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How To Create An E-Book - What Free Software To Use?

Discussion in 'Products & Tools' started by bad_bob00, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. #1
    Hi there,

    I've written an ebook using Microsoft Word and have converted it to a PDF file, however when I view the PDF file the hyperlinks don't work. Anyone got any idea why this is?

    What software do you recommend using for creating eBooks?


    Thanks for any help.
     
    bad_bob00, Feb 19, 2008 IP
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    websitesforsales Active Member

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    I have never created a ebook with pdf but I have worked with it and I think to add a link to it there is a tool in the menu bar called Link Tool

    It should be located under the advanced editing menu.

    You then have to click and drag and drop where you want the link.

    Then choose your Link Type


    Hope this helps.
     
    websitesforsales, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    Whackahost.com Peon

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    Creating in word then printing to pdf should work fine. What version of adobe are you using or what are you using to print it to a pdf?
     
    Whackahost.com, Feb 21, 2008 IP
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    websitesforsales Active Member

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    I have a ebook creator that you can do in html and make the ebook. Its very easy to use....Pm me if you are interested.
     
    websitesforsales, Feb 21, 2008 IP
  5. bad_bob00

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    So do most people just use Word and then print the file as a PDF file?

    Thanks for the help
     
    bad_bob00, Feb 22, 2008 IP
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    arthro Active Member

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    #6

    Use a free trial software named: pdf Writer
    Try to search it in Google.
     
    arthro, Feb 26, 2008 IP
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    You can create PDFs - even password-protected ones without all the extraneous junk that MS Word injects into everything it creates.

    I even made a fully-illustrated f'ree tutorial on how to do this process and you can get it here: ebookcreating.com if you like.

    HTH,
    Donna
     
    bizunlim, Apr 15, 2009 IP
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    With Microsoft Word 2010, you can write your ebook your ebook and save it as PDF. The links should work.
     
    inspiroHost, May 31, 2011 IP
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    Dada1988 Greenhorn

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    You can use many E-book tools to make your own E-book or you can create it online.
     
    Dada1988, Jan 14, 2013 IP
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    I too am planning to make an ebook for the readers of my tech blog and i have no idea how to start. what all tools i will require and stuff. i want to make it professional looking ebook inside and outside. no thoughts on spending anything so free tools if you guys know, kindly let me know here or in private message :)
     
    winappleworld, Jan 22, 2013 IP
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    malcsimm Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    One great thing, for me, about using Word when creating a pdf is that you can create a Word Theme - having your own Heading 1 size and colour, Heading 2, Heading 3 etc and your own bullet styles etc etc. Then when you make your pdf it's all consistant with your branding.

    To use the theme you created you save it as a Style Set which you invoke by selecting Change Styles in the Styles tab, hovering over Style Set and selecting your saved style.

    It's worth Googling for a few tutorials on this. There is a bit of a learning curve, but I am glad I learned it - it's very handy and you end up making nice, consistantly formatted documents.

    As far as hyperlinks are concerned, I've had no trouble with those. Just highlight your text, select the Hyperlink item, and type in your url to the Address field.

    Hope that helps :)

    Malc
     
    malcsimm, Jan 23, 2013 IP
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    Why do you need free software? free have limited functionality.Take a look at an online brochure maker FlippingBook
     
    RogD, Mar 26, 2013 IP
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    Adobe. The basic conversion tools that do a "print to PDF" don't generally convert the links - they deliberately leave out that functionality to sell you the paid-for version. You may be able to work around the limitations by using a free self-pub service like Smashwords, Lulu or KDP.



    Here's the free ebook I used as a basis for my education, with a simple "how-to" and without all the upsell and BS: http://scrawlbug.com/free-stuff/ (it's the bottom-right one of those).
     
    TIEro, Mar 26, 2013 IP
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    I use Open office and it's free ,look you for how to create pdf file with open office.
     
    Majic66, May 15, 2013 IP
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    Dear bad_bob00, since last few years I use PDFCreator exactly for this. I had tried many others before I finally decide to use it. It is very neat and clean and work without any trouble. Moreover it is 100% Free without any Ad.

    You may download it from http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/files/latest/download

    Hope that it is exactly what you are looking for.
     
    Shipra Mukhopadhyaya, Jun 4, 2013 IP
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    Oooh, that's interesting. I'd never been able to find a reliable free app that converts links properly. Will check that one out - thanks, Shipra!
     
    TIEro, Jun 5, 2013 IP