I just got a brand new Ignem-aligned djinn-powered lab text device (a kindle e-reader). I was considering acquiring some Ars books in PDF to be read there. Being totally new to the world of e-readers in general, and kindle in particular, I would like to ask a few questions
Can a PDF be read in kindle?
Does it look too messy?
Do the Ars books look OK in a Kindle e-reader?
If not, what easy to transport device would you suggest? An ipad?
forget it. Reading PDFs on Kindle is a big mess ... at least for PDFs of this layout.
The screen of the kindle is to small for the pdfs. As the layout is fixed in pdfs you have to zoom in to read and that makes the navigation (paging) a pain in your a...
If you don't zoom in you will not be able to read a single word.
I don't read PDFs on our Kindle, but I have friends who do and they swear by Calibre. Completely untested by me, but these friends can be finnicky, so if they're happy with it, it's probably very decent at converting it.
My wife uses the Kindle, I use the iPad, and I bring the PDFs into iBooks.
I think it all goes down to the screen size. If the screen size is more or less the same (or bigger) than the original layout you are ok. If you can minimize a bit to fit a whole page to the screen and still can read it ... ok. If you can turn your reader by 90° to fit half of the page to the screen ... ok. But otherwise ... not ok. And that's the case for the kindle
I'm the proud owner of the RoP:M and RoP:F PDFs. However, reading them on my tablet (HP Touchpad running either webOS or Android 4) is a less-than-exciting experience. Rendering a page takes 20 seconds or so, which makes quick browsing impossible.
Is this a known issue of the ArM PDFs? Do you have similar experiences, or do the PDFs work just fine on other hardware?
If it's my hardware, then "quick rendering of ArM PDFs" might become a buying criteria when I buy a new tablet
A 20-second load time hasn't been my experience on the Xoom. I have my books stored on G-Drive so it takes a few seconds under wifi to download the book, but it's pretty speedy opening after that. Scrolling is fine, as is jumping to pages. I've just checked with Ancient Magic to make sure and I had no problem at all.
And of course, that tablet is a couple of years old. Pretty much any mainstream tablet you invest in today is going to be a more powerful machine than that one anyway.
Directions please? Getting the Ars PDFs in my kindle would be a sure way to get a good use for the device! (I found I prefer regular paper books for book reading, so my kindle is sitting in a drawer somewhat sad right now)