The app offers you lots of different themes you can choose from to use as a starting point and customise the colors, images, fonts and layout. It's up to you how much effort you want to put in, but it's worth taking the time to make a few tweaks to really personalise the look of your PDF eBook. Beacon makes this easy because if you change something in the settings panels, the primary color for example, it will update throughout your book, so it's easy to keep your design consistent. Watch an intro video about how that works here.
If you get it wrong AND somehow manage to get through the Amazon's evaluation process, people who buy your book will not only leave HORRIBLE reviews and ask for an immediate refund! Seriously the worst thing that can happen is getting a bad 1 star review. I would rather Amazon reject my book, than getting a 1 star bad review. The review will REALLY effect your sales. Trust me I've been there!
The service connects with the major eBook publishers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as with their respective Kindle and Nook formats. It also lets you format content for mobile devices, which is useful if you publish online. The service comes equipped with all the formats and features you need to make online content look good. You can embed videos and photos in articles and combine template types, though you might find this a bit challenging if you’ve never done it before. Atavist also does a decent check of your work to prevent errors in the uploading process. What sets Atavist apart are the customization options it has that other online publication services, like Facebook’s Instant Articles, don’t. For example, you can select a tailored transition for the pages in your eBook. Atavist also walks you through how to protect your work, allowing you to select whether the book is for profit or free to the public. There’s tons of in-program support to help you figure out how to use all the features, which is another reason it’s the overall best eBook software we tested.
Similar to Papyrus but with a dated interface, Zinepal also allows you to turn blog posts into content for your e-book. You can also start from scratch. Just note that the free account will put a Zinepal link on the bottom of each page of your book. A Zinepal Pro account starts at $5 for a single e-book without the Zinepal branding and other added features like publishing to Scribd.
Calibre is a cross platform, free eBook maker for Windows, Linux, and iOS. This eBook creator is loaded with almost all the advanced features that you need to make your own eBook. It supports conversion of multiple input formats to multiple output formats. The supported Input formats are: AZW, AZW3, AZW4, CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, and TXTZ; while the output format that it supports are: AZW3, EPUB, DOCX, FB2, HTMLZ, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PMLZ, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ, and ZIP.
Another flip book maker that lets you to create interactive eBooks. It’s an HTML5 digital publishing platform, where you can embed the content with hyperlinks, multimedia, images and animation. It provides a free online hosting service, allowing you to publish your books online even if you do not have a website. Your eBooks can be accessed on all devices and web browsers. FlipHTML5 is a free tool and can convert PDF, MS Office, OpenOffice and Images to HTML5, making your eBook more interactive. It also enables you to create a custom domain for your eBook.
This allows you to insert any URL you want, and Sqribble will automatically pull the content from that page and insert into your book. It strips the html code and only inserts the text from the page. This is a great method because it saves a ton of time, and allows you to use expert content (with credits) so you can target topics and niches you’re not an expert in!