What do people use to make pdfs/ebooks?

by asc
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Following on good people advising me to get myself into gear and learn to use autoresponders, i need something to give away to people for my site. Think im going to try and make one myself, like a top ten tip thing.
As per question, what do people use to make their ebooks? I am learning and have access to adobe suite if that is of any use?

Thanks in advance

Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Microsoft Word or Open Office.
    Primo PDF.

    Thats all you need.

    If you want it to look all nice and fancy, search for Tracy Yates on here. She does ebook formatting. Makes em look like real magazines etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Microsoft Word or Open Office.
      Primo PDF.

      Thats all you need.

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      Im on a mac so I use Apple Pages and it works great. I am apple to add some cool effects to the images and then export it to pdf.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrose
    I just use OpenOffice's Writer (free), make it up as I would a regular document and then export to PDF when I'm done.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Morris
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      I use Microsoft Word and then print out a PDF using Cutepdf.
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  • Profile picture of the author asc
    Thanks for the responses, bloody rapid this forum! So any text editor and save as pdf? Did not know that is how pdfs are made!

    Alan
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  • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
    Most people create their ebooks within Microsoft Office Word 2003-2010.
    Word 2007 or 2010 has a feature to create and covert a .doc to a pdf.

    Or visit www.freepdfconvert.com and the file will be delivered in your email inbox.
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  • Profile picture of the author RylanClayne
    A great tool that I use is Nitro PDF professional to create my pdf files. However this can be a costly option and there are free pdf converter tools on the market. You could simply create your ebook in a word document and then convert them to pdf which is a simpler option without the extra options of a paid pdf converter.

    That being said if your aim is to giveaway the ebook perhaps you should look at buying MMR/PLR ebooks for your niche to give-away. The advantage here is you would be able to skip the creation process (which can be long) and have a product to give away that in many cases is good quality (depending on what you choose).
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    • Profile picture of the author asc
      Originally Posted by RylanClayne View Post


      That being said if your aim is to giveaway the ebook perhaps you should look at buying MMR/PLR ebooks for your niche to give-away. The advantage here is you would be able to skip the creation process (which can be long) and have a product to give away that in many cases is good quality (depending on what you choose).
      Hi thanks for the reply, i have only been here a matter of days really but got some great advice and it has motivated me a lot to give this all another try!

      I did consider plr, and think i will buy a few and rehash them for website content - but giving away a top tep tip i think i can put together myself, with a bit of stealing the odd bit here and there, and i can make graphics to a degree, so think this would be just as easy/hard as getting a plr and rehashing it. If i work out how to set this all up and it gets interest and builds a list then i will definately be looking at plrs to offer better information,
      thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    Microsoft Office and Open Office are Soooo in the past! The new thing is Libre Office Home » LibreOffice

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    • Profile picture of the author williamrose
      Originally Posted by Rob Whisonant View Post

      Microsoft Office and Open Office are Soooo in the past! The new thing is Libre Office Home » LibreOffice

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      Never heard of it but will check it out, thanks. I'm all for open source!
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      • Profile picture of the author kursat
        I use Word as well. Open office takes a long time to load and I think they have some issues on formatting.

        If you need a blank e book template, send me a PM. I will send you one that I use which is in "word" format.
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        • Profile picture of the author asc
          Originally Posted by kursat View Post

          I use Word as well. Open office takes a long time to load and I think they have some issues on formatting.

          If you need a blank e book template, send me a PM. I will send you one that I use which is in "word" format.
          Hi cant pm yet, but if you could send a template to look at that would be great!
          my email is alan_whitfield@hotmail.co.uk

          Question - i have adobe acrobat pro installed - what is the point of using this to create a pdf from a file on my computer when i can save a word document as pdf? Is there any advantage of saving a text file then converting it in acrobat, or any of the other mentioned in this thread?

          Thanks for the replies!!
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinessireader
    Most normal wording editor have this function already
    to convert their work to pdf file, really.

    ^_^
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    A lot of e-books have redistibution or resale rights. I give away any of these I find that are any good on my auto resonder. I used Open Office to write mine.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Open Office...

      For PDFs, just output as PDF.

      For ebooks, Save as web document, then use MobiPocket Creator.

      All free, by the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author murtuza
    I use pdfprinter.com ( that's not my affiliate link ). It is a free software and very easy to churn out pdf ebooks. All you need to do is prepare your ebook in word and then once you install pdf printer just click on the pdf printer button on the header of your word doc and your word doc instantly gets converted into a pdf ebook. Hope this helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author stephen05
    open office or adobe acrobat i think
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  • Profile picture of the author webfighter
    I now use Word 2007 to create PDF documents. Earlier, I would have used eWriter or Open Office Writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    As you see, creating the document is pretty simple, either Open Office direct to PDF or MS Word using a script, tool or service to convert to PDF.

