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The Author Blog of Ethan E. Harris

Writin’ Tools Online

The amount of flat-out, cool technology available for an author online is a little overwhelming. From having ebooks signed to being able to instantly publish a full book online (print or electronic), the options are staggering.

Here are some of my current favorites. Most are free to use. I’ve added their Twitter so it’s easier to keep up with them. Enjoy!

Autographed Ebooks

  • Kindlegraph – Free, easy to register and navigate features. Author search must be exact. I recommend searching by first name or title and then scroll through available authors. @kindlegraph
  • Autography – iPad app and monthly subscription involved. Looks promising. @AutographyLLC

Book Creation

  • CreateSpace – Print book creation site. Free to use and publish directly to Amazon. Free ISBN assignment. Use with Amazon Author Central to customize an author page. @CreateSpace
  • Feedbooks – Also a place to find ebooks for purchase, the publishing process is easy, user-friendly and as precise as Sigil (see below). @feedbooks
  • iBooks Author – For the Mac only, but free. Create very nice iPad-ready books. @iBookstore
  • KDP – Amazon e-publishing on Kindle. Free. Will allow you to run free promotions for your book. @AmazonKDP
  • Lulu – Smooth, but without the digital proofing tools of CreateSpace. Excellent coupon management for your titles. @luludotcom
  • PubIt – Barnes and Noble e-publishing site. @BNBooksClubs
  • Sigil – Open-source e-book creation tool. It creates perfect ebooks if you take the time to learn it. Downloaded software only. @sigileditor
  • Smashwords – Free to use. Will publish your book to Kobo, B&N and others in HTML, .txt, .mobi, .epub and PDF formats for free. @Smashwords

Book Swap

  • BookCrossing – Fun way to track your books and release them into the “wild.” You can watch where your book travels with a unique code for every title. Free. It’s the “Where’s George” of books. @BookCrossing
  • Librarything – Not only a personal library (although very basic) it is also a very nice swap site. Free. @LibraryThing
  • Paperbackswap – My go to for swapping books. Earn credits by sending, search for titles you want. Works on a credit system. Very effective. Free, but you will have to pay shipping charges. @paperbackswap

Books to Purchase


  • EasyBib – MLA is free, APA and Chicago/Turabian is a premium feature. The “research” function is a great way to find bibliographies for any topic. @EasyBib
  • Endnote Web – Free for students and schools. Can integrate with desktop application. @EndNoteNews
  • Mendeley – Create citations, collaborate and annotate any webpage or PDF. Free. @MendeleyTips
  • Zotero – Integrates with Firefox browser. Free. @zotero

Library Applications

  • Book Collector – A very thorough personal library management tool. Offers trail version and premium. Can manage loaned books. Syncs to your Book Collector cloud. @collectorz
  • Calibre – Import and manage title metadata. Extensive, with almost as many options as Book Collector. Free to convert any book to any format (if DRM is removed). Does not have an online version. Downloaded application only, but still free.
  • Goodreads – Community reading with the ability to keep an online library with personalized reviews. Integrates with FB. @goodreads
  • LibraryThing – Allows for look ups (powerful and fast like WorldCat). @LibraryThing


Reading Applications


  • Google Books – Lists citations at the bottom of every book’s “about” page. Export to EndNote, BibTex and RefMan. @googlebooks
  • WorldCat – The big dog of book databases! Search for a book, get citations and find in a local library. @worldcatorg

Obviously, I can’t include everything out there, but these sites have been the most helpful to me so far. I hope you find something useful here for yourself.

Feel free to add any links to this post in the comments section.


One comment on “Writin’ Tools Online

  1. Kari S.
    June 11, 2012

    Thank you for the mention!

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