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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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Why are there so few color e-ink devices on the market in 2014?

The Wikipedia article on e-ink indicates that the technology exists to provide thousands of colors on e-ink display. As I understand it most (all?) of the the 'multi-touch color display' screens are ...
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Screen protection for eReader

Is it useful or advisable to get screen protection for eReader? Also does anti-reflective layer makes any good or bad difference with the eInk screen?
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Does deleting a book from a Kindle account delete it from Kindle devices?

This answer: How do I delete a book off of my Kindle account? - shows that you can delete a book from your account/library on Amazon's web page. What effect does this have on your Kindle readers? ...
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Is there a standardized or recommended image format, size, and resolution when embedding images?

I would like to embed images into my ebook, but I could not find any general references that describe "best practices" related to image format, size and resolution. Are there any standardized or ...
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What software should I use to write books, which can be exported to Lulu and CreateSpace?

I currently use PagePlus X6 to typeset books. It has the capability to export to .pdf files and .epub files. However, the generated files are being rejected by Lulu and CreateSpace. Is there an ...
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Did any other publisher follow Baen's approach of freely releasing older e-books (especially for series)?

According to Eric Flint's Prime Palaver, publishing older books as free e-books as Baen did with Baen Free Library may be a good thing for business (I asked a related question to verify that claim). ...
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Deliver Emailed or Converted Books to Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader

I use the Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader, but I can only view books purchased through Amazon in them. In fact, it won't let me deliver other books - those I emailed to Amazon for conversion or ...
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How practical is it to learn to develop apps for e-ink Kindles?

I provide e-ink kindles to schools in Kenya (10 schools so far) where we also help the schools acquire relevant ebooks for teaching the pupils based on curriculum topics. We'd like to develop apps for ...
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How to use the e-ink Kindle readers to display photos?

The Kindle e-readers that lack full color displays also lack an app for displaying photos. Is there a way to get a series of photos to display? I realize they will be displayed in monochrome / ...
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How do I add an ISBN to Calibre ebook?

According to the Calibre website: Click the book you want to edit and then click the Edit metadata button or press the E key. A dialog opens that allows you to edit all aspects of the metadata. It ...
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Can custom fonts be embedded in mobi or epub books targeting eink readers?

Assuming that I am targeting non-tablet eBook readers such as Kindle and nook, is it possible to layout a book with some text in the default font of the device and some paragraphs in a special font ...
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Is there any e-ink technology that can display colors?

I had opportunity to buy a Kindle Paperwhite and I was looking for an equivalent which support colors. Amazon have the Kindle Fire but it is a tablet technology which is not comparable to the e-ink. ...
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How do I export Wikipedia article collections to epub?

I used to do that a year or two ago and it was pretty straightforward back than (there was Export to epub link or something like this on the left pane of a Wikipedia page). Not any more! Currently, ...
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Are there any ebook libraries in Germany

Are there any programs that allow library books to be checked out, as ebooks, specifically in Germany? NOTE: Based on this meta post and this question, I have created this German version of the ...
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How can I reset the reading speed data on a Kindle?

I'd like to test the theory that the Kindle Touch/Paperwhite ignores long pauses between page reads when learning your reading speed for a particular book. But experimenting is complicated by having ...
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How to remove hard hyphens?

Is there any reasonably easy way to remove "hard" hyphens from an eBook? For example, I am reading a book by Ted Dekker where there are many places where a word has a hy-phen in the middle. (Not ...
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Is it possible to send a book purchased from Amazon to all of my devices at once?

When I purchase a book from the Kindle Store, it asks me which device I want it delivered to. I know I can send it to multiple devices by managing my library. Is there a setting to have every purchase ...
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Are ebooks licensed only to a certain email address?

I have Adobe Digital Editions installed on my computer. Adobe Digital Editions is tied to my Adobe ID email address, oldemail@domain.com. Over the past several years, I have purchased several (non-...
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Can I donate an ebook to my library's Overdrive collection?

My local library uses overdrive, for ebook loans. Can I donate an ebook I already own to them, or can I purchase an ebook specifically for my library?
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Is it a good idea to minify code when coding ePubs?

I typically minify my .css file because it's something I am used to when developing websites, but I have seen some people actually minify their .xml files (such as the .ncx, .opf, etc.). I have always ...
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How can I read notes alongside with text in Kindle readers?

I was given a Kindle e-reader a couple of years ago and, after some hesitation, I've become addicted to it, so that now I have scores and scores of books on my device. Lately I've downloaded a few ...
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How do I modify the connection habits of my Kindle Keyboard 3G?

I have Kindle Keyboard 3G, I use the text to speech for reading books while commuting. If I leave the wireless turned on it uses up the battery pretty fast trying to keep and or find a 3G or WiFi ...
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How does the kindle define how many “book size dots” to display?

