This article on making a PDF ebook came out of a question and answer from a previous article I wrote about how authors whose books are listed on Amazon can increase their revenue by selling the ebook version of their book.
Here is the question:
I have a
published book at PublishAmerica that is for sale at Amazon.com,
entitled, The Missing Steps. I have a copy on CD that is in PDF format.
How do I repackage this format thereby removing everything except the
text? Will I also need a new UPC code?
First, make sure to check with PublishAmerica to
ensure you own the digital rights. You will need a new ISBN number (see
my article on converting to the new ISBN-13 standard). Any time you
republish your content in a different form, you must use a new ISBN.
You will also need a program that allows you to modify the pdf file
with the new ISBN and with any other information that you decide to change.
Either you can modify it in the source file (the original document
file, probably Word, some other word processor, Quark or Indesign) or use a program that will allow
you to modify the PDF file itself, such as
Adobe Acrobat PDF ebook. This program works on both PC and Mac computers. Make sure to buy the proper version for your operating system.
If you have a Windows-based PC, I also recommend PDF Professional which allows you to create ebooks and is also less expensive than Adobe Acrobat.
Alternatively, you can hire someone to do this for you.
Hope this helps.
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