eBooks vs PDF: What’s better?

If you have your book in a PDF and still wondering why does it still needs to be converted. First of all do not worry as this is the most common query by most authors. Here’s an insight to clear some fog from that confusion.

Firstly, you need to understand that if you have a PDF, you have an electronic version of your book but which does not possess the features to be read by an end user. Though it does appear to be exactly like the end product but, unfortunately, it’s far from a final ebook.

Let us look at the basic differences and the advantages of a proper ebook format over a PDF:

  • A PDF is designed to look like the actual book in print, while an ebook is designed into a more readable format on eReader.
  • An ebook is meant to be modified according the reader’s convenience, an option which is not available with PDF. Readers wish to read the book in their own style, font and line spacing, margins. This reader friendly format of an ebook makes it compatible with the major devices like Kindle, Nook etc.
  • When viewed on other devices, the layout of the PDFs tend to get disoriented and this is the reason why it’s less adaptable than a epub or .MOBI. Its strenuous to view PDFs on small screen devices and Smartphones.
  • Ebook format is primarily written in XML and XHTML languages that works well with most types of softwares. It is delivered as a single zip folder that creates an archive of the organizational content for the book.
  • EPUB files are easily readable even on small devices.

Apart from these key differences, let us take an example to understand why ebook ultimately scores over PDF. The layout of the PDF or a print book is rigid for an eReader. You cannot move the pages back and forth as you can do with an ebook. If chapter 7 appears on page 86 in a print book, it will appear in 86 in PDF as well, which cannot be edited further. If a handwritten note appears on a particular page in a print book, it will appear in the same form in the PDF also. This is not the case with an ebook.

eBook formats take into account all forms of standardization that are required to suit an electronic device display and added fluid features to give the readers a flawless reading experience.

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