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Which Tools or Services Do You Rely On to Create E-books?

Which tools or services do you rely on and recommend to create, publish and distribute e-books?

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

digital self publishingToday’s feature story looks at Booktype, an open source tool offered by Berlin-based nonprofit developer Sourcefabric. It is one of but dozens of viable solutions available to authors and publishers. With the ongoing proliferation of platforms — from established brands, such as Amazon’s Kindle Publishing Direct, to upstarts like BiblioCrunch, or brand re-boots, like Vook — which tools or services do you rely on and recommend to create, publish and distribute e-books?

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  1. Drekington
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I usually use adobe Indesign for typesetting purposes. However adobe is problematic because they do not yet make fully valid epubs. However, since the print versions are already laid out in Indesign it is still simplest for me to start with Indesign.

    As I also do web development and some minor coding, I then find it easiest to unpack the epub and manually edit everything from CSS styles to TOCs/Anchors to validating the folder layout etc. For this work I actually find adobe dreamweaver quite helpful. Their web tools make editing the individual parts of epubs quite quick and easy.

  2. Posted April 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I use The Interactbuilder from interactbooks to build and publish my books.
    I use corel painter 12 to do most of the layout, and Photoshop for finishing, the I use the Interactbuilder to make the app, and publish it on their platform.

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