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Kotobee Publisher 2.6 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Kotobee Publisher 2.6

A desktop authoring software that lets you design and create interactive ebooks, which run on smart devices, web, and desktop.
User rating: 266 (32%) 569 (68%) 44 comments

Kotobee Publisher 2.6 was available as a giveaway on June 10, 2014!

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Creation of individual objects with liquid paints.

Kotobee is an authoring software allowing you to create multi-platform interactive ebooks, running on web, desktop, Android and iOS (as native apps). Design your ebooks from scratch using the designer tool or import your own PDF and apply edits.

Add interactive components such as Video, Audio, Image Galleries, 3D, Augmented Reality, Buttons, Interactive Images, and much more. Through an intuitive wizard-style interface, create a customizable branded ebook in a matter of minutes that would rather take weeks to make.

Note: the best improvement idea will be rewarded with $300 worth Mobile plan

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8





File Size:

72.1 MB



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Remember, Ayman, that this site is a site for 'giveaways'. Like Christmas.
Disabling the mobile aspects of your program in these days of large phones and tablets is very short-sighted. Reading an ebook on a fixed screen is like enjoying a beer while standing on one leg.. Your marketing aim here should be to provide a feel-good for those that visit this site today. They should be rewarded with a fully-functional gift, something that elevates us all towards a product markedly. It's been a marketing principle for a century. Meting out a crippled version here will do you much more harm than good; it leaves a nugget of resentment in those that make the effort to take a chance on a 70 MB download and install.
As Francis says above, give us a current-1 version that is complete, but missing recent refinements.
Remember the old marketing adage? 'Let them take the puppy home.' Give away a puppy.

[BTW, it's a metaphor; never give away a puppy: it's a responsibility every day for a lifetime.]

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Ayman we appreciate all your comments and the program. This site has a number of not-so-smart readers that do Not even try out the programs instead follow a sheep leader like karl or fubar or giovanni. All they do is create negative comments about almost everything then slam someone like Jeff who like me believes this site has merit.

One day I hope the moderators here make a few changes to correct the imbalance then companies like yours will get a fair shake.

Reply   |   Comment by Donna C  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Please could you clarify what will happen when the license expires? Will it become useless if not re-purchased?

Reply   |   Comment by Eve  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Thank you for the giveaway -- I've been looking for an interactive book creation option and while I use the other services mentioned and more -- they are not for interactive books/products.

Downloaded, installed and registered smoothly and I've only had time to look at some options, but will experiment with it soon.

The reasoning for the 1 year license platform does make sense but it would be nice if it was an unlimited license for us without upgrades in the future if that is more acceptable to you all.

It also seems that you're looking for input - and this group can definitely give input. I'm an award winning and best selling author of almost 3 dozen of my own books and have ghostwritten 18 others, plus worked with numerous authors on their book projects - so I'm always on the lookout for new ways to repurpose my content and get it to the public in new forms.

Reply   |   Comment by Nikki Leigh  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

At those prices this software seems to be more suited to business users than home users.
I have a feeling that there are apps in the android and apple stores that do the same thing for free or for a few dollars.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Ayman a more important question for me is are we allowed commercial use of this program because if we are not allowed commercial use then it's not a giveaway at all.

Also why on earth are you including trial here when this site is meant for giveaways not trials. If it was meant for trials it would be trialoftheday not giveawayoftheday.

Another thing. You can aim at educational institutes, but let me assure you that no one likes time restricted software. Time restricted software is just a way of greedy developers to try and leach out more money from users. All I know is that if I pay the kind money you are asking for this kind of software I would not want time restrictions on it. You can ask payment for new versions and that is fair, but asking to pay for the software again and again is wrong.

Please don't forget you have to compete with opensource software out there that can do better job.

