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2.15.2012

Digital Book Creation Tools -- Tools for Publishing Your Books & Digital Media

I've discovered many terrific creator tools for authoring books and apps for digital media and included links below. Hope you find it helpful.

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--Robert Stanek

Amazon ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

Kindle Format 8 is here officially (though it was released with Kindle Fire to the big publishers). KF8 supports HTML5 and CSS3 which means you can do amazing things that you never could before.

Read about it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_359605322_1?ie=UTF8&docId=1000729511

Get the graphic previewer here: http://amzn.to/xq9iG1

Get the command-line tool here: http://amzn.to/zxJrSJ

Get the Adobe In-Design plug-in here: http://amzn.to/ztd3x8

Apple ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

iBooks Author (http://www.apple.com/?ibooks-author/) allows you to author ebooks for iPad with interactive elements, video, audio, and more. Only available for Mac. It's a free app, but the license is restrictive (read carefully).

A clause in the license agreement states:

If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.

What it means:

If your book isn't free, you must sell it in iBookstore.

A clause in the license agreement states:

“Apple will not be responsible for any costs, expenses, damages, losses (including without limitation lost business opportunities or lost profits) or other liabilities you may incur as a result of your use of this Apple Software, including without limitation the fact that your Work may not be selected for distribution by Apple.”

What it means:

Apple has the right to reject your app and not sell it. You have no recourse.

Android ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

Create books and apps for Android Smart Phones

http://developer.android.com/index.html

Barnes & Noble ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

Create books and apps for Barnes & Noble devices.

http://developer.bn.com/

Others  ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.

More creation tools for you to try. Many are for creating apps for digital media.

Appmakr http://www.appmakr.com/

Blurb Mobile http://www.blurb.com/mobile

Demibooks Composer http://demibooks.com/composer/

Genwi http://genwi.com/

Hype http://tumultco.com/hype/

Red Jumper's Book Creator http://www.redjumper.net/bookcreator/

Interactive Touch Books http://www.interactivetouchbooks.com/

Leanpub http://leanpub.com/

Moglue http://www.moglue.com/

My App Builder http://myappbuilder.com/

Pandamian http://www.pandamian.com/

Polyvore Editor http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/app

PressBooks http://pressbooks.com/wp-signup.php

Red Foundry http://www.redfoundry.com/

Storify http://storify.com/

Toontastic http://launchpadtoys.com/toontastic/

Webdoc http://www.webdoc.com/

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