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How to Handle Consumable Content During eBook Conversion

Perhaps you’ve experienced this: you’re reading an eBook and click to a page that asks you to fill in information or answer questions. This is called consumable content in eBook publishing and examples include workbooks, forms, quizzes, questionnaires, check lists, etc. What got me thinking about this was some feedback I received regarding our recently …

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Mobile Device Sales Dwarf PC and Mac Sales: Can People Read Your PDF eBook on Tiny Screens?

Last week USA Today covered an IDC report that said sales of personal computers—including Apple Macs—dropped a combined 13.9% in the first quarter of 2013. And while 350 million units were sold in 2012, there were 700 million Smartphones shipped along with 120 million tablets during the same period. This has huge implications for business …

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How Businesses Can Reach a Larger Audience by Redefining the PDF eBook

How Businesses Can Reach a Larger Audience by Redefining the PDF eBook

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for the Content Marketing Institute about how–and why–business marketers can create additional versions of the PDF “eBooks” they produce for their website. I thought I would share a few of reasons here and invite you to learn more if you are interested. How do Kindle, Nook, Apple …

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Testing PDF Conversion Programs-2epub.com and Calibre-PDF to ePub and PDF to Kindle

Testing PDF Conversion Programs-2epub.com and Calibre-PDF to ePub and PDF to Kindle

Anyone who has tried to read a PDF on a tiny smartphone screen has probably wondered if there was a way to convert the PDF to an eReader format. Such a format—ePub and Mobi are the most popular—presents information as “flowable text”, that is, the information is one continuous page rather than discrete pages like …

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Converting a PDF eBook to an eBook

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Converting a PDF eBook to an eBook

As readers and audiences know from my talks I use two criteria to define an eBook: 1. Can you read it—without “pinching & panning”—on a mobile device? 2. Is it possible to sell it on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com? If the answer is yes to both, it is an eBook. So what if you have a …

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Can Something Saved as a PDF Be Considered an Ebook?

Can Something Saved as a PDF Be Considered an Ebook?

I don’t think anyone can argue that the term eBook (or ‘e-book’ for those of you who prefer to follow certain style guidelines rather than how people search on Google) has come to mean something more than a Word or Powerpoint document saved as a PDF file. Calling a marketing guide, white paper or other “free” information …

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