View Full Version : Readabilty of LRF format


poshm
12-09-2009, 02:31 AM
I mostly read fiction in the form of .pdfs and epub files.

I was surprised on downloading an .lrf file from mobileread that the font seemed to be a lot crisper and darker than what I've been used to reading so far.

Is it just my imagination or are .lrf files much better in terms of readability?

If so I will consider using this format a lot more.

dreams
12-09-2009, 02:44 AM
I confess... I will read the lrf format first if available. I always get the ePub version first when buying a book just because it is supported by more devices.

I also found that I like the looks of the lrf, although my mother prefers the ePub versions (she enlarges the text).

Valloric
12-09-2009, 03:59 PM
I was surprised on downloading an .lrf file from mobileread that the font seemed to be a lot crisper and darker than what I've been used to reading so far.

The default font for LRF books is heavier than the default font for epub books on the Sony Readers. That's why it looks "crisper and darker".

You can change the default font for both renderers. It's not hard, but it's not exactly easy, either.

poshm
12-09-2009, 04:16 PM
Thank you for the help. So it's probably the font then, hadn't considered that. I might have a go at using calibre to convert some of my books into lrf and see what the difference is.

pepak
12-09-2009, 11:38 PM
You can change the default font for both renderers. It's not hard, but it's not exactly easy, either.
You can? I was under the impression that there is no known way of changing the default EPUB font without modifying each EPUB file separately.

radius
12-15-2009, 04:07 PM
You can? I was under the impression that there is no known way of changing the default EPUB font without modifying each EPUB file separately.

Wasn't there a thread about how you can change the default stylesheet used for epub?

pepak
12-16-2009, 12:52 PM
If there was, I haven't seen it (and would very much like to see it).

Harry001
12-16-2009, 03:24 PM
lrf is better, because they are way bigger than epub.
its around 40% more
(thats all i heard about the difference)

keep reading
harry

radius
12-17-2009, 09:36 AM
If there was, I haven't seen it (and would very much like to see it).

Ah, I mis-remembered... seems like it works in Sony Library only and not on any devices.

See thread here:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56548

Valloric
12-24-2009, 08:28 AM
If there was, I haven't seen it (and would very much like to see it).

Actually you want this thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36361), not the stylesheet one.

radius
12-28-2009, 06:22 PM
Actually you want this thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36361), not the stylesheet one.

Hmmm... unless I'm mistaken, the thread you are pointing to is only about how you can embed some CSS in your epub so that you can use fonts stored on the Reader.

I thought we were talking about setting some default CSS so that even epubs *without* any custom CSS could display in a different font?

Teddman
02-19-2010, 02:58 PM
What you are noticing in the darker text of the lrf files was probably just a "bold all" option when the book was prepared. You can do it yourself upon a conversion in Calibre:

http://www.teleread.org/2009/12/26/how-to-boldface-all-of-a-book-so-its-easier-to-read-on-your-e-ink-gizmo-easy-calibre-tweak/

Hope that helps!

HarryT
02-20-2010, 03:19 AM
I was surprised on downloading an .lrf file from mobileread that the font seemed to be a lot crisper and darker than what I've been used to reading so far.


That's because the overwhelming majority of LRF files at MR have been created using "BookDesigner", and BookDesigner uses, by default, a bold font as its default body text font.