FROM E-READER CONFUSION THREAD AT MOBILEREAD FORUMS
I couldn't be here for most of the weekend, but am back and just saw a thread at Mobileread Forums about PDFs and how these are handled by the new NookTouch and the Kindle 3. Their message threads tend to be extremely informative and are often more technically focused than you'll see on most e-reader forums, but this one was just about which e-reader will handle PDFs better. I've added my reply there and thought I'd include it here as well, while I catch up on other Kindle matters.
' From thuya1991"Hi, everyone[My reply]
I am just new to the e-reading community. I am thinking about buying below $200 e-reader with eink. Considering kindle but by reading all the threads here, I am so confused which one should I buy.
Reason to buy e-reader
- I have all of my books that I want to read in .pdf files (no need to access their stores or whatever)
My other concern is that I could be able to copy my .pdf files to the e-reader and read it without buying them again."
1. ROTATION option
The Kindle has a rotation option so you can read in Landscape mode, which makes most PDFs somewhat readable if they have special layouts, as the Landscape mode has more space and there is room to make the fonts larger and the margins are decreased as a Kindle feature for PDFs.
For layouts in word, academic documents and for PDFs that are manuals or guides, the Landscape rotation mode is the difference between whether you can even read the document on a 6" screen or not.
2. PDF SCREEN CONTRAST ADJUSTMENT
The Kindle 3 allows you to make the text darker, important because many PDFs are originally using color fonts for effect and these, and colors that are translated to B&W, can be almost too light to read -- in any case it can be very hard on the eyes.
The Nook doesn't have this feature
3. OVERALL GRAYER B&W TEXT FONT
In my viewing of a Nook Touch the other night, the fonts are too gray for my eyes, w/o the kind of screen contrast I'm used to with the Kindle 3 and DX. The crispness is missing. (I was surprised as I had not read any reaction like mine in press reviews yet, but today I was told of two (Len Edgerly and Instapaper's Marco Arment) who had noted it.
The Kindle Chronicles: nooktouch-pell
Marco.Org: Nook Touch review
However, anyone who's not used other Pearl screens probably won't notice any problem at all, and basically, the fonts are clear. Just not dark enough for me.
4. ZOOM IN - Yes, with Kindle, No, with Nook Touch
The Nook Touch can't Zoom in on an image. Illustrations cannot be zoomed.
With the Kindle, you can move the cursor to the center of the photograph, which gives you an option to click on it and zoom to full screen. On -higher- resolution images, this can be invaluable, especially for maps or diagrams.
[ I should have added that Kindle PDFs have zoom-in boxes
although I often find them awkward. ]
5. RE PDFS THAT ARE JUST BOOKS IN ONE COLUMN
Portrait mode will do fine with those, with either the Nook or the Kindle.
You can also see my Features comparison: Nook Touch and Kindle 3 '
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