How to Choose an eBook Creator
The top performers in our review are Creatavist, the Gold Award winner; eBook Maestro PRO, the Silver Award winner; and iBooks Author, the Bronze Award winner. Here’s more on choosing a creator to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 creators.
The eBooks creators on the market help you take full advantage of the varied ways in which writers and publishers use the digital publishing format. Many let you add branding, video, sound, and unique fonts to your eBooks. Depending on whether you choose an app, service or software, there are many different ways to use eBooks Creators. If the creator is an app, typically it is downloaded onto a device and then used in the same way software is used. Services are often a little different, and require you to log into an online account where all of its features are accessed and your work is kept private until you choose to publish it. If you pick a service, you can usually choose which outlet you would like to publish on, such as Nook or Kindle.
Most of the eBook creators are either free or have a base price, particularly the apps and software. Some of the services have a monthly fee, which is useful if you only need an eBook creator for a certain project or set amount of time. Some services even have deals for students and educators. For more information, check out our articles on eBook creators.
eBook Creators: What We Evaluated, What We Found
We have tested software, apps and services that qualify as eBook creators. With each, we determined which had the most easily usable functions, how many creative functions it included, and with which file types each could work. We also looked at the help services each offered, and whether or not they were thorough enough to help you become proficient in using the eBook creator.
Functions: It Comes Down To Ease of Use
When each eBook Creator was tested, we looked at what contributed to each one’s ease of use. How well the interface or personal accounts for the services are laid out, how well the functions are explained and how easy they are to find each played a part in our comparison of the eBook creators. Creatavist, our Gold Award winner, not only supports each main file type, but it also has enough support services to explain the myriad of functions it offers, making it easier for you to use. Other services lack instruction manuals, which limits your ability to fully understand the eBook creator and ultimately makes it harder to use.
Format Capabilities: Variety Is Key
One of the things that helped us differentiate between good eBook Creators and great eBook creators is the number of template formats offered. Higher-ranking products offer a better variety of creative choices, such as guides, magazines, albums and picture books as options for what you can create. There are services and software packages that stick pretty strictly to the normal eBook format and many still offer exemplary features to make your eBooks look professional. However, with an expanding digital world, creators that encompass more of the writing world give you more options for both professional and personal projects. If you do more than write novels, choose an eBook maker that offers formats and functions expansive enough to encompass your projects. If you are only interested in putting your books into a digital format, and they contain little besides text, one with fewer added feature will suit you just fine.
Supported Files: Adding Media to eBooks
Several creators support diverse media files. With so many options for making digital guides and presentations, graphics, sound and video are useful tools to have. We also looked at how well these creators integrated separate files into a single eBook, and how the results looked afterward. The eBooks creators with sound capabilities had clear, uninterrupted results, and the graphics files translate well in size and color quality.
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What Else is Important in Selecting eBook Creators?
Branding Your eBook
Most crafts makers and authors find ways to make their work look distinctive, or marking it in a way that signifies unique input. Appropriately, most eBook creators offer tools for branding your work. Some programs let you create an icon that you can put in your eBook, while with others you can simply upload a graphic that you have already designed into your eBook creator. The best eBook creators for branding offer design capabilities and make it easy to upload graphics files.
Our Verdict and Recommendations
Creatavist, eBook Maestro PRO, and iBooks Author all represent different facets of eBooks creators; one is a service, one is software, and another is an app. Choosing the Gold Award winner was tough, but it came down largely to ease of use, in which Creatavist scored slightly better than the others. Unsurprisingly, it also has a few more file options than eBook Maestro PRO, the Silver Award winner.
All of the eBooks creators on our lineup are fine choices for a digital writer or publisher, and they reflect the range of choices available. Scrivener is an app that is very user-friendly, LucidPress has a huge selection of format capabilities, and eBooks Compiler has useful customer service options. With a variety of options out there, it just comes down to choosing the eBook creator that best suits your particular project needs.