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Old 06-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #1
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Best practice to convert PDF to simple flowing text? Calibre error

Basically I just want to convert documents to read on e-reader, nothing fancy is required, I delete the conversion after reading.

Calibre with default settings cuts the text at the end of the line, so it will look like two lines of text, one line space. Not cool for reading.

What are best practices for simple conversion either with Calibre, BookONO or other software?
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:37 AM   #2
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There is no magic formula, no magic wand or program. PDFs are the worst source for conversions. Since pdfs will display on nearly every reader why bother, except for the text being too small.

PDFs do not contain the information necessary to a hassle free conversion. They are designed for printing. Willus has listed a whole bunch of resources. You will just have to try and see which suits your needs best, but keep your expectations low.
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Basically I just want to convert documents to read on e-reader, nothing fancy is required, I delete the conversion after reading.

Calibre with default settings cuts the text at the end of the line, so it will look like two lines of text, one line space. Not cool for reading.

What are best practices for simple conversion either with Calibre, BookONO or other software?
If your pdf is about A5 size or A4 2-column then you can read it easily and comfortably on 6" without conversion to mobi/epub, simply by zooming without margins in landscape mode or by using 2-column mode in portraite.

If your reader doesn't have good zooming options or becomes too slow for your liking, then you can simply use k2pdfopt to do that beforehand.

You can even read A4 one-column pdf on 6" without conversion but only after reflowing it beforehand using k2pdfopt app.

k2pdfopt's reflowing is much better solution for scanned and textual pdfs because it does not reflow OCR layer but image itself, so there will be 100% accuracy for mathematical and other expressions, and pictures/tables/graphs will also be retained.

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