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Old 04-29-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Font too small - Calibre converted

I am using the latest version of Calibre (v 0.7.57) to convert a book to PRS 650 format and having issues. The font is too small even in XXL.

I converted the PDF to PDF and EPUB using the default Calibre settings and no luck. I tried using Page Setup -> Output Profile to "Sony Reader" in Calibre and converted to PDF, EPUB and LRF and still no luck - still too small a font. However, I don't have any issues viewing the book in my laptop.

I haven't tried the landscape mode - prefer not to use it.

Does anyone know any easy way to convert this book to PRS 650 friendly format with or without using Calibre?

Thanks a lot.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:54 PM   #2
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It's possible that the PDF is scanned images. If it is, there's nothing you can do about it.

And in a lot of cases, PDF conversions come out really poorly. Basically, the solution is to pretend PDF doesn't exist.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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It's possible that the PDF is scanned images. If it is, there's nothing you can do about it.

And in a lot of cases, PDF conversions come out really poorly. Basically, the solution is to pretend PDF doesn't exist.
Actually calibre does this most of times whether pdf is scanned image or not. I think best way to fix the small font size issue is to convert the PDF to text (can be done with Acrobat) and then convert the text to mobi. Note that, however, in most of cases with this method, you will lose all real images in the book and may have to edit the text to delete page indications.
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:57 AM   #4
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I have converted a lot of pdf's to ePub and the most successful method I have found so far is a three stage process.

1) Scan the pdf with an OCR program (I use ABBYY FineReader) to extract the text.

2) Open the recognised text in Word, spell check and edit as required. Save as a web page in htm format.

3) Add this htm file to Calbre and select convert to ePub.

As statcomp pointed out you do lose the images but they can be extracted from the pdf and reinserted when editing the file in Word.

I know this sounds a little long winded but to be honest the majority of the pdfs I have converted have been novels so the image issue has not been a problem.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #5
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Yes, I have not found it easy to convert pdf to any other format, and no energy to spend so much time on a conversion. I'll take any format before I take pdf!
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:34 PM   #6
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I would have Calibre convert the file from .pdf to .rtf. Then open the .rtf file in Word, change the font sizes and resave as an .rtf file. The Sony readers read .rtf very well.

For best results in changing font size, I use 16 point for the body text in .rtf - that seems to do very well in my PRS650.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:45 PM   #7
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Mobipocket Reader's desktop application does a better job converting PDFs than calibre, so that may be worth a try. Amazon acquired the company and stopped development of the software, though, and it may not be available for download anymore.
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Mobipocket Reader's desktop application does a better job converting PDFs than calibre, so that may be worth a try. Amazon acquired the company and stopped development of the software, though, and it may not be available for download anymore.
It is the Mobipocket Creator that does the job and it still can be downloaded at www.mobipocket.com. It is easy to use and quite good.
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It is the Mobipocket Creator that does the job and it still can be downloaded at www.mobipocket.com. It is easy to use and quite good.
I have had a great deal of success with Mobipocket Creator converting PDF's the MOBI and then using Calibre to convert the MOBI to ePUB. I even use Mobipocket Creator for conversion of TXT files -> Calibre -> ePUB
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It is the Mobipocket Creator that does the job and it still can be downloaded at www.mobipocket.com. It is easy to use and quite good.
Thanks for that information Poooaea

I'll give it a try as it sounds a lot less long-winded than the method I have been using.
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Thanks for that information Poooaea

I'll give it a try as it sounds a lot less long-winded than the method I have been using.
POOO????

Oh my! What have I done to deserve this?
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My deepest apologies, my poor typing skills and lack of attention.

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Oh, I was just pulling your leg, it's obvious its a typo
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It is the Mobipocket Creator that does the job and it still can be downloaded at www.mobipocket.com. It is easy to use and quite good.
Mobipocket Reader is a different application. I don't know how the workflow with Creator works, but with Reader, all you have to do to convert a PDF to a MOBI or PRC file is to drag the PDF onto the application. It's very easy, and very quick.
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Mobipocket Reader is a different application. I don't know how the workflow with Creator works, but with Reader, all you have to do to convert a PDF to a MOBI or PRC file is to drag the PDF onto the application. It's very easy, and very quick.


My bad! I did not know this. I am sorry. Yours is easier! K. for the good tip.
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