April 19, 2010 in Publishing (E)
[prMac.com] Winnipeg, Canada - ZappTek today is pleased to announce the introduction of Legend Maker 1.0 for Mac OS X, their new application which automatically converts book manuscripts from standard word processor files into eBooks. Converted manuscripts are properly formatted for the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and other ePub-compatible devices, as well as reader software such as ibis and Bookworm. Legend Maker requires no knowledge of HTML, and simplifies the creation of eBooks which may include images, indexes, tables of contents, endnotes, footnotes, and complex layout and design.
In 2008 ZappTek introduced Legends, the first line of original fiction books for the iPhone. With Legend Maker 1.0 the company has taken the tools used to produce Legends books for the iPhone and incorporated them into a single application for use by authors and publishers. Starting with any word processor file, ZappTek recommends saving it as an RTF (Rich Text Format) file before importing it into Legend Maker. The user then inserts simple text-based tags into the manuscript, indicating page breaks, bookmarks (used to create the Table of Contents), and images (for placement of graphics and photos). The application then automatically carries over into the eBook conversion most layout and typographical elements of the original, including italics, boldface, indentation, hyperlinks, and tables.
* Legend Maker 1.0 converts text and document files into eBooks
* Book manuscripts are easily converted to comply with ePub formatting standards
* No knowledge of HTML or programming is required
* The app automatically carries over most layout and typography from the original
* The user can include a table of contents, endnotes, images, hyperlinks, and more
* All standard eBook metadata is supported
* eBooks created are compatible with iPad, Kindle, nook, and Sony Reader
* eBooks created are compatible with reader software such as ibis and Bookworm
* Legend Maker 1.0 comes with free updates for life
Book manuscripts can be converted and verified for compatibility with any of the most popular eBook devices and reader software. eBooks created with Legend Maker include all standard metadata: title, author, publisher, copyright, ISBN, creation date, and genre.
"As readers become increasingly comfortable with eBooks, more and more authors will have an opportunity to find an audience," observed ZappTek Founder Michael Zapp. "Using Legend Maker, a very easy-to-use application, any author or publisher can quickly convert any book manuscript into a professionally formatted eBook."
* Mac with Intel processor
* Mac OS X 10.6 or later (Snow Leopard)
Pricing and Availability:
Legend Maker 1.0 for Mac OS X is available now for $99.99 (USD), and comes with free, lifetime updates. A demo version, limited to 100 lines of text, is available as a free download. Review copies are available on request.
Located in Winnipeg, Canada, ZappTek was founded in 2002 by Michael Zapp. The company's initial products were aimed at the iPod, and they now offer a suite of iPod apps. With the advent of the iPhone and App Store, ZappTek introduced Legends, the first line of original fiction books available for the iPhone. Legends includes over 50 titles from such authors as Michael Stackpole, Robert Vardeman, Fred Saberhagen, Aaron Allston, Dana Stabenow, and David Farland. ZappTek also distributes iPhone books for Fireship Press and the EngLits line of English literature educational guides. Copyright (C) 2010 ZappTek. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Mac OS X, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.