You ever notice how the lot dots on the Kindle that indicate how big the work is are not really all that helpful? I think there are like 4 sizes, but all the little dots make you think there are more ...
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How to sync my Kindle with my Kindle library without using WiFi?

This is a question that plagued me a while ago when my wireless router refused to work correctly with my Kindle Touch (3G edition). I had a document that I wanted to transfer to my Kindle as well as ...
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Can you use a Kindle without an Amazon account?

I'd like to know if it is possible to use a Kindle reader without having an Amazon account, but rather only uploading the reader's own files into the device.
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Can I copy or publish, text from a website.

Can I copy or publish text—from a website—that is in the public domain? The text was already published as hard cover, in many apps, and as PDF. But never for Kindle (AZW3).
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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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Some classic literature is available for free - but where? [closed]

Knowing some classic literature works being free... what would be typical sites to find and download those? (By "classic" I mean those older works that are now regarded to be “copyright-free”.) I ...
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Under what conditions should I apply for ISBN numbers for digital works?

An organization I work with has a few (non English) original works that I will be helping them to publish online and in eBook format. We do hold the publishing rights for these as they are basically ...
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When it is better to use plain HTML instead of CSS?

I published a book which contains some (simple) math formulas, like axn+bxn−1+ … + hx + k = 0. Such formulas may be displayed just with (X)HTML, as you may see. However, some friends of mine ...
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What is the most efficient and safest way to remove fingerprints from my Sony PRS-650 Touchscreen Reader?

I prefer to use a dry microfiber cloth to clean my touchscreen, but sometimes you have to scrub pretty hard to remove fingerprints. Is it safe to use a cleaner on the screen or should I use only water ...
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Are Tor Ebooks DRM Free?

Tor has made a few statements in the past about going DRM Free. Does that carry through to downstream retailers? If I buy a Tor book on Amazon (marketed as a Kindle book) or on Barnes and Noble (...
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How do I add a cover (and other pictures) to my ePub?

If I am creating an ePub file by hand, from scratch (following a recipe such as laid out in this question), how would I go about adding pictures to the file? In particular, is there anything special ...
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Is it better to shut down my Kindle Fire or just put it to sleep?

When is it better for me to shut down my Kindle Fire vs. putting it to sleep? Does putting it in sleep mode drain the battery?
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Convert Blog to book

I prefer reading technical blogs in Kindle, is there an easy way to convert a technical blog from any site – MSDN blog or personal sites – to a e-book format like .mobi? I am aware of http://...
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EPUB 3.0 <dc:identifier>

My question is on the <dc:identifier>. Is the <dc:indentifier> unique and hashed to an IP address or MAC address?
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What is the formula for converting a 10 digit ISBN to a 13 digit ISBN?

I didn't see this question here yet so I thought I would ask if someone has the formula for converting a 10 digit ISBN to a 13 digit ISBN and vice-versa. I know there are several sites that offer ...
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Is it advisable to add sound excerpts to an ebook?

As far as I know, many ebook readers may also play music. Does it make sense to create an ebook which contains (internal) link to audio snippets? Does the ePub standard allow it? (snippets would be ...
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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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How can I extract some chapters or sections from an ebook into a new one?

How can I easily extract some sections from an ebook and create a new one that will contain just those parts? It would be especially useful with omnibus ebooks when I want to read just some of the ...
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Start Calibre, update feeds, transfer files and close

I want to use Calibre for subscribing to RSS feeds, download new articles and bundle them in .mobi files. These files should be send to my Kindle via mail. Both these processes work without problems, ...
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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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Will the ads on the Kindle with Special Offers affect my battery life?

I am deciding whether or not to buy a Kindle with "special offers" to save money, or without. I am wondering if these decrease the battery life and how significant the decrease is.
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When should I completely poweroff an eink device rather than putting it in stand-by?

Given that the technology of eink screens make it so that even during normal usage the power requirement is kept lower than other kind of displays, when it is advisable to completely shut-down the ...
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Does Microsoft allow official readers of “lit” format other than MS Reader?

Back when I last checked (couple of years ago), if you wanted to read .lit format books, you had to either install MS Reader software (which meant only Windows PC), or download a somehat-shady (not ...
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Publishing e-book

I have created an e-book and I would like to publish it. Do I have to contact an authority so I can get the ISBN or it will be automatically assigned from the e-book publisher? What are the steps ...
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Epub OPF 'spine' element: how to exclude an html file from linear reading order, while allowing it to be accessed from a link

I converted an html source to epub with Calibre. Original 'html' source has got an individual html file for each footnote. Footnotes' files are reported in <spine> element of my content.opf, so ...
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Disabling Ads on a Kindle with Special Offers

If I get the Kindle with Special Offers can I upgrade to disable the ads? Would it cost more than just buying a Kindle without Special Offers?
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Is there a guide for copyright for countries other than the US?

I've seen some questions that deal with copyright issues and it is clear that this is an international group and we could all benefit from having access to info about copyright as it relates to our ...

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