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Angry Black Sheep

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Hi everyone, I'd really appreciate some help as I am not new to basic e-mailing or web surfing but pretty green with tech sort of stuff. I am trying to download a book from an online library and it's asking me wether I want it in txt or pdf. I'm not sure what the difference is. I have already d-loaded a couple of other books from the same site but I wasn't asked this question previously, nor have I been when d-loading somthing from any other sites. I looked in "My Computer" and tried to find out what the other books were but couldn't seem to find that info either. Can you suggest anything?.
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Hi,

First of all to find out what your other books are right click on one of them and click properties. You will be presented with a box and a few lines down it will say "type of file" eg. Text Document (.txt). Personally I would go for a .pdf file rather then the .txt file. With the txt file it will be like reading a word document and I'm guessing you could edit it. With the pdf you'll use adobe reader to open the file and the document will not be editable.
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The PDF format allows pictures, diagrams, and other things like graphs which txt files do not have. Personally, i prefer using the Foxit PDF reader over using Adobe because foxit does not have the bloatware in it like adobe does.

http://www.foxitsoft...com/pdf/reader/

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PDF is definitely the way to go. All formatting is maintained. And as SRX660 stated, all diagrams, graphs, pictures, etc are also maintained.
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PDF files take a lot less space on your hard disk. Just to give an example: I converted a word file to PDF and the volume was reduced from 10.9 MB to 5.7.

After much testing I found that PDF-XCHANGE is the best PDF reader/editor for my purposes. It's free, has lots of important editing tools that are blocked on the free edition of Adobe and is much lighter and faster. Foxit is popular but I had many problems with it. I installed and uninstalled it a number of times, ending with PDF-XCHANGER which never gave me any trouble..
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After much testing I found that PDF-XCHANGE is the best PDF reader/editor for my purposes. It's free, has lots of important editing tools that are blocked on the free edition of Adobe and is much lighter and faster.

I also use the PDF-xchange viewer on a regular basis. I use it for work to add notations and comments to the manuals I use in the field. I still have to use adobe because it is tied to some of our programs and help files.
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