Sure, you could deliver your ebook as a Word document file. Among the issues that this presents is the possibility of viruses. Frankly, I don't download .doc files even from friends. Another issue is that there is no guarantee that format will remain. But it's your call.
The second question about alignment problems when converting a .doc file to .pdf. There is an often misunderstanding between Word and how the document prints. (When creating a PDF from a .doc file think of it as printing the .doc file.)
When you create the document in Word it is formatting the text that you see on the monitor the way the default printer will print the text. If you had a dozen different computers all with different default printers and your placed the same Word .doc file and on each one there is likely to be variance on the the way the document displays between at least two (or more) of the machines.
What happens when you convert your .doc to PDF is that it is not printing according to the default printer, but rather formatting to the PDF (printer).
To resolve this issue change your system so it recognizes Adobe PDF as the default printer (reboot the system to be sure that the change is recognized). Realign the text in your document, then 'print' as an Adobe PDF file. That should make things align correctly.
Storyman, if you are still out there.. Help. I have just purchased the ebookcompiler s.w. The book I have wriiten is in Word 2002. Can I convert using the latest version directly or do I still have to convert to html first before? Also what is this thing with anoymous ftp. I just checked hosting, they want to charge more money..
Word has the ability to convert files to HTML. Do a 'Save As' and look under 'File Type' and you should see HTML as an option.
Do a search for 'FTP upload' and you should find several programs. My internet provider is Road Runner and they require that their FTP program be used when uploading to their generous 5 Meg home page site (note sarcasm for Road Runner being so cheap with the amount of free web space).
Because FTP is known has known vulnerabilities some servers require that a special secure FTP program be used. One site that I worked on required special software (and it wasn't cheap) to access the files.
Before you buy anything ask if you are required to use a specific FTP (btw that means File Transfer Protocol) program. Most web building software have FTP programs built in and make up/down loading a breeze. You'll find often that the first layer of tech support know little and not surprisingly they are often wrong (Earthlink's tech support is a great example IMHO.)
More than likely they will allow you to use your own FTP program. If that is in fact the case download FireFox and check out the help menu for FTP.
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