I'm a little off topic, but if anyone has good tips I'd love to have them. I am looking for a tool for designing & creating ebooks. It needs to be something a little more up to the job then an 'export-to-pdf' option in a word processor. It also needs to be easy to use for non-technical first timer and free (like beer). Preferably, it does by default all the things that are good practice for producing ebooks:
- Small File sizes
- Landscape page size/shape for reading on a laptop screen
- Table of contents
- Play nice with common PDF readers' side panels
- Print nicely and/or
- Copyright protection (for what it's worth)
- Whatever else is a good idea for ebooks*. (I am not very knowledgeable)
As a side note: Does anyone know of a cheap (preferably free) hosted site creation** tool that aids and complements ebook distribution. Preferably this is a tool that was built with ebook authors in mind allowing ebooks-in-exchange-for-personal-information exchanges and contact permission and ebook sales.*** For those familiar, what I am hoping for is a weebly or synthasite for ebook authors.
*Come to think of it, a list of simple best practices would be appreciated too.
** If you have any non-cms suggestions such as embeddable widgets, that is also useful.
*** Sales are secondary. I don't discount something that doesn't support ecommerce.
****The context is not for profit, hence the emphasis on cheap an easy.