For goodness sake, how on earth does one go about getting an ebook up and running and ready for downloading on site !! please don't insult my intelliegence by saying 'just follow the instructions' 'cause you know as well as I do folks, the instructions are clear up to a point, then a technical sentence will be casually 'thrown in' and I'm back where I started floating around in cyberland !! I feel as if I need a university degree to understand the 'easy instructions'. Is there anyone out there who knows of a service I can use to set this up for me ???????
It's driving me mad !!
I have a site, and a book albeit 'written' in Word and printed out for my own convenience, I've spent weeks now following peoples advice, trawling through free downloads, (many of which just won't open anyway), I really need help with this.
why do people write in computer speak ? is it because it makes them feel important ?
Have you all taken some sort of higher learning course to be able to do this ? if so please point me in the right direction !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 12:55 pm on March 7, 2004
Just like anything else, creating ebooks takes practice - I felt just like you when I started!
Activ Ebook will create ebooks from Word - though as I knew HTML when I started, I usually create in that format rather than Word.
I run an ebook creation service if you want to go that way, but if you want to do it yourself let us know where you're getting stuck and you'll get lots of helpful info.
On "geek-speak" - I try to avoid it, but it's sometimes difficult to find a clear way to describe something when you don't know what level your listeneer/reader is at. And some people get upset if you assume they're beginners and they aren't! Good place to look up tech terms ishttp://www.webopedia.com- plain explanations, and links to more info if you need to dig deeper.
So back to you - fire away with your questions, and we'll try to answer in English instead of Jargon!
Posted on: 3:42 pm on March 7, 2004
Thank you for your reply and forgive my outburst ! it's just so frustrating when you don't know what to do ! I've really had enough now, and I've so many questions I think it may be better to use your service ? can I mail you privately for more information ?
Posted on: 4:06 pm on March 7, 2004
Use the "email" icon to contact me for more info if you want to.
Posted on: 4:26 pm on March 7, 2004
Iv just spent the most frustrating week trying to get my head round putting an ebook together (using activ compiler). I also had the book typed up in word? I did as it said and saved the lot as webpage etc and nothing! no links to other pages were active when i ran the actual ebook!! In the end i uninstalled office xp and reinstalled office 2000 and the entire thing went together ...just as it said in the instructions!! (amazingly)
Is the word verson you are using an xp one maybe? Iv found to my cost that newer is not better in this case.
Posted on: 2:02 am on March 18, 2004
I've got Word XP, but I've only done a couple of tests as I usually create using HTML, simply because I'm used to it so I find it easiest.
I found it took me a couple of weeks at least to get used to Activ, but it's no harder than learning any program - once you've used it a few times it clicks! The main reason I chose it was because of the help file which was much more extensive than those of other compilers I tried, and also having a forum I felt I'd be able to ask questions.
I'll try a longer test with my Word XP, and see what happens.
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