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Old 02-23-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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So that was weird... PDF sideways

So I sent a text to my Kindle via Amazon's email service of a particularly nasty pdf full of words in Sanskrit and Pali and just generally bad OCR work.

I had tried converting it via MobiPocket Creator but it was really just a disaster and would require more effort than it was worth. But I always try to see if Amazon's system will work.

I was very surprised when I got the item on my Kindle and instead of the mangled conversion it was the article, sideways and cut into pieces that could be clearly viewed on my Kindle's screen in a landscape mode.

Quite frankly, it was great. I'm wondering if there is a way to get this result outside of blind chance. Or a way to get something on my own computer to do it.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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I ran into that a while back. It looks a lot like they're using PDFRead to do the conversion, though I don't know how they're going about it.
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This seems to be a upgrade Amazon added a while after the Kindle 1 was introduced. If the Amazon PDF converter detects a "complex" PDF it gives you a MOBI of images back instead of a mostly-text MOBI (PDF reflow) back. This is definitely an improvement over Windows MobiPocket Reader (or Creator). For direct conversion to images, see PDFReader 1.8.2 works great with Kindle and PDFRead 1.8 released!.
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