How to Create an E-Book with PDF Software

The concept of the e-reader dates back to Bob Brown’s 1930 book titled The Readies, however, digitized books didn’t become a reality until the 1971 launch of Project Gutenberg, which introduced the first e-book, a digitized copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Since then, e-books have managed to capture a nice-sized share of the publishing market, and the e-book has become quite popular with businesses. Used for product manuals and instruction manuals, e-books help cut costs associated with printing physical books. Marketing departments have also discovered that e-books are a great form of content marketing, using the e-book format to deliver:

  • Case studies
  • White papers
  • Reports
  • Anthologies

These marketing tools enable companies to collect leads, create shareable content and strengthen their search engine optimization efforts.

So if you want to create an e-book, where do you begin? Let’s take a look.

Using PDF software to create an e-book

A great e-book starts with an idea, a story to tell. You also need the right tool to translate that idea to a consumable product. Some people opt for standard word processing software but that has a number of limitations.

Others may opt for software proprietary to a specific e-reader but that limits the audience.

The best choice is to use your PDF software so that you can create a rich, well-formatted document that anyone can read. Here’s how you do just that:

  1. Choose your topic. Businesses get the most traction out of e-books that help their customers solve a problem. A list of best practices, a collection of statistics or even examples of how to overcome common issues all make for great e-book content.
  2. Outline your content. This is an important step because it helps you get your thoughts organized and plan for what the layout of your book is going to look like.
  3. Write the text. Using your outline as a guide, open your pdf software and begin writing. Concentrate on the content instead of worrying about images or graphics. You can always make a note using the comment tool in your application to designate the location of these elements if they occur to you as you’re writing.
  4. Edit. PDF software includes a full set of tools that allow for peer editing and collaboration. Since this document represents your business, make sure that others have a chance to look over everything to ensure there are no mistakes and that what you’re saying is consistent with your company’s message.
  5. Choose fonts and colors. Now that your content is set, it’s time to start working with the aesthetics. Select fonts that are easy for people to read both in print and on smaller smartphone screens. When in doubt, serif faces are always a good idea. Also, make sure that any colors you choose for your fonts provide enough contrast to make reading easy.
  6. Add graphics. Now it’s time to start supplementing your written content with images, graphs, tables and any other visual elements you may want to include. Since you’re using PDF software, you can even embed video and audio into your e-book for a richer multimedia experience. Using the tools included with your software, you have the ability to resize, crop and edit images to work within your document.
  7. Adjust the layout. PDF software resembles desktop publishing software in the way it allows you to resize text areas, move elements on the page and manipulate the layout of your document. After adding graphics and changing the font, you’ll need to arrange everything in your document so that the content flows nicely for the reader.
  8. Create a title page. Your title page can be as simple as the name of the document or you can use visual elements to really make it stand out. Just make sure that you include any necessary information related to your business on the title page.
  9. Make it accessible. In some industries, it’s a requirement that all documents are 508 compliant. If you’re using Foxit PhantomPDF, you can use the Accessibility Checker tool to make sure that your e-book conforms to these requirements so that anyone can read what you have written. Simply choose FILE > Accessibility Checker > Accessibility Full Check to get a report.
  10. Review it. Send a draft to colleagues to review before making it final.  Using Shared Review is a great mechanism to have a collaborative review.

Once you’ve completed your e-book, however, the work’s not quite done. While your PDF editor software like PhantomPDF will certainly help you put together a great looking document, getting it in front of its intended audience is entirely up to you.


13 thoughts on “How to Create an E-Book with PDF Software

  1. Margarita

    Thank you for advises. Very interesting and informative article! But I think, maybe I’m wrong, that you forget to admit one specific aspect. I’m saying about an emotional part of the context you’re going to write. Not everyone is aware how difficult it’s to do this – properly to submit the information to the reader that it’s not only informative, but also meaningful. Not all people get to do this, especially when the time to write a good essay not at all(rated writing reviews). In difficult situations, better to rely on experts in their field. They quickly and efficiently solve any your problem.

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  2. Scarlet

    Can a book be created in Microsoft Office and then converted to pdf? I know something like this is possible with Adobe Reader. Does Foxit Reader has the same feature? Often I’m using Office Word because I check my essays with acewriters and they only accept word documents. Still sometimes I need my works to be in pdf format and since I’m using Foxit as my pdf reader I waned to know whether or not I can convert office word (even better if some other types of documents) can be converted to pdf.

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  3. A. Victor-Prosper

    Greetings!
    I really need your assistance here in; I started writing a book using the foxit reader, but I can’t seem to start another page with it…
    Meaning…I clicked on create pdf, a page came out, I exhausted it, but can’t seem to go on with a next page; the first page I used was to design the title page…
    What do I do, please?
    Thank You So Much For Your Assistance!

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  4. Reay

    Hi,
    I already owns the license of Foxit Phantom. I would like to find out if I can convert existing PDF brochure to e-book. Is there a course or guide to show the steps?

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  5. Robert Stemmler

    This Foxit PDF software program is exactly what I was looking for in my choosing to write my story. I’ve been using the Foxit PDF reader for nearly 6 months, even through the transition to Windows 10, with no interruptions or crashes. I’m glad I switched!

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  6. Michel Pare

    It will be a good thing that you will just answer my question if you wish that I activate your licence.

    Because all my questions are related to this topic and we are selling ebook.

    PDF editor software like PhantomPDF

    Michel Pare P.Eng. M.Sc.

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