[Ilugc] Linux Tablet suggestion

Vamsee Kanakala vkanakala at gmail.com
Wed Sep 14 20:40:55 IST 2011


On Wednesday 14 September 2011 03:56 PM, Arun Venkataswamy wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM, Akilan R<akilan27 at gmail.com>  wrote:
>
>> My other doubt is technical. Can we manually copy pdf and/or epub books
>> into
>> kindle and read? (I mean without purchasing from Amazon? There are lot of
>> free(legal) books out there.)
>>
>>
> You can download PDFs from your computer into the Kindle. It works.

But looks like crap :). It's not in the interests of Amazon to promote 
an open standard like PDF, so the books are best seen in .mobi or their 
proprietary .azw format. There is no resolution adjustment for PDF, so 
the text looks tiny and almost unreadable. Calibre can do a decent job 
of converting from PDF to Kindle-readable formats, but it's not perfect. 
I've seen images gobbled up text looks all sorts of weird.

Your best bet would be get the Nook (e-ink, non-color one). At least it 
supports pdf, epub and other open formats correctly and doesn't try to 
take your freedoms away. If you want color and turn it into some sort of 
cheap tablet, you should get the Nook Color and flash it with CyanogenMod.

Vamsee.





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