eBook Complier Review
There are many great eBook compilers. We at eBook freeway deal with many different compilers for our submissions and for our own eBooks. With that in mind we decided to write an opinionated review about the software that we have come to know, love, like, and just think is a bad idea. Our recommendations are based on: Price, security, features, ease of use, and the ability to market the finished product. At one time we were just like you when we were looking into ebook compiler software so we looked at reviews. We use or have used most of the programs below and we know a little bit about ebook software. We would like to say our reviews are unbiased, but since we use the software it cannot be unbiased. Do you want to hear an unbiased review? That would mean the reviewer does not know or use the software to formulate an opinion. We have tried, own, and/or have used most of our recommendations! (We will tell you which ones even we won't buy). Here are our strong opinions and personal reviews below:
eBook Starter $97.00
eBook starter is our favorite ebook software due to the features, flexibility, ease of use, and security making it our top pick. This software is loaded with features and includes templates that look like a real book with your Chapters on side tabs. This compiler also offers very strong security and another nice option for security is a username and password option. eBook Starter offers a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor making it easy to load content. You don't need to use an outside editor or know HTML with this eBook and that is the true beauty of this compiler. Features include: Pop up balloon captions, extremely easy to use (no HTML knowledge required), free software updates, custom icons, custom book sizing, step by step wizard, multi-media support, start up splash screen, disable right click and printing, shareware feature, search function, and brander. The finished product is a exe file that is downloaded onto your computer. This looks much better than a PDF in our opinion and is very easy to read. You can try before you buy to see how easy it is to create ebooks with this software.
eBook starter has the security, features, and bells and whistles for a one time fee of $97. You can use this software over and over for many products and ebooks. The features are outstanding, the security is outstanding, and the look of the finish product is outstanding. This is a stand out product with very little downside.
Activ E-Book Compiler $49.95
Activ E-Book Compiler is our second favorite ebook software due to the price and comes in very close behind eBook Starter. It is easy to use and full of features. In fact Activ E-Book has more features than almost any other compiler on this list except perhaps: Ebook Pro and Adobe Acrobat. Features include: Unlimited e-books, royalty free (no ongoing fees), easy to use, complete documentation, strong password protection, testing features, rebranding, splash start up screen, add in options, and many more advanced features. The finished product is a self contained exe file that is installed onto a computer to be able to read. We know their website is not as nice as some other ebook compilers but their product speaks for itself. There is one thing that this compiler has that no other has and that is activ scripting. Meaning the ebook can interact with your computer with a little script language. With this feature your readers can interact with the ebook right from their own computer. This is extremely powerful! You can test the software before you buy so you can see what the program has to offer.
Adobe Acrobat 9.0 $265.49 (Adobe Sells this direct for $299. You can get it legitimately through our link for a discount.)
Adobe Acrobat is the most successful PDF document maker and the most popular ebook compiler on the market. Yeah, we know that $265 is a lot to spend up front but there is no other PDF ebook maker that is better than Adobe Acrobat. Because Adobe Acrobat has such a high usage rate, there are many satellite software programs available to complement this software. The reason why PDF is the most popular ebook format is because any computer, any browser can read your ebook, making is available for all who want to see your ebook. Features include: Convert any document into PDF format, 256 bit encryption to secure your content, ability to add flash content, save and import PDF to and from Microsoft Word, restrict copying and printing, the ability to layout a page exactly as you want, digitally sign and certify, and on and on.
eBook Generator $97
This ebook compiler offers many of the same features above but, what make it different is the ability to disable a password if you give a refund, locking the user out of the book. This prevents people from getting your book for free if they abuse your guarantee. This ebook software is also loaded full of features giving a very nice presentation to your created materials. Since this program checks with the website for authority to open your book you have maximum control over your ebook. This ability to lock a book with a website has it benefits and it's weaknesses.
eBook Gold 3.0 $97
eBook Gold 3.0 offers a royalty free price and then you are free to create as many ebooks as you would like. We like the features in this software like: Extremely secure, advanced authentication, supports multimedia content, error checking before compiling, no separate reader required for your users, ebook labeling, and advanced tutorial. Working inside their control panel is a breeze. However, eBook Generator just has more advanced features than eBook Gold 3.0. Once again we are showcasing another ebook compiler which checks with your website to verify before it's opened on the persons computer.
