Questions tagged [pdf]

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is an ISO standard electronic file-format. Question about PDF can be about reading, converting, creating and editing such files.

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Reading PDFs on Kindle device

I have many interesting books and documents in PDF format. Can I read PDFs on Kindle in comfortable way? My concern is, that PDFs are adapted to the print page size and Kindle screen is much smaller....
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How to create clickable table of contents in a PDF?

I have many technical PDF ebooks where there are no chapters (no clickable table of contents or other means for quick navigation through a document) and therefore it's really painful to search for ...
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How can I translate my ebook?

I downloaded an important PDF e-book but it is not in English. Is there a software or another way I can translate the entire e-book into English or another language?
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Using eReader to display maps

Is there a way to get map data (for example from OpenStreetMaps) on my eReader to access it in a user friendly way? I've already thought about two ways to display maps on my reader: Generate one big ...
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What is a good software for reading ebooks out loud?

I enjoy having the ebooks read out loud. My previous solution has always been to highlight the chapters I want to read and then turn on voiceover in Adobe Reader on my Mac. The advantage is that I can ...
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How can I personalize each copy of a PDF to add the reader's name or email address to each page?

To discourage readers from uploading it to public file-sharing sites, I'd like to personalize each copy of a PDF document to embed some identifying information to each page. I'm thinking of something ...
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Conversion of djvu file into pdf file without increasing file size

Why does converting a djvu file to pdf increase the size of the file? How can we convert a djvu to a pdf without increasing the size?
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High resolution small-size pdf

PDFs on archive.org are in high resolution yet has relatively small size. For example, this book. The book's resolution is 500 ppi and 46 Mb size. What I did was I extract the pages using Adobe ...
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How to convert PDFs to readable Kindle format

I have several class notes (more like books summarizing the material) that my college professors have provided in PDF form. As reading on a computer screen isn't exactly easy on the eyes (and gobbles ...
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What page size maximizes readability across common ebook readers?

Suppose that I have to create a PDF ebook (meaning no automatic word reflow, etc). What page size (width by height) maximizes readability across common e-readers and mobile devices? Context: I ...
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I have a printed version of a book does it allow me to possess an electronic copy?

I have a printed version (i.e. a hardback or paperback) of a book and I wonder whether this allows me to possess an electronic version of it (e.g. .pdf file). Edit: Isn't it allowed by the clause 107....
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Scaling all pages in a PDF or DJVU file to the same size

I have a couple of PDFs and DJVU documents that I want to read on an ereader (namely, Kobo Touch). However, the size of the pages differ, between cover and actual content, and even between two ...
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What is the native pixel resolution of the viewable area on a Kindle Paperwhite 2 when displaying a .pdf file?

My goal is to produce files which, when displayed, are rendered 1:1, pixel-for-pixel, in order to ensure maximum text clarity. The values provided in the GUI version of the k2pdfopt program, seem to ...
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What's the correct way for developers to edit PDF?

Recently I got a task to manually add a Table of Contents to a PDF ebook generated by someone who left it out. I didn't know how to do it at first so I googled a lot and found some small tools but ...
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PRS-T2 very slow with some PDFs

I have a PRS-T2 and use it a lot. Sometimes I convert documents to PDF in LibreOffice, then upload them to the ereader (using Calibre on a Mac). It works, but quite often turning a page can take ...
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Kindle for PDF only

Should I buy kindle for reading PDFs only? I usually read lots of books on programming, software development and investment only. So, Should I buy kindle for the same. Because as far as I know these ...
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Can I use Kindle to read research papers?

I want to be able to read research papers and if you have ever seen one they have two columns of text per page, does the Kindle format this is a user friendly way? Can it display any article from the ...
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How to convert scanned pdf to text?

I recently downloaded a programming book. All pages are in image format. If I want to run a code, I'm unable to copy it from that ebook. How to convert these kind of pdfs to normal pdf. I google but I ...
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Exact readable screen size of Sony PRS-650

I use a Sony PRS-650 and I often create PDF files for it with LibreOffice. These are usually documents which I read only once and I don't care about portability. (I don't read them on other devices ...
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ePubs, PDFs and security

I get eBooks and literature from a variety of places. Mostly legal places, like Amazon - but sometimes from other random places. PDFs are more popular and come with advanced capabilities, like ...
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How can I change color of my e-book?

How can I change the font or background color of my PDF e-book. I use Adobe reader v10 and it has no default option to change this. Is there a way to edit the e-book to change the font or background ...
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Kindle (classic) power consumption when reading PDF vs. MOBI

I'm reading mostly PDFs on my Kindle Classic (e-ink) device. Most of my e-books are PDFs, and after converting them, I've find out it's easier for me to read original PDF than converted version. ...
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Can I view books scanned to PDF on Kindle Classic?

I have many books scanned to PDF (the content are the graphic images, no OCR processing). Will Kindle Classic be able to view such PDFs? Aren't they too heavy? Acrobat Reader on my old smartphone ...
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Annotation of non-Amazon books on Kindle Paperwhite

What I know: Using e.g., Calibre, I can put E-Books which I bought in other stores than Amazon onto a Kindle Paperwhite (2013). Also, the Paperwhite supports PDF reading. My Question is: Can I ...
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How to set a cover image on a PDF on Kindle PW2? [duplicate]

How do I set a custom cover image on a PDF downloaded on Kindle PaperWhite 2? PS1: I use Calibre to convert books and set covers, but it does not help with PDFs. The reason might be that PDF's are ...
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What does it mean that a pdf is “paginated”?

