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Old 07-14-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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Question about the best format(s).

Ok. I know what formats are supported by the PRS-505 from the wiki but I would like to know from people that have used their 505 for a while...

A. Which format is your favorite for the 505

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B. Which one do you recommend to convert all documents to for optimum viewing capabilities
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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I like .lrf well enough. Also ePub. Both display well on the Sony. PDFs in ADE tend not to re-flow very well in my experience.
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I like ePub and lrf
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
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I prefer epub, but I will read pdf files (alot of library books are pdf and since they are free, I will live wirh the funky paragraph breaks).
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:19 PM   #5
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I like lrf and ePub. Pdf only if I have no other choice.
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:21 PM   #6
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lrf and epub for me also..
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:27 PM   #7
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For optimum viewing options, I'd use ePub. I don't mind ragged right edges, and ePub is more convertable to other filetypes later if I care about it. I consider LRFs to be throwaway files--read and delete; keep something else for long-term use options.

If I had to chose one for a purchase, it'd definitely be ePub.

For a lot of my reading, I'm prone to converting things to custom PDFs sized for the Reader. (For free PDFs from the various publishers that offer them, I tend to add tags, which greatly helps reflow, and bookmarks, after which they're much less painful to read.)
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:20 PM   #8
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I use LRF because my husband is using my old PRS-500...and the PRS-500 does not support epub.

I also don't like that epub on the PRS-505 does not support full justification and I can't get rid of the numbers on the right margin. We already have a page number set up built into the PRS, not sure why we need another set of numbers?
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:55 PM   #9
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I used to like RTF, but I've found that Calibre's default conversion to lrf gives a better formatted page in most cases, with full justification, paragraph indents, and good margins.

As for long-term storage, who cares? LRF is never the source format for my books anyway, it's usually RTF or LIT. What you buy in and what you read in don't need to be the same.

With Calibre, your original format is always retained alongside whatever you convert to, so it's a moot point. And conversion is fast enough that I read almost everyhing in LRF for best performance on the 505. Unless a get a PDF specifically formatted for it, like from feedbooks.
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I also don't like that epub on the PRS-505 does not support full justification and I can't get rid of the numbers on the right margin. We already have a page number set up built into the PRS, not sure why we need another set of numbers?
I agree, I don't like ePub as a format or in its implementation on the 505. I wonder why it seems to be so popular...

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Old 07-14-2009, 09:24 PM   #10
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I prefer ePub because it's easy to setup the font(s) that I want. And I do find that I like Fontin as a base font in most cases.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:26 PM   #11
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The LRF books I've purchased from Sony are generally formatted pretty well and are quite readable as is (which is good since you can't reformat them if you want).

That said, I prefer to purchase my books in ePub format. About half have been formatted well and I've left alone. The other half I've decrypted, then edited the stylesheets to add better margins, adjust the type size and line spacing, eliminate blank lines after paragraphs, etc. In doing this, I've found a couple that actually have fonts included in the archive, but that aren't properly referenced in the stylesheet. Once those were linked back up, the book looked much better.

As for the non-justification in ePub, I personally prefer it. I deal with layout and text daily, and I'd much rather have ragged right text with proper character and word spacing than unhyphenated fully justified blocks of text with erratic word spacing and huge gaping rivers flowing through them. But that's just me.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:18 PM   #12
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I use LRF for shorter files or things that I care less about. I can't say I particularly like the design or formatting most folks do with it even on MR. Feels cheap--too cheap for what for me was a $300usd device...

I try to make custom pdfs for any book I want to look nice. I couldn't care less about reflow or resize, or even a table of contents for that matter. I'd much rather focus on making an attractive, enjoyable book with more complete layout and font control.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:34 PM   #13
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I prefer LRF, not really that taken with epub. I'd buy a LIT file and convert it before buying an epub.
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As for the non-justification in ePub, I personally prefer it. I deal with layout and text daily, and I'd much rather have ragged right text with proper character and word spacing than unhyphenated fully justified blocks of text with erratic word spacing and huge gaping rivers flowing through them. But that's just me.
I agree, it's a matter of personal taste, it's just that I like my books to look like books. I can't remember the last ragged-right paperback I read. Unless you use a big font, I don't find the spacing and hyphenation to be a problem.

I just can't believe ePub is supposed to be the universal e-book format and it didn't even support full justification until a few months ago.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:44 PM   #15
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I agree with everybody else, epub and LRF are the main ones I use.

I just did the font hack that is on this site and replaced the default font with caecilia font. And I like it a lot because it's darker and clearer and I can read smaller font sizes and get more words on screen. And these fonts only work on LRF ebooks. The basic fonts on epub are great too, but since I just did the font hack I am having fun reading my stuff in that font.

Also, the sony 505 has 6 zoom levels, not 3! If you do portrait mode the fonts are bigger than the others, I just found that out. So I'm going to reconvert some of my ebooks to small font size as default , and use portrait modes if I need bigger font sizes. Not sure what I wrote makes sense, but check it out on your 505 and you will see what I mean.
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