Just stumbled across Overdrive's ReaderWorks (standard version is free) that creates ebooks and are viewed using Microsoft Reader (free).
Does anyone know more about this software? Barns & Noble's web site has a massive collection of ebooks in this format, as well as Adobe PDF. **Be aware that I am not trying to stray away from the ebook compiler sold on this site. I am just trying to find out about all the products out there and peoples' opinions about them. Thanks.**
Yes, I have used ReaderWorks and I would definitely recommend trying it out. You would open up a new market for your ebooks.
The LIT format can be read as you mentioned using the free Microsoft Reader on a PC or on a Pocket PC such as the Compaq IQ.
If you don't feel like splurging on yet another software (to convert your manuscript to LIT) then take a look at Ebook Express. After adding your author, title, manuscript, and cover image, it will convert to LIT automatically! It accepts the following file formats: htm/.html, doc, rtf, txt, ASCII, xml, wps, wpd, and wri. http://www.ebookexpress.com/
(Please note that I don't receive any compensation for recommending the format or sites above... :-)
I didn't need to buy anything to convert my ms to .lit. Just downloaded the free builder.
There's some manuals you can download too, but I'm not very technically inclined. I'm comfortable in HTML, but now it appears, XHTML is wanted. My HTML editors seem to crash when I import an XML file from Word or WordPerfect into it. Word crashes far more often than WordPerfect, however.
I haven't been able to figure out how you provide navigation from the table of contents to the various chapters, either. Trying to decide if it matters. Also, I'm not sure how to get the chapters to all start on a new page at the same point in the pages. Some start at the top--where I want mine to start, others start just under the end of the last chapter, or halfway down the page or lower. If it was consistent one way or the other--or the other---I might not mind, But that's not the case.
Word 2002 and probably, 2000 add code for every font on my harddrive. Why??? The build program says it only supports four or five fonts. So much waste there. I deleted it all.
The manual states XML is best for it, but if the program just turns everything into its own code for the Reader, what's the difference? Except, again, how do you add code to navigate to different sections?
I'll keep trying, though, until I figure it out. The finished look is pretty impressive.
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