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Note that his title was last updated in 2004. While some PDF specifications and practices have changed since then, most of the advice in this book are still valuable.

This whopping 100 page official supplement of the highly regarded ePublisher Guide is jammed packed with excellent advice and great product reviews. This book is designed to help you create professional looking products regardless of your budget. We cover layout on the cheap as well as several of the main stream commercial software packages. Tons of good sense advice to creating a readable as well as great looking product. Plus many product reviews. 

With writing or contributions from several professional layout/design people:

Michael L. Fiegel, Greg Porter, Mark Arsenault, Anna Dobritt, and others.


  • Introduction
  • Planning:Screen vs Printer, Colors, Graphics, Fonts, Rights, Budgeting, POD, ...
  • Budgeting:Shoe string?
  • Layout:Styles, Format, Columns, Margins, Charts, Kerning, ... Step by Step
  • Advanced Fucntions:Bookmarks, Hot Text, Thumbnails, Glossary, Forms, Sounds, Javascript...
  • Optmization:Settigns, Dithering, Embedding, DPI, Graphic formats, File Sizes, ...
  • Distribution:Packaging, Advertising, Selling yourself, Naming conventions, Readme, Licenses, ...
  • Tips & FAQ
  • Resources


  • Indesign CS
  • Quark Xpress
  • Pagemaker
  • PDF 995
  • Word/Office
  • Jaws PDF Creator
  • FinePrint PdfFactory
  • Adobe Acrobat (Distiller)


  • Sample Stylesheets
  • Background Images
  • D20/OGL vector logos
  • Sample Forms
  • Technology Example

NOTE: Majority of information in this documents are useful for non-d20 and even print publishers.

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February 7th, 2018
I never thought I would write games or books, but seeing all the details that there is to check just con vince me i've always been thinking right. If I ever change my mind i'll devour this book. Very helpful, albeit sometimes outdated data. [...]
April 16th, 2006
A nice overview of what it takes to make a decent to good pdf...and how to avoid common mistakes.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: It was straight forward and mentioned a few details about pdf production that I was unaware of... like how [...]
August 18th, 2005
Awesome and helpful book for .pdf writers and publishers. Highly recommended!! <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Everything<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Nothing<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent&lt [...]
October 24th, 2004
A must-have for anyone interested in entering the e-publishing arena. Good solid advice and pointers. Be forewarned though - if you're a publisher, you get this book (as well as the other two in the series) for free when you pay your RPGNow vendor set- [...]
October 10th, 2004
I got the E-Publishers guide last year and that's why I was looking forward to this one this year. I've read through it lightly and I wish I had gotten this book last year as it has given me information that I had to find out the hard way through exper [...]
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MG 2003
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10.18 MB
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File Last Updated:
October 27, 2006
This title was added to our catalog on October 27, 2006.