[ILUG] E-Book Reader BeBook?
marek.mcgann at mic.ul.ie
Fri Jul 31 16:19:15 IST 2009
I don't know the BeBook, but I use the linux-based Iliad for similar kinds of
reading, and find it fine. The large screen is nice, but comes at a cost (the
Iliad doesn't come cheap, I was able to get work to pay for mine).
You can't resize or reflow the text on pdfs, but you can zoom the page to get
rid of margins. Scanned pdfs aren't a problem, and some of the files I've used
with it are pretty big (of the order of 70 megs or so, and larger).
The conversion software that comes with it to change files into mobipocket
format so that you can change font size and so on is Windows only, and I
haven't really tried to get it working under wine or a VM.
It appears to be quite hackable also - there are a lot of modifications and
fine-tuned software out there for it.
If you want to send me a file of the kind you're thinking about, I can have a
look and take a couple of photos for you if you'd like.
On Friday 31 July 2009 15:48:04 Robert Heffernan wrote:
> I'm resurrecting an old thread here but I've been thinking of buying
> an ebook reader for a while. My use for one would be to read research
> papers (mathematics) in pdf format.
> Have any of you who own one of these things used them for something
> like this? The BeBook looks as if it might do the trick. I would be
> dealing primarily with one of:
> 1) pdf files generated by latex;
> 2) pdf files converted from postscript files that were probably
> generated by latex; and
> 3) big unwieldy pdf files that are just scans of old papers.
> So, does anybody know if either
> a) any of the available readers will just read the above comfortably; or
> b) I can easily convert the above to a better format (on a Linux box,
> It would be unfortunate to buy one of these things and find out that
> it is no good at displaying mathematical notation or such notation is
> lost when the files are converted into e-reader friendly formats.
> Similarly, enough of the pdfs that I have are of the scanned-image
> variety that dealing well with these would be important.
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