PUBLISHING

Doing three Kindle publications and rediscovering “writing to be read

This is my third Kindle publication, and I’m finally getting to the point.

I’m not sure when it happened, but times have changed.

Lately I’ve been writing only articles on my WordPress blog, and I hadn’t noticed that readers were changing in the first place.

So this time I’m going to review “writing to be read” on my blog and Kindle.

(That doesn’t mean my blog is a good example of readability. Unfortunately.)

And before I knew it, the iPad Pro became my main machine.

This is a good opportunity to introduce this usability, too.

The long paragraphs are gone

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Since I started blogging on WordPress, I’ve been using two sentences of 80 characters or less in a single paragraph more often than not.

I thought it was because of the “write within 80 characters” movement in my office, and also because it’s easy to read on WordPress, so I adopted “one paragraph with two sentences”.

However, according to Kensuu, the No. 2 most popular author of “Note,” this is a trend that has been going on for a few years now. I found out when I borrowed a novel from the library to create a document on Kindle after a long time.

It’s by Hideyuki Kikuchi, and with the big old Alien series, there’s only one paragraph per page. But with the Man Searcher series released this year in 2020, it’s just a few paragraphs per page. That’s five or six paragraphs per page.

If you think about it that way, in the web articles posted by Prof. Yoichi Takahashi and Kaori Arimoto, which have the same font size as blogs, the number of paragraphs on a page changes only 2-3 times. In other words, even for blogs, the structure of paragraphs changed with the times.

If you think about it, this is the same as Twitter and social networking sites. I’d like to know how the style of blogging is changing, with short, dense sentences.

The disappearance of “three reasons”

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When communicating things to others, both in the West and in the West, it is helpful to talk about logical structure. However, it used to be popular to argue for a conclusion or something and say “three reasons”. This seems to be disappearing.

Incidentally, I am a user of the Pyramid Principle, and I have been trained to be aware of the way my opponent’s brain works. So I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the “three reasons”. I can’t remember that much.

That’s why I was always taught to comment on each of them, not on the three. And I would explain them in order of importance so as not to put the burden of “memory” on the other person’s brain. I’m happy to report that this seems to be the latest trend.

The human brain works visually, but the only way to remember what it hears is to make logical sense of it. It’s nice to see that the world is adopting such a method.

(This seems to be the novel formula that the Kindle is so good at.)

Information, Diaries and Claims

It’s a bit unfair, but I didn’t separate information, journals, and arguments in my blog posts, but I was creating articles without separating them. That’s why I decided to do the same thing for Kindle.

But the problem I had was that readers couldn’t identify them. In a blog, you write the conclusion at the beginning, so you can distinguish it from information, diary, or argument. You can’t do that with a Kindle book. (It seems to cause a great deal of discomfort, especially if you try to do it in vertical writing.)

You asked for clarification for Kindle books as well, but I think we may be entering an era where advance information before reading is important.

Personalities

Even though it’s a Kindle, it’s a book, so the text is created with the expectation that readers and third parties will read through it. So it’s best to refrain from using extreme language. (e.g., keep emphasizing “wow” over two lines.)

Also, my language has changed, not just in terms of expression. Come to think of it, when I started my WordPress blog, I used to use the “is and da” tone. But now, I use the “is and will” tone almost uniformly. I’m surrounded by ladies and gentlemen who use the “です・ます・ます” tone.

Maybe it’s because Google’s gotten smarter, or maybe it’s because it’s like, “I tried xxx and got xxxxx”, but titles like “recommended” have disappeared.

When I publish on Kindle, I can reread my finished manuscript from the beginning at any time, so I tend to use one or the other. In my case, I use the “is-masu” tone, which may be unusual for Kindle.

Emo text

With Kindle, as mentioned above, the electronic document document is converted to a Kindle file, so you can review s entire document.

However, his wife says, “Most of the time, I prefer to keep the first sentence.

The musician Sugashicao is the same. Lyrics written in the middle of the night are more emotive and embarrassing, but they sell better that way.

I’m an old man like Sugashicao-san, but it seems that it’s better to keep my youth or “passion” intact.

Summary

I noticed that the book Kindle has changed a lot in its writing style.

Some may think, “Well, that doesn’t change what I’m trying to tell you, so it’s fine to stay the same. However, when you publish a book aimed at young people, you should be aware of this.

These are my thoughts on the three books at the time they were released.

Speaking of which, I’m currently using my iPad Pro to create my manuscript using the live conversion feature. Of course, MS IME, which I’m used to, isn’t bad, but I’m still comfortable with live conversion.

(However, with other software like Word, the live conversion behaves suspiciously and requires a system reboot like “Settings”->”General”->”Reset”->”Reset Conversion Learning”)

The iPad can be restarted in seconds and the CPU fan doesn’t spin up, so it’s comfortable.

There are a lot of professional cartoonists writing manga on iPads in coffee shops these days, and the iPad is just as useful. It’s as convenient as the iPad.

Well, I’ll leave it at that. See you soon.

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Sei Yotsuba