How to Create an eBook Without Spending a Dime
April 30, 2008
eBooks are easily one of the most vital parts of the web. They are books or information contained in digital form, which makes them extremely handy, portable, and easy to share with others. Some people find them useless, and others think they’re one of the most important things to read and collect. Either way, learning how to create an eBook is good for any blogger.
You can use an eBook to promote your site, build your audience, increase RSS subscriptions, give back to your readers, attract traffic, create a great portfolio of work, package your site’s articles into one easy place, and even make money online – plus whatever else you can think of. Mastering the talent of making eBooks is something every blogger should strive to do.
Personally, I’ve been experimenting with creating eBooks for a short while now. I’ve learned how to make an organized and attractive eBook and I’d like to teach you how to do the same thing – with a $0 budget. Yes, that means you can starting making eBooks to help you, your blog, and your readers without spending a dime!
How to Make an eBook for Free
A PDF is the best format for an eBook. You could always purchase Adobe Acrobat and use that, or use Microsoft Word and download free PDF converters online, but there’s a much cheaper and easier way – and it’s called Google Docs. It allows you to create all kinds of things, including documents, spreadsheets, presentations, folders, and more. Then it allows you to share them and convert them into several different formats, including PDF files. Helpful? Very. I’ll teach you how to do it.
1. Open Google Docs. If you don’t yet have a Google account, which you already should, then make one – it’s free. This way you’ll be able to login to all of Google’s free programs, including Google Docs, and have your past work handily and safely saved in your account for you. So open up Google Docs and sign in.
2. Click the ‘New Document’ button. Upon clicking here, you’ll be greeted with a full screen where you can type up your work and edit it with all kinds of different fonts, add HTML, insert pictures and hyperlinks, spell check, and much more.
3. Save your document. When you’re done typing up your eBook, hit the save button. Don’t worry, you can always go back and edit it later, so start out with a rough draft for now. Since you haven’t seen how it’s viewed in PDF format yet, you’ll most likely have to go back and edit multiple times anyway to get it looking nice.
4. Convert it to PDF. Now go back to your Google Docs dashboard, tick the check box by your document’s name, then go to ‘More Actions’ and ‘Save as PDF’. Then you’ll be allowed to save your PDF document to your computer where you can read it and look it over. Wasn’t that easy?!
Creating and Marketing a Successful eBook
This is a series, and in the next part I’m going to teach you how to make sure your eBook is successful – what to include, what to leave out, and how to make it look good. Then I’ll show you all the different kinds of eBooks you can make, how to use them and promote them, and how to market your eBooks. Soon you’ll be reaping the benefits! If you don’t want to miss out on the future installments to this series, subscribe to Super Blogging in your feed reader or email inbox. It’s easy and free! In the mean time, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I’ll be happy to help.
Part 1: How to Create an eBook Without Spending a Dime
Part 2: Ideas for Creating Your Perfect eBook