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Old 01-11-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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Odd spacing when converting PDF files to Kindle

I wasn't able to find anything about this in other posts, so please don't be mad if I missed something.

I am trying to convert some PDF files using Calibre, but it is leaving odd spaces in between lines and cutting off mid-sentence to start a new line. Is there a way avoid this from happening? It kind of ruins my reading flow. Thanks
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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I religiously avoid using the words "always" and "never" on the Internet. That said:

PDFs never convert well; they're always glitchy.

PDF was designed to maintain page layout, regardless of the display, whereas e-books are designed to have a fluid page layout per display preferences. The two goals are mutually exclusive, and therein lies the problem. There's no easy way to fix it, but there are some ways to minimize the effect. You can convert to HTML (or RTF) first and then edit the source. This is time consuming, but produces great results. If you use Calibre and you're willing to familiarize yourself with Xpath http://calibre-ebook.com/user_manual/xpath.html and regular expressions, you can automate many of the corrections. Otherwise, you're just stuck with it the way it is. Sorry.
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That will be when sentences cross 2 pages. Try this instead.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=114785
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