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Old 01-11-2010, 04:59 AM   #1
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Baffled AGAIN!

Still running into problems. I sorted out the earlier ones by using Calibre for my book management, and thought I was now good to go...however, I've run into a new one that I can't seem to get fixed.

I bought some books on CD off of Ebay (I know, not the brightest move, but I want my old books available for my PSR300 and don't want to pay a tenner apiece ofr them).

Anyway, I downloaded them (they are in PDF format) and converted them, and put them on the reader.

Problem arises when I go to read them. Unlike all my other books, they come up in what must be a size 1 font, anf the reader enlargment doesn;t have any affect on it. The screen,also greys out like it does when the reader is doing something...

My other books are all fine, so I am assuming it's not a reader problem, but cannot figure out what is causing this. THe book seller suggested I increase the size in the "look and feel" section of Calibre, which I did, but it had no effect, and the reader still can't enlarge the text.

I'm stumped now. I'm hoping someone else has had this problem and can tell me what's going on, and how to fix it.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

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Old 01-11-2010, 06:54 AM   #2
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What did you convert them to? If they came in PDF have you tried putting the PDF files on your 300 and seeing what they look like. Your 300 can read PDF's...... could be an issue with the conversion...

Also when converting, set the base font in Claibre to 14.... makes them a bit bigger....
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:10 AM   #3
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It could also be that Calibre is uploading the original PDFs instead of your converted files - I've had that problem a lot.

Try going into Calibre and clicking 'edit metadata'. You'll then have an option to delete formats. Delete the PDF (assuming you have a backup), then try sending to device again.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:35 AM   #4
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I converted it to Epub, which works fine on my other books, but not on this one. I went into the settings and deleted out the PDF format, and resent it to the reader, still no joy. I cannot increase the size of the printing, and the screen is faded liek it is when you have the reader doing something, but it's not...It only happens with the books off this one disk, so I'm still baffled. Any other ideas will be gratefully received.

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Old 01-11-2010, 11:38 AM   #5
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Could be a PDF with scabbed pages. And in that case, the only thing that will help is to OCR the pages.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:45 AM   #6
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Okay, now I'm REALLY baffled! I decided to try one more thing, and loaded it through the reader library in PDF format, and that works. So, I have some CD's that will work in Epub but not PDF, and this one that will work in PDF but not Epub!

I really hope that the makers of these readers soon get together and decide once and for all on ONE format to work on ALL readers. Otherwise I see thisdeveloping into another VHS V Beta situation, with us users losing out in the end.

I can mange now, but if anyone has a good answer as to why I have this happening, I'd really like to hear it. I like the readers and having Ebooks, but the fustration of getting them to work is really getting me down. KIf it wasn't for the money I've already invested, and the cuts in airline weight allowances, I'd be thinking of loading my suitcase up with paperbacks again!

Sorry for the rant folks, hope I haven't set anyone nose out of kilter.

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Old 01-11-2010, 01:02 PM   #7
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As I said in my first post, your Sony reads PDF so no real need to convert unless there is an issue. I really would not blame the reader on this one. Sounds like the problem is with the way the publishers format the books. I have ran into this some myself, but there always seem to be a work around.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:41 PM   #8
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Have come across this before... the ones I saw were probably due to a badly screwed up OCR process done on scans of several books in a friends CD collection. Bought on eBay and containing some highly suspect items (sourcewise) ranging from ripped off Project Gutenburg items (even had fragments of their PD notices) to other works still in copyright. Never did finally manage to fix... frankly decided that they weren't important enough to waste a lot of time on and would probably turn up elsewhere.

This wasn't just a problem for a Sony eReader, the files were seriously screwed up and were probably just images as tho' OCR failed... even in various programs on computer, they were still rubbish... Good luck with your problem file...

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Old 01-11-2010, 02:27 PM   #9
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I don't think you can blame Sony because some bootleg files you bought on eBay don't work properly.

Now, if you're buying legit files from a legit seller and this happens, you could have cause for some complaint.

As they say, caveat emptor.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:35 PM   #10
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The seller said they were legit....but has since been removed from ebay, so I assume they were not...lesson learned, won't do that again. Just a pity that the ereadercompanies don't do a deal to provide ebooks at a reasonable price. If they can sell a paperback for £10 and make a profit, they should be able to sell it as an ebook at less than half that and still make a bigger profit.

Seems to me they're just being greedy, or do you think the cost of paper, printing, storage, handling, shipping, etc, is an incidental cost.

It's going to be like music downloads, they'll keep charging what the traffic will bear, making it very tempting to get "illegal" downloads. I have in excess of 500 of my favorite books, that I'd like to have available on my ereader, but with charges of 5-10 dollars for each one, it's just not an option.

I suppose someday they'll do the maths and realize they're depriving themselves of a huge market.

Rant over...

Thanks for all the help folks, really nice to find it for a newby like me.

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Old 01-11-2010, 04:24 PM   #11
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What type of books are you specifically looking to collect as your 'favorite books'. If they are out of copyright authors you can probably find them either through Project Gutenberg, Google, Mobile Read, Manybooks or Feedbooks.
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