Creating Ebooks Tutorial | Ebook Creation Software

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Utilizing the best internet marketing strategies are key to standing above your competition. Learn how to create your eBbook with this free eBook creation software and enhance your marketing portfolio and online presence.

In order to create an eBook you will need a word processing software program with a built in PDF creator. I will be using what I consider to be a powerhouse productivity suite. It also has the best price tag on it. It's free. "Yes, you heard me right, Free!"

eBook Cover Sample

I will be using Open Office. Open Office is a free open source software application. The Open Source Initiative does ask that you make a donation if you use this software.

This powerful productivity suite, contains a variety of other software applications that are comparative to the Microsoft Office Suite.

If you are not already using Open Office, you will need to go to openoffice.org to download Open Office before you proceed.

The good news is, with a little time, patience and perseverance you can do all of this at no extra cost to you. Not only will you stand above your competition, there will be no significant increases to your marketing and advertising budget.

Please Note: This article is a continuation from two previous articles. Open Source Initiative and Open Source Software Applications.

This article is a two part series, once you have completed this tutorial and would like to learn how to convert your e book template to a PDF for publishing please go to the following tutoria titledl:  Free PDF Converter | How to Convert your E books to PDF

How to Create eBook's with Open Office

The first part of this series will be on creating a template for your eBook and learning the basic steps in Open Office. The second part will be inserting your text, reformatting, linking chapters and exporting to a PDF file.

If you have not read articles one or two and would like a better understanding of what open source means. Please click on the links in this article at any time and it will open those articles in a new window.

With that in mind, let's begin. Welcome to "How to Create eBooks with Open Office. I will be your instructor, my name is Sage Williams.

Beginner's Mind

Now let's dig our hands in and get down to business shall we. Keep in mind I am going to write this from a beginner's mind, assuming that you know absolutely nothing about Open Office.

If you are computer literate and further advance you will only need to skim through this article to pick up the essential key components or watch the video which is a much faster pace.

Steps to Creating an eBook

Now that you have Open Office on your computer you can follow along.

Like any book, an eBook is divided into several sections. There is a sequence to the order that these components must be created. We are going to start off by designing our template. The first components that we will insert will be the Header and the Footer.

Templates are great; by creating a template, we can use it over and over again, by just changing the content and saving it as a new name. One advantage of having a template is every time we add a new page to your eBook, the header and the footer will automatically adjust. If we take our time and do this right, the rewards will be great in the end.

Open your Open Office it should look like the picture to the right, Double click on the icon that says Text Document. This will bring you into the word processing part of office. The layout is very similar to Microsoft Word. So if you are familiar with word you have a definite advantage from the start.

Once you are in office you will notice a group of words at the top of the page that run in a horizontal line. The words are File, Edit, View, Format Table, Tools, Window and Help. This is known as your Menu Bar.

Creating an eBook Header in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Open office and go to the Insert tab located on the top of the page. (located on the menu bar, as discussed up above).
  2. Click on the Insert tab from the Menu Bar, a list will drop down below, the menu bar. This list is known as a drop down menu.
  3. Scroll down the menu with your mouse until you find the word Header in the list. While holding your mouse over the word Header a box with the word default should appear to the right. Click on the word default. Note: A header text box will automatically appear on your page.
  4. In this header box type in the title of your book. Leave your cursor in the text box. With your tab key on the keyboard tab your cursor over as far to the right as you can. With your mouse go back to the Insert tab on the Menu Bar and click it on.
  5. Scroll down the drop down menu with your mouse until you come to the word, Fields, slide your mouse to the right and another drop down menu will automatically appear. Find the words page number and click it on. NOTE: Your page number will automatically be inserted.

Steps to Creating an eBook Footer

  1. Next go back to Menu Bar, click on Insert tab again, drop down and highlight the word Footer.  While holding your mouse over the word Footer a box with the word default should appear to the right. Click on the word default. Note: A footer text box will automatically appear on the bottom of your page.
  2. Go back to the Insert Tab on your Menu Bar, click on the insert tab and scroll down with your mouse till you come to the words special characters. Click on the words Special Characters. NOTE: A box will open with various special characters. Look for the copyright symbol, click it on and then click OK.
  3. Next go back to your footer text box, place your cursor at the end of the copright information. Click your mouse to be sure the cursor is inside the footer text box. Using your tab key on the keyboard tab all the way over until your cursor is at the end of the footer box. Type in the Url address to your website if you have one.
  4. Highlight the url address by holding down the left button on your mouse and dragging it over to the end of the the url address. Release your mouse button at the end. With the Url address highlighted, take your mouse and go back to the Menu Bar.
  5. Choose the insert link Icon, which looks like a globe with a chain in the middle. Click on the Icon to insert a link. A box will appear be sure that web is checked. Go to the target box and type in your complete url address, press apply and close.

