What about self publishing software? There are many options, but honestly, you can self publish your book using free software available online - like I did. If you have the money and want to purchase additional software, I will also share a list of recommended self publishing software options below.
Most book publishers, like CreateSpace will want your final book draft uploaded to their website as a PDF document. You are most likely familiar with PDF and have probably downloaded many PDF documents online.
PDF is simply the acronym for Portable Document Format. It is the most common format used for ebooks and document downloads because it maintains the formating of your book or document on any operating system and between various versions of software.
As I mentioned above, the most common self publishing software for creating PDF documents is Adobe Acrobat. It truly is the gold standard for PDF conversion and your best bet to guarantee the best quality for your book.However, the Adobe Acrobat 9.0 standard edition currently has a list cost of $299. Many times you can find it cheaper on Amazon.com or Ebay.com but if you are on a shoestring budget like me, then $300 is a big chunk of change.
Therefore, I researched all the free PDF conversion software to find another viable option for self publishing books.
And I found one. PDF995.com. And that's what I used to publish my first 5 books. However, I've now begun using the free OpenOffice software to convert my documents to PDF. Check out my list of free PDF conversion software here.
Why pay lots of money for self publishing software to convert your book template to PDF when you can do it for free? Right?
There are many different types of free PDF conversion software available, so it should be easy. However, it isn't as easy as it looks. That's because you need to save your PDF in the same size your book will be printed. Most free PDF conversion software does not allow you to customize the page size. But, the good news is I found a way! It is possible with PDF995 when you are publishing a book that is 5.5 x 8.5 inch size.
I personally use and highly recommend Createspace for self publishing. Read why I choose Createspace here.
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