11 Ways in which eBook formats differ from PDF

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11 Ways in which eBook formats differ from PDF

  1. 1. 11 WAYS IN WHICH EBOOK FORMATS DIFFER FROM PDF Market Analyst™ www.marketanalyst.net © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  2. 2. 1. REFLOWABLE TEXT EBOOK  eBooks automatically reflow (and hyphenate words), and are suitable for mobile devices  Because they are fluid, eBooks offer a unique reading experience even on desktop PCs PDF  PDFs do not automatically reflow, and are difficult to read on mobile devices  PDFs are not fluid since they are based on printed pages, typically 8.5 x 11 inches © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  3. 3. 2. TEXT AND TOC DISPLAY EBOOK  eBook formats allows the text to adapt to the size of the screen  EBook format allows automatic structuring of the table of contents PDF  PDF gives an identical display on any screen regardless of the size of the screen  The table of contents need to be manually structured in PDF © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  4. 4. 3. MODIFYING FONTS EBOOK  eBooks allow users to change font, giving them ability to use the font of their choice  eBooks allow users to change font size so that they can choose one for optimum viewing PDF  PDFs do not allow users to change font, forcing them to use in a predetermined font  PDFs do not allow change of font size, but offer (less desirable) zoom functionality © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  5. 5. 4. READ ALOUD OPTION EBOOK  Read aloud option is available in eBooks  eBooks allow text-to- speech read aloud with text sync properties PDF  Read aloud option is available with PDFs  PDFs do not permit read aloud with text sync © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  6. 6. 5. INTERACTIVITIES AND PAGE TURNING EBOOK  Depending on the device and format, an eBook user can do several interactivities  To turn the pages of the most widely used eBook format – EPUB - users swipe horizontally. PDF  Interactivities available with PDFs are limited  To turn the pages of a PDF, users need to scroll vertically © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  7. 7. 6. COMPLEX TABLES EBOOK  eBooks often require content and coding to be tweaked with complex tables  Complex tables can be easily read through zoom functionality on the device PDF  With PDFs, complex tables may not require tweaking  Complex tables are often difficult to read on smaller devices © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  8. 8. 7. WORKING WITH TEXT EBOOK  It is easy to copy text with eBooks  With eBooks, text can be highlighted PDF  Often, PDFs are locked down to prevent copy and paste  Often, PDFs are locked down to prevent text highlighting © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  9. 9. EBOOK  Small graphics are difficult to read in eBooks  Annotation is available with eBooks PDF  Graphics can be difficult to read in PDFs  Often, PDFs are locked down to prevent annotation © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  10. 10. EBOOK  Multimedia is generally available with eBooks  eBooks accept animation based on HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript PDF  Multimedia has limited availability on PDFs  PDFs accept flash-based animation © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  11. 11. 10. UPDATING AND DEFINITIONS EBOOK  It is economical to frequently publish updated and corrected versions with little efforts.  Built-in dictionary allows users to search and view definitions PDF  Document updates and edits require much more time and effort to update  PDFs do not support finding word definitions © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  12. 12. 11. HYPERLINKS AND MARKUPS EBOOK  Simple HTML mark-up allows easy linking of internal and external content  Simple Markup with HTML, CSS and JavaScript combination is required PDF  Possible in PDFs, but time-consuming to activate links within PDF files.  Complex coding is always generated by a tool/software. © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved
  13. 13. © 2013 Market Analyst, LLC. All rights reserved

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