Reply   |   Comment by Havoc  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I believe it to be overpriced and uses some sort of credit system for something.
I created an kpub and a windows interactive and I hate that you cannot zoom properly. I choose the zoom at the bottom and click the the page and it zooms up too far and then I have to retract it with that little sidebar located at the top of the page and it only zooms down to 30 percent. I should then be able to change pages if I want it zoomed up this big but I cannot unzoom down. I need to be able to zoom to where I want it and not have to figure out it out. My monitor is already like 25inches and it zooms up too high.
Please fix this problem. Otherwise it is useless to us older folks.
I did enjoy how easy it was to create but I cannot use something that cost so much and last for only 365 days.

Reply   |   Comment by ezetarget  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Free alternative = Sigil. I use it all the time to convert PDF to ePub or to create an ePub from scratch.
It takes a little bit of work but with excellent results. There are other extentions but not interesting for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Jelena  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Interactively - I would like to see - any program of this kind with transparent flip pages.

That is, the ability to create transparent overlaps - in focus note of say ancient ruins, in same be primes of detailing the history say of 'Ancient Rome' in how it was.

There were books to this effect - so where be the digital version of the same, the creativeness as to highlight the effectiveness of fingers to a touch screen.

Reply   |   Comment by David W  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

This is a program that will convert books from pdf to several files for books. Worth looking at. It will also convert different books. Such as pdf, epub to mobi etc. It is free and works real good.

Reply   |   Comment by Ralph  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Come on a half program? Its easy to convert a PDF to Epub, or Mobi with Calibre, which is and has always been, FREE.



What's your view Giovanni?

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Every tile you do conversions, you lose some of the formating, no exception here. But letting or sending out private or public document for conversion, creates privacy issue and the files mat be intercepted by hackers, therefore, uninstalling.

Reply   |   Comment by Bobd  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

A full list of features for Kotobee Publisher may be seen at: http://kotobee.com/features

Reply   |   Comment by Ayman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Why this program does not work offline? Explain!?

Reply   |   Comment by M.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Kotobee stands out from all those mentioned (some free some not) software by giving true interactive content. Not just within the pages is true interaction, but users may highlight, take notes, bookmark, etc. I urge you to look at our demo here: www.kotobee.com/demos/kotobee

Reply   |   Comment by Ayman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Many good points were made there, Im seeing them all at once, and I appreciate the feedback. I would like to respond to some:

1) The keyword here is "interactive" ebooks. We cannot compare Kotobee to Smashwords, or similar providers, that convert to epub, mobi, pdf, etc, because it will just be a flat ebook. To see the capabilities of what you can achieve, you see our web-based demo ebook: kotobee.com/demos/kotobee and if interested, you can see the Android version too: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.comkotobee
The best results with Kotobee have been achieved by designing the content from scratch. Best practice is to summarize your original PDF such that a lot of the text is replaced by interactive elements: videos, audio, galleries, 3D, etc.

2) The GAOTD license mentions that this giveaway ($80 value) will allow you to create web and desktop ebooks. We have been true to our word. Additionally, we wanted the users to see a preview of what the mobile ebooks would look like. Hence we are being criticized for only giving a mobile watermarked ebook? With your free license you are able to create web/desktop ebooks with your own logo, and with all interactive content capabilities of this framework. I don't see why some are not labelling this as a "giveaway" anymore

3) The licenses for this software is time-restricted since it is targeted towards educational institutes which best prefer yearly subscriptions for certain packages. We have been approached by GAOTD and agree to give the web (basic) plan for free. I agree that time-restricted licenses may be intimidating for individuals.

4) The PDF import either scans page by page (as images) or grabs the text from within. If you face any difficulties please contact our support at support@kotobee.com and we'll do our best to see what the problem is.

Other than that, thanks for the comments!

Reply   |   Comment by Ayman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

As soon as it asked for a specific size for the e-book I gave up on it. PDF is really poor as an e-book format. It's fine for use on a computer screen but clumsy when used on an e-reader. There, size of page depends on the e-reader not the writer.
Ditch this one and come back to us when you have something that can produce an e-pub file and use svg for the interactive effects. In the meantime I'll stick with MS Word and use Calibre to correct the awful mess Word makes of HTML.

Reply   |   Comment by John Chapman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I use Calibre. It is free and it can convert to various ebook formats.

