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Old 05-15-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
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Min screen size for A4 pages

So I have these books in PDF format, anywhere up to A4 size (that's just a little bit taller and thinner than US letter I think).

I want to buy an eReader to read them. But there won't be reflow. The 6" Kindle looks too small, though I haven't tried it.

What is the smallest screen size acceptable for reading A4?
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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It depends on your sight and the font size of the PDF.
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20/20 and 12pt
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #4
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And what's the minimum font size you'd be comfortable with?
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:41 AM   #5
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Cropped PDF's read in the landscape orientation on the baby Kindle are ok.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:34 AM   #6
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My daughter's comfortable with reading letter-sized pages with 12-pt font on a 6" Kindle screen. I can if I use the landscape view; I get more annoyed with the page breaks than the font size.

That's small enough that you really should find someone with a device to check it out; the line between "a little small, but I can put up with it" and "too small to read for more than a minute or two" is very much a matter of personal preference.
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ok, well it sounds dangerous enough to avoid the 6". Come to think of it they should display 10pt and even 8pt for notes and legends. I will read Indian scripts which are difficult even in books and can't see myself jimmying PDFs before.
9" are just so expensive
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An A4 is 21cm wide. A 6" screen is around 12cm high, so if you turn the reader in portrait orientation, you're fittin 21cm in 12cm, which is a 12/21 = 57% scale. That turns a 12pt font into ~6.85pt

If the A4 PDF has 1in margins, the text is ~16cm and the scale is 75%, with which 12pt becomes 9pt
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Hope they bring out a reader with 210x270mm. Whole idea of eReaders was to replace paper I thought. You lose something in reflow. I still prefer reading PDFs on my PC than epubs.
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Hello

With the readers on sale today it’s:

1 - Kindle Dxg (with Duokan preferably);
or
2 - Pocketbook 902/903.

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