Congratulations you have now completed both the header and footer part of your template. Next we are going to create a Title Page.

Creating an eBook Title Page with Copyright Information

  1. If you would like a Graphic on your title page such as a picture of your book or possibly graphic of some sort. (Notice I have inserted my book cover titled, Blessings in Disguise). Place your cursor in the middle of the page and click it on.

  2. Next go to the menu bar and select the Insert tab. Scroll down till you see the word picture. With your mouse over the word picture slide it gently to the right. A drop down sub menu appears. Slide your mouse over to the words From file and click.
  3. On your hard drive locate the picture or graphic that you would like to insert. Click on the picture and then click open.
  4. After inserting the image you will want to have a page break. Go to the Insert menu - Scroll down to the words manual Break and click on. Click on page break then click OK.
  5. On the next page you are going to type in your title. After you have typed your title you will need to highlight the text. Click on your left mouse button as you slide over the title of your text. This will highlight the text. When you come to the end of the title release your finger from the left button on the mouse. Your entire title should still be highlighted. With your text highlighted you can select the font style, size, color characteristics and alignment. Please refer to the *below:
  • Note: This is very important: When choosing your fonts. You want to be sure to choose web safe fonts. The fonts that are the safest to use for the web are noted below: You may be asking, "What is meant by safest?" Not all fonts are created equal. Some fonts do not work properly in other platforms These 3 fonts listed below are pretty much cross platform safe; meaning they will work on Windows and MacOS and Unix+X. Some fonts will work on Windows and MacOs but not Unix+X etc.
  • Arial / Helvetica
  • Times New Roman / Times
  • Courier New / Courier
  • Times New Roman is usually the default style. Next to the words Times New Roman is an arrow pointing down, indicating a drop down menu. By clicking on this arrow you can see the various styles of fonts available. Click on the font you would like to change the style to.
  • If you would like to assign other attributes to the style such as, Bold, Italic, Underline etc. With the Title highlighted, click on the corresponding icons, Such as, Bold (B), Italics (I), Underline (U) etc. To adjust alignment of the text, see icons for left margin, right margin, center and justified. These icons look like a cluster of hoirzontal lines.
  • It is possible to assign as many characteristics as you may like. In other words, you may underline, bold and italicize at the same time by clicking on each icon separately.
  • If you make a mistake you can always undo by going to the Menu Bar and clicking on the Edit tab, drop down appears, find the word undo apply attributes or you may simply use this shortcut key method below.
  • Shortcut - . Press ctrl (control key at bottom left of the keyboard with the letter Z simultaneously. This will undo the last step, so if you have applied, three characteristics such as; bold, italics and underline; you must hit ctrl z three times simultaneously to undo all three changes.

Creating a Table in your eBook Template

Published by and Copyright Information in Table Below Title

  1. You may also want to put your copyright information on your title page. We are going to place this copyright information in a table. Go the menu bar and click on the Table tab. Scroll down to insert and slide mouse to the right and click on table. For this table we are going to have 1 row and 1 column. Either place the corresponding numbers in the columns and rows box or use arrows to adjust up and down. If you prefer to have a border you can check border as well, then click OK
  2. Next we are going to adjust the margins of the table to make it more centered with our title. With your mouse go to the left edge of the table. Clicking on the left button, grab the edge of the table and slide it in till it looks good. You will know that you have got the side of the table when you click your mouse and see a cross. Keep your button down while dragging the edge inwards. Repeat the same process on the right hand side.
  3. On the left hand side of the table you will type in your published information. You may also wish to insert your web address at the bottom. To insert your web address with a hyperlink refer to steps 3,4 and 5 in creating a footer.
  4. Below the published information will be your copyright information.
  5. Now we will insert a page break once again before proceeding. Go to the menu bar, click on the insert tab, scroll down to manual break and click on. Click page break and then click OK.

Disclaimer and Author Page

  1. If you wish to have a disclaimer page you can insert your disclaimer on this page. If you do not wish to have a disclaimer page than you can just go on to a Message from the author, biograpy or dedication page which ever you wish.
  2. If you are having two pages be sure to do a page break in between each page by repeating step 5 in creating a table for copyright information.
  3. If you choose to do a author page and wish to have two columns so that you can insert a picture on one side and information on the other go back to steps 1,2, and 3 in creating a table. You will want to choose 2 columns and 1 row this time.
  4. Perhaps you'd like to add a dedication or another topic underneath, just add another row and / or another column. Once you know how to create a table you can get very creative with how you would like to change the layout of your pages.



Congratulations!

