Originally Posted by KindleKid
I'm sure this comes up constantly, but what software do people use to write their books? I was just going to do the writing in MS Word or RTF. Does anyone have suggestions? How do you add photos? I can't find a good way to add photos with a caption and include in the ebook.
It's all dependent on your wants and previous experience, and also what your end product might be or what service you want to use to publish your ebook.
I've used software on Mac / Linux / Windows (currently on Windows), here's my recommendations:
Distraction free writing, full screen, ouput as plain text:
Linux - Textroom
Windows - q10
OSX - Writeroom (paid)
Plotting/Planning/Outlining and Writing
Linux - never found one
Windows - Roughdraft
OSX - Scrivener (paid)
Straight word-processing (output as RTF/.Doc)
Linux - Abiword
Windows - Atlantis Ocean Mind (paid, best money you'll ever spend)
OSX - Nisus Writer Pro
Because I'm using Feedbooks to publish my work I've pretty much settled on Atlantis and Word 2010 (Atlantis also has ePub output) and I cut and paste the text into the Feedbooks online formatting application. Atlantis also has a nifty keyboard sound when you type, which I love.
Yes I love Atlantis