Wondering how to make the most of your tablet for interpreting? 

Curious which tablet and apps are right for you? 

The Tablet Interpreting Manual: A beginner's guide is what you've been waiting for!

Our popular guide includes:

  • Dozens of tips and tricks
  • Five habits to get you started
  • Chapters on iPad, Android and Windows
  • Accessory suggestions galore - styluses, keyboards, flash drives, and more! 
  • Tips for preparation 
  • The lowdown on consecutive note-taking 
  • Some cool ways to use tablets in the booth 
  • A whole chapter on teaching interpreting with a tablet - including exercises for on-site and remote classrooms

Table of contents

Chapter 1: An introduction to tablet interpreting

  • Why should interpreters use tablets? 
  • What's stopping you? 
  • Which tablet is best for me? 
  • Five tablet habits to get you started

Chapter 2: iPad

  • Which iPad is right for me? 
  • Which stylus should I buy? 
  • Getting started with your iPad (setup, search, multi-tasking and more)

Chapter 3: Android 
  • Which Android tablet should I buy? 
  • Which stylus is best for my Android tablet? 
  • Getting started (setup, search, widgets, multi-tasking)

Chapter 4: Windows
  • Which Windows device is right for me? 
  • Surface and other tablets 
  • Tips and tricks to get you started (setup, tablet mode, multi-tasking and more)

Chapter 5: Tablet accessories
  • Keyboards
  • Styluses
  • Chargers and adapters
  • Battery packs
  • Cables
  • Flash drives
  • Cases and pouches
  • Screen protectors

Chapter 6: Tablets for preparation

  • Why prepare on a tablet
  • Mind-mapping
  • Annotation
  • Preparing your terminology
  • Practicing terminology with flashcards
  • Which apps are best for preparation on my tablet?

Chapter 7: Tablets for consecutive interpreting
  • Why use a digital notebook?
  • Taking notes
  • Notes and multitasking
  • What is the best consecutive app?

Chapter 8: Tablets in the booth

  • Why tablets make great boothmates
  • The importance of search
  • Finding the right term
  • Working with digital documents 
  • Our favorite apps for the booth

Chapter 9: Teach interpreting with tablets

  • Why use a tablet to teach interpreting?
  • Sharing your screen
  • Teaching note-taking technique
  • Pairing audio and video
  • Annotating notes
  • Show, don't tell
  • Tablets for teaching interpreting in remote settings
  • A word on two-channel audio
  • Four exercises for teaching interpreting with tablets

Chapter 10: Putting it all into practice

  • Start with what you have
  • Start small
  • Ready to learn more?

What others say about the Tablet Interpreting Manual

This unbiased, professional, academic and research-based manual covers every step of the way, as well as any possible hurdle you may encounter. Josh and Alexander start with a clear and no-nonsense explanation of what tablet interpreting is, describing how to choose your ideal device and the accessories required and then moving on later to provide you with a more technical and detailed description of how to use a tablet in a professional or teaching environment. Not only that, should you require further information on any specialised terms or need to learn more about the basics of tablet interpreting, you can click on the links provided for further clarification throughout the book. 

I consider this purchase an absolute treasure! Congratulations, I know this is not only the result of academic and technical excellence but also of enthusiasm and high doses of TLC. 


Clementina Persaud

I've just finished reading your guideline on tablets for interpreters. It is a very useful and comprehensive review, I really enjoyed it. What I particularly liked about the book is summary tables (e.g. comparing glossary apps for Windows, Android, and iOS).

Mikhail Demidov

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About the author

Josh Goldsmith is a UN and EU accredited translator and interpreter working from Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Catalan into English. He splits his time between interpreting, translating, and working as a trainer and researcher focusing on the intersection between interpreting, technology and education. As Founder and Chief Educational Officer of techforword, Josh shares tips about technology, translation and interpreting in conferences and workshops, academic articles, as co-host of the Innovation in Translation and Innovation in Interpreting Summits, and at techforword insiders, the premiere online community for tech-savvy language professionals.

  • Which platforms do you cover in the Tablet Interpreting Manual?
    All of them: iPad, Android and Windows?
  • What if I don't own a tablet?
    That's totally fine! This manual will give you plenty of reasons to consider getting one...and lots of suggestions to use it once you do!
  • Is this a physical book?
    The Tablet Interpreting Manual is a digital book in PDF format that you can read on any device. The digital format is cheaper, more versatile and more interactive, e.g. with clickable links to additional content!
  • How is this different from your tablet interpreting courses?
    We currently have four courses on the topic of tablet interpreting. “iPads for Wordsmiths,” “Android for Wordsmiths,” and "Windows for Wordsmiths" are snackable video courses that will get you started on your iPad or Android tablet in no time. “iPads for interpreters: The ultimate guide to mastering your tablet” is our comprehensive flagship course with over 70 video lessons and 60 hands-on exercises to walk you through every step of using your iPad for interpreting. It’s a deep dive for those committed to the Apple platform. “The Tablet Interpreting Manual” is an inexpensive guide that covers all three big platforms, with specific chapters on iPad, Android and Windows. It also includes brand-new chapters on our favorite accessories and using a tablet to teach interpreting. You can use the manual to get started and then come back to it whenever you’re ready to tackle another skill. This handy digital guide will become a reliable reference for you over time.
  • Do you offer student discounts?
    Yes, we offer a 50% student discount. Please send an email with a scanned copy of your student ID to josh@techforword.com, and we'll send you a code to take 50% off this course when you register.
  • Do you offer refunds?
    In case you are not satisfied, contact us in the first 30 days after purchase and we will give you a full refund - no questions asked.
  • Can I gift this book?
    Absolutely! We’re happy to create a gift card you can send to the recipient. Please drop us an email at info@techforword.com to arrange the details.

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