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Choosing an eBook Compiler!


  • What is an eBook compiler?

    You’ve written and revised your ebook, hired an artist
    who has produced outstanding graphics, and now you’re
    ready to actually put together your ebook. What you
    need to make an ebook is software called an ebook
    Compiler.

    There are many different compilers to chose from, but
    first, you need to know exactly what an ebook Compiler
    does. Here is the simple explanation:

    An ebook compiler is a software program that converts
    either text pages or HTML text into a single
    executable file or an ebook.

    If you or someone you hired has created a file with
    graphics in HTML, you will need an HTML ebook
    Compiler. This type of compiler requires a working
    knowledge of the HTML tag language. You can also use
    software to do this for you, such as Microsoft
    FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver.

    How do you choose an eBook Compiler?

    There are a large number of ebook Compilers available
    on the market, all with glowing sales copy and tekkie
    language. It can get very confusing and overwhelming
    very fast without some simple guidelines to help you
    figure out which compiler is right for you.

    Choosing an ebook Compiler depends on a number of
    factors:

    1. How did you create your pages? Did you use HTML or
    PDF format? There are many more compilers available
    for HTML, but you can find some very good compilers
    that will covert your PDF files into an ebook.

    2. Consider how easy the program is to use and the
    thoroughness of the software’s instruction manual. It
    is absolutely necessary that the compiler you buy have
    an instructional manual, documentation, or online
    “wizards.” If it doesn’t, your chances of figuring out
    how to correctly use the program are compromised, and
    the time required doing so is going to be significant.
    Many manufacturers of compilers offer a free trial
    version so you can play around with it and see if it
    suits your needs. Download the trial version and
    ascertain that it actually does what it claims to do.

    3. Security features. If you plan to sell your ebook,
    check out the security features of the compiler
    software carefully. Security features should include:
    prevention of the reader from modifying text, access
    only to the pages you assign or by entering a
    password, different ways of generating passwords such
    as secure passwords, user-friendly, and open

    passwords.

    4. Supported scripting. Find out what scripts the
    software supports. Scripting allows you to create
    special effects, customize menus, and create and
    modify other user interactivity. Choose a compiler
    that permits you to include graphics, search windows,
    hyperlinks, forms, surveys, etc.

    5. Pricing. This is a factor that is not always easy
    to gauge. The highest priced compilers are not
    automatically your best choice. Choose your compiler
    based on the necessary requirements for your Ebook.
    That means you need to know exactly how you plan to
    use your Ebook and what functions you require.

    Let’s look at some of these factors in more detail.
    First of all, make sure you have the correct browser
    to run the compiler. The majority of HTML compilers
    use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape. Check out
    the version that the compiler supports. Compilers that
    require a browser will not run on a computer that does
    not have the required browser installed. However,
    there are ebook HTML compilers that don’t require you
    to have any browser installed on your computer. These
    compilers run on any Windows system.

    If you choose a compiler that requires a browser,
    check to ascertain that the browser is installed
    correctly and that it is properly configured to the
    specifications of the compiler. Check to see if
    certain functions are turned off or on, and make any
    adjustments according to the compiler instructions.

    Security is an essential element of any compiler,
    regardless of whether you plan to sell or give away
    your ebook. One of the main reasons for using a
    compiler is to prevent the reader from modifying the
    contents. A secure compiler allows access only to the
    pages you want the user to access unless they enter a
    correct password.

    To find out how secure an ebook HTML compiler is, open
    an ebook on it. While it is open, check the temporary
    directory of your computer. This can usually be
    accessed by typing in C:Windowstemp. If you see a
    bunch of files when your ebook is open or running, it
    means that your computer is decompressing the secure
    data from your ebook before showing the ebook to the
    viewer. This method is not secure! It means that
    anyone with the knowledge of how to access these
    temporary files can steal the secure data and then
    they can fiddle with your ebook to their evil heart’s
    desire. Remember, one of the main purposes of buying
    and using an HTML compiler is to protect your
    property.

    Next, let’s discuss passwords. When trying to choose
    an ebook Compiler, check out the type of passwords
    that the compiler supports. Almost all compilers offer
    some kind of password protection that insures that the
    user can only access the contents they have purchased
    from you. However, the best compilers offer varied
    ways to generate different types of passwords. Choose
    a compiler that gives you the options of secure,
    user-friendly, and open password generation.

    Another important factor when it comes to passwords is
    how the compiler generates them. A compiler that has
    internal password protection generation built into the
    software is more secure than compilers that link to
    live Internet password control systems.

    Find out if the compiler generates passwords online.
    If it has this option, it allows you to choose any
    payment processing system you want or to do the
    payment processing yourself.

    Next, look into the size of ebook the compiler
    supports. The best compilers can create ebooks up to 2
    GB in size without decompressing the HTML pages or
    images to your hard disk. Usually, ebooks that are 2
    GB in size can easily support 6 GB of compressed data.
    The catch here is that only text files will generally
    be compressible.

    You do not want a compiler that decompresses this
    amount of data when the user attempts to open your
    ebook. This would mean that anyone who purchases your
    ebook will have to wait for all the data to decompress
    before they can access your ebook right after
    downloading it. So look for compilers that only
    decompress temporarily files that are NOT HTML to the
    local hardisk. Non-HTML files include Flash, Word, and
    Acrobat files. This type of compiler is more secure
    and certainly faster.

    Make sure the compiler you choose is compatible with
    your system software. Check out what version of
    Windows it requires, and make sure you have that
    version before buying your compiler.

    Support issues are extremely important. Choose a
    compiler that includes an installation program. This
    program allows your user to choose a number of
    different places on their computer to install the
    ebook, to place a shortcut on their desktop, and to
    add the ebook, if they choose, to the Start Programs
    menu.

    You also want excellent and accessible vendor support.
    Make sure you can access quick technical support! At
    three o’clock in the morning, this factor will be VERY
    important. Also, check to see the terms of free
    technical support offered. Unlimited technical support
    is obviously the best option.

    Check to see if the company that puts out the compiler
    software offers a service level agreement. This
    agreement is to assure you of their quality response
    to your questions or problems.

    A good thing to consider is how long the compiler has
    been on the market. Usually, the version number will
    give you an idea. The longer the program is on the
    market, the higher the version number, the more bugs
    have been worked out.

    When choosing an ebook compiler, do not be swayed by
    incredible promises and dazzling sales copy. Do your
    homework first, and then consider all the above issues
    and factors before choosing an ebook compiler.

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