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Does anyone have any suggestions on programs to use to create Ebooks?
I am in the process of writing my first EBook and was wondering if there an any recommended programs to help with the process, especially formatting. I found liberio and was going to try it out. Does anyone have experience with it?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronaldmd
    When I create ebooks, I use MS Word, then convert to pdf.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    ultimateebookcreator(dot)com is what some people use.myebookmaker(dot)com is another.For an absolutely no cost method use the Freeware Open Office Word Processor module and export the document to PDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    MS Word is a good option, as is Open Office Writer, which easily allows you to format PDF files and export.

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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    I wrote my ebooks in Microsoft Word and just publish them as PDFs.

    There is no need to get fancy or make things complicated. If you are a good writer then you can edit it yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    If you can't afford MS Word, use Libre Office, which is free and more stable than Apache Open Office...but uses the same source code.

    It works almost exactly like MS Word, and then you can convert to pdf when you're done.

    If you want to upload to Amazon/Kindle, you need to convert it to .mobi format. I pay a fiverr gig to take care of that for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author jdcharnell
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      If you want to upload to Amazon/Kindle, you need to convert it to .mobi format. I pay a fiverr gig to take care of that for me.
      Not true at all. You can upload a regular .doc or .docx file and it will work.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
        Originally Posted by jdcharnell View Post

        Not true at all. You can upload a regular .doc or .docx file and it will work.
        You don't have the same control over the outcome this way. Creating the mobi file you see how the book will look like before uploading.

        To the OP: I use Word, and played with Open Office, both work fine. You save into pdf for ebook format as many said. In Open Office is right away, in Word there is a pluggin you have to download.

        If you plan to use any of the platforms to sell your ebook, you need to format for that platform.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post

          . . . in Word there is a pluggin you have to download.

          Sandra,

          I use Word 2010 and saving a doc file to pdf is as simple as

          Save As ---> PDF

          You probably use an earlier version of Word, but with my version at least, there is no need for any plugin.

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          • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
            Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

            Sandra,

            I use Word 2010 and saving a doc file to pdf is as simple as

            Save As ---> PDF

            You probably use an earlier version of Word, but with my version at least, there is no need for any plugin.

            Steve
            Hi Steve,
            yes, I have an earlier version (2007, I think). Once the plugin is installed, it is as simple as "save as..." as well.
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            • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
              I use Scrivener. A few simple tweaks of the export settings (which you can save and use again) and you can do PDF, mobi, and more. Even .doc if you want to go back to MS Word.

              Before that, I went back and forth between Open Office Writer and Word. For OO, save as html. For Word, save as Filtered html (removes the extra crap Office includes so you can go cross-application) This yields a file which uploads to Amazon without the potential problems of upload a doc or docx file.

              For PDF, just use the "Save as" feature, as mentioned above.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      If you can't afford MS Word, use Libre Office, which is free and more stable than Apache Open Office...but uses the same source code.

      It works almost exactly like MS Word, and then you can convert to pdf when you're done.

      If you want to upload to Amazon/Kindle, you need to convert it to .mobi format. I pay a fiverr gig to take care of that for me.
      You pay for that? how many reviews? Because the idea of making the mobi file is to be able to make changes before uploading...
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Word up guy. I use micro soft word and it is great because most editors can edit my book in the doc format for me. Also, I like to add pics. Most authors do not understand the power of images. Readers tend to get bored with dry text as body copy. Please add some photographs and diagrams to give your saga more power.
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  • Profile picture of the author michealkolince01
    There are many apps to create e-book. Most of the time I use Adobe Illustrator to make formatting, then finally I make output as PDF. Sometimes I use the Microsoft Word then make PDF. The Adobe Illustrator is really easy than the Microsoft Word to make the what exactly I want. Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezb1
    "If you want to upload to Amazon/Kindle, you need to convert it to .mobi format. I pay a fiverr gig to take care of that for me." Jason Kanigan

    I do all my books in MSWord. It's not necessary to go to fiverr for converting for Amazon/Kindle. Here's how you do the conversion yourself:
    1. Save your work as a .doc or docx file
    2. Now click on "save as"
    3. Under "save as type" -- In the drop-down box, click "web page, filtered"
    4. Click "save"
    5. Click "yes"
    6. Close this page and go to where you saved it
    7. It will be an HTML document
    8. Right click on it and click "send to compressed zip folder"
    9. If you have photos, grab the file folder and move that into your zip folder
    10. Upload this zip folder to Amazon in your back office

    Hope this saves people some money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I have 2 great books that can teach all about ebook creation and marketing them. PM me and i will email them to you for free. Same goes for anybody else who want these books.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    I use MS Word. I have used open office and found that it doesn't format as well. Margins. Don’t try to pad your margins to make it look like your report is longer. I recommend .75” margins with additional space at the top and bottom for your header and footer.

