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Novel Writing Programs/Software



yWriter

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There used to be one called StoryBook, but the website is no more. I had it downloaded at one time, but it was in German, so I uninstalled it and downloaded yWriter6.

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Oh, there's plenty out there. These are just off the top of my head.


- Scrivener (which has discontinued its Linux version)

- Writer's Cafe (works with Jutoh, and Linux)

- Papyrus (German program)

And I still write in Libre Office... because I can just write and not get distracted.

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Yeah. I was just sharing the free ones I know about. I tried to find out if they could be used to create the book files, but I didn't see any info on that.

The yWriter programmer is a writer, and so I thought perhaps yWriter would be set up to convert to book file/format.

I use my old Office/Word program. I do have LibreOffice, but figured I'd use what I paid for until it was too old to use. emoticon

When I go to create the book files, I plan on using Scribus for that.








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Files that actually create a book are:

1) Ebook files

Those can be epub (which was supposed to get standardized but still isn't, we're on epub 3.0, which isn't supported by all readers). Epub is used by Nook, Kobo, Tolino and other eReaders.

Or they can be .mobi, the file format Amazon created when epub didn't get anywhere and they wanted to push the Kindle. Mobi files ONLY work on the Kindle, or through Kindle Apps.

There are several ways to create these epub or mobi files, which can be through programs like Jutoh, Calibre or Vellum (for Apple computers).

However, they are not generally created by any "writing program". Uploading a doc file to Amazon and letting them convert it is also not encouraged, it usually results in very bad files.


2) Print book files

In the end, every print book file becomes a PDF. That's what is fed to the printers, and it's the very format developed for printing anything.

The printer doesn't care how that PDF gets created.

There are expensive, high-end programs like InDesign to create them, free ones like Scribus or they can be converted from Word, LibreOffice or other programs. Either way, they have to fit the specifications of the print service used, which can be CreateSpace, a traditional printer, or any other Print on Demand service.


There really is nothing in between. If you want to create real books, those are the file formats you'll need. emoticon

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