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Old 01-11-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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Ebooks in simplified Mandarin

I'd like to test my Iriver with an ebook (epub) in simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and I wonder if one of the MR readers can suggest one, preferably free, as I can't yet read Mandarin - just planning ahead! - or maybe even send me one. Anything will do, even a children's book.

At this stage I'm just checking to see whether the Iriver will handle the characters.

TIA for any help.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Blimey! 88 people have looked at this post and none of them could help. That's a surprise in a cosmopolitan site like this one!
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I have Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) ebooks in PDF format only because I didn't want the hassle of embedding fonts, but let me check and get back to you.

And don't get too upset, most Chinese speakers use Chinese websites, so there won't be too many takers here, though I know a few members like me who can read Chinese.
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Thanks Hans.

I just googled and guess where I ended up: here in my own post! MR is in google.

I've found a number of books, but all are in pdf, and pdf can be a pain to read on an ereader. Still, I suppose I could push it through Calibre and see what came out.
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Thanks Hans.

I just googled and guess where I ended up: here in my own post! MR is in google.

I've found a number of books, but all are in pdf, and pdf can be a pain to read on an ereader. Still, I suppose I could push it through Calibre and see what came out.
Forget PDF to epub conversion with Calibre. It seems nothing can make a good automated conversion from PDF to other (text reflow) formats. No matter how bad using the PDF is on your reader, you will love it compared to the results you get from a Calibre PDF to Epub conversion. Calibre is a great program, but PDF conversion really doesn't work properly.

You have a better shot resizing the PDF from its original size to your reader's screen size and eliminating borders. On the Irex's 8.1" screen PDF's actually work quite well and you can zoom in. The extra screen real estate and the zoom make all the difference in the world compared to the 6" Sony without zoom. You can also try the original PDF in landscape 1/2 page mode.

The great advantage with PDF is that you can display any character set.
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