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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 can I convert an HTML site into an ebook?

I'd like to create a .mobi file from a website like the Python Tutorial, to read on my Kindle. Is it possible to do it on Ubuntu?
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Any way to find a lost Kindle inside a house?

I left a Kindle Paperwhite with my mom a month ago and it disappeared in the house, probably in between books somewhere. I know it still connects to wifi and receives documents through the kindle ...
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Is Markdown a viable source format for writing ebooks?

I've for some time enjoyed using Markdown to handle straightforward text formatting, image presentation and the like, which I use for keeping notes, or drafting blog content. I'm aware that different ...
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Is there any software that facilitates scanning of a paper book into an ebook?

I have some old sci-fi novels that are out of print and the rights owners are not creating them in ebook form. Is there any software that facilitates scanning and conversion of these paper books into ...
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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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Clean up converted ebook

I have some ebooks which are converted from other formats to ePub. Some are ill-formatted: there are hard line breaks in words and orphaned page numbers between paragraphs. Example: How can I repair ...
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Are there any ebook search engines?

Are there any websites that work like ebook search engines, where you can perform a search over multiple stores and have the results sortable and/or filterable for file format, price, presence of DRM, ...
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If I buy a Kindle Paperwhite do I have to get books from Amazon?

If I have a kindle paperwhite, am I limited to books from Amazon? Can I purchase or download books from other sources/retailers?
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How does the Kindle's reading rate algorithm work?

One of the Kindle Touch updates included a "Time-to-Read" feature. It seems to be based loosely on how fast I turn the page. I usually turn back to the cover when I start reading a new book and flip ...
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Are there any WYSIWYG editors for EPUB books?

I am looking for an easy to use editor that provides a WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) interface. I know that you can import a Microsoft Word document into Calibre, but I would prefer to be ...
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What information does my Kindle share with Amazon?

One of my Kindles spends most of it's time in the car. Most books are loaded to it from my PC, via Calibre. I almost never turn the WiFi on because it just burns up the batteries looking for a ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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What are the differences between EPUB2 and EPUB3?

What are the differences between EPUB2 and EPUB3? Which is most popular?
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Does a “one-fits-all” file format exist or should I offer multiple ebook formats?

I want to publish my first e-book, but the multitude of available file formats (PDF, ePUB, MOBI, TXT, etc.) is a bit overwhelming. As a result, I am not really sure which format (if any) would be able ...
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Updating EPUB book author and title metadata

I own many EPUB books (Spanish, English). Some have the name of the author wrong, such as "Esquivel, Laura" instead of "Laura Esquivel". And have the name of series in book title, where it does not ...
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How do I publish a book permanently free on Amazon

I have tried to publish a book permanently free on Amazon but I couldn't. I have seen many books on Kindle that seems to be permanently free. How do I publish a book on Kindle and keep it free forever?...
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If a book doesn't have DRM does that mean it is OK to give a copy to my friend to read?

I downloaded a book that does not have DRM (Digital rights management), I did not have to pay anything for it. Does this mean it is OK to give a copy of the book to my friend? Note: This question is ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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How to synchronize Kindle collections across all devices, including older Kindles?

I have just started organizing collections on my bottom-of-the-line Kindle (the Kindle 4?). Despite selecting "annotations sync and backup" I'm not seeing these collections appear on my iPad and ...
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What commands can be given in the Kindle's search box?

In this forum thread, a user explains that the Kindle's reading speed algorithm can be reset by typing ";ReadingTimeReset" in the Kindle's search box. The user states he was told by a member of Amazon'...
Rüdiger Kupper's user avatar
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When shopping for ebooks on Amazon how do I tell if they have DRM?

Some books sold on Amazon have DRM and some do not. But "DRM" is not listed anyplace on the book descriptions that I have been able to find. How can I know before I buy an ebook from Amazon if it ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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What are my options for reading an ebook in the bathtub?

About the only thing I miss about paperback books is reading in the tub. I don't think there are any waterproof ereaders so this is not a shopping question. I have considered using the text to ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Are there good ebook management tools available for free?

I have a collection of e-books and I am looking for a way to manage it from my operating system. What are the programs to manage e-books available for free? I use both Linux and Windows OS, can you ...
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How to repack an epub file from command line

I unzipped an epub file to make some minor modifications. How can I repack it properly to be a valid epub file from command line on Linux?
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Can EPUB 3.0 be viewed on EPUB 2 devices

This prior question is about the differences between EPUB 2 and EPUB 3. What is more interesting to me, as an owner of three different EPUB 2 devices, is: can EPUB 3 files, and particularly the book ...
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How can I reduce the resolution of images in an epub or mobi file?

Some of the last O'Reilly ebooks I got have become really large (e.g. 60MB for the mobi version and 5.5MB for the epub version) - and these are computer science text books (not art books). The ...
Martin Schröder's user avatar
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How do I shop for only DRM free books on Amazon?