    The trick for bonuses to autoresponder sequences is to make sure your "hook" is a good one - in other words, the report, or document needs to answer a very compelling question from your market in a seemingly unique way AND it should be related closely to what you would like to sell them on the back-end (either affiliate product or your own)

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  • Profile picture of the author design2convert
    Office applications were good choice in these days for creating PDF i am also using them.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    I use Free mind mind map and I jot down my top then tips and then I create an ebook template on microsoft word and just type the words on each major topic in my mindmap So , if you have top 10 tipsto lose weight fro intsance , use your mindmap to do it on laptop and then write about 300 words on each topic
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  • Profile picture of the author billspaced
    Originally Posted by asc View Post

    Following on good people advising me to get myself into gear and learn to use autoresponders, i need something to give away to people for my site. Think im going to try and make one myself, like a top ten tip thing.
    As per question, what do people use to make their ebooks? I am learning and have access to adobe suite if that is of any use?

    Thanks in advance

    Alan
    You can use Google Docs. Create a document then save it as a PDF. All for free. Pretty nifty formatting, too. Links are clickable. Nothing to buy. I've actually done this and it works quite well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    To make PDFs I use Open Office. It's really simple and you have all the formatting powers of a word processor as well, simply save the document as .pdf and it's done. Also Open Office is completely free which is an added bonus.
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  • Profile picture of the author Super Warrior
    Personally I use Adobe Acrobat Professional but that cost you some $$$.
    As a free tool you can use DoPDF. It will install like a printer, you just write the document and print it as PDF.


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  • Profile picture of the author Najmi
    Use Microsoft at first then download a document converter to conver it to PDF
    or use the services online
    Hope it helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Free option: OpenOffice
    Paid option: Microsoft Word
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    • Profile picture of the author aridz
      I vote for PrimoPDF.. free..
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Kennedy
    OpenOffice Writer -> Export to PDF
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  • Profile picture of the author Sherry Driedger
    I use OpenOffice as well. A friend of mine uses Adobe InDesign (paid option) and has great results with it. Personally I am happy with OpenOffice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Converting Copy
    I've created several eBooks/PDFs and always use Open Office. The formatting is just as good as anything else I've seen, it looks great when it comes out (I've even gotten complements and had people ask how I make them), and yeah it's FREE.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Huard
    Nitropdf is a program that I have used in the past and there is a free trial. This will do what the other free programs cannot. But it's really up to you and how serious you are about this. Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinecasinodeck
    Originally Posted by asc View Post

    Following on good people advising me to get myself into gear and learn to use autoresponders, i need something to give away to people for my site. Think im going to try and make one myself, like a top ten tip thing.
    As per question, what do people use to make their ebooks? I am learning and have access to adobe suite if that is of any use?

    Thanks in advance

    Alan
    Open office is like an MS office alternative, the advantages of Open office is, it is free and directly export a document to PDF format.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    Lots of great advice on how to create it. Now your problem is how to make it:

    1. Unique - different from what everyone else is offering
    2. Valuable enough to get a good conversion rate.

    Good luck with it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Super Warrior
      Originally Posted by ebusinesstutor View Post

      Lots of great advice on how to create it. Now your problem is how to make it:

      1. Unique - different from what everyone else is offering
      2. Valuable enough to get a good conversion rate.

      Good luck with it!
      You are right! Creating unique contents is the most challenging task for every author. Most of the people today use PLR. Everyone know that most of the PLR stuff is crap. So, if you want to have good business then the quality of your contents should also be great!


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  • Profile picture of the author imdomination
    Another Microsoft Word 2010 user. The converter download takes about 2 minutes and then you can create unlimited PDF files from your word docs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracy Yates
    I use two:

    Word 2007
    OpenOffice Writer 3.3.1

    Why do I use both instead of just one?
    It all depends on what I want to do with my layout designs as the processing programs differ in several ways.

    When I want to export my .odt file as a PDF it's an easy one-click option using Writer.

    And, when I want to export my .doc file as a PDF, well, that's a little more complex as I needed to download a free PDF generator add-in. It works well and it's just a couple extra clicks to create a PDF in Word.


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  • Profile picture of the author BlairBarnes
    I have been using Pages on mac. It is really easy to make a nice looking document then just save it as a PDF. I then use Preview to link the pages in the table of contents. You can do all the same stuff with microsoft word or any other word processor though. Having adobe suite will make it easy for you to make really nice PDFs. I like to have some images and to break up the text so that it is really easy on the eyes when people are reading...Good luck with your ebook!

