An eBook Publisher's Dilemma: Should I Use PDF or Exe Format? by Michael Southon
If you write and publish eBooks, sooner or later you will probably be faced with a dilemma - should you create your eBooks as .exe files or .pdf files?
PDF, which stands for Portable Document Format, is file extension for files created with Adobe Acrobat.
Exe, which stands for 'executable', is extension for files created by eBook compilers.
PDF is widely considered to be 'industry standard' for eBook publishing, and for good reason. Here are some of advantages of PDF files over exe files:
(1) With most eBook compilers you have to set up each page of your eBook as a separate web page. With Adobe Acrobat you can use a single MS Word file as source document.
(2) PDF files automatically number each page - exe files don't.
(3) PDF files are very easy to edit - you can insert pages, replace pages and delete pages (and page numbering is automatically adjusted).
(4) Printing from a PDF file is much easier than printing from an .exe file.
(5) The 'bookmark' column on left side of a PDF file makes naviagtion very easy - much easier than in an exe file.
(6) PDF files compress better than exe files, so you end up with a smaller, more manageable file.