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Old 11-13-2006, 05:05 PM   #1
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I am seriously considering a Sony Reader, but I have a question on how it works that I was hoping someone who has one could answer.

Assuming I was custom generating a PDF (or some other format file), is it possible to have an index page that you could use to quickly jump to desired pages? Can a PDF file have links inside the document that you can follow?

I am trying to figure out where a Sony Reader fits between a hard copy book and a regular computer. I have only been able to look at the Reader in the box at the local Borders, so I am not certain how interactive it can be.

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Old 11-13-2006, 05:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to MobileRead, monkius!

The PDF format does support internal links, and if you're generating the files yourself, you'll probably be able to get a page and font size combination that'll work for you -- A4 PDF's just dont' work very well, as you might have read.

As for handling one, you might see if there's a Fry's or SonyStyle store near you that will have demos out. Try the Dealer Locator, if you haven't already.
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Old 11-14-2006, 01:49 PM   #3
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Assuming I was custom generating a PDF (or some other format file), is it possible to have an index page that you could use to quickly jump to desired pages? Can a PDF file have links inside the document that you can follow?

Thanks!
You can in fact insert bookmarks into a RTF or PDF file Using the Sony Connect software. I generate documents (RTF for text only and PDF if I want to include pictures, graphs, etc) and after importing into Connect, I then use the search function to find the beginning of each section and place a bookmark before I transfer into the reader. The bookmarks move over with the file.

A couple of hints to make this job easier:
1. Insert a hard page break before each "chapter" or section.
2. Insert a distinct character or set at the end of each chapter like "##". The search function in Connect is not whole word or case sensitive in its search so searching for "end" gets you "send" "append" etc.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:58 PM   #4
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I have some rather large PDF files that I tried to index. It worked with a few links but as the number of links increased, so did my page turn time. When I had all the links I wanted, the page turn rate was at 35 seconds per turn. I removed most of the links until I got back to the 1 second range.

So proceed with caution.
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