PDF by Adobe is among very prevalent e-book format – Highly portable and flexible; this software is almost available easily and can be conveniently installed in all computers and mobile devices. However, there are number of other formats that are readily available and in a way are giving Adobe PDF a run for its money!
In fact, Epub versus PDF has become quite a hot topic of debate in the publishing industry! E-Pub, though comparatively a new kind, has caught the attention of the viewers. In this article, we shall ponder over few points that helps you compare E-pub and PDF as well as states its pros and cons for E-publishing, to gain a better insight.
The .epub format, is which an acronym of electronic publication format, is an open-standard format build by the International Digital Publishing Forum. It’s a widely used format across majority of eReaders such as Nook (Barnes and Noble), iBooks (Apple), and Aldiko on Android, and is highly compatible across all platforms.
PDF, build by Adobe, is also called Portable Document Format. It is one of the oldest eBook formats available and is one of those popularly common formats. The good part here is that it can be viewed and printed from any platform. It is also known for its secured settings. PDFs help you keep or maintain the original layout of your files.
The following points will give a better perspective of which one is better or say which one will suit your requirements.
- It carries static text along with images and multimedia; you have to zoom it in order to get a clear view while using smartphones and tablets
- It supports re-flow able content that adjusts the text to the size of screen. You just have to flip pages to read
- It is compatible to almost every platform, giving it an upper hand over its rivals.
- It is still in its infancy phase. It can be easily accessible and convertible to other eBook formats as well.
- It is editable or can also be saved in different formats.
- It just has the read-only function, making it non – editable.
- It has a wider reader base; hence bigger reach and popularity.
- It is comparatively new in the market & hence not that popular – struggling to gain popularity among mobile device users.
- It is famous for its security making it an ultimate tool. It has advanced digital security features that prevent unwanted intrusions.
- It is an open format and does not DRM. Therefore, the security is not as tight as needed. It can be easily distributed and shared.
So, who wins? – Giving a clear answer might not be possible. Each has its own strengths and own set of imperfection. Nonetheless, one can say the PDF, certainly takes the cake.
EPUB, is a dark horse, does look extremely promising. It is a coming-of-the-age tool which will leave a permanent impression in coming years.
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