Web Tools for Authors and Creatives
Use free alternatives for social edia, online text editing and collaboration, polls, live streaming and much more.
Creative and free: litera.tools
Welcome at litera.tools, the free platform for authors and creatives. Here you find open source solutions that help you with being an author in the online world – working on text documents online (docs or "pads"), live streaming, event organization for e.g. your readings. And all of it with only one single login.
Ready for You
Mastodon is a social network originating in the open source community, but rapidly growing and attracting all kinds of people already. You find a lot of people there, who like and are used to financially support creatives and who like to get into real conversations. Direct marketing isn't possible and also not welcome there. But you'll find true fans for life.
literatur.social (yes, it's the German spelling) is a Mastodon server for book-people and is currently seperate from the litera.tools login. You need a seperate account for it. And although registrations seems closed, have a look at the text on the registration page. :)
Make Video Conferences
BigBlueButton is a video conference software that's great for workshops and collaboration.
Etherpads are open source and there is no tracking on the platform. Your content is yours alone and you do not license anything to us. With Etherpads you can collaborate with others on texts or be all to yourself with your manuscript. But please remember to make a local copy of your text! And another one on a USB stick, just to be sure.
Events & Groups
With Mobilizon you can easily organize your events and people can register with or without an account. It's your decision to even allow anonymous registrations. Mobilizon also offers mini-forums for your groups like writing- or study groups.
With OpenStreaming you're a live streamer in an instant. Either with a software like OBS or Zoom or – very convenient – right from the browser with the connected Jitsi software. If you already have Twitch, YT or FB channels, you can push your live stream from OpenStreming to those channels. Recordings are stored for later viewing in your channel on litera.tools.
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Currently in Progress
Jitsi is an open source video conference software. And yes, we know, 2020 let us all have lots of these. But let's be honest: It's practical. An with the connected live streaming it becomes a one-click-solution for your online readings and other live streams.
TL;DR: We all need a link shortener from time to time, right? Also a very smart thing are link collection pages for your books and also your own Internet links. So you can put a fixed link on all your social media profiles and everywhere on the net. If e.g. a shop link changes, you don't have to check every single one of your profiles, but only change the link once on your central page.
At rC3 at the end of 2020 we got to know a 2d-world as virtual conference location. This was possible thanks to a software called WorkAdventure. During 2021 there were several events in quite similar 2d-worlds and everyone was quite happy with that. For you we want to make the same possible for you.
We want to change the literary world and give you tools that really help you to master the digital challenges while leaving you in command of your data. Please tell us, what you are missing and we'll do our best, making it possible here on litera.tools.
If enough people ask for it, there might even be WriteFreely-Blogs … 😉
Why OpenSource and Free Alternatives?
Open source means freedom – from centralized platforms that are able to close down out fan sites and from algorithms that narrow down what we see in our timelines. Behind open source software there are real people and communities who are working together to make the software better. That's making it more resistant against exploitative business models.
Who is behind this?
litera.tools is a community project by Klaudia Zotzmann-Koch (ViennaWriter) and Clemens Hopfer (Datacop). We use lots of open source softwares ourselves and want to give something back into the community. Also, we want to draw attention to the possibilities that already exist but are little-known by the broad public. So we decided to provide a low-threshold access for creatives, who are even more dependent of digital platforms than the rest of us.
We want authors and creatives to be able to use litera.tools – technically and also financially. Therefore we provide free access to the platform with the possibility that people may support us, if they want. In case, out little project grows and we need to buy new hardware or our free time is no longer enough to get the project going, we thought about charging a small fee for business use of the services. But that will always stay affordable, even for small-business creatives. Promise.