The Best Tool For Writing An Ebook

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I have collected a lot of information over the last year and i want to make an ebook out of the "secrets" i know.

What software is the best to use for writing an ebook?
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    Originally Posted by 101millionAds View Post

    I have collected a lot of information over the last year and i want to make an ebook out of the "secrets" i know.

    What software is the best to use for writing an ebook?
    Write it in Microsoft Word....then, convert it to .PDF
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      Personally, I would use OpenOffice - it is a free software (OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite) and among the many options use OpenOffice text document.

      After I am ready with the book, I would go to the file menu and export as PDF. Try it - the easiest thing in the world to do.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Fereday
        Originally Posted by FredJones View Post

        Personally, I would use OpenOffice - it is a free software and among the many options use OpenOffice text document.

        After I am ready with the book, I would go to the file menu and export as PDF. Try it - the easiest thing in the world to do.
        Thanks for a simple solution...forgot about that one - no sense in making it harder or more expensive than it needs to be right? Thanks.
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        • Profile picture of the author Josh880
          I use Microsoft Word for the writing part.

          Dragon Naturally Speaking Software just so I don't have to type

          And Ewriter Pro to convert into PDF and make it look fancy

          Works every time and very fast
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    • Profile picture of the author 101millionAds
      Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

      Write it in Microsoft Word....then, convert it to .PDF
      Thanks

      I have a free trial of Microsoft Pro 2010 (Beta) right now so i will use this for my first ebook.

      Thank you everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author bettersocial
    MS Word.

    Technically, any word processor that can print can be used to make PDFs, MS Word is just the best one out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Adobe Acrobat
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    I always start writing an ebook in Microsoft Word, then once it's edited, I convert it to PDF ONLY IF it's going to be a FREE guide or FREE ebook.

    For a paid ebook I use Ebook Pro. Can't be stolen, downloaded, copied and is near full-proof. It's not cheap but the protection is worth it to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by Christophe Young View Post

      Ebook Pro
      Sounded interesting until the link went to a 404. Just to let you know, they might be out of business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brenden Clerget
    Microsoft Word for sure. The newest Office is awesome. You can do all kinds of image effects and borders and 3d effects with headers and footers that your reports look very professional if you're good. Which speaks to business quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I would go with Open Office every time.

    Word is great, but takes too long to learn and does not offer any real advantages.
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    • Profile picture of the author deertrail
      One drawback to Word is that your links won't be clickable if you use anchor text. At least, not if you use Word's built-in converter.

      In other words, "http://www.yourwebsite.com" will be clickable, but "Click Here To Learn More" won't.

      I'm using Mac for Word... anyone using the PC version notice the same thing?
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      • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
        Originally Posted by deertrail View Post

        One drawback to Word is that your links won't be clickable if you use anchor text. At least, not if you use Word's built-in converter.

        In other words, "http://www.yourwebsite.com" will be clickable, but "Click Here To Learn More" won't.

        I'm using Mac for Word... anyone using the PC version notice the same thing?
        I noticed that as well. I had to open the saved PDF file using Adobe Acrobat (not reader) and use the tools to make the link clickable. That's the only way to do it that I know of.
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        • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
          Originally Posted by Christophe Young View Post

          I noticed that as well. I had to open the saved PDF file using Adobe Acrobat (not reader) and use the tools to make the link clickable.
          Keep in mind that Word doesn't autoconvert links for PDFs. You have to Control-K each link, and point them where you want them pointed.

          You can then save your ebook using the WarriorPDF driver, available on the forum list page under the "Make Money Online" forum link, and your links will be clickable.
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      • Profile picture of the author sparky.ebiz
        Originally Posted by deertrail View Post

        One drawback to Word is that your links won't be clickable if you use anchor text. At least, not if you use Word's built-in converter.

        In other words, "http://www.yourwebsite.com" will be clickable, but "Click Here To Learn More" won't.

        I'm using Mac for Word... anyone using the PC version notice the same thing?
        Here's the story I heard:

        When Microsoft first released Office 2007 the PDF convertor was built-in. But after being sued by Adobe they pulled it out of Office 2007. So, if you have one of those early copies - then yes - your anchor text links will probably be dead. But, now you can get a FREE "SaveAsPDF Plugin" download from Microsoft that works perfectly on a PC. Believe me - I was surprised as anyone else that this actually worked!

        http://download.microsoft.com/downlo.../SaveAsXPS.exe

        I tested this using a Word doc with all types of links and it works perfectly. Now I don't have to use Open Office as a PDF convertor. Actually, I love Open Office and I am gonna switch soon as I master a few more things! But for those of you that want to stay with Word '07 than this is the way to go.

        Sparky
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        • Profile picture of the author deertrail
          Any plugin options for Word for Mac 2008?

          Originally Posted by sparky.ebiz View Post

          Here's the story I heard:

          When Microsoft first released Office 2007 the PDF convertor was built-in. But after being sued by Adobe they pulled it out of Office 2007. So, if you have one of those early copies - then yes - your anchor text links will probably be dead. But, now you can get a FREE "SaveAsPDF Plugin" download from Microsoft that works perfectly on a PC. Believe me - I was surprised as anyone else that this actually worked!

          http://download.microsoft.com/downlo.../SaveAsXPS.exe

          I tested this using a Word doc with all types of links and it works perfectly. Now I don't have to use Open Office as a PDF convertor. Actually, I love Open Office and I am gonna switch soon as I master a few more things! But for those of you that want to stay with Word '07 than this is the way to go.

          Sparky
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  • Profile picture of the author trevor75
    I agree, its not hard, just make it as a MS Word document first, then send it out to a PDF Converter site, it takes literally 2 minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author smile raaj
    thanks warrior forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Create it in Microsoft Word, then upload to pdfonline.com to turn it into an ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    If you learn the advanced tools and use styles correctly Word will also automate the building of your table of contents. If it is a longer book and you want to build an index at the end of the book Word can do that too.

    If you want to go more advanced in your layout you could move to something like Publisher, but the learning curve is higher.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I use Open Office and would never use anything else. If you decide you want to undo your formatting - and you might decide to put it up on something later for kindle or BN or something, you can remove all formatting in one click with OO. If you want to lock your PDF - it's just a couple more clicks on OO to do so. Just a simpler system all the way around.
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  • Profile picture of the author aldentan
    I hired a designer on oDesk to do it for me. I showed him an eBook I liked and told him to follow the format. That was pretty easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Shaw
    Writing an ebook isn't as daunting as it may seem

    The only software you really need is MS Word and it has it's own PDF convertor built in.

    Good luck with the ebooks!
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  • Profile picture of the author fredh
    If you want to write books for the Kindle it makes sense to use software dedicated to that task. Using your traditional word processor may be fine in some instances but they were not designed to produce ebooks. Hence they have to do some kind of conversion with sometimes poor results. I would suggest trying out Kindle Writer. It works and there are good reviews by authors who have used it. Do a Google Search for Kindle Writer and download a 30 day trial. What have you got to lose?

    I wrote my book "Breast Cancer: Cause - Prevention - Cure" with it and I am well pleased.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by fredh View Post

      If you want to write books for the Kindle it makes sense to go read a thread about Kindle books instead of PDFs.
      Fixed that for you
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  • Profile picture of the author stews
    If you are going to re-write a lot of stuff I would recommend Duprefreepro.com - I use it all the time and find it to be a really good tool. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ExpertSEOServices
    I recommend writing it in word and then converting into a pdf or a kindle file depending on where you plan on selling it.
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