If you’ve been blogging and content marketing longer than 5 minutes you’ll know that there’s nothing more powerful that giving away a free report to generate opt-ins to your mailing list. In time you’ll create simple ebooks, first as PDFs and then perhaps create epub documents and publish them on Kindle.
Getting started with an ebook can be a huge pain in the backside. To counteract this pain, I wrote Zero to Ebook, the plan for getting stuff written and up for sale in just 7 days. In this guide I have a section on how to use Word to prettify your Word documents so that your finished PDF looks better. When your PDF ebook looks better, your readers value it more. But it still takes a lot of time.
I also wrote a post about Anthologize where you can create ebooks from existing content on your blog. Anthologize doesn’t make your documents look sexy at all, but it does mean you’ll get the content for your ebook in an easy to use format. It saves a lot of time.
Zero to ebook sold well but a few months I decided to stop selling ebooks as they were simply too much hassle to create and time is precious. I did have options – I could get someone to create the ebooks with my content for me ($400+) or get a VA to do them or I could give up. I chose to give up and focus on other things.
Then 3 weeks ago someone emailed me to say about Product Creator Pro and I thought interesting… and I looked at the sales page and thought hmm, for $49/£30 (a month) I’ll give it a go as I have a file full of ebooks and special reports that are just sitting here…
First thoughts about Product Creator Pro
1. It’s as easy as the introduction video says it is to create a great looking ebook
2. There is a free option which creates 3 free branded reports / ebooks a month. It’s not your branding, it’s Product Creator Pro’s.
3. There has to be something making this really complicated somewhere but I’m not getting it… turns out I was wrong here.
Who can use Product Creator Pro
- Online/Offline Marketers
- Business owners (online/offline)
- Teachers, Managers, Admin Assistants
- Sales Staff
- And anyone who uses content to communicate
Looking around the Product Creator Pro site I noticed a favourite feature where you can save some reports or ebooks. This could be useful for newletters creators.
- Very quick to create an attractive looking ebook from a docx
- A good selection of cover layouts and page layouts to choose from
- Awesome converting to Kindle
- Attractive covers created easily
- Downloads as PDF, HTML and Kindle version
- The end ebook looks fabulous
- Very fast and simple to use
- Cost effective approx $1/75p per ebook
The cons to Product Creator Pro are few.
I’d like to see a middle option for say 5 credits a month. I currently have 50 a month and given that I have 63 different websites, I have just enough to create most sites with one report/ebook a month for some users this would be too many credits and it seems to become an expensive tool. Compare that to what you’ll need to do it yourself… You’ll need $699 for Adobe’s Photoshop, so you can design your front cover. Then you’ll need $699 for Adobe’s InDesign, so you can design your inner pages to a professional standard. Or you could go with Apple Pages, assuming you already own a $1,000 MacBook Air. When you break it down like that $49 isn’t expensive at all.
No review of mine would be complete with out my wish list, so here’s mine for Product Creator Pro.
- I’d like to create multiple profiles so it’s easier to use for my multiple sites
- I’d like some red or black pages template in the report section, there’s some stunning blue ones but none in the colours that suit my branding
- Live links in my reports
I love what is available so far and I can see this becoming a powerful tool, very quickly.
What do you think?
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