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michael john

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asking for advice
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 12:29 AM
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Hi good day!
I am quite new here but I too have the interest in publishing books but still don't have enough idea where to get the software for me to make an ebook. I would appreciate any advice you can share..

Edited by: michael john on Oct 5, 2017 12:30 AM
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 12:45 AM   in response to: michael john in response to: michael john
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michael john wrote:
Hi good day!
I am quite new here but I too have the interest in publishing books but still don't have enough idea where to get the software for me to make an ebook. I would appreciate any advice you can share..

Microsoft Word.
Notjohn

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 3:36 AM   in response to: michael john in response to: michael john
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I usually finish WRITING my books in Word, but that's certainly not necessary. Uploading Word docs to the KDP can work, if the books is simple and the author is careful about using Styles rather than treating the word processor as a typewriter, which is what I tend to do. See the third post on my blog.

I prefer to clean up the html that Word produces (it can be awful, especially in the older versions) and use the free and excellent Sigil software to build an epub which is accepted by all online bookstores including Amazon's. The same process works with OpenOffice Writer, which basically is Word without a price tag. And I think with Google Docs, though I've never tried that.

There are also purpose-built softwares like Jutoh for Windows and Vellum for Mac. I am skeptical of purpose-built software that purports to do this automagically, but people who use them swear by them.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Patrick A. Smith

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 4:34 PM   in response to: michael john in response to: michael john
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michael john wrote:
Hi good day!
I am quite new here but I too have the interest in publishing books but still don't have enough idea where to get the software for me to make an ebook. I would appreciate any advice you can share..

Edited by: michael john on Oct 5, 2017 12:30 AM


Unless you're publ ishing somewhere besides here, there's no need to make an eBook. Zon just asks for a word doc, which i save as filtered html but I don't have to.

If your re publi shing elsewhere use the simple software notjohn mentioned.
monkey2009

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Posted: Oct 6, 2017 8:52 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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I'd avoid Google docs. The formatting is limited and often goes awry. word, open office or such is best. I have not used sigil so can't comment on that. Calibre is free and easy to make ebook from word
Diana Persaud

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Posted: Oct 12, 2017 5:49 AM   in response to: michael john in response to: michael john
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If you don't already have MS Word, then write it in notepad.

Then keep an eye out for Scrivener when it goes on sale. I bought my copy for $20. I no longer use MS Word.

Whatever word processing program you use, make sure you read a formatting guide and set it up correctly.

I used Mark Coker's free formatting guide. Others on this forum have recommended Amazon's free guide and I believe NotJohn also has a guide to formatting.
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