An ebook is an electronic set of pages that you can download onto your computer from the web or install from a disk.
distribute, but not sell, these ebooks however you see fit,
provided you do not disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise alter the
The following ebooks contain texts in the original language that are also available from my texts page. However, each ebook also contains an English translation, something that I do not provide on this site.
Click on a link to download. Caution: Always be careful when downloading executable files from the internet. If you do not trust a person, do not download from his or her website. TextExcavation guarantees its ebooks to be free of viruses or harmful programs. Download these ebooks only if you trust such a claim from this site.
How to create an ebook.
Those who wish to create their own ebooks for distribution over the internet, and who are generally pleased with the format of those that I have created, can follow the same steps that I took in compiling my ebooks:
The following instructions will produce compiled HTML,
a set of HTML documents (with the
An eproduct is only as good as the ideas that go into it plus the software used to create it. I am convinced that the abovementioned software is an excellent way to go when creating ebooks.
The Easy Ebook Creator will protect your text. The text, in other words, will resist copying and pasting. If you have documents that you wish to make available for easy copying (as is the case, for instance, with the ancient texts on TextExcavation), you can simply post them on the web and let your visitors save them to their own computers.
There is, however, a roundabout way to let your readers copy your text. Simply set up the page which you wish to allow others to copy as a blank target. The page will open up in a new window provided by your browser, not by the program itself, and your browser will allow copying.
How to distribute an ebook.
Once your ebook is ready, it is time to offer it for download from the internet. You may choose to keep it by itself or to zip it in a compressed folder.
In the former case, all that you have to do is upload your ebook to your server just
as you would upload a web page. Then you have to link to it from one of your pages,
again just as you would link to a web page, except that it will have a file extension
In the latter
case, you must
create a compressed folder before uploading it to your server. In some versions
of Windows you can simply right-click inside any folder or on the desktop,
choose new, then compressed folder. A compressed folder looks just like a
regular folder, except that it bears a zipper symbol. Now drag and drop your
ebook into the new folder. In other versions of Windows you may
have to create a WinZip file. Right-click and choose new, then WinZip file,
then follow the instructions that the WinZip wizard gives you. The rest of the process is the
same as above, except that the extension will be
(One advantage of using a compressed folder is that you get to enclose other items
besides just the ebook itself. You may wish to enclose, for example, a read-me
file, which is merely a
Browsers take over from this point. Any visitor to your site who clicks on the link to your ebook or compressed folder will see the save as dialog box appear, and may then save the item to his or her hard drive.