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Old 12-02-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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KF vs. KF HD vs. KF HD 8.9 for PDF textbooks?

I can barely manage technical textbook .pdf files on a e-ink Kindle (KK), but the size of the screen makes it not quite comfortable reading and as a result I don't read texts as much as I want to. I also don't want to accumulate any more big heavy text books that just suck up shelf space, so I'm thinking about a tablet. The books I want to read all appear to be available in .pdf format. There are diagrams but generally no really complex photos or illustrations.

Is anyone regularly reading technical textbook .pdf files on one of the KF units? Which one? Are you satisfied with the clarity, speed of rendering and scrolling on your unit? Why or why not?

Is a 7 inch KF HD good enough? Does the 8.9 KF have enough horsepower to handle .pdfs in HD resolution?
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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A 7" screen is really not big enough for this type of use. You might be able to get by in landscape mode, but it's a heck of a lot better to be able to see the whole page at once.

A KF 8.9" might be OK, but the outstanding device for this purpose is the iPad - no doubt about it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #3
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The bigger screen would be better, I would imagine. But, the ipad would be better than what amazon offers if you need pdf goodness.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:55 AM   #4
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I'm not willing to consider ipad due to cost and my general unwillingness to adopt the apple way of doing things.

I would consider some other android tablet (depending on cost). Acer ICONIA A700 looks interesting, but one of the reviews on Amazon specifically dings it for slow pdf handling.

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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I would guess it depends on the PDF. If there are many drawings/diagrams the bigger Kindle Fire would be the better device. If it's all straight text you might be OK with the 7". Either way the bigger the better with PDF files.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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For PDFs a larger screen is better. Since Apple is out, I would recommend one of the Samsung Galaxy tablets.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #7
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As previously mentioned, a 7" tablet is not suitable for the task. I currently use both a Xoom (10 in.) and the Fire HD 8.9" for reading/highlighting/annotating my PDF tech pubs. Both work very well. The aspect ratio of 16:9 on the Xoom is particularly nice as it resembles the dimensions of the printed publications.
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The bigger screen would be better, I would imagine. But, the ipad would be better than what amazon offers if you need pdf goodness.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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