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Subject: PDF book format and font size problem
Date Posted: 2/3/2011 11:00 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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I've been using my Nook since Sunday.  I've transferred PDF files to it without a hitch.  I can change the font and the font size on them.

But, I have one book that will not increase the font size.  It's "James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing"  The font comes out microscopic on my Nook.

I tried transferring it to my Nook using Nook for PC and Adobe Digital Editions.  I got the same result both times.  When I open the book in Adobe Acrobat I can adjust the font size.

This is the book:

http://www.goodreads.com/reader/read/6709?percent=0&return_to=%2Fbook%2Fshow%2F2548866

Has anyone else ever had this problem?  Anyway to get around it without reading with a magnifying glass?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 1:50 AM ET
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Have you tried using the font size button?  I'm assuming the answer to the first is yes, but I have to ask :)

Have you tried adjusting the orientation for the book from vertical to horizontal?  This doesn't fix the problem, but it normally makes it so the font is large enough to read.

Also, if you haven't, I'd try updating your Nook software.  There may have been an update pushed to better support the PDF format.

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 2:10 AM ET
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Yep!  No matter what size I choose it comes out the same small size.

How do I change the orientation from vertical to horizontal?  Not sure how to do that.

I'll try the software upgrade, too.  Thanks!

 



Last Edited on: 2/4/11 2:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/4/2011 2:11 AM ET
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If anyone would like to try putting that book on their Nook to see if they have the same results, I'd appreciate it.  Then I'd know if it's me ;)

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 12:06 PM ET
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I had the same problem with a book I put on my Nook, but it was a book I converted to pdf format, so I'm thinking it was something in the way it was converted.  I haven't tried to convert it again.

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 1:47 PM ET
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It's been a while since I worked with PDF's, but what I remember is that some PDF files may have the font sized locked. IIRC, it's one of the options of making a PDF files and may even be a default option.

PDF files can not only be made from 'Text', but from 'pictures' of text as well. A PDF made from pictures can't be re-sized or rendered into text. You're just seeing a saved picture and there's nothing for the program to re-size.

If it's not locked with DRM, you can try putting it in the free program called "Calibre" and converting it to another format. If it's text and can be converted then you'll bypass the locked-font problem. If it's jpgs saved as PDF, I don't think it would work.

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 1:50 PM ET
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I've just checked the book and it's offered in PDF and Epub, and I'd download it as epub format. I'd use that. My daughter had a Nook for a day before returning it, and she loaded it with epub, so you should be fine there.

(Epubs weren't why she brought it back. They worked fine.)

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 2:59 AM ET
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Cindy, do you know where your daughter found the ePUB version?  Goodreads list it but the file contains zero MB and comes up as an error when you click on it.  I went to the author's website, but there is only a PDF version there.

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 11:35 AM ET
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Cindy, do you know where your daughter found the ePUB version?  Goodreads list it but the file contains zero MB and comes up as an error when you click on it.

I only saw the epub at the link you gave. Didn't realize it was empty.

I've put the PDF in Calibre, and it'll convert to ePub. Spacing is a bit off, though. But you can then right click on it in Calibre after converting and "Tweak Epub", "Explode" it and then fix it in Word. You can then resave it by 'Rebuilding" it.

Or you can save it in epub, save to disk, and rename .epub to .zip and open it there to edit it. Epubs are just another form of zip files.

I've checked around and everyone seems to be having the same problem with the ePub file. They didn't put it together very well, and people are having trouble reading it on eReaders. Reformating it yourself seems to be the only answer out there.

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 6:28 PM ET
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Melody, if you go to this thread on Mobileread forums, at the bottom you'll find a link to a copy of the first book that is now in epub. I put it on my Nook and it looks pretty good, not perfect but adequate for reading and the drawings are clear. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59515&highlight=James+Potter

It didn't mess up my Nook or anything so I'm thinking it's pretty safe. I virus scanned it with two scanners when I saved it to the desktop. 

Unfortunately, it does not look as if he has converted the other books, only the first one. 

I can't get the pdf to work on my Nook at all, it simply will not open. I can get it to work on my Kindle but the print is tiny and cannot be enlarged. 

For those with a Kindle, if you search the Amazon Kindle boards, there's one thread with links to .prc copies of all 4 books and the short stories. Look for the poster's name Gayla. http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdMsgNo=1&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx15CAQL3DPF08V&cdMsgID=Mx7R21VFPP6JN#Mx7R21VFPP6JN

Hope this helps. 



Last Edited on: 3/5/11 11:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/6/2011 3:30 AM ET
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Cindy, thank you very much for going through all that trouble!  I now know I'm not the one with the problem (user error...LOL)  I almost get the impression that the pages were formatted as images rather than a normal PDF file.  This happened to me today.  I have figured out how to create one large PDF file of genealogy documents I'm working on.  I'm working with newspaper clippings.  The PDF worked great, but I can't change the font size.  This is understandable though, since PDF sees each clipping as a photo image.  It's like this book was done the same way.

I'm going to Marilyn's link right now (so glad you are back, Marilyn!) because I really want to read this.

Okay...I hooked up my Nook, transferred it over, and it's beautiful!  Thank you Cindy & Marilyn for all your help!