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" Ebooks -- Self-Publishing Your Way to Internet Success Part 2 Ebook Formats (PDF) "


In Part 2 of her series on self-publishing your ebook, Shelley Lowery presents the pros and cons of using the web's most popular format for creating ebooks. You can re-read Part 1 at: http://www.myownezine.com/articles/fp/fp012406.shtml
Read Part 2 below:


This article may be reprinted in your ezine or on your site in its entirety so long as the author's credits and all links remain intact.


Ebooks -- Self-Publishing Your Way to Internet Success
Part 2 Ebook Formats (PDF)

By Shelley Lowery

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 each format.

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 ways:

• In print
• Email attachments
• Internet download
• Web sites
• CD-ROM

Advantages:

• 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.

• PDF always prints correctly with any printing device.

In addition to the above advantages, using the Adobe Acrobat 5.0
software, 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.

Disadvantages:

• A bit limiting on creativity.

• Software is rather expensive at $249.00.

• Users must have the FREE Acrobat Reader installed on their
  computer.

Compilers:

Adobe Acrobat 5.0 (Highly Recommended)
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/main.html

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
5.0, 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 distribution.

Cost: $249.00

Easy PDF (Recommended)
http://www.visagesoft.com/easypdf/

Easy 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. It is a true
WYSIWYG editor with full drag and drop support. It includes an
image editor for optimizing your images, supports hypertext and
bookmarks and even includes a spell checker and document
security.

Cost: $30.00

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 ebook.

In part 3 of this series, we will continue with HTML compiled ebooks.

Copyright © Shelley Lowery

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About the Author:
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