E-Books have a wide popularity and avoid many of the costs of traditional hard copy publishing. They don't need to be printed, and as such avoid the associated costs of distribution, inventory and the risk of not selling.
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Writing an eBook Needs Software - Free is Best!

If you've been keeping track of Internet trends then you'll be aware of the huge potential of promoting and selling e-Books. E-Books are becoming a common medium used on the Internet. An e-Book is simply a book, that can be read on a computer. Many books now aren't even published in hard copy.

Perhaps you're considering writing an e-Book, well if so read on. This article explains some of the mystery and might well save you a heap of cash.

E-Books have a wide popularity and avoid many of the costs of traditional hard copy publishing. They don't need to be printed, and as such avoid the associated costs of distribution, inventory and the risk of not selling. In fact they don't need a traditional publisher. Anyone can write a manuscript, format it as an e-Book and promote it on their web site themselves. And of course there are numerous examples of e-Books being the basis of promoting successful affiliate programs.

Many e-Books are used as a mechanism (often indirectly) to promote web sites. Authors of e-Books gain credence from the fact they've achieved publication, not to mention the information their book contains.

Creating an e-Book is technically very simple (once the text of the book and any associated artwork has been completed). In order to create an e-Book we need a software product. The software takes the manuscript developed in a word processor and converts this into an e-Book.

The resulting e-Book created by the software will usually be in one of three forms; either a PDF document file, an executable file (called an exe file type) or an 'ebo' file (the e-Book system used by Microsoft).

PDF, which stands for Portable Document Format, is the file extension for e-Book (along with any other document) created with Adobe Acrobat Writer. This is the de facto standard used in the commercial printing industry. If you plan to have hard copies printed then you should seriously consider using the PDF format.

An alternative is to use an e-Book software system called a compiler. Such products effectively do exactly the same task as Adobe Acrobat Writer, but the output is an executable (which is the file name suffix of the resulting file). Most such compilers are priced at around US$100.

And the third alternative; the Microsoft ebo file system which is making dramatic inroads. It is still relatively new, but like most things Microsoft do, once they decide they want to be the market leader, competition beware!

So this raises the question of which type of e-Book is the most appropriate. Deciding the answer to this question depends on several factors, not least of which is how the e-Book is going to be marketed.

Advantages of using Adobe Acrobat Writer include:

Adobe Acrobat Writer will convert an entire document containing all of the text and graphics in a single step. To do this the original document needs to be a single word processing document (or a linked document equivalent). This also facilitates updated versions to be created if the source needs to be edited.

The resulting file can incorporate an index, external links to the internet, automated page numbering and a multitude of other facilities.

For the person who wants to read the book they use a software system called Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe makes this software available for free and it is widely distributed and used. It is an excellent product which allows the reader to print, use the index, and have complete control over the size of the text. It also facilitates add-ins such disability facilities (i.e. a synthesized voice system can read the text). The free Adobe Acrobat e-Reader system is an alternative to Acrobat Reader. As well as all the features of Acrobat Reader the e-Reader system takes any existing PDF file and presents the text in an e-Book form.

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