Here’s a list of some of the common tools that you’ll need to create your own ebook. I’ll be exploring each category in more detail, in a later post.
This is what is used to actually write the story. Some of the more popular choices are:
- MicroSoft Word (Part of the MS Office suite of programs)
- LibreOffice (Free and Open Source Software)
- WordPad (An unadvertised part of Windows 10)
A quick tip: Do NOT use tabs! Use styles, instead.
At first glance, a text editor looks like a word processor, the difference is that it only handles the raw text. There are no fancy typefaces, headers, footers, notes, page numbers, etc. It is useful to strip all the extraneous code from a document prior to final formatting. The most common are Notepad for Windows and TexEdit for Macs.
This type of software is used for internal graphics as well as cover art.
- Adobe PhotoShop (commercial industry standard)
- GIMP (Free and Open Source Software)
A web browser is used for your email, research, backing up your Work in Progress (WiP), and eventual publication.
There are dozens of programs used for web browsing. The most popular are:
- Internet Explorer (IE)
These four account for most of the browsers in use, worldwide.