13 October 2010
I've been increasingly reading PDFs on my iPod lately. Many computer book publishers offer their works for sale in PDF format, which is convenient and is often offered at a significant discount off the print price.
There are three tips I can offer to people publishing PDF ebooks that will increase their usability no end:
- Make sure the table of contents is clickable to take people straight to the right page.
- It's a good idea to include active links in the ebook, but don't make a link cover the whole page. I had one ebook that had a full page advert in it. Every time I touched the page to try to scroll it, the ebook reader took me to the advert's destination. Not helpful.
- Avoid having blank pages. While they're useful to create some breathing space in print, they just cause confusion in an ebook. Sometimes I've waited for a page to load, only to find it had loaded but was blank.