Learn More About – eBooks vs PDF

If you have your book in a PDF and still wondering why it still need 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

Firstly, you need to understand that if you have a PDF, you have an electronic version of your book but it does not possess

the features to be read by an end-user. Though it does appear to be exactly like the end product, 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:

  • 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.