Congratulations! You have just completed your template for your Ebook. This template can be used over and over again by making a few minor adjustments and changing the content. NOTE; PLEASE NOTE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGE BELOW

eBook Template Pages

IMPORTANT!!! Read Before Saving your Template

The way that you save this is very important. Please pay attention carefully.

  1. On the menu bar go the File tab. Scroll all the way down till you see the word templates. Mouse over the word templates and slide mouse to the right and click save. Type a name for your template. Such as, book template.
  2. The next book you write using this template you will save differently. After you make changes and add different content you will go to the file tab and scroll down to save as giving it an entirely different name. You want to always keep this template as a book template.

Due to the detail by detail instructions of this tutorial it became longer than I had originally anticipated, As noted above there will be a continuation of this article.

The continuation of this article will address formatting and conversion to PDF. Check back soon or Google Sage Williams on HubPages this will take you to my profile page on HubPages where you may subscribe to my Rss Feed.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Wow, this is fantastic, it sounds a little hard, but I am coming back to practice all of this. Thank you for sharing this most important and informative hub. And, good luck to you my friend, thumbs up


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Sage - How did you know I was looking for info just like this for creating one's own e-books? I have bookmarked this hub and the previous two on the subject.

Thanks for your painstaking research and sharing all this.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Darlene - It's not hard at all. It's just very detailed for anyone who is not familiar with software programs. All that is written will probably only take between 10 - 15 minutes.

Thanks for commenting so soon,

Sage

drbj - Must have been one of my hummingbird friends that told me. Hope this hub helps the continuation should be out sometime next week, that is if I get right on it.

Good luck with your ebook,

Sage


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I feel a litte intimidated but I am willing to give it a try. Will have to read your previous hubs on the subject. Thanks for educating me!

Bookmarked and rated up!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

VioletSun, It's so nice to see you. Thanks so much for stopping by. Please, Please do not feel intimidated. It only looks like a lot cause it is detail by detail. I do hope you will try, it really is very easy.

Sage


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

terrific compelling hub work thanks


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freelancewriterva 6 years ago

I am bookmarking this hubpage. I was thinking about writing an ebook.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

the voice - thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Your comment is greatly appreciated!

Sage

freelancewriterva - Thanks so much for bookmarking. I do wish you the best of luck.

Many thanks,

Sage


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States

I've been contemplating writing an e-book but wasn't sure how to go about it - this will come in handy!

Great hub, bookmarked for later reference...


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Edweirdo - thanks so much, I wish you the best of luck. As soon as I am done writing about it, I too would like to get my poetry published.

Sage


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Very detailed information on making an ebook. Someday, I will write one.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Sandyspider - I'm right there with you. Real soon, I hope. Thanks for checking this out and commenting.

Sage


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Sage, I have gone over to look at ebooks before, and have been so terrified that I will do something wrong, I have not bothered before! It just looked so daunting. Thanks for writing this, it is beginning to make more sense now. I will be reading this again, step by step, when I have got up the nerve to do it! thanks again nell


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Wow! Lots of detailed info. I am bookmarking your page for future reference...maybe someday I will achieve an e book! Thank you very much for sharing!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Nell and frogyfish-Thank you both for reading this hub. The one thing that I was concerned about when writing this hub, from a beginner's mind, detail by detail it would appear to be a lot of work and overwhelming.

Trust me it is not. Each step should be less than 5 minutes. Watch the video and you will see. I do hope you both give it a try.

Many thanks,

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

This is absolutely halpful, I am so lad you're helping us who are technologically challenged myself with the series of your hubs. Thank you Sage, and Happy Mothers Day, you're great, and take care, Maira


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita, Nice to see you. I am glad that this hub is helpful to you. So sweet of you to with me a Happy Mother's Day. And the same to you, enjoy!

Sage


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Maita - Nice to see you. I am so glad that this hub is helpful to you. How sweet of you to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. Sending wishes your way as well, Happy Mother's Day to you.

Sage


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sage, this is such a wonderfully detailed yet simple to understand guide to ebooks. I must read more. Happy Mothers' Day!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I'm taking a class on writing on the internet and openoffice.org has been the topic of conversation this week among others. Great info and great hub - there is so much out there coming our way and it really does pay to be informed! Happy Mom's Day to you!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dlorores and Akrichner - Thank you both for stopping by. Happy Mother's Day to you both. I am glad that you have found this helpful.

Akirchner, it's so nice that you are taking a course. I wish you the best of luck. Open Office is a great program. I wish you lots of luck.

Your comments are greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much,

Sage


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

well sage you just out did yourself on this one, I needed this hub like a week ago when I was wondering now how do I do this... open source is a must look into... thanks


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Rebecca E - Nice to See you. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. If you don't already have open office. You can download it at http://www.openoffic.org.

