PDF? EPUB? Creating 1st eBook.....

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I have written all of the text for my ebook in Microsoft Word. Now all I need is to put it into some form of ebook technology so I can sell it. I am new to this and unsure of which way to go. What is the cheapest way to do this? PDF? EPUB? I have been searching all around Google, but I'm sure some advice from another IM would be the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    Yeah, convert it to PDF format. It'll be good as Adobe Reader is free and most people will have Adobe Reader.
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  • Profile picture of the author Campbell24
    I want to sell it directly from my website. To a Latin American customer base. But then again I don't know.... how can I sell it directly from my website? With PayPal? What kind of shopping cart system do I need? And what's best for a small-timer like me?

    And of course how does the eBook format play into all of this?
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    • Profile picture of the author GreenPixel
      Originally Posted by bathunter View Post

      I want to sell it directly from my website. To a Latin American customer base. But then again I don't know.... how can I sell it directly from my website? With PayPal? What kind of shopping cart system do I need? And what's best for a small-timer like me?

      And of course how does the eBook format play into all of this?
      If you are selling directly from your site then in Word click File | Save As and save it as a PDF file. This is the most universal format - can be read on Nooks & Kindle 3.0+ (including Kindle Fire) as well as on any computer and phone.

      Don't limit yourself with the publishing format yet - you should absolutely consider putting your book on other bookselling sites such as Amazon's Kindle Store or Barnes & Noble Nook Store. Additional marketing and sales done FOR you won't hurt. Both of these publishers require PDF format though it's special. If you create an account, the have loads of instructions on the right templates, etc.

      It's a resounding Yes! to PDF for me. Of course that may be because I read a ton on every device I own.

      -Todd
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    I suggest using PDF file as it is a much preferred format for ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Campbell24
    Why don't I want spiders getting to it? Sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the tip...

    What's best to use for creating the PDF? I just downloaded Scribus. Seems kinds of hard to use though...
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    • Profile picture of the author cyberws
      What's best to use for creating the PDF?

      = = =

      An easy and free way is to download Open Office. It's a word processor and all you have to do is put your document in it and click the PDF icon. It couldn't be simpler or easier. Word probably does the same thing but I've never used it so I don't know that for sure.

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  • Profile picture of the author chrisrizzo
    I agree if you're selling direct use PDF.

    I also think it's a good idea to sell it on Amazon.

    You don't want Google finding your PDF because then people can find it and download it for free, instead of paying you for access. So, in your site's htaccess file be sure to set PDFs to not be indexed.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    PDf is the most versatile format. But I would say that it wouuld be a lot better to offer the ebook in multiple formats.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alohatom
    Sure, write it in Word, or OPen Office,but the convert to pdf, as it is harder to rip material off from a pdf..Just search for converting Word to pdf and you will finds lots of free options.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Openoffice will save it to word at the click of a button. Onc saved, upload to JVzoo.com (its free) and they will take care of the payment processing and delivery of the digital file automatically. You can create a buy button with JVZoo and they give you the required HTML code to stick on your website - you then have a buy button which is linked to Paypal. Very easy.
    If you want to also sell on Kindle then best format is .mobi. See sig for free guide on how to do it. Again very easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author MovingAround
    Great tips.

    Question, what about copyright? Do you put Copyright XX in the footer of every page? Or are you assured copyright privilege just because you wrote it and it says YOU wrote it?

    Also, can you use your pen name on the book or do you have to use your real name for copyright purposes?

    Sorry if it is a silly question, I am genuinely interested
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    • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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      Originally Posted by MovingAround View Post

      Question, what about copyright?
      We put a copyright notice to the page next to the Table of Contents (TOC).

      Originally Posted by MovingAround View Post

      Do you put Copyright XX in the footer of every page?
      Same answer as above. We don't put the copyright notice on every footer. It's just in a single page.

      Originally Posted by MovingAround View Post

      Question, what about copyright? Do you put Copyright XX in the footer of every page? Or are you assured copyright privilege just because you wrote it and it says YOU wrote it?
      Aside from that copyright note, you still need to register to the Copyright Office if you want to make it legit.

      Originally Posted by MovingAround View Post

      Also, can you use your pen name on the book or do you have to use your real name for copyright purposes?
      You may want to check Copyright Clearance Center | The Copyright Licensing Experts to get a precise answer.

      Originally Posted by MovingAround View Post

      Sorry if it is a silly question, I am genuinely interested
      Not really. The more you ask, the better. Warriors rock!
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      • Profile picture of the author MovingAround
        Originally Posted by contentwriting360 View Post

        We put a copyright notice to the page next to the Table of Contents (TOC).



        Same answer as above. We don't put the copyright notice on every footer. It's just in a single page.



        Aside from that copyright note, you still need to register to the Copyright Office if you want to make it legit.



