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Old 11-25-2007, 11:45 PM   #1
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Manga on the Kindle?

I am, currently, an owner of the PRS-500 and it bricked on me couple months back and now I am looking to replace it. Everything I've read about the Kindle sounds great but one question seems to bother me. On the PRS, it was pretty easy to convert a series of pictures to a .PDF and read manga that way. I know the Kindle doesn't support .PDF's but is there any other way to get my manga fix on this? It will be the deciding factor of whether or not to buy it. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:03 AM   #2
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It does support PDF via the email conversion. However, unlike Sony the Kindle has less grey levels, so I am not sure how well it would convert.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:02 AM   #3
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On the PRS, it was pretty easy to convert a series of pictures to a .PDF and read manga that way. I know the Kindle doesn't support .PDF's but is there any other way to get my manga fix on this?
If your PDFs contain images scaled for a 600x800 screen, then Amazon's free PDF conversion may be all you need. In fact, it might be worth trying no matter what size the images are. If you have an example that can be posted on public forums, upload it here for someone to try.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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If you can wait a few more days, I'm going to try manga on my Kindle as soon as I get it.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:24 PM   #5
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Well I tried some manga, there's a .NET app on here that converts the JPGs into a PDF. Then I tried mobipocket creator from that PDF. I also tried the amazon conversion from the PDF.

The result is less than thrilling. The 4 shades of gray leads to the images not looking too great, but also beacause of the resolution/size of the screen the text isn't too readable.


That was just an initial test. I'm not sure if there's better ways of doing it that will lead to a nicer experience. ;-)
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:46 AM   #6
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Tried loading up some manga through the pictures folder, it works fine, text was a bit difficult to read though. Used photoshop to autoresize all of the images to the correct WxH so that it would take up much space.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:15 AM   #7
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I have manga photos as all of my screen savers on the kindle. The key is to resizing them to the proper screen size so they look the best. I haven't tried putting an entire manga on the kindle though yet.
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:33 PM   #8
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It actually works really well. There's a built in image viewer that keeps track of the last image you viewed, etc. I also wrote an app to process and organize manga images, works great (http://www.foosoft.net/mangle)
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:56 PM   #9
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Has anybody tried using the re-color functionality on the JPEG files before converting? Might help to reduce the grey levels before putting them on the Kindle so you can fine tune the images before they are automatically converted.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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I actually just got my Kindle today and I used FooSoft's "Mangle" program that he described above. I scanned for viruses, and it's safe. Even better, it works GREAT!

My Angel sanctuary Manga looks gorgeous on my Kindle. Very nice to read too. Mangle is easy to run...it renames and resizes the pictures to fit. The directions are easy to follow.
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:33 PM   #11
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What output does Mangle give you? Is it a pdf? or another format?
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:11 PM   #12
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It outputs the manga into a series of jpeg pics that are in order and fit to the Kindle's screen. Each jpeg is like the "page" of a book. There is also two smaller files included that allow the Kindle to "read" the jpegs like a book and remember your place.


Mangle outputs the jpeg files in a single folder. Just drag that folder to your Kindle/SD card and it will show up in your book list. Then just read like a normal ebook, turning the pages normally.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:43 PM   #13
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It outputs the manga into a series of jpeg pics that are in order and fit to the Kindle's screen. Each jpeg is like the "page" of a book. There is also two smaller files included that allow the Kindle to "read" the jpegs like a book and remember your place.


Mangle outputs the jpeg files in a single folder. Just drag that folder to your Kindle/SD card and it will show up in your book list. Then just read like a normal ebook, turning the pages normally.
GIFs actually, but yeah that's the general idea
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:36 PM   #14
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GIFs actually, but yeah that's the general idea
Oops, yeah GIFs...

Oh by the way, (to FooSoft) I love your Mangle app. I just put a couple mangas of Elfen Lied ontio my mem card last night using your program. It looks gorgeous on the Kindle and is very easy to read. I can't thank you enough.
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:58 AM   #15
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Hello,

I know these posts are pretty old, but i just got my hands on a kindle for a little while and all i wanted to do was read manga on it. and your app is what made that possible. So i just wanted to register real quick and post a quick thank you.

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