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I want to create an .exe ebook file that displays a live html web site

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Hi, I have seen ebooks created as exe files, that open their own browser and display web pages. The one I have seen, seems to display live pages, because you can go to a url and see the same thing. Also, when the author updates pages, they update in the exe eBook as well, without me downloading a new eBook. Does anyone know of a program that will let me create eBooks like this? I have found the kind that creates a static copy of a website, but I don't think that is what I need. Thanks!
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As long as the links on the embedded html file stay the same, e.g., always opens to the index or home page, all the contact info remains the same, etc., a static page should do fine. Everything (images, links, additional file download links) within that page should point to your ebook's home page.

These eBook compilers may help:

http://help.htmlexe.com/index.php?show=introduction.htm
http://www.exebook.com/cgi-bin/-/exebook/index
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I see, so just have kind of an entry page, with a link to "Start Here" that goes to the homepage of an actual site, which is my eBook. Then the site will show within the exe program, right?
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by:Serena Hsi
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That's one way to do it.

Before all these ebook vendors and applications were created, people used to have to use a compression utility, like WinZip, to package lots of files together. Because different compression packages have different means of opening them; many people started to distribute their eBooks using a self-extracting *.exe zip file. The end users weren't dependent on having the same compression utility to unpack the zip file (or ebook) and people went on their merry way.

As long as all your "read my ebook" links point to the same webpage on your website, you should be fine.

You could have an html file in that self-extracting *.exe zip file with a link on it that says "click here to read updated chapters", and have that static hyperlink go to your main webpage.

You could have a hyperlink embedded in a PDF file that does the same thing.
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Thanks, great info!
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