eBook Pro 6.0 $197
Desktop Author $99
Desktop Author might be your choice if you want online interactive media such as: Brochures, smaller ebooks, photo albums, surveys, and multimedia presentations. However as a stand alone ebook compiler this software is just not that robust. Lets start with the features: Multimedia support such as Flash, WMP, and Quicktime, Ebook security that uses DRM and payment gateway combination and activation key system, multi page and multi text flow throughout the presentation, internal calculation engine to create tests, exams, and surveys, sticky notes, page numbering system, distribute ebooks in multiple languages easily, create odd shaped ebooks, set prices in multiple currencies, auto create front and back cover, page transitions can fly, swipe, 3D page turn, or fly, and you can sell through a shopping cart. The beauty of this ebook is that you can use the compiler online and all changes made to the ebook are in real time making your information up to date forever. You can do this with stunning multimedia presentations.
This compiler does create great brochures, photo albums, and interactive media presentations but for a robust ebook compiler no way! We admit that this compiler is different in many aspects and can be great under certain circumstances. Given the fees to use this software we wouldn't even use it if we wanted to create a stunning presentation. Because this same feat can be done with other compilers that accept multimedia capabilities including many compilers above and below this review. We admire the uniqueness of this compiler but give it a big thumbs down in the ebook compiler category!
eBook Pack Express (Caislabs Software) Pro Version $79
There is something about the simplicity software that just makes us smile. Simplistic it is but you can create very nice ebooks is very little time. Our problem with this software is the price point. If we were going to spend $79 for this software we would purchase Activ E-Book compiler for $30 less and get more features and output options. If we were to purchase this compiler for the simplistic approach we would pay the extra $20 for eBook Starter and get the WYSWIG editor, templates, and pre-loaded images like the book icon and splash screen. Perhaps they sell their compiler because they offer a try before you buy approach. If this compiler had a better price point we might consider using their software but most of the best ebooks above just have more features.
Ebook Paper $17
e Writer Pro $10
eWriter pro coverts your documents into an PDF ebook which is formatted for any type of computer and/or operating system. This software has many useful features, but does lack the security needed to protect your works. We love the ease of use and the control panel is modern as well. You can resell this software and recover your $10 investment and keep 100% of the profits.
EBooks WritersPRO $119
This is very basic software that does not even offer a picture for their compiler. Although they do have a couple of advanced features like advanced password protection, there is not much to say about this compiler. Just check out the squeeze page if you want but you will quickly leave their website. In addition to the $119 purchase price they charge you for every little extra add-on you might want to make this software useable. It's not worth your time when there are so many better and lower cost options available!
This compiler is just not as competitive as some of the other compilers. There is a free version but it's just too basic. Features include: Built in compression engine, create unlimited royalty free ebooks, offers pretty good security, start up splash screen, expiry options, has build in command functions, can create custom icons, table of contents, CD auto run function, and you can add personalized messages called event handlers. Even with these features, this compiler lacks some of the most beneficial features. Since this ebook compiler cost $39 for the gold version and it cost: $27 for each upgrade this is just not worth the money. Especially since it would take another upgrade or two to even compete heavily with some of the other compilers. The features lack, the price is higher than others, and they are behind competitively speaking. Once again this software is not bad, it's just not worth the price point without free unlimited upgrades. You might think that the upgrade cost is low and this is true but when other compilers offer free upgrades and this one does not, that makes a difference in value over time.
KeeBook Creator $336.15
You must have asked yourself, "What does this ebook compiler offer that warrants a $336 price?" The answer is that this program doesn't offer much to eBook authors. This software is much better used for eBrochures, eMagazines, and eCatalogs. It has a really nice interface giving the reader a professional look. This distribution method for this program uses e-mail addresses. KeeBoo caters to larger companies that want to add a nicer presentation to their catalogs and can afford the price. The presentation is nice but for eBook publishing this compiler is just too much money for too little benefit! If you were publishing a catalog for a larger company, then this might be the software you want.
More reviews below are coming soon!
Fast Ebook $39.97
Jaws PDF Creator: $64
NEO Book $199.99
Web Compiler $159.99
web EXE $39.95
eBook Edit Pro $97
sBook Builder Free
EWriter PRO $7.99 - $27.99
Win eBook $39.95
Ebooks Compiler $29.95
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