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Using Adobe's Acrobat for eBooks

 ťor Why Not Use PDF files?
Storyman 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.


Here's a link to Adobe's Acrobat program (not the free one):


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:


Posted on: 8:08 am on September 19, 2005
EBookCompiler Well there's a fundamental difference

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
Storyman 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.

Posted on: 3:29 pm on September 19, 2005
Storyman According to this thread:


Adobe's content server is no longer available.

Posted on: 1:33 am on September 20, 2005
rlemire If you want to distribute PDF volumes and are concerned about PDF security, Check out HYPrLock Pro v3 with an unlimited distribution license and NO monthly fees.

HYPrLock protects PDF volumes using invisible, two password, encryption.  Even PDF hackers admit they can not break into a secure, two password, encrypted volume.

Posted on: 7:34 am on July 18, 2006


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