Reply   |   Comment by walt  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

@Ayman thanks for sharing your product with us. Please don't look at Karl's comments as hateful, he is doing the thing you are asking for when giving away the software here, testing it and giving his point of view on it. Previous suggestion made about replying with arguments is far better than calling him hateful. Please bare in mind that the reviews placed by Karl here will have people decide whether or not they will try out your software. If he provides wrong information tell us why and how. This will bring you more "goodwill" than just dissing Karl. Remember that his opinion (as goes for the opinion of XP-Man and when he posts here Ashraf) are valued way above the opinion of the developer. Just a tip ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)


I have not tried to make a book with this but it says you can - when you go to make the book it ask for additional agreements. I like how it works to read or download flip books.

Free online flipbook creator.

Interactive HTML5 Digital Publishing Platform for Magazines, Catalogs, and more

View online video for FlipHTML5

I will not be downloading this offering but, thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Shane Potter  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

The nature of this program is such that unless it's free for commercial use it's useless. If I use this program to create an ebook and can't actually publish or sell it then what's the point of creating an ebook? I might as well use wordpad or notepad to create my ebook if it's just me who is going to read it.

Reply   |   Comment by Havoc  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

re: Tutorials
Video tutorials may be necessary for individuals taught under Common Core parameters because they cannot read (or write), but video is clumsy, time consuming/wasting, hard to work with and generally not portable (most people still do not use wi-fi; me, for real security reasons). So that suggestion is barely above useless.

By this offering, all you freebie lovers are getting a taste of the future (expense) of the web when individual governments run it. $300 for an annual license will be cheap. Right now world governments are covertly planning to take over the Internet. Freedom to assemble here, free exchange of information and free speech are too dangerous to government oppression for them to allow those to continue. (No, the sky is not falling; do your own research if you doubt. You need to stay informed.)

Do not like government oppression on the Internet? Check out: https://www.fightforthefuture.org for the initial response.

The US fed.gov is the most evil entity known in the universe. It is every citizen's first charge to oppose government, every government, at every turn, at every step, every day. If you are educated enough to see through the federal flotsam, check out: wwww.repeal16.com, opposition to one of a plethora of illegal/unConstitutional laws being enforced by the totalitarian USSA [sic] government. ©2014 All rights reserved. For educational use only; not intended as legal, accounting, tax or other professional consultation. "Democrat" is politicialese for "criminal".™ Don't be one.

Reply   |   Comment by DoktorThomas™  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Converting PDF files is not easy.

I tried this programme to modify a PDF book and found it clumsy and difficult to achieve even fairly simple edits.

Major edits would take a long long time (Maybe I am too stupid?).

If the authors want to succeed they must provide the facility to output a minimum of mobi (or AZW3), epub and PDF without the need to process on line.

Charging for each book processed is ludicrous particularly as the promramme itself is way too expensive.

Calibre is an excellent free programme which will convert ebook formats to any other format easily and accurately.
It does not allow editing of most formats but one can convert to txt. Doc, RTF HTML etc. Edit these then convert to whatever format required

Reply   |   Comment by alirut  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

This is like a pizza giveaway with the toppings omitted. Yes, we have a picture of the toppings, and we'll even let you smell their roasted goodness. But NO, we won't include them in on our giveaway. I'm amazed that GOTD would allow this demo offer. Maybe they just didn't realize that this is NOT a Giveaway.

Who publishes watermarked ebooks after all. I couldn't believe the the 342 day year until I saw it myself. Sorry, but Ayman got it wrong... Karl was gentle.

@Ayman... if you want to get word out on your app, give away a fully functional, non-upgradeable unit. This looks like an interesting project, but I can't be bothered with it with all the restrictions this "giveaway" presents.

Reply   |   Comment by Manic Monde  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+80)

@ Chuck Roast: www.smashwords.com will allow you numerous free ebook submissions. Type your work in Windows Word, convert it at smashbooks' site.

Reply   |   Comment by teri  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

@Andrea - Karl lives in the real world; sure there may be holdouts not letting go (like those with discontinued operating systems), but he is essentially correct; ebooks for these environments are going the way of the dinosaur.

