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Subject:  Re: Question about Writing Programs Date:  9/3/2003  6:52 PM
Author:  Chapman208 Number:  2345 of 4871

>>>>PDFs can't be edited, which is both good and bad. If you want something in an editable configuration, go with RTF. RTF also works on every platform out of the box, PDFs often require a special download.

Hook: That's fine if you are submitting to a publisher, but RTF really isn't an alternative for self-publishing. Aside from Acrobat, there are other programs that can produce one of several e-book formats, but then you have the issue of what type of e-book reader the user might be using. Each one seems to use a different, proprietary, format.

This was one of the reasons I decided not to try to self-publish a book of puzzles I was working on a few years ago. PDF is probably the most universal file format for publishing directly to end-users, but it's really only designed for PCs. If someone wants to read it on a PDA, an 8 1/2 x 11 type format wouldn't do. But there are programs that will create e-books specifically for various types of PDAs. It gets pretty tricky to figure out which one(s) you want to publish to, and which program(s) you need to do so. (It can also get expensive. I haven't priced the other e-book creation software, but Acrobat is $249 list.)

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