eBook is short for "electronic book". A number of specialized programs and formats have been created to support all sorts of fancy electronic books but one program that already existed before the idea of ebooks which is quite suitable for creating electronic books is Adobe Acrobat.
There are two different types of eBook. One type is purely intended as a delivery method and the book is intended to be printed before use by its recipient. The other type is intended to be purely electronic and is intended to be read online and not printed. Unlike some other eBook formats, Acrobat supports both of these uses.
There is a big difference between eBooks intended to be read online and those intended to be printed. With ones intended for printing you want a higher quality for any images in the eBook. You can also get away with smaller text sizes. eBooks intended for reading online on the other hand can get away with lower quality images (72dpi instead of 300dpi) which will make the resultant eBook much smaller in size and hence faster to download. eBooks that are intended to be read online should also use larger text sizes to make them easier to read. Sure Acrobat allows you to zoom in so that smaller text sizes can be easily read on the screen but why make your readers zoom in when using a larger text size in the first place doesn't cost anything.
The security options built into Acrobat makes eBooks in Acrobat format a suitable format for when you want to allow others to distribute your book as you can advertise yourself or your website within the eBook and have the information protected so that it cannot be changed by anyone else.
I have decided to use the Acrobat eBook format to create a few small computer help texts that you are welcome to download for your own use. You may also distribute them to others but please download just one copy from my site and make copies from that.
Please select the eBooks that you require and then enter your email address to have them emailed to you.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.