Book Publishing Software allows you to format the pages of your book, so it will look clean,
professional and improve readability. If people read your book from start to finish, then they are much more likely to recommend it to others. When you take the time to create a beautiful looking book, this is exactly what readers will do.
When considering which software to purchase to layout your book, whatever you do, do not use Microsoft Word (no matter what anyone else tells you) because it is not a layout program and does not have the settings and controls to make your book look anything but amateurish.
Don't skimp here. Your
book's success depends on its content, look and marketing. If you're
self-publishing a book, then the presentation is especially important
because a professional look allows you to compete with small, medium and
big name publishers. I know this for a fact, since my self-published
book won a prestigious award, competing against big name authors and New
York publishers to win its category. Believe me, this was quite a coup for me. Just to rub elbows with all those well known authors (like Deepak Chopra) was super cool.
That said, let's take a look at the book publishing software that is currently available, so you can make the choice that is best for you. First off, you must understand that this software is expensive, but it is well worth the cost. Consider it an investment that will be amortized over the cost of publishing this book and all those to follow.
In the publishing world, there are two giants: Adobe InDesign and Quark Xpress. Each has loyal followers. While Adobe has been trying to lure Quark users over to their product with new features, Quark concentrates on keeping their customer base happy, which is currently about 3 million users strong.
I own both products. I used Quark Xpress to layout my book, but I also have a copy of InDesign which I've used to layout some other projects. Without getting too heavy into the features and capabilities, here are some factors that may help you decide which book publishing software fits your needs.
Adobe Indesign is:
When purchasing InDesign book publishing software, make sure to buy the version for your platform: Mac or PC. Also pick up a copy of the tutorial I recommend as it contains all the information you need to layout your first book. Remember that this software is complex, so just learn what you need to learn in order to create a pleasing, professional layout for your book. A tutorial will help you focus on what you need to do, instead of exploring features and tools that are irrelevant.
Book Publishing Software: Adobe InDesign for the Mac
Book Publishing Software: Adobe InDesign for the PC
Quark Xpress has a huge base of happy users around the world. Although their software has lacked some features in the past, their most recent version has brought Quark Xpress up to date with significant improvements in workflow, features and the ability to define projects and layouts. While Quark Xpress once had most of its controls in dialog boxes, in the new version they are located on a palette for easy access and instant feedback. The software has all the features you'll need to create a professional-looking layout.
If you are a professional designer who collaborates with others on books and magazine, this product has top-notch features allowing for changes to be made across shared documents in real-time with controls in place to manage document specs, color management settings and the like.
Since I'm guessing that most of you will not require advanced features such as this, I will tell you that Quark can import Photoshop files and handle transparencies more effectively than InDesign (allowing you to use real numbers, rather than a slider bar). Quark Xpress will also allow you to add drop shadows to text or graphics and skew those shadows.
Book Publishing Software: Quark Xpress
If you'd prefer to focus on writing content and not have to trouble yourself with learning how to use a professional book layout system, then I recommend that you sign up for Amazon's CreateSpace which allows you to easily upload your Word document and cover photo and let Amazon's software create your printed book. In order to properly set up your account, follow this step by step tutorial that I created for signing up with CreateSpace Publishing. Do it now, so you take the next step in getting your work published.
Best of all, if you publish your book through CreateSpace, it will automatically be listed for sale on Amazon, the biggest online book seller in the world. It's the best of
both worlds for busy writers who want to focus on creating content.
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