The Best Book Format
I’ve recently received several queries relating to the PDF and ePub books on my website. Here’s the explanation in case it helps others.
ePub is a widely used format for eBooks. Most eReader software and devices can read it, and Amazon has now also adopted this standard. If you have a Mac computer, you will find you can open and read ePub files in the Books application. Windows and Android devices also have a wide range of applications available. If you search the internet, you will find dozens of free eReader applications, but you can also use the free Kindle software from Amazon.
The benefit of reading ePub files is that you can change things like font size and follow links internally as well as externally. What the format doesn’t support (easily) is printing sections of a book, which is what the PDF is intended for.
The PDF version I supply is ideal for printing pages that you want to keep or refer to regularly. Unfortunately, I can’t include links within these as my book publishing software doesn’t support it. The PDF standard also can’t correctly handle the page numbering used in books. As my books use this system, it means the printed page number doesn’t correspond exactly with the PDF reader. This isn’t however an issue when you print pages from the PDF.
When you purchase a book from my website, it’s best to select the “All” formats option. You can then read the ePub book using an eReader device or application. If you decide that you want to print a page or section (or even the entire book), you can then use the PDF version for that.