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Old 12-26-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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Is the Amazon Kindle suitable for reading 3rd party PDF files?

I have some PDF files which I'd like to read on a mobile device. I thought about buying a Kindle, but I don't know how well that device works with PDF files. Does it read any PDF file or only those purchased through Amazon? Is it possible to upload said PDF files using a USB cable or do they first need to be uploaded to the internet and then be wirelessly downloaded onto the Kindle? What's the reading experience of PDF files like? Will they automatically resize to fit the Kindle's screen or will I find myself constantly scrolling left and right, up and down?
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Most PDF file are sized for an A4 or US Letter sized page, and will therefore display very poorly on a 6" Kindle. The Kindle, almost uniquely amongst eBook readers, supports no form of PDF reflow; you have to "pan and zoom" to read a large page, which is painful in the extreme.

The Kindle DX, with its 9.7" screen, is a much better proposition for reading PDFs.
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Kindle DX needs a firmware upgrade to provide better PDF features. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to happen before 2012...
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:36 PM   #4
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Even with its current firmware, it's a heck of a lot better for PDFs than the Kindle 3.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:40 PM   #5
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Nope.
Ok, because of it's big screen. But that's the only plus. K3 has lot more PDF features like dictionary support, annotation. I'm currently thinking about returining my Kindle DXG 'cause of those missing features and try the PocketBook 903 or some other big screen device.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:30 PM   #6
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I have converted a lot of PDFs through Calibre and the Amazon email conversion process and have been pleased with the results. It's not perfect but it works well enough; haven't had any panning or font size issues.
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