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Old 07-08-2009, 06:07 PM   #46
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Exactly at the dawn of the computing age everythong was the same, simple layout, because that's all that the technology allowed....
Yep, simple, reflowable text.


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... And mobileread is definitely reflowable, ...
In fact, as you read this post, just try resizing your browser window. ...
O.K., i did. Here is a screen grab:

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Old 07-08-2009, 08:17 PM   #47
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Hm, tried the latest Safari, Camino and the latest Firefox on OS X, neither reflows mobileread.

Your browser must be from those DOS times....
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #49
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There's Firefox for DOS?
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Hm, tried the latest Safari, Camino and the latest Firefox on OS X, neither reflows mobileread.

Your browser must be from those DOS times....
Look in the very very bottom of an MR forum page -- very bottom, in the footer bottom. You should see a combo box which lets you select between "fixed" and "liquid." A little meta community commentary on fixed-page vs. reflowable formats perhaps?
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:12 PM   #51
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Hm, tried the latest Safari, Camino and the latest Firefox on OS X, neither reflows mobileread.

Your browser must be from those DOS times....
Actually, it might as well be, I use vimperator (though not in the screencaps which were from my wife's machine as I use a tiling window manager). vimperator has an etirely keyboard based interface, just like the good old DOS, err, actually Unix, days
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Some say that PDF is not a very good ebook format.
For me it is my format of choice for reading public-domain books on cybook as it helps me overcome the original non-customizable layout for mobi books set by the manufacturer. Secondly, it helps me bypass the lack of fixed page numbering in reflowable formats. [...]
That's perfect, if it works for you. But that makes PDF a sub-optimal format for distribution, since different people have different tastes and devices and needs. And some people may want to change format on the fly (enlarging font size at dusk, turning from portrait to landscape, reading on different devices...).

I do like well-made PDFs, but I understand it's better to distribute reflowable formats.
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