        You may want to check Copyright Clearance Center | The Copyright Licensing Experts to get a precise answer.


        Not really. The more you ask, the better. Warriors rock!
        Thank you.

        It'd be great if someone could offer a reply on using a pen name for one's book (the link is good but I think it would be good for others to know about this issue here on WF).
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        • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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          Originally Posted by MovingAround View Post

          Thank you.
          It'd be great if someone could offer a reply on using a pen name for one's book (the link is good but I think it would be good for others to know about this issue here on WF).
          @MovingAround: Just because we want to help fellow Warriors, we did the research for you. I think, this one below answers your question.

          For more information, please visit this website.

          An author of a copyrighted work can use a pseudonym or pen name. A work is pseudonymous if the author is identified on copies or phonorecords of the work by a fictitious name. Nicknames and other diminutive forms of legal names are not considered fictitious. Copyright does not protect pseudonyms or other names.

          If you write under a pseudonym but want to be identified by your legal name in the Copyright Office's records, give your legal name and your pseudonym on your application for copyright registration. Check "pseudonymous" on the application if the author is identified on copies of the work only under a fictitious name and if the work is not made for hire. Give the pseudonym where indicated.

          If you write under a pseudonym and do not want to have your identity revealed in the Copyright Office's records, give your pseudonym and identify it as such on your application. You can leave blank the space for the name of the author. If an author's name is given, it will become part of the Office's online public records, which are accessible by Internet. The information cannot later be removed from the public records. You must identify your citizenship or domicile.

          In no case should you omit the name of the copyright claimant. You can use a pseudonym for the claimant name. But be aware that if a copyright is held under a fictitious name, business dealings involving the copyrighted property may raise questions about its ownership. Consult an attorney for legal advice on this matter.

          Works distributed under a pseudonym enjoy a term of copyright protection that is the earlier of 95 years from publication of the work or 120 years from its creation. However, if the author's identity is revealed in the registration records of the Copyright Office, including in any other registrations made before that term has expired, the term then becomes the author's life plus 70 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesgan
    Hi Bathunter,
    For converting from Word format to PDF file format, you may try out this Free PDF converter called PrimoPDF, after you install this software it will act as your another printer.

    When you want to convert your word file to pdf, you only need to print the file to PrimoPDF printer then it will create a version of PDF file for you without any 'watermark' on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Campbell24
    Making an info product is more than just taking text in word and "converting" it to PDF, though. You need to be able to create pretty looking pages with nice borders, images, etc. so it looks professional. What's the best free program for this?
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  • Profile picture of the author Campbell24
    Thanks for the advice. I got open office. What kind of features should I use to create the eBook cover? I just don't know where to start. I figure "text document" is the right place to go but I can't tell what to do from there. I need to add borders, fill the borders in with colors, etc. Well I guess I need to experiment with it to learn but if you guys have any more tips please share them. I learned a few key things from this thread already.
    Much love
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  • Profile picture of the author B.Smit
    You can also consider Smashwords for EBUB and MOBI formats. You upload the Word DOC and they convert it. They also give you the option of converting it to PDF, but it's better to do a manual conversion to PDF. Smashwords is also a marketplace from where you can sell your book, to get paid via Paypal. They also distribute your book to Sony, Apple, etc. I don't know of this applies to you, but they have an absolute no compromise rule on PLR content.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnnyDeez
      We just created an ebook in PDF format. Granted, the AdSense Flippers gave it away, but you could easily have used something like e-junkie to sell it online.

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      As far as design goes, you could have that outsourced for $100 USD or less on Odesk. Then, for another $80 you could have it converted to Mobi, PDF, Epub, etc...

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      We just went through this whole process, and, it was actually pretty easy. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nikolas
    I would go for PDF as well.

    For the cover you can check the hire and classifieds forums here, or fiverr as there are many people who can do that for you for a very low fee.

    When it comes to copyright, I think DRM solutions create more problems than it solves. On the other hand if you are so successful that people "steal" your work then you should probably wont mind of piracy.

    Just my 2 cents, also check my sig for another way to distribute
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  • Profile picture of the author grntoday
    I just finishing writing my first ebook as well. Everything is in Google docs of which I am putting the chapters in order in my 'collections'. Once I recieve testimonials I'm putting it into Create Space where they will format it for Amazon, etc.

    Does anyone know how to put the book into PDF format from Google docs?

    Thank you!

    KC
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  • Profile picture of the author Campbell24
    Holy ****! I downloaded OpenOffice and now all my Word documents are OpenOffice instead. This is not cool. I need to work with them in Word for several reasons. How do I convert all my documents back to Word? (resaving them with the .doc extension does not work)
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  • Profile picture of the author Campbell24
    I have a free mini ebook that I am giving away to a mailing list. Can I create links in the PDF's text without the PDF getting indexed? (I want to link back to my sales page)
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  • Profile picture of the author enterforum
    best of luck for your new ebook..
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  • Profile picture of the author marketerpro
    Primo PDF integrates with msword. Produces a pdf with no sweat. I use it all the time. I get covers made on Fiverr.
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  • Profile picture of the author alliance
    I use Primo PDF to convert Word to PDF with ease. The best part its free.
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  • Profile picture of the author plongmire
    if you wrote it in word, just save as a PDF...then sell away...

