I have tons of books on programming and many of them are accompanied by CD with the book in PDF format. A bright idea struck me – why carry around ton of bricks, when I can load electronic version onto my Kindle Fire? And it worked quite nicely, though a (very) little work required beforehand
First of all I got a better PDF reader app. Even though Kindle app supports PDF – it does very little besides page flipping. If a book has wide margins (most textbooks do) text looks really small, sometimes unreadable. ezPDF Reader on the other hands is highly customizable. Here’s what need to be done in order to make PDF a comfortable read on Kindle Fire:
- In Settings: lock screen orientation to Landscape
- In Settings: set page scrolling type to Vertical
- While Reading: Using pinch-zoom adjust text to comfortable size
- While Reading: Tap menu and select “Lock horizontal scroll bar”
The result is comfortably sized text with pages moved by a vertical scroll.
UPDATE: New version of ezPDF makes reading even easier, you don’t even have to go thru steps described above. Version 188.8.131.52 adds “crop” feature – so you can crop those wide margins, making the text fill full screen. This way you can read PDF in a portrait mode, like God intended and more naturally “flip” the pages instead of scrolling. Here is a screenshot of what cropped PDF book looks like on Kindle Fire.