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What EBOOK software Do I Use

Postby globalbizz » Fri May 19, 2006 6:44 am

Hi

I want to write an ebook on a real estate topic.

What is a good software programme to use.

ebook gold?

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri May 19, 2006 1:56 pm

The best format for ebooks right now is PDF. You can use www.pdf995.com to convert your documents into PDF's (free) ;)
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Postby amedno1 » Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:00 am

yup pdf995 its the best
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Postby oyvind » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:13 am

Hi, I agree that pdf is the best format for ebooks, but it is possible to
produce a much more appealing and intresting book in other formats.

The ebook software that I have in my signature, is making exe files,
but this is about to change. an upgrade is underway that can produce
both exe and pdf format of the same book. Some of the features will
perhaps disappear in the pdf version of the books, but then its possible
to offer rebrandable exe and pdf ebooks so customers can choose
what format to download.

I would appreciate some feedback regarding the header image on the
salespage. I was wondering if it looks somehow amateurish, and wether I should spend time and energy making another one, or buy from a professional or not... :idea:
Thanks in advance.
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Postby Ladan Lashkari » Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:42 am

Yes, PDF is the best format for ebooks because it's much easier to read, easier to create, and is also more professional.

There's a free software program I've found called PrimoPDF which is very easy to use and offers more advanced features than PDF995.

You can learn more about it and download it for free at: http://www.primopdf.com
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Postby electrobooks » Sun Jul 23, 2006 3:18 am

Hi all

(op) Pdf is definatly the way to go if you are going to sell it to the masses as it covers both Windows and Mac Pc's whereas other ebook creators which create .exe files only work on windows (well they do on Mac with an emulator).

If you wanted to go with an ebook creator instead my highest recomendation goes to ebook Pro from the Internet marketing Centre because of its shere quality and security which is miles above the rest.

Hope that helps

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Postby John Triscan » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:44 am

Gotta agree with the majority here and say PDF.

From a personal point of view I much prefer PDF format and do not like e-books that are in a proprietary format, I just don't read them.

Think about your personal likes and dislikes.
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Postby ryquest » Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:38 pm

I too agree with the PDF majority, in fact, I recently cleaned up my eBook folder and deleted all .exe ebooks.

Another free converter that works well can be found at:
http://convert.neevia.com/
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Postby eBookWriter » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:40 pm

PDF gets most votes, but there are those who prefer .exe. I offer both. Activ Ebook Compiler is my favorite program for that, with EasyEbookCompiler second. AEC is $30 and EEC is $49, I think. Ebook Pro is probably a great compiler, but just now, $197 is more than my budget will allow.

I am a software junkie, so one day when I can afford it, I may go after Ebook Pro.

I do buy .exe eBooks. I don't feel they are unprofessional. They're just another choice. I've bought PDFs that were designed in haste and not very well edited. For me, the format isn't the issue, it's the time and care the author put into his/her product in the first place.

As a fiction author/sef publisher, I love designing in HTML, probably more than I do for PDF. Anchoring images so they don't travel or having my chapter heading begin in the wrong places are a couple of headaches I'd like to be able to solve. This doesn't happen in my HTML projects.

Those who download the freebies, enter my giveaways and contests, or buy the full book are equally divided between the two formats. That could change, I know. But for now, I'll keep offering both formats.

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Why PDF is superior

Postby successaccess » Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:34 am

PDF is the best because:

1. It works on PC's and AppleMacs
2. People don't always like downloading .exe files
3. It looks neat and tidy when you transfer your word file into PDF
4. You can secure them
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Postby jaidai » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:18 pm

My 2 cents would be to stick with pdf. here are my reasons:
1. making money: Your purpose of your ebook usually will be making money or promoting a product to make money. Therefore a pdf can be read on both mac and pc, can be printed out, and everyone has a acrobat reader on their system regardless of platform.

2. .exe files are a pain in the butt because they have to be installed. And everyone I have seen has horrible design and many of the links do not work for one reason or another. Also it can only be read on a pc. There are emulators, but most mac people dislike pcs and do not use emulators. and if they have a reason to use pc programs it is easier for them to use a PC instead of a emulator, since most emulators are buggy - unless they use the emulator that apple produces (but then you must have a new intel mac to use that one.)
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Postby Alan Petersen » Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:25 am

I agree with the others PDF is the way to go. I use PDF Converter Professional. It's fantastic. It does cost $100 for the software but it is well-worth it.
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Postby MuseOfLife » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:17 am

My brother recommended me to use this PDF Converter. I’m totally satisfied with it.
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Postby tknoppe » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:01 am

I too have used pdf995 in the past and liked that just fine; however, I'm now using OpenOffice and it has a built-in pdf converter that will also allow you to keep your embedded anchor text links and linked images - so I would recommend that. So you can use it to type out your ebook and convert it to PDF all in one application.

http://www.openoffice.org/
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