(c) Greg Spence
If you want to succeed as an author on the Internet you have to learn how to write and produce Ebooks. They are inexpensive to produce, compared to their hard-copy counterparts, and can be downloaded and read online. This is becoming more important as large numbers of Internet surfers are looking for instant gratification.
The types of ebooks that sell well online are those of the “How to” variety. This is because over 85% of people online are looking for information that shows them how to do something. Having said that Stephen King, the well known horror genre author, recently released his latest book as an ebook and sold 400,000 copies of it on the first day!
How’s that for exposure (and income).
At Gutenberg Article!, I provide a 4-step system that shows you how to publish, promote and sell your books online. This is the same system I use to successfully sell my own books. If you are interested you can find the system at Publish Online.
Step 2 of the system provides resources and information to help you turn your latest creation into an Ebook. If you want to write an ebook but are short of ideas I suggest you take “The InfoProduct Masters course” which is a FREE 5-day email course that shows you how to create an ebook in just 10 days that you can then sell online.
CREATING THE EBOOK
Once you have written your book you then need to turn it into an electronic format that can be read on a computer screen.
This is achieved by investing in some Ebook creation software. Every day more and more such programs come onto the market and it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide which software to use.
To help you with this decision I have my favorite top 4 products. In this article I will discuss the first product, Adobe Acrobat. In Part 2, I will discuss my remaining top 3 and make my recommendation.
Adobe Acrobat – with this product it is possible for both PC and Mac owners to read your ebook.
You create your ebook by typing up your manuscript in a word processor such as Microsoft Word then Acrobat converts it into a PDF file, which stands for Portable Document Format.
You can include graphics and links similar to a web page to make it easier for your readers to navigate. You can also include links which jump to other PDF documents so you could have a separate table of contents and index with links into the main part of your ebook. Your links can even go to pages on the web!
You can distribute your ebooks on the web, for immediate download, on disk or even CD-ROM. Your readers will need to use the Adobe Acrobat reader in order to be able to view your ebook. This reader is free to anyone who wants it so this is not a barrier to sales.
Acrobat also includes some nice security features including the latest one which prevents readers from copying your ebook to other computers so they are not able to pass it to friends.
The one downside to Acrobat is its cost, around $249!
If you want to see what your ebook would look like before committing yourself you can convert several pages to PDF for FREE at Create PDF.
SPECIAL TIP: There is a program that can create PDF files without you having to own Acrobat. It is perfectly legal and FREE but only runs on a PC. It is called Docfly. It does not currently support all of the functionality of Acrobat.
If you want to see how effective Acrobat can be, then you should take a look at the ebook Make Your Knowledge Sell by ebook master Ken Evoy. He has turned Adobe Acrobat ebook production into a fine art and uses a lot of the power of Acrobat in this ebook.
By the way, this ebook is an excellent resource if you are seriously looking at producing and selling ebooks on the Internet.
In part 2, I will take a look at my remaining 3 favorite programs and give you my recommendation.
If you need any further help then visit Scribd! and use the Scribd! Online system.
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.
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