    If you want to sell it yourself, you could go to jvzoo and set it up there, and have them protect your docuement so it is not out there on the web waiting to be downloaded somewhere...plus other affiliates can then sell your ebook as well...just give them a 75% commission on the sale...but you will need a paypal account so jvzoo can pay you...

    If you do upload it onto a wordpress site or something...protect the files...you do this by changing your directory permissions..they are located in your cpanel...for directories it is 755 and for files it is 644. (sorry for being techy)

    If you want to market it...then you can do so by checking out some of these places...

    smashwords
    ibooks-for apple
    publt-from barnes and noble
    kobo
    aldiko-for android
    diesel ebook store
    sony reader store

    unless you are getting crazy traffic to your own site...sometimes it is better to have these companies market it for you...you will need to do some formatting, but it is nice to have these guys marketing and driving traffic to your stuff...

    hope this helps some...
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  • Profile picture of the author carlpicot
    I would look for a product called 'Speedy Profit Creator' by Omar Martin. Its a piece of online software that allows you to make quality PDF's really quickly.

    Jason Henderson made all the PDF's for his 'Email Response Warrior' product using it and it is a really awesome piece of kit

    I'm gonna use it for my report I'm writing to promote my product so I'm sure you will find it useful for what you want.

    cheers

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    • Profile picture of the author bizpro9000
      Originally Posted by carlpicot View Post

      'Speedy Profit Creator' by Omar Martin. Its a piece of online software that allows you to make quality PDF's really quickly.
      I purchased SPC and really like it. I would also recommend it as a way to compile your ebook and make it look great. Very easy to use (in my opinion).
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    My ebooks have all been written in MS Work or Open Office, I have designed some myself, others I have used MS Word eBook templates to make the design look more professional. I also use royalty free images from various directories to help illustrate the ebook (further improving the content and look).

    I then convert the MS Word or Open Office products into PDF's - I have used both Adobe itself and I have used OpenOffice which allows conversion from their free suite.

    On whether you should sell from ebook retailers like Kindle, iBooks, or Nook - that depends on your topic and your overall strategy.

    We tend to use Kindle and such ebook directories for more mass market topics and as a lead-generation where we sell a low-cost $2.99-$9.99 ebook and then link to a back-end product that we sell from our own website (a course, membership site, seminar, coaching program, etc...) That technique works quite well.

    Selling your own ebook from your website should definitely be in PDF format, you may also want to do an Epub version for the growing mobile devices that have readers supporting ePUB.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author bizpro9000
    Open office is great and all, but it's a free alternative if you do NOT have Word. If you already have Word, you don't need another text editor (which is what open office Writer is).

    As far as creating a PDF, Word can do that just fine. You don't need a free program, a website service, or open office either. I do it all the time...If you are using Word 2007 (or newer) all you have to do is click on the "File" button, then "Save as..." and select the type of file as PDF. Presto!

    To make the ebook look a little nicer with Word is pretty easy too. Just click on the "Insert" tab, then choose "Header", then do a "Footer" and finally "Page Number". To give it a nice border, click on the "Page Layout" tab, then "Page Borders" button. You can always change the font size, color and font. Put up a nice cover as well. Then throw in some images and / or clip art, and there ya go...

    Now, Epub is another story. But if you are going to sell your ebook from your website, you do not need to worry about epub. You just need the PDF.

    I've used E-junkie, just Paypal, Wordpress plugins, Scripts, and more to sell from a website. Unless you have your download link protected in some way, it will be possible for people to distribute your download product page (and thus your ebook) as much as they want to. Just using Paypal is not enough to protect you. E-junkie works good, but can be a little confusing. If you want to I can send you a handout I made on how to set up a product on E-junkie (for FREE of course).

    Hope this helps you!
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Just to be clear:

    "Aside from that copyright note, you still need to register to the Copyright Office if you want to make it legit"


    is complete hogwash......there is no need to register anything with the copyright office - whatever you create assumes copyright because you are the creator. It does NOT depend on applying to the copyright office to "make it legit"
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  • Profile picture of the author Flaura78
    Open Office converts your text file into a correct PDF in a second. Just look for the Acrobat icon and click the button.

    On the other hand, you can download Calibre for free and it creates EPUB files. But if you are planning to publish on Amazon, the system can do the conversion, too. Simple .doc or .docx files are seamlessly uploaded. You can still scroll through the pages to see if there is any mix-up.
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