|07-20-2014, 04:18 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2014
Device: Kobo Glo
Convert PDF to readable format?
I've got a new Kobo Glo and am playing around with one of the few eBooks I already have, which is a PDF ("Agile Product Management with Scrum")
Reading this as-is on the Kobo seems horribly inefficient - need to zoom, pan, etc.
I tried using Calbre to convert to epub which seemed to work fine but the formatting is quite screwed up and I wouldn't exactly call it readable.
Are there any good solutions to make the PDFs readable on the Kobo - whether PDF or another format?
|07-20-2014, 04:43 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: The Beaten Path, USA, Roundworld, This Side of Infinity
Device: Kindle Touch fw5.3.7 (Wifi only)
|07-20-2014, 07:23 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Sounds to me like this is quite a technical book, with lots of figures/diagrams/other fancy typography (probably a bunch of sidebars, information boxes, formulas, etc. etc.), which is probably up there for some of THE WORST material to convert into EPUB without the original source documents.
You might be able to use k2pdfopt in order to chop the margins from the PDF, which might make the PDF fit slightly better on a smaller screen:
If the company doesn't sell an EPUB version, and only gives out a PDF, you sadly might just be forced into reading this book on a larger screen (large tablet, monitor, etc. etc.).
It is just physically impossible to fit a book designed for 7"x10" or 8.5"x11" on a tinier screen. (Hence, the annoying panning/scanning you are doing).
Side Note: Are you aware of this fantastic introduction/presentation, "Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell"?
I went to a lecture/presentation on Agile Development a few months ago, and the speaker showed off a portion of that video... it is absolutely fantastic.
If you still want to tackle it (I wouldn't recommend tackling such a complex book, especially for someone who never did it before). I wrote quite in depth about it in these topics:
Long story short, you have to run it through OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and LOTS AND LOTS of manual fixing.
Last edited by Tex2002ans; 07-20-2014 at 07:43 PM.
|07-20-2014, 09:30 PM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Kobo Aura H2O, Sony PRS-650, Sony PRS-T1, nook STR, iPad 4, iPhone 5
1. Use whatever software you want to use to convert the PDF > ePub.
2. Use Sigil to load the ePub for editing.
3. A/B compare the entire PDF to the entire ePub.
4. Fix any errors/formatting errors while A/B comparing.
That is the only way to do it.
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