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Understanding ebook Compilers and How to Make a Positive Selection

Jun 5, 2008
Writing an e-book can be a very efficient method of getting vital information out to the internet for all to see when it is done successfully. Once you have completed the writing process and have been able to develop the visual elements that will make your e-book more enticing, you now have to move onto the process of selecting an e-book compiler that will work best for you.

E-books are generally not read in the same format in which they are written. Yes, it is possible to write an entire e-book in word and then compress the file, but the more professional method includes an e-book compiler, which creates the single file necessary to market the e-book. Think of an e-book compiler as the converter system that takes all your pages and electronic 'binds' them into the e-book style and format.

If your e-book was written in HTML and you have opted to place visual stimulation throughout the book, also known as graphics, you really only have one type of e-book compiler which will work effectively for you, which is simply known as the HTML e-book compiler.

This type of software can be found readily available and very user friendly is you use Macromedia Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage. Either one of these programs can assist you in creating the e-book on a form that is downloadable, readable, and of course, professional.

E-book compilers are popping up left and right, all with heavily promoted and glorified promises of being the one and only e-book compiler for your project. Looking past all of the self promotional hype, choosing an e-book compiler doesn't have to be a process in educating yourself about lingo but a process in educating yourself about quality and value.

The absolute most basic first step is verifying that the e-book compiler you choose is compatible with the method you chose when you created the e-book. For instance, you can create an e-book in a PDF format, and so you obviously wouldn't want to use software designed to convert HTML.

This might seem like simpleton advice, but how many times have we been convinced that something was perfect for us only to forget that whenever we deal in electronics we are also dealing with compatibility issues.

Ease of use is of course highly important, especially if this is the first time you have chosen to try creating the e-book. We all develop our computer skills in our own way and at our own pace. Some users need an instruction manual while others want to use the implemented 'wizards' that make our programs run so much smoother.

Just like checking to make sure the compatibility issue isn't going to cause a problem, you might want to take a moment and make sure the instructions for use are created in terminology and applications that you understand best.

Do not purchase an e-book compiler that fails to provide adequate security features. You really don't want someone out there in the internet re-creating your e-book and playing around with your hard work. If you aren't seeing security features such as password protected text modifications, you may be opening yourself up to a world of headaches and disasters.

Not everyone understands the importance of scripting support, usually because we don't always grasp what scripting really does for us. Scripting is sort of like your vessel of expression, it allows you different methods of creating visual and text elements of your e-book. Without scripting, we really wouldn't be able to translate much past our Word programs and the internet would be a very bland place.

Always ask questions to verify you are purchasing what you need should you be in doubt. The land of software and compatible technology can be very confusing for those of us who aren't sure. Don't be afraid to ask someone to take you by the hand and find you exactly what you need in order to create the exact e-book that you want. Having clear goals in mind helps to clarify exactly what you need, don't need, and would just really like to have.
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