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Proofreading Tip (Short and Not Boring)

26 May 2011

Author and writing teacher Dave Farland has long advocated proofreading your paper manuscript by printing it in a different font and different font size than you used when you were writing it.

PG just discovered that proofreading on a Kindle is another great way of finding errors you miss on your computer screen or on paper.

For those unfamiliar with Kindle, every Kindle has an email address. If you attach a Word file to an email, then send the email to your Kindle, your manuscript will show up on your Kindle in a couple of minutes and look much different than it does anywhere else.

Safety Warning: Don’t try to use a pen, an eraser or white-out to make corrections on your Kindle screen! 🙂

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8 Comments to “Proofreading Tip (Short and Not Boring)”

  1. This has become, by far, my favorite way to edit and proofread. The Kindle also lets you make notes and highlights.

    Another way to do this is to use MobiPocket (a free program you can download) to turn your ms into a .prc file, then connect your kindle to your computer with the USB cord and load the ms onto your kindle that way.

    • Moses – Agreed on the usefulness of the Kindle for proofreading.

      I usually get my .prc files to my Kindle by emailing them to my Kindle as attachments. It saves me trying to find the USB cord I always misplace.

      • That would be a little faster and easier. I think you pay a little bit to email yourself something, but IIRC it doesn’t cost much.

        • Moses – It does cost a little to email docs to your Kindle 3 if your Kindle is connected via 3G, but there is no cost if your Kindle is connected via WiFi.

          Since I have a WiFi only Kindle I never worry about charges, but if you have a Kindle 3G and want to make sure you only receive docs at no charge when your Kindle is connected via WiFi, send them to your free Kindle email address – “name”@free.kindle.com.

      • That would be a little faster and easier. I think you pay a little bit to email yourself something, but IIRC it doesn’t cost much.

  2. “Safety Warning: Don’t try to use a pen, an eraser or white-out to make corrections on your Kindle screen!” – That cracked me up 😀

    It is a great tip to print in a different font and size. Never thought to do that.

    Your tip for Kindle is very interesting too, but I don’t have an e-reader for the moment. I’ll keep it in mind though 🙂

    Thank you for the very interesting post

    • Jacqvern – Proofreading on the Kindle and printing in a different font and size are just two ways of doing the same thing – making your manuscript look different enough so your eyes don’t just float past mistakes because they’re at the end of a line or at the beginning or end of a page or just sort of hidden in a mental hole of their own.

      This is one reason why authors with traditional publishers find errors in galleys that they missed in the manuscript.

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