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In part 1 of this article, I discussed Adobe Acrobat and how it can be used to create your own ebooks.
In this final part, I will take a look at my remaining top 3 ebook creation products and give you my recommendation.
Hopefully by the time you finish reading this final part you will have a clearer idea as to which product is better for your needs.
CREATING THE EBOOK
- HiQpdf – this turns your HTML web pages into a standalone ebook. This means that it can have web page links, graphics, formatted text and everything else that you can put on a web page.Your readers will require a web browser to view the ebook. Not a problem if your readers found you on the web!You can also password protect individual pages which is great if you want to send out your ebook with some of the chapters available as a demo. Once the reader pays for your ebook you can then send them a password to unlock the rest of the ebook.One downside is it cannot be used on the Mac and it costs around $195.
- Soda PDF– this is a great option if you are just starting out on the ebook road. It compiles ebooks from plain old text files so you don’t have to know HTML or any other type of programming. It also comes with its own reader so your customers do not need anything else in order to read your ebook.Downsides are it is only available on the PC, it does not have a password protection feature, and the cost is around $199.
- Small Pdf – this product is similar to Hyper Maker in that it compiles HTML web pages into an ebook which can then be viewed via a browser.It is possible to password protect individual pages or the entire ebook, and you can include links to other pages of the ebook, links to web pages, and many multimedia options as well.Your readers will require Internet Explorer to read the finished ebook.Downside is the software only runs on the PC. However the cost is around $69.95 much cheaper than its competitors.
If you can afford it Adobe Acrobat provides the most professional looking ebooks around. Just look use this tool Online2pdf.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR EBOOK DOWNLOAD SLICK
Once you have finished your ebook you then need to make it available on the Internet so your readers can download it.
Make sure that the ebook file is compressed so that the download time is kept to a minimum. This is especially important for people living in Europe who generally pay by the minute for their telephone calls whilst connected to the Internet!
There are two programs you can use for this.
Winzip – runs on the PC and can both compress your files and put them into a self-extracting file. When your reader clicks on the file it will install itself to any directory they select on their PC.
You can get a shareware evaluation copy from their website.
Winrar, 7ZIP also does the similar job.
So there you have it. Once you have wridtten your ebook and selected your ebook software you can go into business selling your books online and reach a truly global audience.
If you need any further help then visit Get Published! and use the Get Published! Online system at scribd.com
Don’t forget you can get a jumpstart and create an ebook from scratch by taking “The Infoproduct Masters course” a FREE 5-day email course on how to create an ebook in 10 days.
Good luck with your publishing venture.