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Creating and optimizing documents for ereaders and mobile devices: Home

Tips and resources for creating documents that will be easy to read on major readers, phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

General Resources

Tips

Here are a selected tips from the European "Learning at a Distance" project for making documents easier to read on mobile devices:

For Word and PDF documents

  • Use a font size of 22 points or above.
  • Limit picture sizes to about 2" (5 cm) wide in your original document, unless the picture is complex.

Judge for yourself whether these tips are useful by visiting a test document.

For Powerpoint Presentations

  • Use a font size larger than 32 points
  • Light background, dark letters
  • Pictures should have at least half of the height or width of the screen resolution.
  • Only one picture per slide
  • Saving pictures at 640x480 pixels saves memory and bandwidth

Check out the test document to verify that these tips are worthwhile.

See below for links to other tips. 

Introduction

This guide covers tips and resources for optimizing documents for mobile reading.  We cover Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Word.  Optimizing content can be crucial for apps as well, but we don't cover that here. There are many apps for opening various formats.  A few that we have used are below, but we cannot vouch for their quality compared to other options.

Examples of Government ebooks

While not in common use in the State of Alaska, a number of federal and state agencies in other states have begun creating ebook versions of some publications. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can likely experiment with these books. 

Adobe Acrobat Professional

Adobe InDesign

The demo that Daniel did in the webinar is heavily indebed to chapter four of ePublishing with InDesign : Design and Produce Digital Publications for Tablets, eReaders, Smartphones, and More, This book is available through interlibrary loan.