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What is a PDF and how do I make one?
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a file format created by Adobe that preserves the layout, fonts, images and graphics of the document. By creating a PDF file from your book document, you are guaranteeing that the person who views that file is seeing it exactly as you intended it to be seen.
In order to create a PDF, you first need to create your document using a word processing software or application of your choice such as Microsoft Word. Once you have your book document looking exactly as you want you then convert it to a PDF file using a PDF program. The most popular PDF creator is Adobe Acrobat. This program is considered one of the best but it is not cheap.
There are some other PDF creators out there that are more affordable if you are on a budget. Performing a search on Google for "PDF creator" or "PDF writer" will bring up even more options. Be sure the PDF writer you choose has the ability to embed fonts within the PDF file.
Some publishers and book printers are starting to only accept PDFs created with Adobe Acrobat due to problems with PDFs created in other applications. Check with your printer or publisher to see if they have any restrictions on what PDF software you may use.
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Author: Kimberly Martin
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