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Old 12-03-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Viewing or Converting PDF for NOOK HD

Specifically, I am having an issue with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books that I've loaded onto my son's NOOK. The books are in PDF form. I typically use Calibre to convert them to ePub and Mobi but neither of these formats or PDF display properly on the NOOK HD.

These books are unique in that there are many pages with lines drawn on them (like notebook paper) with "hand written" text. After the conversion, depending on which profile I use in Calibre I either don't see the "hand written" text or the formatting is waaaaay off.

The thing I find most troubling is that every one of these formats (PDF, MOBI, ePUB) look fine when viewed in Calibre, Fox-it Reader (PDF), and the Kindle app (computer and phone). I don't get it.

I see that Calibre does not have a NOOK HD profile. Could that be it? Is there a way to make this work?

Thanks for any help you can give me. I gave these books to my son for his birthday back in September and he hasn't been able to read them

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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PDF conversions to ePUB are not easy. They require much manual effort. Usually the best results are achieved when performing OCR on the PDF.
If the PDF contains images, it gets even worse.

My advice is to either read the PDF on the Nook (I do not know if the Nook supports PDF) or convert it in total and be prepared to loose all formatting by default. You need to reapply the formatting later if you can.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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It sounds like the book relies on exact formatting of text or graphics on a page. Epub has a lot of trouble doing this, so Toxaris' advice is 100% correct.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:29 PM   #4
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Thank you both. I'm not looking for more work than I've already got so that's the end of these books for me.

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