Where can I find an affordable e-book development tool?
Hello! A professional group in which I am involved is considering publishing an e-book. I welcome any suggestions for tools/web sites that can help an e-book author create this type of project professionally and affordably! Thanks in advance, everyone!
I would agree with Dave Worrall on affordable? Either way using a simple PDF tool such as Open Office or downloading Microsoft Word PDF plugin will help a great deal in creating the e-book. Both Open Office and Microsoft Word will help make very professional layouts.
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I bought a software from Ryan Deiss called EPub, which is okay. I mean it does the job. However, you may want to avoid the hassle and go to Fiverr to find someone. I haven't gone this route myself but many others have. Look for ePub if you are considering Kindle formatting.
I use createspace on Amazon - terrific service and very affordable. For artwork etc I outsource in India - talk to Nitasha at realitypremedia.com - good luck!
If you want to see what the result looks like my book is 'How to be a Great Coach: Brilliant Coaching Conversations' and is on both Amazon as a paperback and kindle e-book.
Hope this helps
inDesign is a great tool for creating ebooks- very intuitive. I believe you can use the single app plan for $20/month (full suite for $50 or so).
Not sure if that will be more than you're looking to spend, but if you are going to continue churning out ebooks and other content I'd highly recommend it.
Write in MS Word. Purchase APE by Guy Kwasaki [ Author Publisher Entrepreneur ]. Join the APE community on Google+. Has been a great help to me as an author.
The simple answer to your question would be Convert your Book to Pdf and let the users download it post filling up form ( This is very popular among content marketers ) . Second is Convert the book to HTML and publish has web book . There are other options are there too with their pros and cons . Its not feasible to think of a right way unless the objective is known . The suggested point are only if you are not planning any business with E - book but only to let other users download and read . If you are planning a Business e.g. E learning , Its different question .
Thanks so much for all your insight! This is great!
You might find the following free webinar useful. Steve Olsher is a great writer on startups and e-marketing. This session is about how to get an e-book working for you. I assume it will say something about how to produce one. I cannot vouch for it because it hasn't happened yet but I am planning on doing it.
PS - The apparent advantage of a true "e-book format: is that you can't download it. Sure, you want to protect your Word and PPT file so people can't just use them. However, as a consumer the "true e-books" require me to read the thing on line right then or skip it altogether, and and often as not I don't have time right then so I end up skipping it. Whereas even if the moment passes, a good PDF may get saved and read again in a few weeks or months when the customer DOES have money.
If you'd like to save yourself a lot of time and opportunity cost, I know an excellent e-book publisher who is very affordable and worth your speaking with. His name is Steven Booth and he owns geniusbookpublishing.com. Don't be put off by the zombie/thriller theme he plays in for his own books.
He also likes to help people produce e-books of any genre is a nice guy and will be very helpful to you. Good luck!