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Producing and Marketing e.book with Applemac


 
angela harrison Can anyone help me please to produce an eBook on Applemac? I self-published the book nearly four years ago, in the UK, which continues to sell well. I now need to produce an eBook for this book, and also my second book which is due out shortly.


Posted on: 11:48 pm on February 28, 2001
EBookCompiler Welcome angela

For mac you probably want to look at PDF compilers, like Adobe Acrobat.  There is an article about different types of e-book compilers here:http://www.ebookapprentice.com/compiler/index.html

I can't really give you more specific advice (maybe Eva or others can) as it's about 10 years since I last used a Mac in anger...


Posted on: 1:22 am on March 1, 2001
Danial I am tending to agree with Sunil, PDF would work well for cross platform E-Book publishing, but I don't think I would waste my time on building books just for MAC. Besides, MACS are working to emulate Windows closer all the time, and Windows should not be looked as the big monster of Microsoft. Windows became popular because it was prefered by people for an operating system, it's as simple as that.  You can also produce your E-Book as an HTML document and probably find an install system that will work with MAC. at least the browsers will work to read the documents.

Posted on: 2:37 am on March 1, 2001
Sundancer Angela, I'm not sure exactly what kind of help you are looking for.  Are you doing a book with a Mac, or is it about Apple Macs? If your work is in HTML format it would be fairly easy to "port" over to Win ebooks and other formats.  I agree about distributing only for Mac - unless it's a book about Mac.  (I totally disagree about Mac copying Win - I worked on inventory control with Apple's GUI when Win was still 3.1 running on TOP of DOS!  Win won because Apple kept their architecture closed while  IBM allowed cloning of the PC,  resulting in w-a-y cheaper 'puters, while MS did all they could to be the only choice on the PC ballot.
PDF is currently the most agile format for cross platform distribution, but I am noticing more authors offering the same work in several formats (Mac, PC and handhelds) so they can reach more consumers.  You may not sell a lot of volumes about a Mac in EXE or Palm format, but you might sell a few.   A book of stories,  poems, or whatever, in more formats increases your potential audience.  There are places that will turn your content into PDF, EXE and other formats for a nominal fee if it is in a format their software can accept, like PostScript, RTF or HTML.  Hope this helps.  If not, let us know a little more detail about what your needs are.  

Posted on: 1:50 pm on May 17, 2003

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