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E-Books

Postby DJSFran32 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:47 pm

I don't know if I am at the right place or not and I am sure somewhere in the forum this topic has been descussed but if we can do this just one more time. I have a web site that I would like to offer a free e-book. I'm not completely sure I understand how to do this. Is there any direction you can head me to for research on how to do this.

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Postby angienewton » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:22 pm

Great question and something I need to learn about too. I'm sure we'll have some good feedback soon.
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:28 pm

What part has you stumped exactly: how to setup the ebook on your site for folks to download, how to market it to let folks know you have the free ebook available or something else?

Let me know specifically what it is you need help with, and I'll be glad to guide you the process. :)
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Postby angienewton » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:48 pm

The set up is the part that stumps me although I have no clue how to put together an ebook other than to write so it's all Greek to me ha ha

I'll wait to see what Fran's question is.
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Postby tknoppe » Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:03 am

Writing an ebook is as simple as typing it out in Word or OpenOffice. There are some book templates out there, probably even 'e-book' templates that would set your margins 'just so' for you and all that, but for a downloadable ebook, I've never found it to be a problem to go with the standard settings and just type! You can adjust those later, if needed. If you want them to be able to hole-punch the left side, for example, to put in a binder if they print it, then I'd make the left margin wider, but most don't worry about that.

The key thing for an ebook is to convert it to a PDF file, OpenOffice does that for you, or if you have Adobe, use that - or one of the free printer drivers that will convert it for you (like pdf995).

How you set it up depends on if you're just going to use a PayPal buy-it button or a full blown shopping cart system.

Easy is buy-it button where after payment, they land on a confirmation/thank you page with a link to the product for them to download.
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Postby David Jackson » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:10 am

tknoppe wrote:Writing an ebook is as simple as typing it out in Word or OpenOffice. There are some book templates out there, probably even 'e-book' templates that would set your margins 'just so' for you and all that, but for a downloadable ebook, I've never found it to be a problem to go with the standard settings and just type! You can adjust those later, if needed. If you want them to be able to hole-punch the left side, for example, to put in a binder if they print it, then I'd make the left margin wider, but most don't worry about that.

The key thing for an ebook is to convert it to a PDF file, OpenOffice does that for you, or if you have Adobe, use that - or one of the free printer drivers that will convert it for you (like pdf995).

How you set it up depends on if you're just going to use a PayPal buy-it button or a full blown shopping cart system.

Easy is buy-it button where after payment, they land on a confirmation/thank you page with a link to the product for them to download.


Traci, this is truly outstanding advice, and dead-on accurate! :)

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Postby terrapin719 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:49 am

Traci seems to have nailed down most of the creation process for us already ;) Great summary Traci!
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Postby angienewton » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:53 am

Well, look at that! Very easy to understand. Thanks Traci.
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Capture th eaddresses

Postby AnitaHampl » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:15 pm

But remember, the profit does not come from merely selling an e-book. You want to have a method to capture the addresses, get their permission to send them future emails, etc.

I know Lynn teaches this, as do many of the gurus.

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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:05 pm

tknoppe wrote:Writing an ebook is as simple as typing it out in Word or OpenOffice. There are some book templates out there, probably even 'e-book' templates that would set your margins 'just so' for you and all that, but for a downloadable ebook, I've never found it to be a problem to go with the standard settings and just type! You can adjust those later, if needed. If you want them to be able to hole-punch the left side, for example, to put in a binder if they print it, then I'd make the left margin wider, but most don't worry about that.

The key thing for an ebook is to convert it to a PDF file, OpenOffice does that for you, or if you have Adobe, use that - or one of the free printer drivers that will convert it for you (like pdf995).

How you set it up depends on if you're just going to use a PayPal buy-it button or a full blown shopping cart system.

Easy is buy-it button where after payment, they land on a confirmation/thank you page with a link to the product for them to download.



For simple, just GET IT STARTED - just DO IT - this ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this post, Traci! Thank you!! :)
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:05 pm

Seriously - wish I could fave that post - 'like' that post - bookmark that post - WHAT EV!!! You know?
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:13 pm

Here's my solution to 'bookmarking' Traci's help in this post: http://www.selfstartersweeklytips.com/f ... 9574#99574
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:14 pm

LOL Yep - it's as easy as just typing it out in Word or OpenOffice, then converting it to a pdf file. That's the gist of it.

Obviously you can get more detailed with your ebook cover graphics; and your method of delivery after a customer pays is also something that needs to be considered: but the actual creation of the ebook is simply a matter of typing. ;)
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:16 pm

And are graphics - for the cover, front page and within the document easy to insert using Open Office?
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:09 pm

Yep - just click Insert > Picture > from File and browse your computer to find your graphic and insert into your document. Pretty much the same as Word.
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