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Old 07-20-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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Convert PDF to readable format?

I've got a new Kobo Glo and am playing around with one of the few eBooks I already have, which is a PDF ("Agile Product Management with Scrum")

Reading this as-is on the Kobo seems horribly inefficient - need to zoom, pan, etc.

I tried using Calbre to convert to epub which seemed to work fine but the formatting is quite screwed up and I wouldn't exactly call it readable.

Are there any good solutions to make the PDFs readable on the Kobo - whether PDF or another format?
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
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You might look into installing KOReader, an alternative PDF viewer.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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I've got a new Kobo Glo and am playing around with one of the few eBooks I already have, which is a PDF ("Agile Product Management with Scrum")
PDF is designed as a final/output format... it is absolutely atrocious as an input/middleman format.

Sounds to me like this is quite a technical book, with lots of figures/diagrams/other fancy typography (probably a bunch of sidebars, information boxes, formulas, etc. etc.), which is probably up there for some of THE WORST material to convert into EPUB without the original source documents.

You might be able to use k2pdfopt in order to chop the margins from the PDF, which might make the PDF fit slightly better on a smaller screen:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=144711

If the company doesn't sell an EPUB version, and only gives out a PDF, you sadly might just be forced into reading this book on a larger screen (large tablet, monitor, etc. etc.).

It is just physically impossible to fit a book designed for 7"x10" or 8.5"x11" on a tinier screen. (Hence, the annoying panning/scanning you are doing).

Side Note: Are you aware of this fantastic introduction/presentation, "Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502ILHjX9EE

I went to a lecture/presentation on Agile Development a few months ago, and the speaker showed off a portion of that video... it is absolutely fantastic.

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I tried using Calbre to convert to epub which seemed to work fine but the formatting is quite screwed up and I wouldn't exactly call it readable.
Heh....

If you still want to tackle it (I wouldn't recommend tackling such a complex book, especially for someone who never did it before). I wrote quite in depth about it in these topics:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=223817
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=228413
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=234146

Long story short, you have to run it through OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and LOTS AND LOTS of manual fixing.

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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1. Use whatever software you want to use to convert the PDF > ePub.
2. Use Sigil to load the ePub for editing.
3. A/B compare the entire PDF to the entire ePub.
4. Fix any errors/formatting errors while A/B comparing.
5. Done!

That is the only way to do it.
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