Summer is slowly winding down in my neck of the woods. Time to stop enjoying cool drinks in the garden and instead curl up on the couch with a steaming mug of something hot and yummy. All that’s missing now is a good book!
While I was rummaging around in Evernote, I rediscovered all the free e-books I’ve downloaded over the past year. The fear of running out of reading matter keeps me stockpiling books, both physical and digital.
Anyway, here a few free e-books that could help you while away a rainy autumn afternoon:
E-books about other translators
- The Bright Side of Freelance Translation: Success Stories from the Wordface, edited by Nicole Y. Adams and Andrew Morris: This is just the book for when bad weather and bad business are getting you down. It tells the tales of language professionals who successfully faced the challenge of becoming happy freelancers and actively shaped their professional future.
E-books about writing
- The Little Book of Transcreation, Mother Tongue Writers: Get the e-book for free (or order a very cute miniature printed version) and browse little nuggets of transcreation gold.
- The Nearly Ultimate Guide to Better Writing, Write to Done: This book is a collection of blog posts and offers quick little shots of advice on becoming one with the words. Sign up for the newsletter and this e-book is yours.
- 20 Incredibly Useful Copywriting Tips, Copywrite Matters: Sign up for Belinda’s newsletter or her Copy Detective blog (which is quite entertaining) and get this short book as a gift.
- The ABC of Copywriting, Tom Albrighton: Last year, Tom made this ebook available for free. It’s a collection of his best how-to posts along with extra material. All you have to do is pay with a tweet. That’s reasonably priced.
- How to Write a B2B Website, Tom Albrighton:For all of us considering a website revamp for the New Year. Again, pay with a tweet and enjoy Tom’s advice for free.
E-books about software and tools
Or maybe you want something a little more geeky.
- 21 Free Tools and Utilities for Translators, Alessandra Martelli: Alessandra went to the trouble of testing and comparing free software so that we only need to cherry-pick from her selection should we feel the need to try out a new tool.
- Using Productivity Tools: Productivity Skills, Team FME (Free Management eBooks): This book covers a wide range of tools and skills while making the very valid point that productivity isn’t something that can be outsourced to software. It starts with our own behavior. Team FME specializes in resources for managers, and seeing that we all manage our own businesses, their website has many other interesting e-books to offer.
What about you? Can you recommend any free e-books?