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Old 01-20-2011, 05:08 AM   #1
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Hi!

I got a Kobo for xmas.

I was hoping to be able to scan some school notes in, pdf them and then convert them using calibre.

I'm obviously doing something wrong, cause I'm only getting the cover page.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Cheers!
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:25 AM   #2
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Hi!

I got a Kobo for xmas.

I was hoping to be able to scan some school notes in, pdf them and then convert them using calibre.

I'm obviously doing something wrong, cause I'm only getting the cover page.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Cheers!
You should (probably) de-drm it first.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:40 AM   #3
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If you scan them are you also OCR'ing them ?
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You should (probably) de-drm it first.
If they're home-scanned, they shouldn't be DRM'd, should they?
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Hi!

I got a Kobo for xmas.

I was hoping to be able to scan some school notes in, pdf them and then convert them using calibre.

I'm obviously doing something wrong, cause I'm only getting the cover page.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Cheers!
No idea why you're only getting a cover page, but just out of curiosity, why not load them on the kobo in pdf? It's not ideal, but it does work.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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If they're home-scanned, they shouldn't be DRM'd, should they?
No they would not have DRM on them, somebody obviously did not read what the problem was.
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No they would not have DRM on them, somebody obviously did not read what the problem was.
Yes, somebody obviously did read what problem was, but simply
did ask one step further in case original poster wanted to know
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:06 AM   #8
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The scan to pdf probably made bit mapped images out of all the pages. Calibre took the first image and made it the cover. Calibre then did not find any text to convert so you ended up with an empty document. The epub file may contain all the pages, as images, but without some links to them you can't open them. Try loading the pdf onto your Kobo and see what it looks like.
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The scan to pdf probably made bit mapped images out of all the pages. Calibre took the first image and made it the cover. Calibre then did not find any text to convert so you ended up with an empty document. The epub file may contain all the pages, as images, but without some links to them you can't open them. Try loading the pdf onto your Kobo and see what it looks like.
Leads me to the next question, are these handwritten notes? If so then yes converting them to PDF would have made them images instead of text. If not, and they are a text file, you might be better off just using Sigil and just copy/paste the text into it.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:19 PM   #10
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Okay, I don't know much about my new Kobo Lookbook, but I ordered a book, and it won't sync with my ereader. It's online when I look there, but the sync won't go. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:40 PM   #11
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No offence taken,

No the notes aren't hand written. I study externally so get everything in a book format, I have just scanned the provided book in.

Using them as a PDF is ok but can be a bit painful, my biggest problem is that the margins are huge.

Each page is stored as a TIF file. I just printed them to PDF.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
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you might want to check out 'sam2p' (google is your friend) .. It does a good job of converting tif/jpg/etc to pdf ... Mung all the pages together with 'pdftk' ... shazam, a book
ImageMagicks -convert- does a similar operation, but sam2p's files are way smaller and faster conversion process

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Okay, I don't know much about my new Kobo Lookbook, but I ordered a book, and it won't sync with my ereader. It's online when I look there, but the sync won't go. Any suggestions?
Puppy, you're in a sub-thread that's talking about a different topic entirely. Try looking on the main kobo board, http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=223, you might find your question about how to use your kobo has already been answered for someone else.
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