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There's a couple of reasons to create a PDF File from your book. One is to make a back up. In this case, you've got a back up file that you could easily store elsewhere in case you lose a photo or accidentally modify a page, you can have a high-resolution, print-worthy file that you could fall back on. That same PDF can also be optimized and delivered via e-mail or any of the digital download services like Dropbox or YouSendIt to friends and family members and one of the best things is you could sync it to an iPad as an electronic book.
Let's take a look at how to create the PDF File first. By Option-Clicking on the Buy Book button, a new dialogue will come up. You can now choose a Location, name the Book and click Save. Doing so will assemble the Book and build a PDF File. Now, you can use a tool like Adobe Acrobat or Preview from Apple to optimize the PDF. Now that the Export is done, I could Hide iPhoto and you'll notice that the PDF File was written where I told it to go.
Double-clicking in this case, open it up with Acrobat and I could use the Navigation Controls to step through. In this case, you're seeing the covers as well as the slip cover for the Book, there's both a cover that goes on the book and a paper wrap that goes around the hard cover. As I step through here, you'll see all of the pages that we previously designed. The white strip at the edge is where the book is going to actually have its margin. So there is a thin border where things get stitched, and that looks really good.
Now, the file here is a bit large. If I press Cmd+I, I see that it's about 68 Megabytes (Mb). If you want to optimize that, that's pretty easy. Inside of Acrobat, you could choose File>Save As>Reduced Size PDF. If you don't have access to Acrobat, there's lots of other utilities for doing this or you could even do it within Preview to a certain extent. Simply open the PDF File and choose File>Export.
Down here under the Quartz Filter category, you can go ahead and choose Reduce File Size. Let's go ahead and call that Croatia_Book_EMAIL and I'll Save that out. Looks like it is done, the original was 69 Megabytes (MB), the new one is 2.3. So, one of these would definitely be easier to email. Keep in mind, you still want to keep that larger file; that high quality big file is print resolution and it's a great back up for your book.
However, that smaller optimized one will be much easier to e-mail and send to the Web so take advantage of that command there, either inside of Adobe Acrobat or inside of Apple preview, to reduce the file size and optimize it for electronic delivery.
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