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Old 08-26-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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PDF question about the flow

Hi

I was watching Erinath's you tube video on the PDF function earlier and have a few questions, as it got me a bit worried

I read fanfiction, which is mainly offered as a PDF, they are fiction PDF'S with the odd picture embeded. I am not worried about the picture.

I read them now on two Sony ereaders, the PRS505 and the Touch. On those machines the first time the PDF is opened it attempts to load it full page to screen, which is too small to read, but when I change the font size to say large, it resizes the words, sentences paragraphs etc, so it reads like a proper book. Is this called 'reflow'

I didn't see any sign of that on Erinath's video, in fact it looked like the sentence width could only be made big enough to read by turning the kindle landscape as the increase in font size did not restructure the sentences to fit the page size?

Is this how the kindle handles PDF's, if so its a real disapointment, and i so want not to be disapointed before it even gets here.

Or does anyone know if using Calibre to convert PDF's to Mobi will make them display more like my Sony displays them?

Thanks
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Hi

I was watching Erinath's you tube video on the PDF function earlier and have a few questions, as it got me a bit worried

I read fanfiction, which is mainly offered as a PDF, they are fiction PDF'S with the odd picture embeded. I am not worried about the picture.

I read them now on two Sony ereaders, the PRS505 and the Touch. On those machines the first time the PDF is opened it attempts to load it full page to screen, which is too small to read, but when I change the font size to say large, it resizes the words, sentences paragraphs etc, so it reads like a proper book. Is this called 'reflow'

I didn't see any sign of that on Erinath's video, in fact it looked like the sentence width could only be made big enough to read by turning the kindle landscape as the increase in font size did not restructure the sentences to fit the page size?

Is this how the kindle handles PDF's, if so its a real disapointment, and i so want not to be disapointed before it even gets here.

Or does anyone know if using Calibre to convert PDF's to Mobi will make them display more like my Sony displays them?

Thanks
Kindle does not do PDF reflow. Reflow is okay when it works, but if the PDF isn't properly tagged (many are not), it is not all that good. Maybe Amazon didn't like what they saw about how it works, or is saving this feature for a future update.

If reflow worked well on your sony, it will probably convert to Mobi just fine too (using Amazon's conversion or calibre's). Again, proper tagging is key. But I find landscape (which also trims margins) adequate for most letter sized PDF, and preferable to the work of retagging a PDF so it converts better, or suffering with a bad conversion.

Ideally, Amazon will get around to adding PDF reflow so we have more options.
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Thanks for your reply. I'll just play around and see how it all works when mine arrives
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