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Old 05-21-2020, 02:35 PM   #1
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It seem to be very hard to read books borrowed from Internet Archive. Fonts are very small and hard to read. I do no tknow how to get bigger ones.
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It seem to be very hard to read books borrowed from Internet Archive. Fonts are very small and hard to read. I do no tknow how to get bigger ones.
eBooks from Internet Archive are badly OCRed and the best format to read is PDF but on a Kobo, that will be rubbish. So the solution is to not bother with eBooks from Internet Archive.
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:13 PM   #3
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It seem to be very hard to read books borrowed from Internet Archive. Fonts are very small and hard to read. I do no tknow how to get bigger ones.
1) There are two sets of books on IA. The free ones that don't need borrowed and the Open Library ones that need borrowed. The "free ones" are mostly Public Domain, or copyright stuff like manuals that the makers are happy to share. The "Open Library" books, the ones that need borrowed are mostly pirated. They've been scanning for over 10 years as well as accepting uploads. They mostly ignore take down notices.

2) Almost all the IA document, "Open Library" or "Free" are all scans, available as images (raw), or as PDFs with an OCR layer not human curated, purely for search. The Kindle, text and epub are usually just the OCR layer.

3) So you are best to only download the "free" material, not borrow. Download the PDF and use a 10" or larger tablet.

Actually unless it's a manual, best to ignore IA unless the book is really out of copyright, not available as a real ebook and you are going to proof it.
See Gutenberg, or if you are in a Berne Convention Life+50 country, Fadedpages. Or the library here.
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1) There are two sets of books on IA. The free ones that don't need borrowed and the Open Library ones that need borrowed. The "free ones" are mostly Public Domain, or copyright stuff like manuals that the makers are happy to share. The "Open Library" books, the ones that need borrowed are mostly pirated. They've been scanning for over 10 years as well as accepting uploads. They mostly ignore take down notices.

2) Almost all the IA document, "Open Library" or "Free" are all scans, available as images (raw), or as PDFs with an OCR layer not human curated, purely for search. The Kindle, text and epub are usually just the OCR layer.

3) So you are best to only download the "free" material, not borrow. Download the PDF and use a 10" or larger tablet.

Actually unless it's a manual, best to ignore IA unless the book is really out of copyright, not available as a real ebook and you are going to proof it.
See Gutenberg, or if you are in a Berne Convention Life+50 country, Fadedpages. Or the library here.
There's some interesting looking stuff there at faded pages. Dang it, I HATE books... every time I turn around I find 10 more that I want to read. My to-read list grows by about 10 books per day, and my actually read list grows MUCH MUCH slower...
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every time I turn around I find 10 more that I want to read. My to-read list grows by about 10 books per day
I can cope with problems like that with ebooks. The printed ones occasionally need shelves added. Next the Library window will be a bookcase. Still, a nice problem compared to every other one.
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eBooks from Internet Archive are badly OCRed and the best format to read is PDF but on a Kobo, that will be rubbish. So the solution is to not bother with eBooks from Internet Archive.
I think better read in tablet those borrowed books. Free downloadable books fit well to Kobo and are well readable.
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