Rating the eBook Compilers

By: Zaak Oconan

Now that you've finished writing your eBook and have a basicunderstanding of what an eBook compiler does, you may be feelingoverwhelmed by the number of compilers on the market. To helpyou make your decision, I have tested and reviewed thebest-rated eBook compilers currently available.

* E-ditor

This software has a demo version that you can download to tryout before purchasing. You can't actually use the demo to createan eBook, but you can run the software and test it outthoroughly to see if it does what you need it to do for yourparticular eBook.

This eBook compiler is one of the easiest to use. The softwarehas a very user-friendly help menu that provides instructionsfor and explanations of every field on every screen. The programalso includes video tutorials demonstrating every step of thiscompiler with clear explanations of all fields that need to befilled out. There are 7 screens that you use to choose youreBook options.

This compiler requires your files to be in HTML format. Youfollow simple directions, and the compiler loads your files. Ifyou decide to edit your eBook after it has been compiled, makeany changes in your original files and click on "Compile youreBook" and your changes will appear in your compiled eBook.

E-editor allows for some customization of your eBook. You cancreate a special page that appears when the eBook is opened;create customized icons that appear on the desktop afterdownloading; use your own logo on the task bar of your eBook;customize the task bar's buttons, where the task bar appears inyour eBook, and choose the task bar's colors. Additionally, youcan choose to have the eBook open to the last page read, whichmany of your buyers will appreciate.

An excellent and unique feature of E-ditor is the capability tochoose a standard Microsoft window or to create your own designfor a window to personalize your eBook. The program providessome sample window designs, but you can use any .bmp (bit mapskin) graphic you have stored on your hard drive.

E-ditor is a good choice if you are new at producing eBooksbecause it is easy to use and allows you to customize theappearance of your eBook.

* Desktop Author

This compiler does not require a browser, nor do you have todownload software or plug-ins. The program converts exe. filesinto pages that look like a standard book. You can create andproduce eBook pages scaled to fit on your computer screenwithout any scrolling. Additional features include WYSIWGY (whatyou see is what you get) page editing and creation, the abilityto manipulate internal images, cut and paste functions, hotlinksto pages, email, website, or other files. It is an excellentcompiler to use for a marketing tools, such as creatingbrochures and manuals in addition to eBooks.

* EBook Edit Pro

This compiler provides a demo version, which allows you to testout its features. The software uses a Wizard that leads youstep-by-step through the set-up and creation of your eBook.Customization includes text editing that appears on the pop-upstarting message window; the ability to allow or preventresizing of your book and the mouse-click pop-up menu; enablingor disabling the navigation bar and choosing the buttons youwant to appear; and customizing the eBook's desktop icon and thelogo that appears on the navigation bar.

Ebook Edit Pro is loaded with excellent features that allow youto create multi-media Ebooks, and includes a Wizard that iscustomized for beginners and for advanced users. The softwareuses HTML files, downloading them from the directory where theyare saved. Edit and resave your files in the original softwareused to create those files, and then with a single click you canre-compile your Ebook.

Features include customization of icons, toolbars, and the"about box." This compiler has a particularly useful featurecalled the Rebrander feature. This permits you to entercustomized code into your Ebook pages and distribute theRebrander software to your affiliates or distributors. They canthen customize the links included in the Ebook, but they can notalter any link or information that you have not entered acustomized code for.

The software includes "eBrand-It" software that allows customfields for your customer's name, affiliate ID or URL. Thisfeature is a powerful marketing tool because affiliates are muchhappier giving away your Ebook from their own site when they cancustomize it.

* Ebook Compiler

This compiler offers a demo version that allows you to compile10 files. If you don't include graphics, you can create a 10page Ebook that allows printing and copying of the Ebook. Thecatch is that you can't sell any Ebook you create in the demoversion.

The purchased software is user-friendly with easy-to-follow helpfiles that not only guide you through the steps of compilingyour Ebook, but also explains what an Ebook compiler does. Thesoftware provides detailed instructions on how to create sourcefiles from Microsoft Word 2000 and 1997, PowerPoint 2000 and1997, and HTML documents. It contains less detailed instructionsfor creating source files from other programs.

This compiler allows for password protection of your entireEbook or for selected pages. Additionally, you can set a timelimit on your Ebook. When the runs out, the customer no longerhas access unless they pay for it. In other words, it allows youto create a demo version of your Ebook for marketing purposes.

You can set a single password or multiple passwords. Usingmultiple passwords assigns each user their own specificpassword. Online help files guide you through setting up yourpasswords. You can also create a Sales and Thank-you page forselling a password protected Ebook. This is a good choice forthe novice, particularly since it includes basic features forpassword protection and distribution.

* Activ Ebook Compiler

This is an easy to use compiler that provides excellentfeatures. This software can support HTML, JPEG, GIF, and allactive plug-ins. Features includes password protection,branding, internet linking, icon customization, assigning uniqueserial numbers, splash screen, file compression, and start-upmessages. It also provides free lifetime upgrades. Additionally,it includes a preprocessor, re-brander, active script, anddetailed instructions for using HTML, Power Point, and MicrosoftWord files.

There are several other excellent Ebook compilers on the marketthat are worth looking into.

Ebook Generator features splash screens, password protection,branding, icon customization, and compression control.Additionally, it includes virus prevention that alerts the userto any modifications made to your Ebook and offers usagestatistics so you can track your Ebook's use. With all theseadvanced features, this is an excellent compiler for thebeginner because it is exceptionally easy to run.

Ebook Creator is another excellent compiler, supporting HTML,JPEG, GIF, and PNG graphics, and Javascript, VB script, and Javaapplets. It also supports all Internet Explorer plug-ins.Standard features include unique serial numbers, direct linkingto a form or a page on your website, disabled right clicking,and search functions. The software allows for expiration after aset number of days or usages, which allows you to create demoversions. You can create up to 1000 different passwords; everytime the Ebook is downloaded, a unique password is required toaccess protected pages. The software provides user-friendlymenus and buttons that allow the beginner to the advanced userto easily create their Ebook.

Obviously, there are some excellent compilers out there. Sofigure out EVERYTHING you need in terms of features, and thencompare prices and options. Do take advantage of demo versionsif they are offered before purchasing. And then, have funcreating your Ebook

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