    That is a great idea about using PLR content. If you are just giving something away you could really save a lot of time, make sure it is good content though. Or just edit it a little bit and ad some of your own and you will be all set.
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  • Profile picture of the author Psst
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    I use MS-Office 2007 + "Save as PDF add-in" to convert my .doc documents to .PDF.
    It's very easy.

    Here's the direct download link =>
    2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF

    From the website:
    Instructions for use:

    After you install this download open the document you want to publish and then, depending on the program you are using, select Save to PDF from the Office or File menu.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
      Originally Posted by Psst View Post

      I use MS-Office 2007 + "Save as PDF add-in" to convert my .doc documents to .PDF.
      It's very easy.

      Here's the direct download link =>
      2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF

      From the website:
      Thanks for posting the addon, I was wondering why my word 2007 didn't had a PDF converter yet ;-)
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      • Profile picture of the author ZealZeal
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        Originally Posted by Elion Makkink View Post

        Thanks for posting the addon, I was wondering why my word 2007 didn't had a PDF converter yet ;-)
        The same here!
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  • Profile picture of the author bzz
    Too much riffraff freeware out there for me to keep track of, I just use OpenOffice, or if I'm working with Photoshop too I'll use Acrobat but it isn't really necessary just habit for consistency.
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  • Profile picture of the author bagpuss0001
    Microsoft Word (2007 up)

    File>Save As> *.PDF

    Jobs a good'un
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    What I use is Microsoft word and cutePDF.

    It converts to the formats very well, quickly and easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author ultimates
    I use openoffice. Works great and works on both my PC and Mac. Best of all, it's FREE.

    Just export as PDF when you are done with writing the ebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
      Use Openoffice this will allow you to convert the document accurately and then add security to it as well.

      The best thing that this is free, I have tried MS Office and many online convertors nothing is as good and accurate as OpenOffice.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuccessStory
    I'm acutally just using Word and then a free PDF converter called doPDF v7. Works like wonders and it converts perfectly each time.

    Originally Posted by asc View Post

    Following on good people advising me to get myself into gear and learn to use autoresponders, i need something to give away to people for my site. Think im going to try and make one myself, like a top ten tip thing.
    As per question, what do people use to make their ebooks? I am learning and have access to adobe suite if that is of any use?

    Thanks in advance

    Alan
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    • Profile picture of the author Ashley Gable
      I use open office as well. But I also use nitropdf, which installs as a "printer" in word and other processors.

      When you want to produce your pdf you go to print, and then select nitropdf.

      Ashley
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    Primo PDF is the one I am using..and it is very easy to use
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    • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
      I use ( en.pdf24.org ) which is free and can be added
      to your IGoogle home page for quick access or your
      wordpress blog.

      You can also download a software to create/edit your
      pdfs.

      I have it on a toolbar for 1 click access. Plus your links
      will be clickable.

      Definitely worth a few moments to check out.
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  • Profile picture of the author imback
    Microsoft Word is sufficient

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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    I use either primo PDF or open office, depending on my mood.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajivkumar900
    I am using Microsoft word + Cute pdf (its free tool) and here is downloading link

    CutePDF - Create PDF for free, Free PDF Utilities, Save PDF Forms, Edit PDF easily.

    (it is not going to create any programme when you run it, it will add in microsoft word under print option. ..)

    First create any document in Microsoft word then take print from cute pdf..Thats it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sadiecopywriter
    On Fiverr, you can find people to format it for $5. Might be worth it if you don't want to bothered by it. (I offer that gig on occasion.)
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  • Profile picture of the author dudeontheweb
    I use open office also. I have also used Google Docs to knock out a few 3-4 page reports real quick.
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  • Profile picture of the author blakecans
    People always find ways to be comfortable. Maybe that is the reason why they made ebooks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    I use Microsoft Word to write the ebook, and then I upload the document to Convert word to pdf - Convert word 2 pdf- word to pdf converter - doc to pdf

    It takes all of one minute to convert and it's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimWaller
    I've used Cute PDf before, and it worked well for what I wanted to do. I like Open office as a well rounded multifunction method of creating PDFs, but if you want the really advanced security options like locking down copying and pasting, you're getting into more expensive software. Really, it all depends on what you want to do with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author crystalDMP
    I've been using pdfonline.com. Good and free.
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    There are plenty of programs that generate PDF ebooks from Word documents, even online, as well as plugins for Word documents
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