I have quite often seen written somewhere that pdf is (or isn't) paginated. Maybe this term is used for other formats, too. I thought that this is used to pdf where page numbering in the file ...
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Dedicated ebook reader?

I'm looking for a device that allows me to read ebooks, but I don't want it to do much, if anything, else. So something that has a dedicated ebook reading design and functionality (so for example not ...
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Software recommendation for writing ebook and exporting to multiple formats

I am thinking about writing and/publishing an ebook with the following in mind: It will contain code (needs proper formatting) I should be able to publish PDF and EPUB versions I might need to have ...
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Will I be able to read PDFs in Cyrillic on Kindle (classic)?

I have many PDF's in Russian, with embedded fonts. Will I be able to read them on my Kindle (classic) device?
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Are there any ebook readers which are NOT backlit, but for which you can upload pdfs?

I love my iPad Mini Retina, but reading on it for hours bugs my eyes! :( My mom has the basic Kobo reader, and I envy her in that it possesses no backlight, and is ergo, easier on the eyes! However, ...
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How to change the font(s) used on a pdf, or improve how they are rendered?

I have an eBook (received from a university where I studied a couple of years back) that has a rather thin font. The text looks as shown in below image. This eBook was not published by the university ...
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Does Kindle (classic) support all embedded fonts in PDFs?

I have PDFs using many embedded fonts from many alphabets. Should I expect them to be viewed without any problems on Kindle, or only a part of them will be supported (for the most popular alphabets)?
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Converting an sbrz file on a Mac?

Does anyone know how I can convert/open an sbrz file on my Mac? Hoping to turn it into a PDF.
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Any way to increase font size in Moon reader when reading pdf?

The font size when reading pdf in MoonReader is really small. Is there any way to increase it?
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Kobo Aura One or the new 7 inch Kindle Oasis for PDF files?

I have an old 2009 Kindle 4 with its low resolution screen. I work in academia so I read books, articles and technical documents in PDF format on a daily basis. I once tried to use my old Kindle for ...
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Calibre for metadata scraping

I'm looking for a way to do a very specific task in Calibre but maybe it's not the right software. I know there are plugins/functionality to automatically collect metadata for existing ebooks and to ...
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Merge PDF files

I already read the thread how to merge epub files but Is there any way by which I can merge different pdf files into one. Earlier I have tried an app for this purpose but I lost all my pdf files after ...
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How to write a presentation slide using pdf

I want to create a PDF that can look like¹: This kind of format is good for presentation, since you can reveal items as you read downwards. I would like to know which application I can use to built ...
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Is it possible to sell PDF as Kindle books on Amazon?

I have a book that has a fixed layout, so it's not really easy to transfer it to ePub format (no one can manage to do that). I'm thinking of selling it as a PDF. Is it possible to sell it as a ...
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What devices support reading scanned PDF documents well?

To focus, please assume I care only about one thing: The experience of reading "side loaded," scanned PDF files of books downloaded off the Internet on a portable device. There is an upper bound of ...
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How to set metadata (title, author) of exported PDF documents in LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org

I often create 'read only once and delete' PDF files with LibreOffice. How can I set their metadata (title, author) properly so my Sony Reader could show it on the Books screen?
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Calibre to Kindle Book Transfer

I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite. I am having troubles transferring books from calibre to Kindle. The major problems that I face are as follows: Font size even after changing the PDF format to ...
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How to remove and add certain pages from pdf file?

There are PDF files which are very long and most of the pages don't provide any essential information. So I want to keep only those pages which are relevant and want to get rid of unnecessary material....
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I am looking for a software or a way to list, extract, count, in short, analyze a book which is in epub or pdf format

As someone who is interested in learning languages, I want to find a way to know the each word and their repetitions inside a book that I am going to read.
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How do I crop out an image from a pdf file?

I have an android phone and use Adobe Reader to read pdf files. I have a pdf file that has some images that I want to crop out. I have not found a way to do this using Adobe Reader on Android. Is ...
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Why is Hard copy book black and white, but Ebook is color?

I have two textbooks I was required to purchase for Web Design classes. I noticed that the hard-copy paper book version is entirely black and white, but the ebook is all color. Aside from saving on ...
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Things to consider for choosing an e-ink pdf ereader for science books and papers

I have taken a look at A4 size e-ink ebook readers for pdf files. I have found five models: SONY DPT RP1 Good e-reader 13.3" Onyx Boox Max Carta Dasung Icarus A4 And there is Remarkable, but that ...
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Creating an eBook with GIF animations

I run a technical blog and publish articles regularly that have GIF animations. Examples: one two three. I plan to aggregate a bunch of these articles into an eBook of sorts. I know I could break out ...
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How to export (or share) a highlighted PDF from Kindle Reader?

I can email a PDF to my Kindle Fire Device. I can highlight and take notes in that PDF. I can export the notes and the highlighting. BUT I see no way to share/export the PDF with the highlights. ...
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is PDF not considered as an ebook format

I had a debate with my colleagues over PDF as an eBook format. I maintain, that eBook is defined as any book that is digitized, and that epub or other HTML based eBook rendering is just a type of ...