    Fonts. There are a lot of well-used fonts that you can choose from. Some of the more prevalent are 12pt Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial, Courier, Tahoma and Verdana. Any of these I’ve mentioned work well. What I don’t recommend is trying to get cute by using some of the fancier fonts you’ll find in your word processor, for the simple reason they’re hard to read.
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  • Profile picture of the author nancy666
    Originally Posted by footy14 View Post

    Does anyone have any suggestions on programs to use to create Ebooks?
    I am in the process of writing my first EBook and was wondering if there an any recommended programs to help with the process, especially formatting. I found liberio and was going to try it out. Does anyone have experience with it?

    Thanks in advance.
    What about Open Office. Its as good as Word and you can easily format PDF files and export them.
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  • Profile picture of the author kidino
    If you want to create ePUB, consider Sigil. Free and open source...
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    • Profile picture of the author hudsonkraft
      MS word is a really great program! I always used to get frustrated with it but it was just because I didn't take the time to properly learn all of it's features and how to use them properly

      Good luck
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  • When I put my e-books together I draft up and finalise in MS word. Then convert to PDF. I think this is standard practice in the main. Drop me a PM if you need any general help with e-book creation.
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    • Profile picture of the author footy14
      Thank you all for the replies. MS word seems to be the best choice - that is where I currently write on and figured there ways maybe a more sophisticated process. Sometimes simple is truly the best way.

      As far as cover design goes - any specific way to go about it? I am not too proficient in MS word but I assume I could created something elsewhere and just import it over?
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  • Profile picture of the author mdshahazahanbd
    There are many people who use the Microsoft Office. Everyone know how to use the apps. so it is really easy. If you know how to use Graphics Design apps, you can use this apps also. Finally you will be able to make output to the Adobe PDF. So it is fully depends on your wish, will & knowledge. You can use that apps, where you are really expert. Thanks a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I use Libre office. However, when writing Kindle books, I use a pre-formatted .doc file. This makes page breakdowns much easier.
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  • I have had many good cover designs done in the past on fiverr at very reasonable rates.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    I've sold a ton of ebooks, all written using MS Word and outputted to PDF.
    If you don't have MS Word you can get a free equivalent by installing Open Office.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Mozie
    Yeah another vote for MS Word, and there's lots of guides to do all the tricks to get your book published like a pro.
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  • Footy14, PM me re your ebook cover design, I can point you in the right direction for this.

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  • Profile picture of the author judymac
    I have written a really good book, but I need an editor. I would offer co-author status for anyone who is willing to edit the book. My previous editor was unable to continue due to health issues. It is in the mindset development area and is the base material for an in depth program I would like to launch once the book is completed. Does anyone know of a good editor with a bit of time on their hands and a desire to work for %if of profits and co-author status. The book is 90 pages in length at this time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Judy
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracie Johansen
    I use open office and it works great. Just make sure you use proper format guidelines from your book publisher. To format your books to mobi and epub, calibre is my favorite choice. The best part is, both of these are free. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author judymac
      Hi Tracie: Thanks for your quick reply. This ebook requires some good smoothing. I might have to go with a Canadian as our dollar is so weak against your US dollar right now. thank you. Judy
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalambur
    Originally Posted by footy14 View Post

    Does anyone have any suggestions on programs to use to create Ebooks?
    I am in the process of writing my first EBook and was wondering if there an any recommended programs to help with the process, especially formatting. I found liberio and was going to try it out. Does anyone have experience with it?

    Thanks in advance.
    I wrote a few books in my first language, I'm using MS Word for this purpose.
    If you are talking about planning, try Xmind. It is a great software for structuring and planning.
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  • Profile picture of the author KennyAmy
    Hey my man, I am using kingsoft Word! Free and easy to use!!! :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author iSixty
    I use a program called Scrivener. There's a bit of a learning curve, but it is very high-powered. It's very flexible when it comes to editing and compiling your e-books and they can be exported in all the popular formats.
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  • Profile picture of the author bronnamdi
    Use MS Word and then convert to PDF to avoid change in formatting when viewed in different formats.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
    I have always used Open Office and it works great.
    I have used Microsoft word many years back but got fed up with having to buy upgrades so moved to OO.

    For Ebook creation is is very easy to use.

    Once you have done your first one you simply use it as a template.

    When done simply Export as PDF
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  • Profile picture of the author ratulin02
    It is really easy to use the MS Word. Then make PDF. I am sure most of the people are using this way. Anyone can use Adobe Illustrator also to design & make PDF. If you have enough knowledge of designing software by Adobe Illustrator, you will be able to use this software. By this Illustrator, you can design as you want. It is more design-able than MS Word. Thanks a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author nanotrip
    When I am not sure what to choose I always go with the one that offers the best support or the most available tutorial videos on youtube, in case I need future help.
    Microsoft word is one good option.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattdawg841
    Definitely use Microsoft Word and save it as a pdf. With all the editing options available through word you can make your ebook look pretty sexy

    Hope that helps and best of luck!
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