low as $8.99 per month, you can access a large database of books for your reading pleasure. The premium subscriptions gives access to over 400,000 books – compatible with Android, iPhone, several reading devices, and via the web. If you’re an avid reader (and what writer isn’t?), this could be a more affordable option than buying individual books you want to read. I know my booklist is incredibly long.
This might seem like a no-brainer, especially for Apple users, but iBook is a great app to keep on your phone, iPad, etc. If you have your devices synched to the Cloud, you can download books across platform (though sadly it doesn’t remember what page you’re on). However, for the writer, this is a must-have app on your phone.
If you’re like me, you might be an obsessive notetaker. Evernote is a must-have app that allows you to create notes, group them together, and access them easily and quickly on whatever device you install it on. This program does synch across platforms, so if you make a change on your computer, the next time you open the app on your phone, the changes are in synch. I use Evernote for project notes, weekly agendas – basically anything I don’t want to forget and want easily accessible. I used to use the Notes app on my iPhone until one sad day when I opened it up and all my notes had mysteriously disappeared. That’s when I switched permanently to Evernote as my sole note-keeping app.
If you’re not familiar with Goodreads, it’s basically a social book lover’s website. You can create your own to-read list, share it with others, recommend books, write reviews, see what others are reading, and read book-related articles and author interviews. The app is great for checking reviews quickly for books you might want to pick up – you can even scan a barcode to quickly find a book. It’s also great because you can add a book to your to-read list from your phone, so that you don’t forget a good recommendation.
I honestly use this app every day. If you’re a writer looking for the perfect white noise, Coffitivity is for you. It simulates the sounds of a coffee shop (or university library) at just the right level so that you can work productively. I’m someone who gets distracted if there’s no noise around me when I work or too much talking. Coffitivity gives me the perfect balance, and you can even play music softly in the background too, if you’re more a music-listening writer. I use this at work in my open office environment because I find it blocks out nearby conversations much better than just playing music does. The app is easy-to-use and can be played in the background, even if you open another up.
Do you use any of these apps? Do you love them or have others you like more? Share your thoughts in the comments section! I’ll be doing another article with more apps soon!Posted on: July 22, 2014adoylewriter