I know how to tell if a book on Amazon is DRM free. There are lots of ways to sort, and filter books to just ones I am interested in on Amazon. I want to also be able to limit to books that I would ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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What is the minimum required content for a valid ePub?

I would like to create my own ePub documents from scratch without a tool so that I have full control over the final result. What is the absolute minimum set of required files to have a valid ePub ...
Donald.McLean's user avatar
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How is an epub structured internally?

I know from sources I do not remember anymore, that an epub file is a valid zip file containing (among other files) chapters as *.xhtml files, a manifest file content.opf and a table of contents file ...
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How do I convert a Word document into a page by page Kindle ebook?

I downloaded a very important document in .docx format (Microsoft Office Word format). Is there a way to convert it to an ebook page by page to read on a Kindle?
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How do I remove pages from an ePub file?

I have an eBook in .epub file format and I would like to remove the entire first and last pages of the book. How would I go about doing this?
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How can I put footnotes in an ebook?

I am currently formatting a manuscript into ebook formats (epub and mobi). My manuscript contains many footnotes, and I don't know how to handle them. It's important for me that these be footnotes ...
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Extracting notes and highlighting from Kindle books

Is there a way to extract/export my notes and highlighted passages from books on a Kindle or in one of the Kindle reader apps? I primarily use the iOS apps and tend to mark up books heavily as I go, ...
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Managing Kindle Collections from a computer

I have plenty of e-books on my Kindle (some in the cloud and some in local only) and I created many Collections to classify my books. One silly things I tried first time was to create a folder ...
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Anonymous publishing

I am writing a book of short stories. I am planning to self-publish the stories as an e-book but would like to keep my anonymity - I will use a pseudonym. Obviously, I would like to sell the e-book ...
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How can I display 'word count' in Calibre while browsing my Library?

I use Calibre, to manage my library of eBooks. It is easy to include the size of the book, but with images and such that can be misleading. I notice on Smashwords they often include a word count in ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Which Kindle Paperwhite model/generation do I have?

I need to determine which firmware update to download. The Amazon site is helpful if you know exactly which generation or model of Kindle you have. But they give no guidance as to how to determine ...
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How to build an epub starting from a bunch of HTML files?

I have a number of short HTML files (actually they are XHTML) with small problems and answers, which I post on my blog every Sunday, and I'd like to merge some of them in an ebook. I already did it ...
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Can the sleep timeout be adjusted on Kindle devices?

The seemingly fixed screen timeout on all my Kindle devices has never been an issue for normal reading. If it goes off on me it is usually because I fell asleep myself, so one cannot blame a device ...
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Are there studies that show whether reading ebooks on e-Ink, LCD, SLCD or AMOLED displays are better for eyes?

When people review different cell phones, they usually look at whether a specific display type (e-Ink, LCD, SLCD that HTC uses or AMOLED that Samsung uses) is better or worse for image quality. But ...
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Where is my Ebook that I just bought from Amazon Kindle to my PC?

I am new to Amazon Kindle ebooks. I am using my computer to read Kindle ebooks. I am using Kindle-for-Pc software. I just downloaded an ebook, but I cannot find it anywhere. I need to find it so that ...
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How does DRM impact the sales of eBooks?

DRM (Digital rights management) is a somewhat controversial anti-piracy measure. There are strong arguments on both sides of the debate, this question is not about the should/shouldn't debate. It ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Tracking time spent reading on a kindle?

Is there a way to track and export time spent reading on a Kindle? I'm setting a goal around reading books several hours a week, and I would love to automate the tracking. Amazon seems to track ...
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Are there any free open-source custom firmwares for e-ink devices?

I'm curious if there are custom firmwares for e-ink devices similar to what Rockbox (website, wikipedia) is for digital audio players.
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What triggers the "adult" designation on Amazon Kindle books (romance genre)?

I do software development for an ebook publisher specializing in Romance novels. One thing we encounter from time to time is that a book gets classified by Amazon as "adult". That effectively removes ...
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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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Command line extraction of metadata (title. author) from epub file

I would like to use a command line program to extract the title of a book (possibly also other metadata) from its epub file and return it as a string. I am using Linux, but my guess is that the ...
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Trouble hooking up Goodreads with sideloaded ebook on Kindle Paperwhite

So I'm using calibre to load ebooks onto my Kindle Paperwhite and everything seems to be working just fine except when I try to use any of the Goodreads options on that book ("View on Goodreads" or "...
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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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Is there an easier way to edit a .mobi file?

I am used to creating and editing .epub files, usually with Sigil. Sometimes, however, I need to retouch a file in .mobi format for my wife. My usual approach is to convert it in .epub with Calibre, ...
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How can I validate an epub file?

How can I formally validate the structure of an .epub file and check it for errors?
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