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Initial post: Sep 26, 2011 11:07:10 AM PDT
how do you convert pdf to kindle format?

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 11:27:23 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
First of all, Kindles read PDF formats. The problem is that you won't get text reflow. You can email that PDF document to your kindle account, make sure you write CONVERT in the subject line, and Amazon will convert it for you. Or you can use one of several conversion Calibre...that is available for free. I hope this helps.

PDF conversion isn't always the greatest. If it's text only, you won't have a problem. But if it has a lot of graphs and things, it doesn't come out so well.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 7:11:25 PM PDT
Q says:
And if the PDF has page numbers (like a PDF of a book) or page headers (again, like some published paperbacks), those get plopped into the middle of a page of text when converting a PDF.

So I read 99% of my PDF's, I rotate the page horizontally (landscape). This makes the viewing page wider and usually makes the text quite readable without zooming/enlarging.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 10:49:47 PM PDT
Use a program called Calibre. I use it all the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 9:51:28 PM PST
BadMsM says:
Ok, I downloaded calibre, but it will not convert the PDFs into any format. Should I remove the images since I will be reformatting the book to enhanced ebook format? Am I doing something wrong? Any tips?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 1:19:13 PM PST
Badger says:
I'm not sure what you're doing wrong, but I've used Calibre to convert pdf files to Kindle mobi files. I expect you need totake a closer look at the Calibre instructions.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 4:38:00 PM PST
Q says:
If a PDF has been purchased and has copy protection on it (DRM), then Calibre will not convert the file.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 9:15:13 PM PST
I wonder if there is a way to reverse engineer a purchased DRM book in Calibre or Mobicreator. I would love to see how these picture books are created so that I can duplicate the formatting and create my own books with photos in them.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 9:23:40 PM PST
Calibre will strip the DRM off a DRMed PDF file - I've done it. You need to also download the DeDRM plugin for Calibre and install that, then importing the file to Calibre does the stripping at the same time.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 9:36:47 PM PST
Reading PDF in DX isn't great, you cannot do any annotations / highlighting inside, but just can read only.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 11:27:52 PM PST
CBP: Got a link to that plugin?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 9:38:31 AM PST
idefix says:
I have tried to convert pdf files via callibre, but it messes up the formatting. I get the notes and page numbers in the middle of the text. It is absolutely unreadable.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 9:40:05 AM PST
Try sending them as emails like S. Dunham suggested upthread. I just did that last night on a document and it worked beautifully.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 11:04:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2011 11:06:48 AM PST
Q says:
Do a Google search for these words:

dedrm for calibre plugin

This does work, but you must follow Apprentice Alf's instructions exactly. His tools are found in a separate page linked from his first page.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 11:09:03 AM PST
Q says:
That's what hapens when you "reflow" text or convert a PDF that isn't just a straight-text book. Page numbers get gobbled in strange spots and Large letters at the start of a paragraph get thrown in odd places. But there is no perfect answer.

For most PDF's, I read them by viewing them horizontally in landscape.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 11:12:21 AM PST
Q says:
You Sassy Minx,
I think the results are identical. Amazon's servers convert them (via email) just like Calibre converts them.

So if a page number is imbedded in the page of text at the bottom, it will appear in the midst of the text of the conversion. The app can't discern that's it's a page number. It is just text to convert.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 12:19:27 PM PST
Jenna James says:
It's very disappointing that even Amazon's pdf conversion through their email service doesn't work. I have received pdfs which have every page cut in half.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 2:21:12 PM PST
Great tip to e-mail to Kindle, thank you!

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 8:55:35 PM PDT
Hernan Picco says:
Easy positive solution: Open pdf document > File > Save As > Text >> ... a new window open (you can change folder destination) > Save as > save in > at bottom File Name: (already named) > Save as Type: Text (Accessible) (*.tdx) (already in) > Save ... >> Wait few seconds...> Open destination folder > Look the new Notepad with the title > Connect kindle device to your computer using USB cable > Back the new Notepad > Right click > Copy ...>> Open Kindle in your PC > Documents > Open > Right click > Paste > .........Bingo !......Remove kindle from computer safely and check (wait few seconds) your new notepad document in text, no pdf. Shoud be there ready to read.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 6:40:00 AM PDT
Geewiz says:
FYI - I just sent a PDF to the Kindle/Amazon account to be converted, and it worked beautifully. My expectations were guarded because the PDF is a 18Mb training guide with a great many illustrations.

This was easy, as described in other posts: simply email your PDF to your Kindle account email with the word "CONVERT" in the subject line. Within 15 minutes, I had the book on my Kindle Fire with all the features of a Kindle book you'd expect.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 12:22:10 PM PDT
Yes I found that the headers and page numbers really make the reading hard. Also it screws up the grammar. Is there a way to fix this problem?

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 10:47:29 AM PDT
Ari Goldberg says:
What is my kindle email address? I have the kindle app but not a kindle device. Can I get a kindle email address?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 4:23:42 PM PDT
Hernan Picco says:
I think you must have to open an account in amazon and then you are able to access many features. Basically an email account is when you send ebooks to your device using wifi connection.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 1:40:03 AM PDT
TSmith says:
Hi, I have a Kindle Touch. I can find no mention of rotating the page horizontally (landscape) in the manual. How did you rotate the page horizontally? Do you have a different model Kindle or do you do it in Calibre? Thanks in advance! - T

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 5:47:11 AM PDT
willus says:
For PDF on small screens, try k2pdfopt (google it) or search's forums.
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