Title: Reading .pdf's On An E-reader?
Description: Anyone have an e-book for reading pdf's?
Groznit Goregut - December 25, 2010 10:01 PM (GMT)
So, I just got a Sony PRS-300 Pocket Reader. It's a small Sony e-Reader and easily transportable. I like it and I want to use it. I don't want a Kindle or to switch to another product.
Getting that out of the way, the main thing I would love to put on this device is Warhammer .pdf's. I've gotten some second hand .pdf's of various books that I already own and have paid for. I just tried to move a bunch of them over to take a look at them, but they are really small! The product has a "zoom" in feature, but it isn't working with these .pdf's that I have. If I put it into vertical viewing, I can see more and it is more readable. I'm wondering how I can get one that is more viewable?
I don't know much about editing .pdf's or somehow making my own .pdf's from the books I already own. I don't know which is easier. Maybe there is a place that has already converted or easier on ebook versions?
I also found out that the Black Library was giving away free ebooks for a while, but I missed out. :(
Any advice? The main reason I got an ebook was to view Warhammer stuff and only carry around one book. Please don't tell me to get a different device, though. It's not practical advice.
Draig - December 26, 2010 12:19 PM (GMT)
Not sure how much help I can be here. However, making new PDFs will be very time intensive. Are the ones you currently have viewing at a good size when you use them on a PC screen? IF so I'd suggest that its a software problem with your ebook reader. If not, its likely a problem with your PDFs and feel free to drop me a PM.
Another thought, is there perhaps a piece of software you need to download to enable PDF support (zooming etc?)
Groznit Goregut - December 26, 2010 04:38 PM (GMT)
I appreciate the response. Well, the ebook is suppose to have .pdf support. It does show, but it's too small. I have the pocket version. The .pdf shows fine on the pc, but it doesn't zoom on the ebook. The ebook does have a zoom button, but it doesn't work on these .pdf's. I don't know why. I guess I can call their tech support.
Is there any other way to edit a pdf? Maybe make it larger? I can always dig, but maybe someone else already knows of one?
Draig - December 26, 2010 04:53 PM (GMT)
You can edit a PDF, but you need the paid for version of Adobe not the free reader. However, I don't think you can enlarge things in the way you want. If the button is not working I'd contact the manufacturer and ask why. With any luck its an error or a simple fix.
Was considering getting a reader myself for the same purpose actually. Probably a 2nd generation ipad when they land this year.
Groznit Goregut - December 27, 2010 03:16 AM (GMT)
Ugh....until Sony is open tomorrow, I tried a little today to see what I can do. I found a program called Calibre that supposedly turns .pdf's into epub files and makes them more manageable. Well, it turns them into the other files, but doesn't make them any different. OK...it does destroy the table of contents, so that is different.
Groznit Goregut - December 27, 2010 01:11 PM (GMT)
I did get this from another fourm:
|The problem sounds like your pdf's are not OCR'd text which means that each page is actually a picture rather than text which means text zooming doesn't work nor reflow as the contents are actually a series of pictures (each page) assembled into a pdf. eReaders don't handle these well but there is a way to enlarge... sorry can't remember offhand... it's nearly 4.30 here and I'm just heading to bed... if I can remember and someone else doesn't beat me to it, I'll try and remember later today when my brain's awake again... |
Maybe there is hope.
If not, I can always scan the main rule book in an appropriate format. I've got two. One had a bad binding. I got a free replacement from GW. I had the cover removed (off the bad one) and bound only the rule parts by a local copy shop with a spiral binding. So, I have a regular sized version of the Island of Blood rule book! :D I guess I can always try to scan it myself in a format that is good for an e-book. I understand it's labor intensive, though.
There are other ones that I can't easily rescan and I am not sure what I am going to do there. I think the charts are the most important part and they are considered graphics.
Draig - December 27, 2010 03:56 PM (GMT)
That makes a lot of sense. Hopefully you can convert them mate. Keep us updated as it'll effect what i end up getting later this year for sure.
Groznit Goregut - January 3, 2011 06:57 PM (GMT)
Alright....I might have a scheme to make it work. It would require making my own files based on the .pdf's I already have. If I can find an OCR service or program to convert the .pdf's I have right now, then I am golden. I tried one on a free via the web service, but results were spotty. I will probably have to download a free program at home and try it.
Groznit Goregut - January 3, 2011 10:24 PM (GMT)
I hear Adobe (full version) might work, but it's expensive. I do have a neighbor that is a graphic artist and I might see what they have.
There is another program that I haven't tried called Cuneiform.
It will search a .pdf and take out the OCR'd text and dump it into a file. If you want to put it back with images you need this other program (called ExactImage), but I don't think it's really necessary. Or, I could just insert the image I get from elsewhere into a Word .doc with the inserted .txt. I might
try this route.
Someone did suggest I might have better luck converting into .HTML first and then back again. That's something I am going to try first. Or at least researching.