Will E Books ever really catch on?

Written by Birmingham UK Com


Have you ever tried searching for good e books to download and read on your PC? Anyone wanting to explorerepparttar e book world is in for a shock. Its an absolute nightmare. There are so many formats and layouts that will confuse all butrepparttar 108359 most experienced e book user and quite honestly - can we really be bothered with it all?

I spent a good two hours searching throughrepparttar 108360 net on various sites. What did I find? Mostly commercial sites promising free e books only to find they want you to register and then you find out whatrepparttar 108361 catch is. I downloaded several books and there is no uniform means by whichrepparttar 108362 e book industry operates. Formats vary from PDF ( I do particularly dislike PDF with its clunky slow downloads ) to Microsoft Reader and numerous executable programs, all of which require separate software to open and read them.

Why oh why doesn't everyone use one ofrepparttar 108363 programs that will work on any computer and just open. Like a book does. It's not too much to ask is it? Life is frustrating enough without having to make things complicated. My own experience of e books has led me torepparttar 108364 conclusion that untilrepparttar 108365 industry gets its act together and agrees on one format they can keep it.

Which Ebook Format Should You Use?

Written by John Calder


2004, John Calder http://www.TheEzine.net

New marketers, when finally ready to create and offer their first product, often decide that it should be an ebook. Whetherrepparttar subject matter is forrepparttar 108358 Internet marketing community or for a niche market, ebooks are relatively easy to produce, distribute, and support when compared to software, audio, and video products, and physical shipped products. One ofrepparttar 108359 more frequent technical questions is which format to use, PDF or a Windows executable file.

A PDF file is in Portable Document Format, which is a format developed by Adobe. Portable, asrepparttar 108360 name implies, meansrepparttar 108361 file format can be read on more than one type of computer. A Windows executable onrepparttar 108362 other hand is a program withrepparttar 108363 contents ofrepparttar 108364 ebook embedded directly intorepparttar 108365 program itself.

Each format offers certain benefits, butrepparttar 108366 trend has been towards PDF files recently. For starters, PDF can be read on both Windows and Mac machines, while an .exe will only run on Windows. Mac users are roughly ten percent (at a minimum) of any market that many marketers aren't willing to ignore.

Inrepparttar 108367 past,repparttar 108368 only way to create a PDF document was with Adobe's Acrobat software, and it's a rather expensive product to this day, selling for several hundred dollars. Compare that with some excellent ebook compilers which sell for less than $50, and you can see how marketers who are just getting started may be tempted to save some money withrepparttar 108369 .exe format. But it's no longer necessary to spend hundreds of dollars for Adobe Acrobat. There are several free and low cost alternatives that will let you create a PDF format document.

PDF documents can be created from Microsoft Word easily. Just get your ebook looking like you want it in Word, then print it torepparttar 108370 PDF "printer". An .exe file is typically a compiled web site, which means you must set up your information just as if it were onrepparttar 108371 web, with multiple HTML pages, HTML coding, and so on. Now this can be easy to do as well, with software like Frontpage or Dreamweaver. But those take a learning curve, while even most non-techies can figure out Word enough to create a document.

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