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Old Jul 26, 2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Software to Write Reference Ebook with KEYWORD SEARCH

I am compiling information to write a Reference EBook. I need suggestions for a program to do it, but also one that will let me give the entries keywords, and a keyword search capability to retrieve information.
I haven't seen any such writing/compiling program that uses keywords. So I throw this question out to tap the vast knowledge and information in the group.

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Old Jul 26, 2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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What format? epub/mobi/etc or PDF.

I find Preview does a good job of keyword searches in PDFs.
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Old Jul 27, 2012, 01:22 AM   #3
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The "Reference Book" is actually for my daughter so the format is not that important initially, just that it produces a finished multiple page keyword searchable document. I want to be able to arrange it into topic sections, Vehicles, Dealing with Government, Home Repairs, Pure Bull**it, etc. etc.

Its kinda like emptying my brain of what I have learned through education and experience. Record it in one place (file/book) that she can access when she has a problem, and I'm gone.

An simple example would be having red liquid leaking from her car. Searching keywords car/leak/red, and finding an article I wrote on colors of fluids in cars and where they come from, with keywords, car, leak, fluid.

I tried to do the same thing with my father (a genius by the way) but the only technology we had back then was cassette audio recorder. I told him to talk into the recorder about anything and "empty his brain". He was doing it but unfortunately became sick and passed before I got too far.

As far as publishing it for the masses, I have been told that epub is the most common format for ebooks, I haven't researched that, but if true, that would be my first choice for ebook format.
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Old Jul 27, 2012, 02:04 AM   #4
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You'll need a program like calibre to open epubs, mobis etc. There is no default program on the Mac to open them.

One way to do it is to write a in a word processor and when you are ready to publish, choose Print and then choose the bottom left hand option, "Save as PDF".
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Old Jul 27, 2012, 02:28 AM   #5
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iBooks Author is free Apple software on the AppStore and can create keyword references. It also has a ton of other reference features and on the layout side works just like pages. Don't let the name misguide you - it's not just for the ipad or iphone, you can of course export your works locally and don't need an iTunes Connect account (which is free for free books, by the way, if you ever wanted to actually publish your work)

http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/
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Old Jul 29, 2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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Thanks

Thanks, the IBook Author looks good, Ill check it out further.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 12:48 AM   #7
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There are lots of*programs*or software related to keyword searching in the market, you just need to find it or you can contact to any*epublisher.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 08:33 AM   #8
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Calibre has also been very useful to me.
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