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eBooksWriter Lite

By Visual Vision Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 26, 2010

Books are here to stay, but paper is an endangered species. While libraries full of actual books won't be disappearing any time soon, electronic books like Amazon's Kindle have established a firm toehold in the market, a trend that will continue as more titles are published as e-books. That's where Visual Vision's eBookWriter Lite enters the story. It's a free tool for creating and publishing e-books, but it's not a compiler. It's a complete visual environment that requires no knowledge of coding to use, yet it creates single-source-file e-books that can be opened in any reader and distributed online. Built-in copy prevention, expiration dates, and password capabilities help protect your intellectual property from misuse and theft and give you more control over its distribution.

The program's quick-start tutorial includes links to online documentation and a PDF-based manual. We closed the dialog and pressed F1, per instructions, and the program's skinnable interface and tutorial opened. The interface resembles a typical word processor, with basic control icons and a ruler-defined field, though you can also customize the look and layout. This program works differently from most word processors in that it's based on HTML and uses browserlike functionality to search for, insert, and modify text. Since it creates a single eBook file that you can load and use in portable devices, you can't just string a bunch of individual pages together like with typical word processors, so it's important to follow the program's guidance. We started by clicking New eBook on the File menu and typing in some brief text, following the tutorial's recommendation for getting comfortable with the way eBook Writer creates pages. We saved our "book" and then reopened it for editing, which involves familiar procedures like insert, format, and spell-checking. The program offers unique and helpful features at every turn; for instance, right-clicking the main view calls up a menu with a useful "Quick special link" to regularly used items. You can import and export e-books in .ebw and other file formats, too.

This is a fascinating and unique tool that you can use to create whole electronic books or convert existing text into an e-book-compatible format, and we recommend it.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2011.25.272.260

General

Release July 18, 2012
Date Added July 17, 2012
Version 2011.25.272.260

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 25,140
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Developer's Description

With EBooksWriter you can create e-books with ease. It's a professional all-in-one visual environment, not just a compiler. All visual, no compilation, no code or HTML, no complications; - no royalties: you're free to redistribute your ebook / ebrochure over the Internet and on CD. You can create unlimited number of e-books. It features built-in browser, you can prohibit print or copy, you can set an expiration date, you can password protect all or part of the e-book, you can assign different passwords for different users, and you can include hot spots, frames, animations, audio, video, popup windows, you can link to PDF, DOC, PowerPoint, AutoCAD and any kind of files.