Even if you are not a writer, but own a business or even a start-up, an eBook in your back pocket is a must. As more readers are opting to consume their content online versus the traditional print option, an eBook is the best way forward.
Nothing beats the credibility that comes with publishing an eBook on the area of your expertise. However, writing a book is no cakewalk and creating a visually appealing medium is another.
You can either hire a professional to do the work for you, or you could do it yourself.
If you decide to take the challenge upon yourself, the number of options and tools available might be overwhelming. To keep things simple, I have organized a list of softwares that you can use to write an eBook.
But before jumping into the list of creator softwares, let’s make sure we are familiar with eBook formats that your consumers might prefer and may also influence the software you decide to choose.
The best format for your eBook
There are three common types of eBook formats
1. ePub - ePublication
The golden standard of almost all e-readers like Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Books. It is much easier to use this format as most creator softwares honor this file type.
2. Pdf - Portable Document Format
The PDF is the most commonly used eBook format today. Whether your goals for publishing an eBook is to generate leads, sales or to build community - formatting it into a PDF will help you achieve your desired outcome. Authors who use the PDF format have the ability to deliver their eBook however they please as it is the most user-friendly format available.
3. Mobi - This format is specifically for Kindle readers. As Amazon dominates the lion’s share of global publication profits, formatting your eBook to Mobi will help you reach a larger audience. You might choose to refrain from using this format, and that’s not a big deal but it might restrict your reach if you want to distribute your eBook through Amazon.
Choosing a software
Before we dive head first into these software, some factors you need to consider are:
- Operating System : Are you a MAC or a PC user?
- User Level : Are you new to word processing, or an expert?
- Cost: Can you financially afford the startup costs? And, if you have the time to learn the tool
After you carefully decide on the factors, you can make an informed decision one what eBook software will best cater to your needs. Let’s get to it!
Top 6 softwares that you can use
The best softwares you can use to create stunning eBooks.
1. Microsoft Word
The best entry-level premium eBook creator is Microsoft Word. The software is so common that people use and trust Microsoft Word for so many reasons. It’s biggest advantage is its credibility and reliability when it comes to content creation. However, it's only limitation is that you can create an eBook in PDF format.
But this can be easily remedied, as many online eBook distributors honor MS Word documents and will automatically format it for you.
2. Google Docs
This option is free and is available to anyone with a Gmail account. If you are new to writing and are under a budget, then this should be your go-to software. The best part is that Google Docs offers two types of formats : PDF and ePub.
And if that weren’t enough, Google Docs is a cloud-driven software, so you will never lose a document even if your computer crashed.
It makes for a great collaborative tool that allows multiple people to work on the same document simultaneously. Meaning, you can create your content and have other people give you feedback or edit your content at the same time.
Hailed as the ultimate book-organization tool.
It allows you to research, outline, write and view your notes all in one place and you can print your whole draft with a click of a button.
The only downside is that Scrivener has a bit of a learning curve, but to make things simple, it comes with built-in tutorials and is available for a modest price.
What makes this tool so popular is that it works with Mac, Windows, iPad and iPhone and has good organizing capabilities.
This software is exclusively for Mac- users and is heavily tailored for writers. Anyone who is serious about leveling up their writing content, Ulysses is the tool to use. It provides organizational tools, filters, writing goals, document attachment and automatic back up.
With a distraction- free, easy to use interface this tool is available on a subscription basis or you can simply pay once for lifetime use.
Another Mac-exclusive has made it to the list, as there are quite a few successful authors who swear by this eBook software. It exhibits a robust set of features and format options to make your eBook visually appealing and command a reader’s attention.
Vellum will automatically format your PDF for print books and ex[port your manuscript in ePub. You can download it for free but if you want to export to eBook, you will have to pay a fee.
As they have a pay-per-eBook option available, you can always take it for a spin without buying it outright.
6. Adobe InDesign
The ultimate software you need for eBook creation is InDesign. The reason it might not come up in other articles or content creator lists is because out of all other softwares, InDesign demands time, patience and an eye for layout and detail.
If you want to create an interior which nudges your reader from one page to another without breaking their attention then InDesign, is for you.
You might be publishing a children’s book or a magazine. Using InDesign that syncs pretty well with other Adobe programs, you can add .psd or .ai files in your ebook with relative ease.
It also provides you with a lot of tools for resizing, layout and a number of templates for you pages.
Adobe InDesign comes with a monthly subscription and will format your eBooks in ePub or PDF. Even though this software might not be beginner-friendly, it tends to produce visually stunning interiors.
Which eBook creator tool is right for you?
Based on these 6 recommendations for eBook creation, you might be wondering where to start. To make the process easier, I have organized the software from the most accessible and easy-to0 use to the most difficult and premium software.
If you are a pro in document creation then you can skip to the bottom three options.
However, if you are under a budget and need to publish your content as soon as possible then shoot for any of the first three options.
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