Micropublishing Tips: 2. Photos and Word’s Save as PDF

There should probably be another bullet on page 121 (“Photos”), just above the final bullet in the list:

  • If good quality photos are essential to your book, you probably won’t want to use Word’s PDF creation capabilities. The PDF option (at least in Windows) does not offer choices on image quality, and initial tests suggest that photos are degraded considerably when this internal capability is used. You should probably invest in a PDF program, preferably one that integrates well with Word and offers options to ensure that images are at least 300 dpi.

I have not tested PDF creation programs other than Acrobat, but there are much less expensive alternatives on the market.


This is the second in a series of Micropublishing Tips to expand the content in The Librarian’s Guide to Micropublishing.

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