The best solution I’ve came across is Yumpu.com, a free embedding solution for PDFs that doesn’t have any strings attached- no fees and no ads. Yumpu converts PDF Files into electronic “magazines” which easily can be embeded into your website. That alone was enough to get my attention. It turns out that Yumpu is actually awesome.
1.) Just upload your PDF to Yumpu.com:
2.) and get your embed code, which can be pasted into your website:
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all the features would give me for free. One of the first things I noticed was the social media integration. PDFs that I uploaded using this platform were easy to share using social media.
I could tweet out links to my PDF magazines to my followers with the click of a button. That’s a really important feature for me, because I have a lot of readers who use mobile devices. For them, it’s easiest to know when I have a new edition out by checking social media alerts. I was very relieved to know that I could still stay in touch with readers this way without needing to pay.
Embed PDF in HTML with extra features
However, this always came with some kind of catch. Lots of service providers wanted to charge me a monthly fee to embed PDF in HTML, and even more to unlock the better features. I’m not prepared to pay those kinds of charges. On the other hand, there are some companies that are willing to give these features away for free. At least, they don’t charge you any money. Instead, they insert ads into your PDF content.
These ads aren’t for your content- they redirect your readers to other people’s content. Instead of charging you up front, they charge you implicitly by placing ads next to your content, and the ads are completely outside your control. This is at least as bad as charging real money.
To continue on the mobile device theme, Yumpu.com uses a format for PDFs called ePaper, which is a very lightweight PDF reader. Among its many virtues is great performance on mobile devices. No matter which operating system your readers are running or if they are on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, they will be able to view ePaper content without a problem. The content will load fast and look perfect on any combination of browser, OS, and platform. This is a major plus for people like me who really depend on their mobile readers. Let’s talk more about ePaper.
Turning the pages of a PDF
I already spoke about some of the advantages of ePaper, but the one that really stands out to users is the way it resembles a book. EPaper documents have pages that the reader turns by clicking on the corners, which is pretty similar to the action of reading a book and turning the pages. This is a much better experience for the reader than just scrolling down through a boring PDF. The natural flow of text on pages is less fatiguing to the eyes than a PDF’s big wall of text. It is simply a more natural and enjoyable reading experience when you give your readers ePaper.
There’s other reasons to prefer this service as your choice to embed PDF in HTML. The speed and ease of use are one thing, but there’s another layer to ePaper. You can use it to make interactive signup sheets and forms, embed video files into the content, and add audio. These are excellent ways to give your reader a multimedia experience. Some video or audio to go along with the text content makes the whole thing really pop. There are a few other embed PDF in HTML companies that offer the same feature, but they always hide it away in the most premium tier of pricing. It’s hard to imagine that it actually gives this all away for free, but it’s true.
Simple interface, easy to use
A quick word about ease of use: Yumpu is one of the most intuitive and simple interfaces I have ever used. It’s quite easy to just grab your PDF, upload it, and embed the resulting ePaper on your page. It takes no time at all, and if you have any questions, then you can get in touch with the customer service team. I chatted with them a few times, and they seemed friendly and knowledgeable. I never really needed their help, but I did want advice about some of the advanced features. The basic idea of how to upload PDFs and embed PDF in HTML is pretty straightforward.
There are a lot of reasons to use ePaper over other ways of encoding and embedding PDFs. First of all, ePaper is fully indexed by search engines. That means that if people use Google to look for the keywords in your content, your PDFs will show up as search results. Being in a PDF file doesn’t matter- you will still rank high on searches. That’s pretty major, because some poorly coded embedding services leave your content out in the cold when it comes to search results.
EPaper is just all-around faster than plain PDFs in web pages. Speed is very important, especially in the mobile world. If your readers see that your page is taking forever to load, then they will leave and go do something else. The vast amount of content crowding for the attention of everyone on the Internet means that people can afford to have short attention spans. It’s just so easy to go and find a different article to read that you really need to make sure you don’t give your audience any reason to leave the page. EPaper cooperates with you by being very quick to load on just about any platform and browser, despite all of the special features of the medium.
It took me a long time to absorb all of the special features of ePaper for embed PDF in HTML, but when I was finally done, I was way beyond convinced. I had been expecting perhaps another low-level freebie publisher, willing to give me a few bare bones features in the free tier of their product and charging me if I wanted anything more. What I got was a veritable avalanche of tools and attributes for the low price of nothing.
I still don’t full understand how they has managed to deliver such an improved product over the competition, but I’m sure not complaining. It’s a great resource for anyone who has a lot of content in PDFs that they want to publish online. It doesn’t really matter what the content is- pretty much anything will work well with ePaper, from magazines to articles and whitepapers to menus and signup forms. I heartily recommend anyone who is in need of a good PDF hosting solution to at least try it. It’s free and easy to use, so there isn’t any risk in just trying it out for a few days to see how it feels and read up on the features. You might just be surprised by what you find.