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Old 06-25-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Reading PDFs on Kindle 3

So, here I am, with a lovely PDF scan of C.K. Shepherd's Across America by Motor-Cycle that I picked up for free at archive.org. I could have downloaded the "Kindle" version there, but I kind of like proper layout and formatting.

I sideload it onto my Kindle, and I think "man, that print is tiny." Mind you, this is coming from someone who routinely reads Kindle books on the smallest font setting.

So, I change from portrait to landscape orientation. Print size is much better, but I'm still not all that happy. I like seeing a page at a time. Now I'm thinking, why didn't I buy a Kindle DX?

Then I had my really obvious brainstorm. Reader glasses. You know, those inexpensive glasses you can buy in multiple styles and levels of magnification at any drugstore? I had a pair of 1.5x glasses around (okay, I confess, I'm much closer to 50 than I want to be, and I had them lying around the house already), put them on, and presto: easily readable full PDF pages on a Kindle 3.

Unsatisfied PDF readers, give it a try: take your Kindle over to SprawlMart, find the readers, then bring up a PDF and start trying on glasses.

Sure, there's a touch of Terry Gilliam's Brazil in the solution, but I can live with that.

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Old 06-25-2011, 12:24 PM   #2
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You must be joking, right?

Well i was in the same boat as you are and sold my kindle 3 to a friend and bought kindle DX instead. But i must confess even with Kindle DX i sometimes have to use the landscape mode as 9.7 inch is far away from actual A4 size.
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when I read the first pdf on kindle 3, I immediately thought "I must get a magnifying glass soon!"
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:08 PM   #4
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You must be joking, right?
Only insofar as I take very little seriously.

I love my Kindle 3 with its lighted cover for 90% of the reading I do. I'm simply trying to find a low cost solution to my PDF problem, and this is the best I've come up with so far.

When my current K3 dies, I'll definitely be considering a Kindle DX (or maybe a Sony Daily Edition)...but for now, this is my preferred solution.

(Well, actually, my preferred solution is duct tape, but it didn't seem useful here.)
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Only insofar as I take very little seriously.

I love my Kindle 3 with its lighted cover for 90% of the reading I do. I'm simply trying to find a low cost solution to my PDF problem, and this is the best I've come up with so far.

When my current K3 dies, I'll definitely be considering a Kindle DX (or maybe a Sony Daily Edition)...but for now, this is my preferred solution.

(Well, actually, my preferred solution is duct tape, but it didn't seem useful here.)
I am glad that you are satisfied with your solution. I have myopia but i don't use my glasses while reading so now i am much more comfortable with my DX's larger reading area. A much comfortable choice for me instead of using magnifying glasses.
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