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Old 05-02-2014, 09:41 AM   #1
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Hi,

I can't use my ereader with reflow to read some pdf files, and chess books should be the best example of them. They have small drawings of chess boards and they are written in a double column, so, when I select reflow, it doesn't work as it should.

I also have to read a lot of digitized documents for my work (main motive), and it should be more comfortable in a tablet than in a computer.

I looked around in the forum and I found a guy that asked the best tablet to read RPG books. Not my case, but it could be similar. They suggested Nexus 10 for him. It won't work for me, since I live in Brazil and nobody imports Nexus here.

I made some research taking into consideration what is being imported to Brazil, and I am in doubt between iPad Air and Kobo Aura. The last one because of the cheaper price, and I trusting a tablet made by a ebook reader should work with its "reading" feature. The first one because everyone says it never disappoints.

Any other suggestions or help in my decision?
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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The ipad will definitely do a better job with either the kindle, or nook app (or many others). The only reason people get ereader's is for e-ink, (which the Kobo Aura doesn't have,) or the price (or "no distractions", which doesn't apply with new ereaders).
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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Hi,

I can't use my ereader with reflow to read some pdf files, and chess books should be the best example of them. They have small drawings of chess boards and they are written in a double column, so, when I select reflow, it doesn't work as it should.

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You can use k2pdfopt's 2-column or reflow mode to easily and quickly adjust pdf for your e-reader beforehand.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...6&postcount=28

I guess that majority of those chess books are about A5 format size (text width under 12-13 cm or 5"), so despite being two column we can easily read them in landscape mode (margins cropped) and if our 6" e-reader doesn't have crop function or is slow at it, we can simply again use k2pdfopt's landscape mode(fitwidth).

http://www.willus.com/k2pdfopt/

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Old 05-08-2014, 04:33 PM   #4
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The only reason people get ereader's is for e-ink, (which the Kobo Aura doesn't have,)
Unless they've re-branded it in Brazil the Kobo Aura is an eInk eReader, are you thinking of one of the Kobo Arc models?
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:17 PM   #5
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The ipad will definitely do a better job with either the kindle, or nook app (or many others). The only reason people get ereader's is for e-ink, (which the Kobo Aura doesn't have,) or the price (or "no distractions", which doesn't apply with new ereaders).
I agree. I've found my iPad (64GB 4th gen) to be superior to other tablets/readers for reading PDF documents.

The added benefit, with chess in particular, is the iPad's ability to be used as a chess board to record moves. I don't have the link handy, but I remember reading about special chess pieces that can be used with the iPad to record games.

Of course there is also a wide range and selection of chess software... playing chess against AI or others (locally or internet), electronic chess clock, etc.
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The iPad with the "Goodreader" app makes a superb PDF reader. I'd repeat the recommendation for it.
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