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therrimouse

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How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 12:31 PM
 
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I just read in Forbes that Amazon has started hosting PDFs for sale. Apparently PDFs are read on the K4PC app. Has anyone tried this feature, and how has it been?
therrimouse

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 12:50 PM   in response to: therrimouse in response to: therrimouse
 
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Never mind. I just tried and while the PDF was accepted it still did not covert right for PDF output. I think KDP has not seen the article, or if they did they're not geared up to meet the possible demand. Oh, well. :(
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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 3:51 PM   in response to: therrimouse in response to: therrimouse
 
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I tried it in June, but the formatting was off.

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 4:33 PM   in response to: therrimouse in response to: therrimouse
 
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You can send a pdf to your kindle via the @kindle.com or the USB cord.

If you have a REAL PDF, not one of those Print toPDF file converters for Word documants etc, You can use the ADBE inde$ign software there is a Kindle Plug In or something.

I recommend Cracking the PDF with Omnipage and converting it to Word then cleaning up the Mess

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therrimouse

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 8:51 PM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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No, I don't own a Kindle. I don't own any device but a PC. I have real, honest to goodness PDFs converted on Adobe. Why should I go to all the trouble if KDP converts only Word documents or prcs? It won't take epubs anymore, but the article said it was about PDFs, not converted Word documents. I have already uploaded those. It looks like either the author of the article is wrong or someone jumped the gun. I hate when that happens.
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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:03 PM   in response to: therrimouse in response to: therrimouse
 
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You might want to throw it at Calibre and see what happens

Like I said though there is supposed to be a Kindle plug in for In design software

http://forums.kindledirectpublishing.com/kdpforums/ann.jspa?annID=220

This may help!

JT

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:12 PM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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You can send a pdf to your kindle via the @kindle.com
or the USB cord.

If you have a REAL PDF, not one of those Print toPDF
file converters for Word documants etc, You can use
the ADBE inde$ign software there is a Kindle Plug In
or something.

I recommend Cracking the PDF with Omnipage and
converting it to Word then cleaning up the Mess

JT

;)


hi toad,

just tried this by zipping the pdf of my book I have been selling for 4 years now from my web site

it came back to my kindle device and yes it is exactly as one would see on adobe Reader but of course the writing is small

it has a realllllly klunky magnifying glass thing which is useless for reading a book.

not sure how to get it onto KFC though - it simply opens in normal adobe reader
jtbigtoad

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:35 PM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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Somewhere there was a Pdf that converted beautifully into Kindle stuff.

The Post was back in November i think!

JT

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divorcedoctor

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 31, 2011 12:49 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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Somewhere there was a Pdf that converted beautifully
into Kindle stuff.

The Post was back in November i think!

JT

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what do you call beautifully?

what I just did was to get kindle to display pdf AS pdf ie page 1 IS page 1, but can't FLOW as kindle wants, so WYSIWYG ie pdf

of course you could set up your pdf page as a kindle sized book but may as well have done in kindle for starters

but uploading a pdf for CONVERSION to kindle is SAME as uploading Word, and is entirely different horse

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davidnwelton

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Re: How many have tried uploading a PDF?
Posted: Aug 31, 2011 1:10 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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In the spectrum of formats that exist, there are some that are more 'display' formats, that tell the device exactly how everything should be laid out, font sizes, positions of everything and so on, and other formats that tell the reader/device/browser what the elements are. "This is a headline, this is a paragraph", and so on, without specifying exactly how and where those elements should go. HTML isn't a purely descriptive format, but it's much further that way than PDF which is very much a display format.

The end result of all this is that PDF is a very difficult format to do anything with, it's more of an "end result" that it's difficult to get away from.

So... no, PDF is something you should avoid if at all possible.

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