From time to time someone asks about using Adobe's Acrobat for creating ebooks. First, you need to use the full version of Acrobat. Here's a link to the Adobe FAQ on PDF and ebooks that will answer many of the questions.
The biggest stumbling block to distributing PDF files to ebooks that are copy protected is that it requires Adobe's Content Server program, which is pricey (We're talking thousand here). This is a link for more info:
Adobe calls Acrobat "electronic paper" for a reason.
Try puttin an HTML form (e.g. email capture), internal navigation, search, animated GIFs, Flash animations, IFRAME round a web site, button-roll-overs, etc. (the things of things you routinely do in HTML) in a PDF....
Posted on: 2:47 pm on September 19, 2005
There is one thing I'd like to correct. Instead of the Content Server being a thousand it should read thousands. The last time I asked it started around 5K USD and went up from there. The more you paid the more ebook titles you are allowed to generate.
It's clear on Adobe's eBook FAQ page that PDFs are not secure in any way, which is why they have the program Content Server. It converts the PDF to a secure ebook and delivers it to the end user from your server.
The one thing that I do like PDFs for is to grab a copy of a web page--especially tutorials and manuals.
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