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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Best E-Book Tools and Formats Reply with quote

I've always liked the concept of selling e-books - write it once, sell it many times - but have been a little confused as what's the best application to write them in.

I'd initially thought I'd just do a pdf but that seems lame. I was at a Writer's Festival and the publishers were saying that they produce online books in 5 different formats - a very expensive method.

There seems to be so many choices and each is very good at promoting themselves as being the best.

Figuring out the delivery method is more daunting at this stage than doing the research and writing the material for the topics I have in mind.

So what do you think are the best ones, what are the worst, what should I look out for?

Thanks for your help.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't say I'm a fan of ebooks. I've never bought one and believe that the information in them is invariably (perhaps not always) in the public domain anyway.

As for the medium, I would have thought that anything such as Word or PDF ought to be fine. If you are 'selling' the book based on the file type and not its content, then I think something is awry! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul you confuse me sometimes with your approach. Of course someone wanting to write an ebook would want to have a good idea of what method of delivery would work best for customers.

When this forum was developed choosing the tool to do it in was an important decision that had nothing to do with the content. The same with any other delivery tool.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, yes... delivery is of some importance. But don't you think 99% of people would be able to handle a Word or PDF file?

I can understand how producing it in Wordperfect (ah, those were the days) might not be appropriate, but so long as you're catering for the vast majority (and I think both Word and PDF ought to do that), then surely you're going to be OK.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What were the 5 different formats? If you can determine the market share of each format then you have an idea about which are worth persuing and which aren't. For what it's worth, all of the e-books and white papers I've ever downloaded have been in pdf format.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly the publishers didn't say what the 5 various formats are. It was at a Writer's Festival and it came up as a side point to the discussion. I had no idea that they would be publishing one text in so many formats.

I'd only thought in terms of PDF's before but I don't download a heap of e-books and the 5 formats surprised me, I thought I could be out of the loop and should ask.

I'd stay away from a Word format for a few reasons, different versions, ability for viruses to be imbedded too easily, too easy to rip the info off and not everyone has Word.

It was hearing industry people talking that got me seeking to better understand.

Thanks for sharing ideas.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard of new formats on ebooks lately although haven't tried them yet as I'm really used to PDFs as it gets better reading them. Here are the new formats that I found:

.azw - which is a modified version of Mobipocket or .mobi, having the capability to change the DRM with the serial numbers installed for better security.
turning .azw to .pdb - In here, it says that you'll need to convert the .azw to .mobi through a converter tool Well, first you need to turn the .azw into a .mobi. Then .mobi to .pdb which supports eReader that can look similar with .pdf but with different applications as well upon your convenience.

The need for these change of formats is to have them publicly sold and distributed with secured backups to prevent them from being deleted by affiliate stores.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For creating ebooks I now use Open Office .org writer since it has an inbuilt "save to pdf"
I find it better than Word. It costs nothing.

Are you creating the ebook for free or planning to sell it?

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