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Old 12-28-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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PRS-300 and Adobe Digital Editions

Newb questions I'm sure....

Bought a book from Books on Board and it was in Adobe Digital Edition...
It loads OK and comes up, but the type is way too small and the Sony won't enlarge the type....

Options? Or am I stuck? Will Calibre convert this book if I "liberate" it or will it always be a PDF?

Not to mention I'm a little unhappy with BoB....gave me 22% off code for signing up, good for one day, and when I checked out, it didn't work.
They accepted the code and it even showed the code up at the top of the checkout screen, but I got charged the full amount.
I've already emailed their support team, so I'll see what happens with that.

Thanks for any answers or even smart remarks...
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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Unfortunately PDFs are set as far as size when they are created. This is one of the major disadvantages of the format for me. I avoid PDFs with a passion - at least as far as ebook readers go.



I don't know the answer as far as liberating and converting as I've never tried that. The one PDF fiction book I purchased (from BOB btw) by accident, I returned and got a credit for.
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I think I would contact Books on Board about the price and the content. If it is unreadable I would return it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:20 AM   #4
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Thank you both...
Had I done a little research before buying....(excited about my new reader), I would have understood the .pdf issue with the 300.

And I never realized one could return an ebook...

I have sent an email to BoB and await their reply.

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Old 12-28-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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Thank you both...
Had I done a little research before buying....(excited about my new reader), I would have understood the .pdf issue with the 300.

And I never realized one could return an ebook...

I have sent an email to BoB and await their reply.

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If it doesn't specifically say the format is ePub, it's not. When BOB says Adobe Digital Editions, they really mean PDF. Sorry you got sucked into BOB's stupid way of say it's a PDF. What you should do is ask for your money back since you really wanted ePub.
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Thank you both...
Had I done a little research before buying....(excited about my new reader), I would have understood the .pdf issue with the 300.

And I never realized one could return an ebook...

I have sent an email to BoB and await their reply.

Bob T.
I've only returned one myself (come sites B&N in particular) do not allow returning except if there is a significant issue. In my case the book said it was Adobe DRM but my mistake was assuming that meant EPUB and it wasn't, it was PDF. I emailed them and they were kind enough to credit my account.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:31 PM   #7
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Well all is well...
Since I couldn't find this book in any other format, and it is something I really wanted, I worked it out.
I liberated the .pdf file, converted it to a .prc with Mobipocket Creator and let Calibre convert it for my Sony 300...
The formatting isn't perfect, but it is easily readable....

Now...if they just get back to me on my missing 22% discount...

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The alternative to multiple conversions is to use soPDF. After liberating the PDF file, use soPDF to strip away the margins and make the text appear bigger.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:55 PM   #9
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Well all is well...
Since I couldn't find this book in any other format, and it is something I really wanted, I worked it out.
I liberated the .pdf file, converted it to a .prc with Mobipocket Creator and let Calibre convert it for my Sony 300...
The formatting isn't perfect, but it is easily readable....

Now...if they just get back to me on my missing 22% discount...

Bob T.
Good for you!
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Glad you got it sorted. I hope in the near future book will be sold DRM free, so there will be no need to liberate them. Isn't it said what publishers force their customers to go through.....
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Well all is well...
Since I couldn't find this book in any other format, and it is something I really wanted, I worked it out.
I liberated the .pdf file, converted it to a .prc with Mobipocket Creator and let Calibre convert it for my Sony 300...
The formatting isn't perfect, but it is easily readable....

Now...if they just get back to me on my missing 22% discount...

Bob T.
What book is it you bought?
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
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What book is it you bought?
OK...but promise you won't make me feel bad and tell me where I could have found it cheap and easy and in the right format...

The Hunter, by Richard Stark....A.K.A. Donald Westlake....
Point Blank with Lee Marvin and Payback with Mel Gibson are both based on this book.

It is the first in his "Parker" series...short, easy, yet very fun reads....
I read them all years ago and I want to read the series again.

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OK...but promise you won't make me feel bad and tell me where I could have found it cheap and easy and in the right format...

The Hunter, by Richard Stark....A.K.A. Donald Westlake....
Point Blank with Lee Marvin and Payback with Mel Gibson are both based on this book.

It is the first in his "Parker" series...short, easy, yet very fun reads....
I read them all years ago and I want to read the series again.

Bob T.
You do know about these ebook search engines, right?

http://inkmesh.com/

http://www.ebookprice.info/

http://ebooks.addall.com/

and

http://www.archive.org/details/texts

I'm only seeing it at Amazon and BoB using those.

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OK...but promise you won't make me feel bad and tell me where I could have found it cheap and easy and in the right format...

The Hunter, by Richard Stark....A.K.A. Donald Westlake....
Point Blank with Lee Marvin and Payback with Mel Gibson are both based on this book.

It is the first in his "Parker" series...short, easy, yet very fun reads....
I read them all years ago and I want to read the series again.

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I have a look for The Hunter and I've only been able to find it as a PDF and from Amazon. Other then that, it's not in any other format that I can find. That's a tough find. But I did read a review of it while looking and it oes seem pretty good.
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You do know about these ebook search engines, right?

http://inkmesh.com/

http://www.ebookprice.info/

http://ebooks.addall.com/

and

http://www.archive.org/details/texts

I'm only seeing it at Amazon and BoB using those.
I knew of two of them...I've now bookmarked them all...thanks a bunch...
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