To make ebooks that are readable on Windows and Mac platforms, you need software that will compile your document into a pdf. (PDF stands for "portable document format.") Although most people are familiar with pdfs, there are a few important things to consider when choosing an ebook compiler.
First and foremost is security. Let's say you've spent the past eight
months putting your heart and soul into words. Although you want people
to read your work, you also want to be compensated for it. You create an
ebook with free software and post it to your web site for sale.
Shrewd Sue comes along and purchases your work, then shares it with her girlfriend, who forwards it to her mother, who forwards it to her entire circle of friends. If all you want to do is spread the word about your ebook, then this is an effective viral technique. However, if you want to receive something in exchange for your hard work, then you've made one sale, but ten people have gained personally from your work.
When you create an ebook, you must use software with security features that prevent buyers from sharing your book across the net. The granddaddy (and most expensive) of all ebook compilers is Adobe Acrobat. It offers every feature imaginable, but is expensive. If you have a Mac computer, it is your best option. Just click on the link for Acrobat for the best price. Make sure to select the Mac or PC version accordingly.
If you use the Windows platform, I have an excellent and affordable solution that allows you to make ebooks without the need to spend a lot of money. This ebook software has all the features of the much more expensive professional version of Adobe Acrobat. I suggest you check it out. This is the software that I recommend to my author friends and clients who have Windows-based computers.
If security is not an issue for you and you want a quick and easy way to create portable document files, make just click on the link above for the best price on the web.
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About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting and the companion ebook/journal. She is also the author of a number of downloadable e-reports.