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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fulfil the promise of the title, 28 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Transform Your Writing with Google Chrome (Kindle Edition)
This is a very odd article, the title promises something that the text fails to deliver. There is no information in here on how Chrome might transform your writing. There is a general introduction to Google docs, cloud computing and chromebooks (briefer and more shallow than any product review) and details on the keyboard shortcuts include some which aren’t available for the Chromebook he recommends using. Apart from a few text editing keyboard shortcuts, many are for general Chrome browser usage and not relevant to writing projects. This is really frustrating, as apart from a mention of how Chromebooks' offline mode and cloud computing can enable you to write on the hoof and keep your work up to date without emailing copies etc., there is nothing that tells you how writing can benefit from these tools. Benefits of the cloud and smart phones/netbooks that have been around for years have been widely discussed elsewhere, and it seems unlikely that this book would be any newbie's first port of call. Here are some points that could have been covered in a more thought-through article:
- Other cloud devices and platforms that work just as well.
- Why Chromebooks are the perfect combination of form and function for writers (web apps that help the creative process, a full size keyboard on a netbook-weight device, tabs rather than smartphone apps allow you to multitask between dictionary, thesaurus, document being edited, research websites etc.)
- Chrome apps for small publishing, mind mapping, story plotting, idea generation etc.
- How to prepare books and articles in Google docs and publish them using Kindle, Kobo etc.
- How cloud devices allow you to capture ideas wherever you are and merge them easily into longer documents.
- How Google Drive's in-built editing features compare to desktop word processing software and online competitors (I think the balance between essential tools like spell checker etc. and a clear space to work, stripped of formatting options that are more suitable for traditional print publishers and office use, is spot on).
Really rather pointless, could have been a good little handbook which would be well worth £1.99 to the aspiring writer, rather than something you pick up because it's free, then resent spending time reading.
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