I am happy to announce that the PDF version of the Kintsugi magazine is being issued today.
There are many different software solutions to making a PDF. Often it is extremely easy. Many productivity software can save a document as PDF. However the challenging aspects for this task had different reasons for me. I had to find a way to make the PDF unique and better designed than the E-pub in order to justify its existence.
I have initially decided to go ahead with primarily the E-pub format (with providing the Mobi format alongside it).
E-pub is the predominant electronic book format outside the Kindle ecosystem, which uses Mobi or one of its derivatives such as AZW. Nearly all modern electronic devices can read E-pub and it can be read on any screen size. This made it extremely appealing. In addition, the visuals of swiping the screen to turn pages in E-pub on touch screens added to that flavour.
However, PDF is more portable although the transition to E-pub is happening right before our eyes.
E-pub also scales the contents to screen size so that the contents aren’t squeezed to a tiny screen. PDF is best read on a larger screen or in print.
However there were valid reasons to see if a PDF version can be a possibility:
– I received a trial version of a design program
– Doing some experimentation showed that PDF version of Kintsugi may be beautiful
– PDF version allows printing and cataloguing
– PDF version allows contributors to keep an easily shareable copy of their article
– Both readers and contributors queried if PDF version is a possibility
The trial version of the software was going to expire within a few days so I worked extensively late into early morning for several days to standardise the magazine design.
I am happy that I was successful in that and both the 1st and the 2nd volume of Kintsugi have a beautiful PDF version.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF COPY FROM THE INTERNET ARCHIVE