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Old 09-02-2010, 07:31 AM   #46
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On my Kindle 2, you can edit the default left/right margins. You don't even need to install any packages or jailbreak! I don't know if this will work for Kindle 3 or not, as I don't have one. But for earlier versions, hook the Kindle up to your computer and open the following file with your favorite text editor (e.g. notepad):
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\system\com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader\reader.pref
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HORIZONTAL_MARGIN=20
The default is 20 pixels (on each side). Change it as you desire; 0 does work if that is what you want. Once you have changed it, save the file, eject your Kindle, and restart it using the menu (Menu > Settings, Menu > Restart). Your margins should now have changed.
I've added this to the wiki: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kind..._Change_Margin
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:33 AM   #47
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However, if you select the dialog to change font size etc., this resets the margin - so you'd have to edit the file again to change it back.
I found that my margin was only reset if I changed the "Words per Line" setting. I can change font size without resetting my custom margin.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:43 AM   #49
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Would you be able to add that all books must be closed before trying? this was the reason my early attempts failed.
I think step 1 covers that. Feel free to edit the wording if you think it unclear — that's what a wiki is all about.

[update: Aha! Caught your message before your update! But you might be right that the instruction to close any open book before connecting to the computer needs more prominance.]

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Old 09-02-2010, 07:53 AM   #50
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I think step 1 covers that. Feel free to edit the wording if you think it unclear — that's what a wiki is all about.

[update: Aha! Caught your message before your update! But you might be right that the instruction to close any open book before connecting to the computer needs more prominance.]
Ahh sorry about that, I was a bit quick of the mark in speed reading your entry initially then looking more closely...
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #51
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I am unable to find "\system\com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader\reader.pr ef". Sure would like some help.

The system folder on my K3 only has, what appears to be, the current preference placeholder.

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:01 AM   #52
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I am unable to find "\system\com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader\reader.pr ef". Sure would like some help.

The system folder on my K3 only has, what appears to be, the current preference placeholder.

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I have a Kindle 2i, so I can't help directly. I thought someone in this thread mentioned success with a Kindle 3. Hopefully someone with a Kindel 3 will be able to help.
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I am unable to find "\system\com.amazon.ebook.booklet.reader\reader.pr ef". Sure would like some help.

The system folder on my K3 only has, what appears to be, the current preference placeholder.

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Hi

I don't have the system folder either, what I had to do was a search for reader.pref and this brought it up for me.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:23 AM   #54
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I don't have the system folder either, what I had to do was a search for reader.pref and this brought it up for me.
Hi grizedale
Are you using windows ?
Is it configured to show hidden/system folders/files ?
That could be it.
Just a quick shot.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:27 AM   #55
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Yes I have, so that's pretty strange!

Basically I had a bunch of ePub books with a huge left margin, and I was advised to use Sigil to edit the CSS stylesheets, which I did, and I then subsequently used Calibre to convert them to Mobi and transferred them onto my K3. The margins were indeed no longer there!
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Brilliant !
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It appears that the word spacing also increases.
So we might get more real estate, but ...
It could also depend on the book/formatting.
Will have to look it some more.
Would be nice though to tell Amazon to include an option about margins in the Aa box
Got to go, earn money, so I can afford to
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Hi grizedale
Are you using windows ?
Is it configured to show hidden/system folders/files ?
That could be it.
Just a quick shot.
Windows 7 with folders shown, it would seem that the folder is hidden by some other means, it will show once the file is found but I cannot get directly to it.

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Windows 7 with folders shown, it would seem that the folder is hidden by some other means, it will show once the file is found but I cannot get directly to it.
Are you an administrator on this windows7 system ?
Or is your account included in the administrators "group"
Try to start explorer as administrator ?
I only have acces to 1 win7 system, but that's so work related I darent experiment.
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Here are two screenshots, the first showing the default margins with HORIZONTAL_MARGIN=40 and the second showing the margins modified to HORIZONTAL_MARGIN=16.

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Are you an administrator on this windows7 system ?
Or is your account included in the administrators "group"
Try to start explorer as administrator ?
I only have acces to 1 win7 system, but that's so work related I darent experiment.
I'm an IT tech so have complete control over my system, I think its a kindle thing...

Just so glad this tweak works, K3 is now perfect

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