Re: Kindles (was: Re: OT: Middle Egyptian dictionary/grammar in Russian
> Is it worth having (buying, toting around) a Kindle just as a pdf reader?The advantage of toting around a Kindle is that you can utilise those short
bits of time which would be otherwise lost - traveling in subway, waiting in
queue in supermarket, etc. (For longer work with .pdf files, there are
probably other devices which would be more suitable.)
Another advantage is that the display is passive and thus more pleasant for
eyes than the active display of a computer.
> Pdfs formatted for standard printed pages remain readable?This question has two levels:
1) The width of 800 pixels in the landscape mode is fully capable to display
texts which are formated sanely, that is about 60 characters per line. Even
an "economically" formated document with 90 characters per line is still
rendered without much bluring. Documents scanned as an opended book, with
two pages side by side, are already in some degree blured, but the letters
are still easily recognisable.
2) But the diagonal is only 6 inch. Of course, characters and pictures on
the 6 inch display seen from the distance of one foot have the same size as
on the 12 inch display seen fom the distance of two feet - if you eye is
young enough to focus on so short distance, or if I take glasses slightly
stronger than I am using to watch computer screen. So the reading of a .pdf
file is not so comfortable as reading a .mobi file (which can be easily
converted from .epub, .html and other sane formats) where you can choose she
(The .pdf files which are not locked could be converted, but supprisingly
there is no software which would convert it correctly. Each line is taken as
a separate paragraph and the images are lost.)
> On the Kindle I've seen, the text is formatted for a much smaller pageIf you phone shows the .pdf in landscape mode, then the 800 pixel width is
> size, more like what you'd expect from A6 or suchlike. My phone has a
> resolution of 480 x 800, which makes pdfs viewable only with pain and
the same as on Kindle.
> Are pdfs annotatable and are the annotations easy to export in aThe notes made on the device are stored in another format than those made on
> meaningful way (so that one can tell which part of the text they pertain
the Kindle viewer under Windows. (This seems silly; is it not only a mater
of different versions?)
> Is the onscreen keyboard (ABCDE rather than QWERTY in the pics I've seen)I have the simplest model without touchscreen, so the selecting of keys on
> usable without pain?
the onscreen keyboard (yes, ABCDE) is done by cursor and thus notes longer
than one or two words would be very time-consuming.