Self Publishing Your
Part 3 Ebook Formats (HTML)
In part 2 of this series, we focused on ebooks formatted
in PDF. We will now continue with HTML compiled ebooks.
Hypertext Markup Language Format (HTML Ebooks)
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) formatted ebooks are
simply a group of web pages compressed into one .exe file for distribution.
HTML ebooks are completely interactive with the Internet and can be as simple
or dynamic as you'd like. Your HTML files can contain live links, graphics,
presentation utilizing the latest technology.
Ebooks formatted in HTML are basically designed just like a website. They
can contain an unlimited number of pages that are navigated via hyperlinks.
Unlike ebooks formatted in PDF, the design of an HTML ebook is only limited
by your imagination.
Depending upon the type of HTML compiler you purchase, HTML formatted ebooks
can have customizable fields that will enable your users to customize fields
you specify. This technology can enable you to provide your affiliates with
an ebook they can use as a sales tool to sell your products and services.
Your affiliates can have the ability to customize your ebook with their affiliate
ID and earn commissions simply by giving the ebook away.
HTML files can be distributed in the following ways:
- Internet download
- Complete control over your ebook's look and feel.
- Completely interactive with the Internet.
- Software very reasonably priced starting at $30.00
- Most compilation software is easy to use.
- A wide variety of ebook compilers to choose from.
- Users must have the ability to run "Windows" programs.
- Users must have Internet Explorer 4.0+ installed on their
This is a nice ebook compiler that includes a step by step interface that
will guide you through the entire process. Unlike other programs, this compiler
comes with five "skins" to enable your ebooks to have a unique look. It also
includes a pop-up message box that loads prior to your ebook loading when
your ebook is launched. This box can contain system requirements, copyrights
or whatever text you'd like.
Ebook Edit Pro
This is a great ebook compiler. Not only is it easy to use, but it also includes
a pop-up message box that loads prior to your ebook loading. In addition,
you can display your own product icon and select the buttons you would like
to be displayed such as, navigational, print and home buttons. It also has
an added feature that enables you to include an affiliate ID within every
ebook you create and make money for referral sales. As an added bonus for
purchasing this great compiler, you will also receive an "eBrand-It" software
that will enable you to set up special fields so that your affiliates can
customize your ebook. A free demo is available. This is a great compile.
As you can see, both ebook formats have a number of advantages and disadvantages
and the decision may be a little difficult.
The best ebook format for your project will really depend upon your own
preference. However, it is also important to take into consideration the
type of ebook you're creating and the number of pages it will contain. For
example, if you've written a manuscript with hundreds of pages and have it
typed into your word processing program, you won't want to waste your time
creating an HTML page for each page of your ebook. Your best option will
be to purchase Adobe Acrobat and compile your ebook into the PDF format.
HTML compiled ebooks are better for smaller projects such as "how-to",
"instructional" or "informational" ebooks.
Another consideration of great importance is your sales plan. If you're planning
on marketing your ebook yourself, then it really doesn't matter which format
you use. However, if you're planning on selling your ebook on one of the
ebook publishing sites, many of them will only accept ebooks in the PDF
A good way to cover all of your bases is to simply publish your ebook in
both formats. Let your customers decide which format they would prefer.
In part 4 of this series, we will focus on designing an ebook in PDF
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