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Formatting and ereaders with regards to email downloads

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Formatting and ereaders with regards to email downloads

Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Thu March 15th, 2012, 2:43 am

I want to send my wip to a friend. She wants to download it onto her kindle. Will my formatting be whacked if I send it as a pdf? Is there a better way to do it?

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu March 15th, 2012, 3:21 am

Don't know if a Kindle can open a PDF. Somebody with a Kindle want to weigh in on this?

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Post by annis » Thu March 15th, 2012, 3:45 am

Kindle does come with a built-in PDF reader, and claims to display most PDF documents without losing the formatting of the original file, but I haven't actually tried it out as yet :)

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Post by Mythica » Thu March 15th, 2012, 9:17 am

Kindle does support PDF but since the text is not fluid and the Kindle screen is small, it's usually impossible to read without zooming in and scrolling around. Generally, most people feel PDF's aren't ideal on Kindle unless maybe you have the DX which has a bigger screen. You can convert PDFs to something with fluid text though.

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Post by bevgray » Thu March 15th, 2012, 12:53 pm

I tried a pdf on my Kindle once. Not a good result.

One possibility might be to just upload through Smashwords which will do the Kindle format through the "meat grinder" process. Then, you can just forward it to your friend. This has an advantage in that it also creates a lot of other formats (html, pdf, ePub, etc.).

You don't have to publish and I know several folks who use the Smashwords process for final drafts (to get an idea of how their books look formatted as well as to spot errors that don't always show up in manuscript). Once formatted, you can keep it hidden or unpublished so it doesn't get distributed by mistake.
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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Thu March 15th, 2012, 1:24 pm

Thanks, Annis, LoveHistory, Mythica, and BevGray. I think I'll try out that Smashwords process.

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Post by Justin Swanton » Thu March 15th, 2012, 3:36 pm

Another solution you might want to look at is using Calibre converter software (available as a free download here). Calibre will convert pdfs into several ebook formats, like epub and mobi, though you might get a few formatting glitches in the process.
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Post by Misfit » Thu March 15th, 2012, 3:45 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]Don't know if a Kindle can open a PDF. Somebody with a Kindle want to weigh in on this?[/quote]

Like the others, I've not had the best luck with PDFs on the kindle. One thing I would point out when you're sending is if you are emailing it to your friend's kindle email addy, send it through the free Kindle address. There can be a document charge unless they download via Wifi. For example, if the kindle email address is [email protected] then just change to [email protected]. I do that with Net Galley books and that way I don't get the document handling fee. I get an email from Amazon when the document is ready to download and then just save to kindle via USB cable.

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Post by SGM » Thu March 15th, 2012, 7:00 pm

if I have a Word document of my own which I want to keep on the Kindle, I create a copy sized for A5 paper (that's almost paperback-book size) and set the default font to larger than normal in a way that will be reflected by the rest of the style-sheets used in the document and then save it as a PDF. That why I can see the print on the Kindle without zooming although sometimes I still read it in landscape on the Kindle..

For PDFs that have been created from scans, I have given up on Kindle as it doesn't handle many of them well -- that was the whole reason I bought the iPad so that I could read those PDFs plus I can synchronize what I have on my computers and the iPad with DropBox.
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Post by Mythica » Thu March 15th, 2012, 9:15 pm

[quote=""SGM""]if I have a Word document of my own which I want to keep on the Kindle, I create a copy sized for A5 paper (that's almost paperback-book size) and set the default font to larger than normal in a way that will be reflected by the rest of the style-sheets used in the document and then save it as a PDF. That why I can see the print on the Kindle without zooming although sometimes I still read it in landscape on the Kindle.. [/quote]

Is there any particular reason you do this instead of just converting the Word doc to mobi? The text would be fluid and you wouldn't have to manually create a second document.

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