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Old 10-09-2019, 11:23 AM   #1
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Uploading TED Talks transcripts to paperwhite?

Those of you familiar with the expansive series of TED Talks lectures https://www.ted.com/talks may also know a handy transcript is available for the majority of the presentations. I am trying to find a way I can upload these to my Kindle Paperwhite. (TED does not support this functionality for the Kindle Paperwhite as this time.)

I've tried converting the text to .PDF and uploading that. The result is extremely small print that runs past the physical margins and, as such, is unreadable.

Can someone well-versed with Calibre (and perhaps TED), let me know if the former offers a way of taking these text transcripts and converting them in such a way that that they are easy/easier to read on a Paperwhite? Of course, instructions would be helpful, too.

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Old 10-09-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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Copy the text, save it is a compatible format such as txt, then use the Personal Documents service to send the file to the Kindle.

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custo...0634925&sr=1-1
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:58 PM   #3
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I've tried converting the text to .PDF and uploading that. The result is extremely small print that runs past the physical margins and, as such, is unreadable.
I just tested the following and it works — if you don't mind using a Courier font. I used 'afterwriting, which is designed for screenplay format (which is why it only offers Courier). You can save to PDF, but one of the "extra" choices is saving to Kindle friendly PDF (i.e., it cuts the margins to fit in a 6" Kindle eReader).

What I did is went to the English transcript on TED, hit CNTR+A to select all text and pasted it in a new document at 'afterwriting (https://afterwriting.com/). Then I deleted the superfluous stuff at the top and bottom, chose save to Kindle friendly PDF and read that file into Calibre and transferred it to the Kindle. Hopefully the screenshots make it clearer.

(The first (and last) images are the screenshots of the resulting PDF document from my Voyage — so, if you don't like the result you ignore the rest.)

EDIT: The 'afterwriting images are not in order. The second image should be the first, the first should be the second, the fourth should be the third and the third should be the fourth. The fifth is actually in the right position! (I don't know how I messed this up. Sorry.)
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:03 AM   #4
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Thank you for letting me know about this!

Thank you for letting me know about this application! True, it is a little extra preparation work--as opposed to converting the transcripts to .txt and just dropping them in the Kindle .doc folder--but the latter doesn't seem to allow me to put the accumulated articles into a Kindle "Collection."

I am hopeful your suggestion will.

My thanks to the other respondents as well.

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