November 22, 2011

Publish Online at Minimal Cost using Free Software and Potentially Make Money

The Age of Expensive Print Publishing is Long Gone

The Internet has made it possible for anyone to publish his or her work online. In the old days, you need to have access to large-scale printing equipment to be able to publish your written work. And this entails expenses for the materials and labor needed to produce a good number of copies that can be sold or given free.

The more copies that you need the produce, the more expensive the undertaking would be. And sending these copies to their intended recipients would also entail shipping expenses that can add to the cost of the traditional publishing approach. Distributing copies worldwide can indeed be a huge financial burden.

Publish Online Using a Portion of Internet Connection and Electricity Costs

Today, everyone who has a laptop and an Internet connection can already publish his or her work instantaneously at a click of the mouse at very minimal expense. Anyone can create his or her own website and publish her written works for everyone to read or appreciate. A number of free software applications are available to help the publisher in creating his or her work and converting it into the various formats suited to the needs of the devices used by the readers.

You may argue that owning a wireless router and paying for Internet connection costs are substantial expenses that need to be taken account of. But you can also share your Internet connection with others and have them likewise share the connection cost with you. And as you publish more and more works in the Internet, these costs are distributed to more outputs thereby lowering your unit costs. Plus, there is a potential for recovering your Internet connection and electricity cost by choosing to earn money from advertisements that can be displayed on your website.

Make Use of Google's Free Website Space and Online Publishing Tools

Google offers you free space to create your own website and make money on the written works that you have produced. You can either create your website at Google Sites or at Blogger.com. In both cases, you can choose to let Google display advertisements on your site and share in the revenues generated from advertisements displayed on your site. As a Google publisher, you will also be given free use of Google's vast array of website management tools to improve the visibility of your site and make it friendlier to search engines. You would be able to measure different aspects of your site's performance and correct any weakness that you find in your site.

Use Free Software in Preparing your Work Before they are Published Online

Your computer will undoubtedly have a program for entering and saving written text. You can start writing by using this program to write the first draft of an article or book. You might later on need to display tables and images on your document so you'll need a more powerful desktop publishing program. You can download and install the OpenOffice software suite in your computer and use it to prepare the final copy of your written material. OpenOffice has the power and ease of use as the Microsoft Office application but you can get it for free. You do not have to spend a lot of money on other productivity suites that are better packaged and look expensive just to impress your friends.

Use Free Software to Convert your Work from one Format to Another

More and more people are using gadgets and tablets in accessing the vast array of information available in the Internet. As these devices have smaller screens than laptops and desktop monitors, a number of alternative document formats have been developed. Previously, the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) had been considered the standard in presenting written works in the Internet. But as the PDF format did not degrade gracefully when viewed on smaller screen devices, new small screen formats are now being used for reading documents and books on these gadgets and tablets.

To make it easier for you to convert your documents from one format to another, download and install the calibre software application to your computer. The calibre software will enable you to convert your written work in the formats required by smaller screen devices used by an increasing number of readers who are accessing the Internet. In my experience, it is better to use the OpenOffice software for generating a PDF version of your document so it would be best if you use that OpenOffice facility in creating a PDF version of your work. Use the calibre software in creating mobipocket and epub versions of your document.

Publish your Work Online and Recover Part of your Connection and Electricity Costs

Use your free website to promote your written work by posting an article describing the written work that you have created. You are now able to offer different versions of your work for the different gadgets and tablets that your readers may be using. This is a wonderful time to publish your work online at a very minimal cost. And you can choose to display ads on your website to recover part of your Internet connection and electricity costs.



November 21, 2011

Working with your Ebook Collection using Free Software on your Vista Laptop

It could happen to you. You have downloaded an interesting ebook only to find out that the file is encoded in one of those small screen formats and it could not display on your laptop. On the other side of the spectrum, you could be a web publisher who would like to offer your ebook in the Internet in various formats supported by the different gadgets and tablets that users may be using.

Don't fret. Your Vista computer needs additional software that make it easy and convenient for you to work with your ebook collection. You're in luck because you can download and install these software on your Vista laptop for free.

It used to be that the portable document format (PDF) was the only available format for distributing and displaying ebooks in the Internet. But with the advent of smaller screen gadgets and tablets, new ways of encoding ebooks have been developed and are now widely used worldwide.

The kind of software that you would need depends on how sophisticated you want to be in working with your ebook collection. You may just want to read a differently formatted ebook on your Vista laptop or you may want to convert your ebook into the different formats supported by the myriad of gadgets and tablets out there.

Reading Differently Formatted Ebooks

For reading differently formatted ebooks on your Vista computer, you just need to download and install readers for the two major gadget platforms: Kindle on the one hand, and Sony and Nook on the other. For reading Kindle formatted ebooks, you can download and install the Mobipocket Reader. For ebooks formatted in the Sony Reader and the Nook formats, you can download and install the ePubReader extension for your Firefox browser.

The Mobipocket Reader allows you to read ebooks encoded in the mobi format. It creates a folder under your user name in your Vista computer where you can store your mobi formatted ebooks. It also allows you to import ebooks in other formats and read them the Mobipocket way. You can also purchase ebooks from the large ebook catalog available at Mobipocket.com. If you need help in using the Mobipocket Reader, you can access a great body of help information from the Mobipocket Forum.

You can download and install the ePubReader add on for your Firefox browser by going to Tools and clicking Add-ons on the menu bar of your browser. Search the add-ons catalog and download the extension once you found it. Then you can open and read your ebook on the Firefox browser.

If you want to have a copy of the ebook you've downloaded in your Vista laptop, you can do so by clicking on the save icon and specifying where you want your ebook to be saved. Your browser will also have an ebook catalog button where you would find all your ebooks in the epub format.

