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Creating PDF ebooks

Most designers create PDFs for printing. These PDFs contain high-res images and printer’s marks (for cropping, bleed, registration, colour, and page info).

PDF is also used for delivering content to readers as ebooks. The settings for creating PDF ebooks are different to those for creating press-ready PDFs. For instance, the file must be smaller, and exclude printer’s marks.

This is a brief guide to creating basic PDF ebooks. This should take a designer or typesetter about ten minutes. So PDF ebooks can be easily produced at the same time as final, press-ready print PDFs.

Most typesetters will use InDesign and Acrobat Pro for this. So our guidelines speak most to those applications. However, the steps apply to almost any applications for editing source files, exporting to PDF, and editing the resulting PDFs.

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