@Ayman - Karl doesn't hate. Karl calls out crippleware, crapware, snake oil and BS. He is simply calling you out on what your company states as fact.

I was wondering why an $80 piece of software has watermarks; This is actually crippleware, isn't it?

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I may be doing something wrong but the PDF imports seems too primitive for a comercial program, with simply rendering pdf pages to raster images and no text detection and OCR to produce editable text it is rendered all but useless.

Time limited trials are not what I come here for especially when the trial is effectively a crippled trial with watermarking of some formats.

In mt opinion since creating an android "ebook" required an installed java development kit (jdk) it should be an optional stage in the installation to detect a pre-installed compatible version of the JDK and prompt to download and install one if the feature is required. It, as well as all other non-standard dependancies, should be listed in the system requirements too IMHO.

#6 Ayman, to give a non-glowing review and express a dislike for features or lack thereof is not HATE. Karls reviews are generally pretty much spot on, though sometimes he misses something like the undocumented requirement for the JDK and subscription based licencing and therefore trial nature of this offering

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)

For anyone interested in seeing what can be produced for android books it is certainly worth downloading to their android device the following.


This is a very interesting interactive publication for android, it ran well on my retina display tablet with four cores and a GPU (cost about $180 in the UK).

If I could produce a single mobile application for a lower price I would find this a most interesting program, however their pricing structure as it stands is no good to me.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

@6 Ayman

I don't think Karl's comments to be hateful. His critical comments are mostly approved by a lot of readers. I think 72.1 MB to download unzip, install, test and write a comment afterwards is some work, too. I'm grateful not only to Karl for any further information I can get before. And this site lives from critical comments. If a lot of people are disappointed after trying you won't get new customeers anyhow. I myself dislike prolonged trial versions, too. And I appreciate greatly that some Egyptian(s) give us this GOTD. Let's give them a chance!

If I were you I would answer to Karl's corresponding points item after item and contradict if incorrect. By the way his comment isn't negative in all points!

I see your problem: A lot of work has been done by you, you are proud of your product and now you want to earn some money.

The giveaways I like most are those which are free for personal use for a unrestricted time, and for commercial use you have to pay! After one year or earlier usually publishers publish a new version and the GOTD is outdated anyhow. Isn't this a better way than a one year licence which will hinder psychologically a lot of people to even try? I hope I didn't insult you in any way!

One further remark to "hateful". There seem to be a lot of cultural differences between different nations, e.g. the comfortable body-distances if one talks to each other differ greatly. I'm sure Karls comments never are meant to be hateful!!!!

@7 Andrea
What has some personal opinion to do with "... where you live"?

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+87)

This is a trial with limited functionality of the software, so don't waste your time. You're basically getting a software with functions that you can find for free in other software, because it's "good" functions are not accessible to you since you don't have the license.

Doesn't do epubs, puts a watermark on your stuff and then this thing even expires. Whats the point in giving away something that we can't use? It even surprises me the developer is wondering why the "hate" from Karl. It's not hate, just constructive criticism. If we can't use the software, there's no point in us wasting our time with it and giving input and what could have been done better. So no thanks for this... "giveaway".

Reply   |   Comment by Marius  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To me this seems a half finished programme with no tutorial, help button. Granted it "guides" a user through the process but there seems to be no option to use other than following this guided process. Each time I try to save something to usable format it warns me about using credits and when I explored this further it seems to be anything but a FREE programme. From the description I thought this would allow me to create usable android apk files that I could save and use as I wished to develop apps - it doesn't it looks as if it produces a watermarked app that gets submitted somewhere - To me this sounds much more like a free TRIAL programme offering limited functionality to decide whether I want to buy something or not.
Maybe I have misunderstood it? To see what the finished product might look back I saved it as web pages and followed their instructions to set permissions in the browser but all that happens is that something briefly flashes and then a blank screen (in Chrome)
These are my reasons for giving it a thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by gbswuk  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)

Thank you Big Teapot. Note taken, and it is now 365 days instead of 342 days.
If you would like us to investigate further into your apk what made it large, you may contact us at support@kotobee.com
The size is unusual, unless you have added some heavy media content, or chosen to embed the PDF inside the apk

Reply   |   Comment by Ayman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

You can create an ebook app to publish on Google Play, however it will contain a watermark. With the license offered from GAOTD you can create that ebook for preview purposes, but to actually publish one without the watermark, you will need to purchase the mobile plan ($300)

Reply   |   Comment by Ayman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Does anyone know of any freeware programs that have similar capabilities?