To transfer your differently formatted ebooks to your gadget or tablet, you have to download and install your gadget's software on your Vista laptop. Then, just follow the instructions provided by your gadget's software. You may need to connect your device to your Vista computer during installation.

Web Publishing for Gadgets and Tablets

For publishing your ebooks in various formats so users can read them on their device, you need a more sophisticated software. Download and install the calibre software on your laptop. Then you can manage your ebook collection and convert the ebooks you have created into the different formats that your readers may choose based on their reading device.

The calibre software offers you a versatile program that can manage your ebook collection, read your ebooks, and convert them from one format to another. It creates a central location where your ebooks in different formats are stored in your Vista computer.

To be able to do anything at all with the ebook you have written, you have to add your ebook first in the calibre library. You can add your ebook in its native form to the calibre library and from there generate the different versions in different formats that your users may require. The conversion interface is not very intuitive and you may stumble at first in using it but after getting the hang of it, you'll very soon become an expert at using it.

In the conversion window, specify first from what format into what format the conversion is going to be undertake. Failure to do this may result in the default which will convert the manuscript into the epub format. Also don't forget to change the settings in the conversion setup window. There, you can specify more precisely the device on which the document is desired to be viewed. Not doing this correctly may generate unexpected results. In addition, don't forget to complete the metadata portion of your ebook so your readers would not find it difficult to search for your ebook.

You can manage your whole ebook collection in conjuntion with a gadget or tablet that you own. You can visit the calibre website to check if your gadget or tablet is fully supported by calibre. You can also find help information in the website if you find some difficulty in connecting your device to calibre.

Multi-Platform Web Publishing with Free Software

Web publishers of today have a wonderful opportunity to publish their books in different formats using free software available in the Internet. In preparing your manuscript, you don't need the sophisticated and expensive productivity software for writing your drafts. You can download the free OpenOffice software and install it in your Vista computer. The calibre software accepts documents created in the open document format (ODT) generated by OpenOffice.

With free software available in the Internet, readers and writers alike are benefited. Laptop users are able to read books that are formatted for gadgets and tablets. Writers are enabled to offer the books that they have written in various different formats required by the devices of their readers.

Read an article on multi-platform web publishing using free software on a vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/11/multi-platform-web-publishing-using.html.



November 19, 2011

Multi-platform Web Publishing Using Free Software on Vista Computer

Web publishers have been used to targeting the relatively large screens provided by laptops and desktop computers when creating their media for publication in the Internet. However, more and more people are using gadgets and tablets to access information from the World Wide Web. Informed web publishers would do well to consider how gadget and tablet users would be able to more easily and conveniently obtain the content that they have created.

Using free software from the Internet, you can easily achieve your goal of reaching out to gadget and tablet users by using free software on your Vista computer.

Preparing your Written Work

In writing articles, you would do well in using the Notepad program already installed in your Vista laptop. However, you can still avail of the powerful spell checking and graphics ability of a more sophisticated software by using the OpenOffice application. You do not have to buy a copy of Microsoft Office to be able to prepare a well-written write-up complete with figures and other text-manipulation features. Just download the OpenOffice application and install it on your Vista computer. Unless you are writing technical reports or lay-outing a magazine, you don't need the powerful features of the expensive desktop productivity software.

Like Microsoft Office, the OpenOffice software enables you to convert your article or book into the portable document format (PDF) which has become an Internet standard for digital written work. It has an adequate spell checking ability and a good enough dexterity to display different types of graphics on your written work. Its table making feature is comparable to that of the Microsoft Office productivity software.

Moving from the elegant approach of Microsoft Office to the more practical style of OpenOffice takes some getting used to. Initially, there would be some inconvenience in looking for where the feature is located on the menu bar. But once you get accustomed to using it, accessing the desktop will become second nature and you would soon be on your way to using open source software. The best thing that would happen is that you get to save enough money to buy the gadget or tablet you have been dreaming of having.

Making your Written Work Friendlier to Gadgets and Tablets

The PDF format provides excellent capability to present your article or book in a very professional looking manner. However, it does not display well on smaller screen gadgets and tablets. Moreover, gadget and tablet makers have developed their own display formats for written documents. The Kindle ebook reader uses the mobi format while the Sony and Nook readers use the epub format.

Fortunately, a free software is available for converting your work into various formats required by the different tablets and gadgets. Download and install the calibre software on your Vista laptop and the format conversion problem of your written work would be magically solved. Calibre is designed to help you manage your ebook collection, convert your ebooks from one format to another, and read your ebooks in whatever format they have been published.

Once you have installed calibre on your Vista computer, you should get used to using it by testing short articles first and converting the article into different formats. Send samples of the articles you have converted to friends using a gadget or a tablet and check how the article is being displayed on the screen. After you have used calibre for a while you will now be ready to use it for the longer written works that you have created. Calibre works well with Vista and is constantly evolving to provide more features that make reading your work more enjoyable on smaller screens.

To enable gadget and tablet users to read your work on their equipment, offer your ebook downloads in at least three formats. Make one PDF version for laptop and computer users and also create mobi and epub versions for those who would like to read your book on their gadget or tablet. This way you would be able to reach other people who own smaller screen equipment. Your written works are a great read for a lot of people out there. Don't deny them the ability to display and read your book on their gadget or tablet.

Write Great Books while you Save Money

With the OpenOffice and calibre software on your Vista laptop, you're now on your way to becoming an informed and more intelligent web publisher. And you save money too for using freely available and useful software.

Read my other article on working with your ebook collection using free software on your Vista computer at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/11/working-with-your-ebook-collection.html.

Read my other article on publishing your work online at minimal cost using free software and potentially make money at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/11/publish-online-at-minimal-cost-using.html.

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