Q: When can we read PDFs, please? A: PDF document conversion is experimental. The experimental category represents the features we are working on to enhance the Kindle experience even further. Due to PDF's fixed layout format, some complex PDF files might not format correctly on your Kindle. Each Kindle has a unique e-mail address, allowing you and your contacts to send PDF attachments for conversion into a Kindle compatible format. For more information on personal document conversion, visit our help pages: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200140600
I have been downloading PDF files from http://www.wowio.com and converting with mobipocket creator without problem I think PDFs that are mostly ext will convert fine, ones that are mostly images or have complex formatting will have more an issue
FYI I was able to download the entire Potter collection and the entire Lord Of The Rings collection in PDF files with absolutely no problems. No formatting problems at all, I just sent an email with the PDF file attached to my Kindle email and that's it!
I have a whole library of scientific papers I would love to transport inside Kindle, but they are full of graphs, pie charts, bar graphs, pictures of cells and etc... would it be possible to create a readable version of these files in kindle?
Funny, I have been using kindlefree to convert on a regular basis. My pdfs end with the .pdf suffix. I am doing it from a Mac. Make sure that you don't have that weird Adobe .frw or something (can't remember) suffix. If you do, just change it to .pdf.
Well kindlefree is really cool. All you have to do is attach any file you want to put on your kindle and type in the email address to your kindle but add free after kindle. All the info is in a box on the manage your kindle section. You just have to upload it yourself but its free so why not.
As Michael M. says you mail the attachment to the above address (with the correct Kindle name) using one of your approved email addresses. The converted attachment will be emailed back to you so you can transfer it to the Kindle via the USB cable. It's free because you are not using Whispernet to deliver the converted file to your Kindle.
The inability of the Kindle to easily read PDF files is a serious shortcoming. There is a growing number of publications in PDF format and the PDF is used by Library of Congress for digitizing rare books. It appears that the PDF is here to stay. I hope that the future Kindle will be able to handle it.
While there are many files in PDF format it's not a proper format to use when the display shape and size is unknown or variable as it is a fixed format not a reflowable format. It's simply the wrong tool for the job in those cases. It's like using a Honda Civic to run a moving company. Sure you can make it kind of work but it will never work well.
All tools have limitations. When you try to use a tool beyond those limitations you have to expect compromises. If you have a large detailed graphic that is intended to be printed out on a 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper it simply will not display well on a 6 inch screen. The best you could do would be to add zoom and scroll features. Not something the slow refresh rate of an eInk screen will ever do well.
Given that, what will work well on an ereader with a 6 inch eInk screen? Text. Text is actually fantastic. When you need to use a document with a lot of graphic material expect compromises. To expect anything else is just setting yourself up for dissapointment.
How difficult is it to use PDF on a Kindle? It's as difficult as sending an email and/or copying a file on your computer. For some that will be difficult but for most it's pretty easy.
If you have to use a lot of PDF files designed for 8.5 x 11 inch output your best bet for an ereader right now is the Irex Iliad. It has a larger screen than the Kindle or Sony and will display PDFs in landscape mode.
As to the future hopefully the ebook industry will adopt a reflowable file format standard (Adobe and others are currently using one called ePub) so that not only will files be useable on devices with various screen sizes and shapes but the same file will be useable on devices from all makers. So please be carefull what you ask for. Asking for better PDF support on ereaders would be like asking Honda to make the Civic a better furniture mover when what you really need is a large truck.
The only reasonably satisfactory way I've found to convert PDF files to read on the Kindle is by using Adobe Acrobat (not the reader, but the full version that creates PDF files). Fortunately, I have an (old) copy.
I've been putting PDFs on my Kindle for 3 months now with minimal problems. The PDF files are displayed sideways--so that if you have a standard 8x10 page you will get 1/2 on a kindle page, but you must turn it sideways to read it. Most of the PDFs I read are journal articles or scans of book chapters. If the scans were done poorly (lots of white space, not cropped correctly, or two book pages scanned into 1 page) then they are difficult or unreadable. Many of my PDFs have charts or other graphics. On one I had a full page chart that wasn't split into two pages (better so it could be viewed as a whole).
I've been emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, not using the free address, but I have not been charged for any of the PDFs that I've sent myself. I've never gotten any messages like the poster who said that he was told that PDFs were not an acceptable format. I've also never used mobi-pocket conversion like some people have suggested.
Overall I would give the PDF conversion 4/5 stars. Usually it works fine, but sometimes there are glitches.
Can long pdf's be converted? I would like to be able to carry some of my reference books around. Ine is about 130 megs (A Copious and Critical English Latin Lexicon, for those who are curious). This old book was downloaded from Googlebooks. Might this work? M Riley
P. Bernier says: FYI I was able to download the entire Potter collection and the entire Lord Of The Rings collection in PDF files with absolutely no problems. No formatting problems at all, I just sent an email with the PDF file attached to my Kindle email and that's it!