In other to write a wonderful book or article, even essays or letters, certain book writing tools (or book writing software) are required.
These book writing tools are actually software that must be present on your personal computer. You make extensive use of them from the first moment you begin to write, from typing the first letter of the first word to the end when your work becomes a new book or article.
In this article, I’ll be introducing you to 7 of the best book writing tools out there and tell you why they rank so high above others.
Some of these book writing tools were mentioned in our previous article, 10 powerful tips on How to write a good Book. However, in this article, we’ll discuss them in detail and explain why you need them.
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7 Best Book Writing Tools and Software for 2020
There is a lot of book writing tools and software to be found in the technology market today. Below are the best of the lot and you’ll definitely need them when writing a book, letter, essay, article or note.
1. Microsoft Word (2010 edition or above)
When it comes to the best book writing tools and software in the technology market, Microsoft Word, which is a component of the Microsoft Office Suite, tops every list, anywhere, anytime.
This book writing software is not only the best, but it is also the most important, most popular, and most productive. The Microsoft Corporation produces a new version of this software every three years but updates it on a monthly basis and so there are many versions of it in use today.
The earliest version of the software is the 2003 version and the latest is the 2019 version, which I personally use. The fact that there are many computers in the world today still using the earliest version of this software efficiently says a lot about how important it is in writing.
Most late model computers come with the old 2003 to 2010 versions pre-installed. Theses older versions are technically free for online download now, but there is a catch. Not only are a lot of wonderful features missing in these older versions, but they are highly susceptible to viruses and malware, (this is actually how most malware and viruses take root in your computer) but above all things, they are, in most parts, not compatible with the requirements of modern websites.
For example, if you write a book with Microsoft Word 2003 you will find it impossible to upload that document directly to online bookstores such as Amazon, which can be very frustrating. This holds true for all Microsoft Word versions released before the year 2010.
Make sure the Microsoft office suite you are using on your private computer is either the 2010 version or above. With these newer versions, you can do many things such as converting your work directly into so many other formats, PDF, HTML, and Plain Text to name a few. You can even embed high-quality images right into a document, design high-quality book covers, instantly pick off from where you stopped writing in large documents, and even import a grammar editing tool of your choice.
Of course, we know what dictionaries are and what they are used for. Not many can boast of a Ph.D. in the English language and even if you do, you may forget a few things from time to time. Indeed, we all need a dictionary handy to stay tuned up.
Interestingly, not all dictionaries are the same and so they often give slightly different interpretations of the same words or phrases. Reading up on the same words or phrases in different dictionaries often gives far better insight into the meaning of the word or phrase being researched.
Some dictionaries are brief in their explanations while others take a field day on it, this is all the more reason to have more than one dictionary in your private library.
Personally, dictionaries the second place on my list of best book writing tools. I have four different dictionaries on my computer, but my favorite two are the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and Encarta dictionaries (another masterpiece from the Microsoft Corporation).
I also have the huge Advanced English Dictionary and the Britannica Dictionaries. Trust me, there are times when I need them all to check the meaning of just one word and I’m quite good with the English language.
This is a group of the best book writing software out there. They are mainly for quick research, very good offline research in particular.
For example, if I am working offline, which I do most times, and need to quickly find out a few things about the ‘Alps mountains’ or ‘World War 2’, I go straight to my encyclopedia and not the internet, which can be a lot of trouble sometimes, considering the hundreds of results you can get on a simple Goggle search.
I have 2 different offline Encyclopedias on my PC; huge files with full video chips in them so I can see what I seek in full – the Britannica is one, but the Encarta Encyclopedia has always been my first choice because it’s much easier to use
The Microsoft Corporation is the makers of the entire Encarta suite, which is why it’s so good, I suppose.
4. Grammar Editing Software
The number of grammar editing software in the technology market is staggering and they all seem to work somewhat differently. The most common of them all is Grammarly, which features an addon for both the Microsoft Word software and some browsers. It is used to correct all grammatical errors within the body of a document, text or multiple texts.
Apart from Grammarly, all the other grammar editing software can only be used online and not on your PC. So, technically, they do not belong here. We will talk about them in another article.
Grammarly must take its place here as one of the best book writing Tools there is.
5. Google Chrome
Ah, yes, the king of all the browsers! Yeah, you sure need it, and yeah, it is one of my best book writing tools. As a layman, you might not find this browser much different from others, but once you discover its hidden features you realize it is all in a class of its own.
Google Chrome is wonderful for research. Using different search engines alternatively, it helps you find things quickly and easily online and it even remembers exactly where you found them in case you wish to return.
One awesome thing about this browser, though, is that you can turn it into a grammar editing software that follows you around online. All you need to do is visit the Chrome addon store and pick the grammar editing addon of your choice. It’s all free!
Saving your documents directly to Goggle drive storage, browsing anonymously to ensure you find only new things while preserving your identity, and the ability to split itself up into multiple independent browsers, etc., these are some of the exceptional features of the Google Chrome browser.
Best of all is that it comes with Goggle’s robust internet security systems that ensures you’ll never get hacked while surfing online.
How can Adobe Photoshop be one of the best book writing tools? This photo editing software is required to build the cover of your book or design an adequate image/photo for your article if need be.
For every book you write, you need to have a unique book cover or image that tells the story by itself.
Normally, I would advise you to contact a professional to design your book covers or images and photos, but if you have a command, or even a basic understanding of this software, it is best to do it yourself so you get it just right.
I now design all my book covers and images myself after a terrible experience with so-called graphic design experts on Fiverr about a year ago.
7. Plagiarism Checker
One of the most important aspects of writing a good book or article is to ensure it’s free of plagiarism. The worst thing a writer can ever be accused of is content theft so you want to make sure your work is not similar to an already existing one somewhere online. For this, you need a plagiarism checker.
Although the Grammarly software contains a very good plagiarism checker in its premium version, which can be installed on your PC, it can be very complicated to use. On the other hand, the plagiarism checker found at Copyscrap.com is simple and of universal standard.
Unfortunately, Copyscape is a website without a standalone software you can install on your PC, and this is where Goggle chrome comes in handy. Just bookmark the site in the browser and return there any time you have some work to scan.
Copyscape is a premium paid service but offers about 10 free sessions to anonymous users each month. This is if you have a blog, otherwise, you must pay each time you want to use it.
Open a free BlogSpot blog and post your work there (2000 words per page maximum). Next, publish and copy the post title. Go to over to the Copyscape website, paste it into the URL slot and hit the ‘Go’ button to start a free scan of your content. No registration required.
7 Best Book Writing Tools and Software – Takeaways
These are the 7 best book writing software and tools currently in the digital world. Their position will not change for many years to come because they all keep up-to-date with the best practices and frequently develop new features that leave their closest competitors lagging miles behind.