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck Roast  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Straightforward conversion of a PDF (19Mb) to an Android .apk (no fancy stuff done inbetween) resulted in a 68Mb .apk
Mmmm, not impressed.

And what's with the One year: "342 days left" license ?? I thought it was 365 days in a year, at least.


Reply   |   Comment by Big Teapot  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+51)

Do I have to pay to create an eBook app I can publish on Google Play? Yes or No please. That is going to determine if this is a worth while download.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe D.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

X Karl

I don't know where you live, but why do you believe that Web and Desktop eBooks are completely out of business?

It seems to me the opposite...

Reply   |   Comment by Andrea  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

In response to some inquiries/complaints:

1) The program converts PDF to many different formats. The only format which requires that the project file be sent to support is the iOS native app format. Everything else would work, even Android native apps, which isnt included in the license, you can still publish watermarked ebook apps to test it

2) I request everyone to test out the Android ebooks, to see that the software has the capability of publishing to handheld devices. You can install the .apk yourself on your phone. Why all the hate from Karl?!

3) In the last step of the software, you will be able to export to the different formats. It does not export to epub, since the ebook you create are highly interactive with content, such as 3D, augmented reality, video, audio, which would be too much for an epub.

Reply   |   Comment by Ayman  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-60)

That's a lot of thumbs down, but no ratings or comments yet. Are you giving a thumbs down to how the programme works or are you expressing your displeasure with it as GAOTD's selection for today? If it's just the latter, then your vote isn't very helpful.

I'd like to know if there are any problems with the installation, if the features work, etc. I don't really care if someone doesn't approve of the choice GAOTD made.

This stuff is *free*, people, so if you don't like what they are offering for *free* today, come back tomorrow.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-112)

Downloaded it to investigate. Not impressed as I publish with KOBO and Kindle. Each have their own publishing software, which is adequate for all my needs. And, its free. So no thank you GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Bennett  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+52)

I downloaded, extracted, activated, and put in the reg. code, but the mobile option doesn't work and it says this isn't available with my license. Is this not the full version? Great giveaway, just hope it all works! Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Tad T.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This sounds great but I have no idea what formats the output files can be in...will it create Epub works?
I looked throughout the website and was surprised to see no mention of available extensions.

Reply   |   Comment by jimsock  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit system.

This is something special: a company from Egypt with a google map :

213 Str 10, 5th District
October City, Cairo, Egypt

The pricing is also something special:

300$ for 1 year and 10 Android eBooks, 1,250$ for 1 year and 60 ANdroid eBooks... but unlimited Web or Desktop eBooks.

Web eBooks are completely out of business, the same for desktop ebooks. If... then eBooks for eBook readers and handheld devices.

The claim is just plainly wrong!

A desktop authoring software that lets you design and create interactive ebooks, which run on smart devices, web, and desktop

No, this software today does not create anything for smart devices.

Upon start a modern looking interface opens. On the right "Free Giveaway - license type web". No "about". Remember : this is a ONE YEAR license - 342 days left!

You can create a book from the scratch or open a .PDF book and convert it to the "new interactive book".

The Kotobee Publisher uses Adobe Air and .SWF

You cannot choose "mobile options", because you don't have the license.

Does in a short test, what it claims, except that the claim (see above) is simply wrong.

Uninstalled via reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+233)

The Program does not save the PDF file to epub.Instead it asks to send the file to the company to convert it "manually" for money. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by dalson  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+161)
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