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Creating eBooks

The growing popularity of eBook reading devices is leading to new guidelines for creating and designing eBooks. Here are some tips if you are designing documents for display on the new generation of eBook readers:

  • Use the Distiller eBook job options when creating your Adobe PDF file. (Fonts are embedded as subsets; images are downsampled at 150 dpi; smooth shaded graphics are supported.)

  • Prepare a thumbnail of the image of your eBook cover in GIF format. Make the thumbnail image 100 pixels wide and set the resolution at 96 dpi. You can upload this thumbnail of the book cover to the Adobe Content Server for potential buyers to view. (For information on the Adobe Content Server, visit www.adobe.com/products/contentserver.)

  • Prepare a second thumbnail of an RGB image of your eBook cover in JPEG format. Make the thumbnail image 100 pixels wide, set the resolution at 96 dpi. Attach this thumbnail to the Adobe PDF book file. This is the image that the Acrobat eBook Reader Library will display.

  • A 6 x 9 inch page size can be comfortably displayed on a variety of screens and prints well to an 8-1/2 x 11 inch page. A 4 x 3 inch page size is good for screen-focused documents that will not be printed.

  • Check out the Adobe WebType™ Collection for typefaces that have been fine-tuned to provide maximum on-screen readability.

  • Use larger font sizes than you would for print documents—11 to 13 points are recommended, together with higher leading and tracking.

  • Include bookmarks to allow the user to navigate quickly to a specific page or section.

  • Renumber pages if necessary so that the page numbers displayed on the document pages match the electronic page numbers.


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