Self Publishing Your
Own Ebook Part 2 Ebook Formats (PDF)
The most popular ebook formats used on the Internet are
the Portable Document Format, better known as PDF, and the Hypertext Markup
Language, better known as HTML.
Although both formats are highly popular, you must look at the entire picture
prior to making your decision, as there are pros and cons associated with
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) is a universal
format that will preserve all of your original formatting. Not only will
it maintain your specified layout, but it will also preserve your fonts,
images and links -- regardless of what application was used to create it.
This will enable your ebook to look exactly as you had intended.
PDF files are very compact in size and are actually smaller than their original
source files. They can be easily published and distributed in a number of
Anyone, anywhere can open your document regardless of what
browser they're using or what operating system.
PDF is the preferred format of most publishing sites, such as Amazon.com.
PDF always prints correctly with any printing device.
Documents can be viewed across multiple media. For example,
tagged PDF preserves a document's structure so that it can be
viewed on Palm OS® devices as well as on the web. Tagged PDF
files also contain information in regard to the content and
structure, which makes them accessible to visually impaired
readers -- with the assistance of screen readers.
PDF documents can be viewed on tablets, such as the iPad.
Ability to create a PDF document right online.
A bit limiting on creativity.
Software is rather expensive.
Users must have the free Acrobat Reader installed on their computer.
There are several websites that will enable you to create PDF
documents right online - some free - some for a fee. Visit
Google.com or your favorite search engine and search for 'create
PDF files online.'
You can also purchase a software program, such as Adobe Acrobat,
to create your PDF documents.
This powerful program provides Internet users with the ability to create
and distribute ebooks that are viewable by everyone, regardless of what browser
or operating system. Your documents will be beautifully preserved in their
original layout and will appear exactly as you had intended. With the release
of Acrobat, users not only have increased document security, but they
also have the ability to create documents that can be easily viewed by the
visually impaired and on Palm OS® devices. In addition, Acrobat compliments
Microsoft Word, as it adds a toolbar shortcut directly to the program. Simply
open your document in Microsoft Word, click on the Acrobat button, and your
Word document will be automatically converted into a PDF document for
Expert PDF is an inexpensive alternative to the Adobe Acrobat software. It
will enable you to quickly and easily create Adobe Portable Document Format
(PDF) documents. You can view and edit PDF documents as easily as Word documents. Edit your text, images, layout and more. Or you can convert PDF documents to Word with the PDF converter. Make changes to the Word document and then save it as a PDF document.
Documents formatted in PDF can not only be downloaded via a link, but they
can also be viewed directly from your website without being downloaded.
They are very easily distributed and will enable you to easily deliver your
In part 3 of this series, we will continue with HTML compiled
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Shelley Lowery is the author of the acclaimed web design course, Web Design
And, Ebook Starter - Give Your Ebooks the look and feel of a REAL book.
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