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Old 05-03-2010, 04:06 AM   #1
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does calibre display what the book will actually look like on my (potential) device

thinking of getting a sony prs-300, and someone suggested i should use calibre to see what the book will look like on the actual reader. I chose my reader, loaded the pdf, converted it to epub, then clicked view epub to look at the document.

Does this accurately depict how it will look on the sony if i convert it to e-pub and then load it? It looks pretty shitty.

How do i see how it will look like in pdf on the sony? when i click view pdf it just displays the regular pdf in acrobat
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I chose my reader, loaded the pdf, converted it to epub, then clicked view epub to look at the document.

Does this accurately depict how it will look on the sony if i convert it to e-pub and then load it? It looks pretty shitty.
It is close enough. If it looks bad there it will on your reader too. You can try messing with the line un-wrapping factor under PDF input.

You can create PDFs from scratch to the exact size of your reader with the font size you want, but trying to take a PDF doc designed for a print layout of 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches and converting it to a suitable 5 or 6 inch ereader flowable document is usually akin to trying to place a square peg into a round hole, you can do it but it isn't pretty.

Sometimes though it works great because the PDF was created with their recent text reflow option and it was all text.

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How do i see how it will look like in pdf on the sony? when i click view pdf it just displays the regular pdf in acrobat
Find a store that has a demo and will allow you to transfer some PDFs to the device to test out.

I have a prs-505 and I avoid PDFs like the plague. If there is a tech doc or paper only in PDF I'll suffer through reading it on my computer. I have decided that my 6 inch ereader is only for recreational reading of novels.
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In my experience (Sony 505), Calibre does NOT show a book close enough to the real thing, at least for editing purposes.
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In my experience (Sony 505), Calibre does NOT show a book close enough to the real thing, at least for editing purposes.
The pages numbers will be different, the font is different, the spacing is different, etc... but if it looks like dung in Calibre's reader you can rest assured it will look like dung on the 505 or 300.
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The pages numbers will be different, the font is different, the spacing is different, etc... but if it looks like dung in Calibre's reader you can rest assured it will look like dung on the 505 or 300.
Not always, specially with BookDesigner-made LRF's.
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Not always, specially with BookDesigner-made LRF's.
I'll concede this point and bow to your expertise with LRF the initial query was about ePub.
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I suggest testing with Sony Reader Library Software for PC or Mac. It is using mobile Adobe Digital Editions and so its display mode is as close as you can get on a desktop to a Sony Reader (although closer to a PRS-600, than the PRS-300).
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