There is quite a widespread misconception among the online reading community about “Portable Document Format”, in short PDF, and eBooks. Although many think they are one and the same, there is a clear difference between eBooks and PDF files.

What is the main difference ebook and pdf document?

PDFs are distinctively different from eBooks in every way, but the most immediate difference is that the PDF is, basically, a document designed and meant to be printed. eBooks, on the other hand, is a term heard often in conjunction with devices such as eReaders and tablet PCs.

eBooks are more like a flexible document that can be manipulated. The devices that are rendered with such capability are primarily eReaders. They are capable of making changes into font-style, size, line spacing as well as margins of the eBooks. Having the advantage of making changes to the overall appearance of the texts makes eReaders the ideal devices for reading eBooks.

Unlike PDF, which is nothing but a single book ready-to-print, eBooks are available in two popular formats, EPUB and MOBI!

Having discussed much about eBooks, there is nothing much left that is not obvious about PDF. There is a popular correlation for PDF. PDFs are much like a hard structure such as Rock, which eventually assigns them with an immovable attribute, or, to frame it in technical terms, incapable of manipulating, unless you attempt to break it through physical damage.

As mentioned before, eBooks with a capacity of undergoing changes in font-styles and size, makes the texts inside to move from one to another. This is something that gets absolutely locked for PDF documents. It’s the reason, the Page. No 10, for example, given in the Printed book will be same in the PDF as well.

How ebooks are created?

So far discussing so much about eBooks, I assumed you are aware of what “e” in eBooks means. If not, it simply means “electronic Books”. So obvious, isn’t it? But what isn’t obvious is the method poured in in creating the two types of documents i.e. eBooks and PDF.

PDF, of course, being a rigid document, goes under the hands of a designer who typesets the book. Editorial, as well as formatting errors, don’t require much changes in the documents as it is a matter of few clicks.

Coming to “electronic Books”, eBook creation aligns well with the creation of a website. You guessed right! Creating eBooks, require programmers to write lines of code (coding) that later can be converted into eBook. This certainly makes eBooks entirely different from PDF files.

What comes along in creating an eBook is the amount of time invested behind it. Unlike errors in PDF, which can be quickly rectified on the visible screen with just a few clicks, eBooks demand formatter to make changes in the multiple lines of code. And the story doesn’t end here! After making all the necessary changes in the code, the entire code is turned into an eBook file, which is transferred to a suitable device to view the final appearance of the text.

Is it possible to convert PDF to eBook?

Despite all the differences we learned between eBook and a PDF, the two types of files finds a connection in a way that they are inter-convertible. It means it is possible to convert PDF to eBook and vice-versa using tools available online popular of which are Wondershare PDFelement, ToePub, etc.

Image taken from PDFmate.com


Image Credits:

https://bookprinting.com/resources/ebook-file-types

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PDF_file_icon.svg

https://www.pdfmate.com/convert-kindle-to-pdf.html

References:

https://publishgreen.com/differences-between-ebooks-and-print-books

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