The instructions are very detailed by relatively easy to follow. Good Luck to you.

Thanks again,

Sage


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Sage I've been using Open Office for 3 years but until I read this Hub I never realised that I could make an ebook with the program. I have definitely bookmarked this Hub and given a thumbs up!

Thank you for the tutorial :-)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Abvulpes - Thanks so much for stopping by. That is one of the pluses to open office. It comes with a pdf creator which is necessary to creating an ebook.

I am so happy that you are already familiar with open office. It is a wonderful program.

Thanks for your comment it is greatly appreciated.

Sage


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My dearest Sage...

Wonderful stuff! Definitely a must read and work with! It is pretty detailed and well written. Thanks for sharing it, dear! Thumbs up, Bookmarked and Stumbled!

Warmest regards and infinite heavenly blessings,

Al


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Al - Good to see you. Thanks for stopping by, stumbling, bookmarking and commenting. Much appreciated.

Sage


Victor Adetunji 6 years ago

Thanks. This has been a blessing to me. I got it when i needed it.WOW!Keep it up. Regards


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Victor Adetunjii - So happy that this has been helpful to you. I hope to write the continuation soon.

Sage


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mrgarr43665 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

Very interesting, I am planning to create an Ebook sometime soon so this should definitely help.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

mrgarr- Thanks so much for reading and commenting. E-books are the best way to go today. I hope to do one soon myself.

Sage


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks! I need all the help I can get! lol


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

habee- Glad you found this and hope it helps. Thanks for stopping by.

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Techtree 6 years ago from India

Well, i was just looking for the same. E-books are helpful in website promotion. If you let it for your audience for free. Nice hub.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I'm already using Open Office and it's simply great, but for the future I really needed these instructions. Very clear and well written, rated, bookmarked and stumbled.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Techtree - Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

hypnodude - So nice to see you. I'm so happy to hear from all of my fellow hubber's who are already using open office and are happy with it as well. Knowing your way around office is a great advantage to creating an Ebook with that software. You are going to be amazaed at how easy it is.

Thanks so much for rating and stumbling. It is so much appreciated.

Sage


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sage, This is fantastic information. I didn't have a clue as to how to write an e book and your instructions are very learly written. Excellent hub and thanks.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Pam - Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad that you liked the hub. It is so easy to do. I hope you will give it a try. Thanks again,

Sage


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

You have outdone yourself on this hub. Thank you so much. I have tons of homework now!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

DustinsMom-Good luck to you, it is really a lot easier than it sounds.

Sage


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terixf 6 years ago from USA

This is a very informative hub. Thanks!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

I have to dsay THANK YOU!!! it works it works it works!! and I am a non-techie, and I could do it, THANK YOU!


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California

This is fantastic!! Thank you for the well guided hand holding. Bookmarked.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

terixf, Rebecca E and Missid Darnell - Many thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments. I am so glad that this helped you.

Congratulations REBECCA!!!!! You are the very first to write that it actually works and that you had success. I am so happy for you.

Sage


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Thanks for this information, good reference source.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Coolmon - Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It's always nice to see you.

Sage


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Great hub and tutorial. I am going to definitely use these instructions. Thanks for sharing this information!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

mythbuster - Great to hear that you will be giving this a try. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Sage


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anglnwu 6 years ago

I'm definitely bookmarking this. I feel like this is something I can definitely try in the future when I'm up to writing an ebook. How do you market ebook once you published it? Thanks!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

anglnwu - So nice to see you thanks for taking the time. I do hope you success in creating your ebook. There are so many ways to market. I would start immediately with the simple free techniques such as writing a hub, tweeting, find social networking sites that will link to where your book can be purchased. etc. and branch out from there. I haven't tried to publish anything yet. But hope to in the near future.

Sage


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Lamme 6 years ago

This is a great resource, I'm rating this up and bookmarking! Thanks.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Lamme - So nice to see you. I am so glad that you found this hub helpful and have bookmarked it.

Sage


James 5 years ago

Great hub, it is very helpful and steps are in details, thanks for sharing. Thumbs up :)


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

James - I am so glad that this hub has been helpful to you. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is greatly appreciated. Sage


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Mochan 5 years ago from Texas

What an out of this world Hub! SO detailed and SO informative. I make my eBook's a similar way, but you've opened my eyes to some great other techniques. Truly wonderful, thank you!


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Mochan - Thanks so much for your great comment. I am glad that this has helped.

Iman- Your comment is greatly appreciate.

Many thanks,

Sage


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saif113sb 5 years ago

Good work and great information hub.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

saif - Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It is greatly appreciated.

debugs - thanks for stopping by I will check out the link.

Sage

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