You have a PDF file and want to publish it online. Or you'd like to embed it into your website or leverage that PDF in some other way. Maybe it is a white paper, a how-to guide or an ebook. Here are a few quick solutions for self-publishing with a PDF.
Scribd - One of the early sites for hosting documents including PDFs with an elegant document viewer for embedding them into your site. Sell your documents in the Scribd store. You can also import your Google Docs. Example: QR Code Handbook on Scribd.
SlideShare - Convert your PowerPoint slides to a PDF, and upload to Slideshare. You can allow people to download your PDF, embed it into your site, and with their Pro level, you can capture leads directly from your files. Example: QR Code Handbook on Slideshare (note that this file wasn't designed as a slide presentation but as an ebook so the layout doesn't align properly - here is a slideshow converted into a PDF and uploaded to Slideshare).
Issuu - If you are great with design, you can produce beautiful digital magazines and publications using Issuu. Upload your PDF file (or PowerPoint, Word Doc), display it in your Issuu Library, and get stats on readership. Example: QR Code Handbook on Issuu.
DocStoc - Another site where you can monetize your PDFs. Upload to DocStoc, and offer your PDF publication for sale or share in ad revenues (DocCash program). You can also embed documents into your site. Example: QR Code Handbook on DocStoc.
There are many ways to publish a well-designed PDF document or one that is chock-full of great content. Offering your content in a downloadable format - or even selling it - helps you get the most out the content you publish.
Aliza Sherman, Web pioneer and digital marketing consultant