Learn how to import a PDF file with accurate and selectable text. Your file will be imported as images, so it will look exactly like the original. You will not be able to make any changes to the original content, but you can add to it as much as you like.

Note: If you are using a Mac, there are a few more steps you may have to take before generating your PDF file. 

1. To import a PDF file, you can 

    a)  drag and drop it into the Kotobee Author window, or

    b)  click on Import PDF when you first open Kotobee Author from the Welcome Window, or

    b)  from the Menu Bar, select File > Import From > PDF, or

    c)  click on the Import PDF icon in the upper left toolbar of the Edit screen.

2.  The Import PDF window will appear.

3. Accurate & selectable is already selected for you. If you're not certain that it's the best method for you, read 3 Modes to Import PDFs. When you select your preferred method, additional options will appear. See below for descriptions of each option, then continue to the final steps.

Page Range

Choose to import all pages or a range of pages.


Allow for encoding optimization. If the PDF file has poor encoding, this option may cause character loss. 

Page Offset        

Set the first chapter number for the imported content. For example, if your imported pdf is meant to be the sixth chapter of your ebook set the page offset to 6. 

Image type 

The image type your PDF will be converted into. You can choose between 

  • GIF (recommended) A smaller file size, but takes more time to generate.
  • PNG  A larger file size, but takes less time to generate. 

Image Quality

The image quality of page scans can range from 0 (lowest quality) to 100 (highest quality).

Selectable Text

You may allow your text to be selectable, so your readers can enjoy text-reliant features such as searching, copying to clipboard, highlighting, note-taking, etc.


If your PDF has right to left content (eg. Arabic or Hebrew). This option will adjust the layout to allow for text selection and correct meaningful sentences.

     Chapter pattern

This allows you to change how the chapter numbers will be displayed. The numbers appear instead of the letters "[no]" in the section. For example, if your chapter pattern is "Page ([no])", your chapters will be named: Page (1), Page (2), Page (3), etc.

Parent Chapter

If you want to import the pages as subchapters, you can choose any existing chapter to be the parent chapter. (Selecting "Root" means pages will be set as parent chapters.)

4.  Once you're done with the optional settings, click the Add PDF button. 

5.  Select the PDF file from your computer and click Open.

6.  Click Create

The importing process may take some time, depending on the size and complexity of the original PDF file.

If you receive an error message, see Import PDF Errors.