Learn to Make Your Own PDF eBooks with Free Cultural Resources

Do you like geography and history? If so, today we are going to show you something cool: How to take some free digital content from the World Digital Library in order to make a custom world map eBook with ePapyrus PDF-Pro.

If you are a teacher the following how-to will be very useful to you. Don’t miss today’s tip! The WDL is filled with tons of copyright-free resources waiting for you to create your own educational resources!

Learn to Make Your Own Pdf eBooks

Just to put things in context, we remind you that yesterday we talked about digital libraries and showed you a list containing only a few of them. We noted that there are currently hundreds of cultural heritage digitisation projects being undertaken across the globe.

Searching for Maps on the World Digital Library

Searching for maps is very easy; you just have to enter the World Digital Library web page, type the word maps into the search box and click the Search button.

Figure 1. Type the word maps into the search box and then click the Search button

Figure 1. Type the word maps into the search box and then click the Search button

Figure 2. The search results will be displayed

Figure 2. The search results will be displayed

Having looked through the maps available, we have liked these ones:

  • Map of Greenland
  • Map of the Argentine Railways
  • Map of the Whole World
  • Map of the Near East

The four examples above will be enough to teach you how to make your own PDF eBooks with ePapyrus PDF-Pro.

Download the Files into Your Windows

Now run your eyes over the search engine result page (SERP) and look for the world maps you like the most. You are, however, recommended to first create a new folder called My World Maps.

Ready to start downloading your favorite files into your local folder? Ok, let’s show you how to proceed, step by step, through this practical example: Downloading the map of Greenland.

The first thing to do is clicking the image of the map in order to access the web page describing this particular resource.

Figure 3. Click on the image

Figure 3. Click on the image

Once we are on the map’s description web page, you see, we click the Downloads link and then select the file format we want.

Figure 4. Click the Downloads link and select the PNG format

Figure 4. Click the Downloads link and select the PNG format

WDL’s world maps are available both in PNG and PDF format. ePapyrus PDF-Pro Batch Console allows you to convert PNG images to PDF, so we can choose any of them. This time we are downloading the PNG map.

Merging All Your Maps into One Single PDF

In order to merge all your PNG and PDF files into a single PDF document in the twinkling of an eye, all you need is to run ePapyrus PDF-Pro Batch Console. That’s it.

Figure 5. Open PDF-Pro Batch Console

Figure 5. Open PDF-Pro Batch Console

Let’s now take this opportunity to remind you that the the Batch Console is a drag and drop tool that makes the process of converting a batch of MS Office files and images into PDFs a piece of cake. Please, read this how-to now and learn to use ePapyrus PDF-Pro 5 Batch Console.

Figure 6. Also open your My World Maps folder in Windows Explorer

Figure 6. Also open your My World Maps folder in Windows Explorer

Figure 7. Set up your Windows desktop in the most convenient way for you

Figure 7. Set up your Windows desktop in the most convenient way for you

Figure 8. Now select all your maps

Figure 8. Now select all your maps

Figure 9. And drag them to the Batch Console's Source Files tab

Figure 9. And drag them to the Batch Console’s Source Files tab

Figure 10. Go to the Settings tab

Figure 10. Go to the Settings tab and select the option E-Book from the Quality drop-down list in the PDF Conversion section

Figure 11. On the Results tab, mark the Merge results checkbox, and finally choose the destination folder

Figure 11. On the Results tab, mark the Merge results checkbox, and finally choose the destination folder

Congratulations! You’ve got it. Now that we’ve walked you through creating your first PDF eBook with free cultural heritage resources, please take it with you on your ereader and share it with your students and friends.

Figure 12. My 1st PDF eBook: My World Maps

Figure 12. My 1st PDF eBook: My World Maps

And that’s all! We hope that today’s tutorial will help you in developing new awesome educational resources.

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