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Old 07-23-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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Full size .pdfs - screenshots and/or best option available now?

OK, the more I read here, the more I want to buy a reader. The thing is, most of my reading is professional and academic journals, which use a variety of .pdf sizes, up to 8.5 x 11 (A4, I believe?)

Are there screenshots anywhere of how these documents would appear on the Sony 505, or other? (I'm in Canada and so can't buy a Kindle yet.) As far as I can tell all the 9.7 inch displays are not yet in existence. And a related question: if I wanted to buy something today, what is the best option for heavy PDF reading? (Right now, I'm leaning towards making do with my laptop until the 9.7 inches are on the market.)

Any suggestions most appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:23 PM   #2
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Waiting for 9.7" devices (or a LCD-based tablet with a long battery life) is not a bad choice. If you want to buy today, the only option is the iLiad. Its 8.1" screen really is enough larger than the 6" to make a difference.

Any academic or professional article written entirely by US government employees has no copyright protection. If you can find an example in this category, post the PDF here and someone will make screenshots (copies of the screen bitmap) or photos. Or look in the iLiad forum for existing images, see for example Photos from medical journals.
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Waiting for 9.7" devices (or a LCD-based tablet with a long battery life) is not a bad choice. If you want to buy today, the only option is the iLiad. Its 8.1" screen really is enough larger than the 6" to make a difference.

Any academic or professional article written entirely by US government employees has no copyright protection. If you can find an example in this category, post the PDF here and someone will make screenshots (copies of the screen bitmap) or photos. Or look in the iLiad forum for existing images, see for example Photos from medical journals.
Thank you very much, I appreciate this.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:12 PM   #4
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:34 AM   #5
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For large format .pdfs, I haul out my Fujitsu Stylistic 4110 (10.4" screen @ 1024 x 768) which works well for such. A 9-cell battery lasts longer than I'm likely to spend reading on it.

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With the upcoming update for the 505 that will add support to reflow PDF, the Sony might be a good solution as long as you're not using documents full of tables and images.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:43 PM   #7
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OK, attached is a publicly available PDF of the sort that I'd like to be able to read on a reader. Can anyone show me what this looks like on a Sony reader screen?
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:47 PM   #8
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We won't know until we get the new firmware. We expect it any time now.
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OK, attached is a publicly available PDF of the sort that I'd like to be able to read on a reader. Can anyone show me what this looks like on a Sony reader screen?
Thanks muchly,
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Here are some photos from my 5 year old digital camera. I had to kill the flash to avoid glare so it may not look as good as it should be.

Also, you can download 'ebook library' program and load the PDF. Then, you can see how it will look depending on the font size (S/M/L) and document orientation (portrait mode only).

Good luck on your decision.
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:07 PM   #10
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Here are some photos from my 5 year old digital camera. I had to kill the flash to avoid glare so it may not look as good as it should be.

Also, you can download 'ebook library' program and load the PDF. Then, you can see how it will look depending on the font size (S/M/L) and document orientation (portrait/landscape).

Good luck on your decision.
thanks very much for the images. It is vastly improved from the previous release. It is a bit surprising that they chose to cut the picture in half rather than move it to a page by itself.

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Old 07-26-2008, 11:57 AM   #11
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Also, you can download 'ebook library' program and load the PDF. Then, you can see how it will look depending on the font size (S/M/L) and document orientation (portrait/landscape).
See Sony's Windows ebook Reader for an expanded post on the Windows program. I did not find a landscape mode though.
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See Sony's Windows ebook Reader for an expanded post on the Windows program. I did not find a landscape mode though.
Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I only checked that ebook library program can display PDF files in S/M/L size in portrait mode and I assumed that it should be able to display landscape mode as well. I will edit the post accordingly.
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:11 PM   #13
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so what are your opinions? Should I wait for a 9.7" or get the PRS-505 with new firmware?

p.s. sorry for hijacking this thread, hope you guys dont mind. I just have the same needs for a reader as RWJ.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:09 PM   #14
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:34 PM   #15
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The Hanlain device with a 9.7" screen still isn't for sale yet even though it was announced so long ago.
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