I've been asked to have a look at creating ebooks that we can use as promotion as well as maybe down the line selling on our site. The ebooks would be a series with original content from our site on various topics relating to our topic area (Business in Asia)
Research so far suggests that PDF format is good as it is a well established format and many professionals have it installed as defacto academic/prof publihsing reader standard. There are many other readers but after revieweing many they require a separate download of a new reader, or the reader is fairly clunky.
Problem is the Adobe software is very expensive. we did find an excellent simple siftware called HTMLDOC which allows you to create ebooks in PDF format without the expense of Adobe software or the learning curve. It is very simple but can convert HTML pages to a PDF readable book (though we have to change the more complex elemsnts in the orginal web pages for it to align OK - KISS pages work excellently). You can also password protect etc)
I think we will go ahead using this, but before we do thought I would share with my mates here and ask of any other alternative solutions that people may be using.
If anywone is interested in the same subject I can also share my bookmarks of reviews etc from the last couple of days research.
I'm sure you are right that PDF is the way to go, but for some reason I have never liked the format. On my machine it seems slow and buggy and takes *ages* to print, I much prefer RTF or HTML, and always appreciate it when a choice of download options is offered.
Just in case this slipped through your net take a look at [ebooksnbytes.com] they seem to have the subject area well covered.
agree with you on the clunckiness of PDF. It's one great advantage is that it provides a way to display and print material in the same way across platforms, screen sizes, etc etc. That makes people from traditional publshing backgrounds like us feel comfortable.
In this case we are offering a PDF ebook that mainly duplicates info on our site, minus the ads, navigation bars etc. and HTML paraphenalia. So i guess we are following your observation of offering alternatives.