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Title: Convert from PDF
Post by: KBD on December 26, 2017, 01:11:51 AM
I have some software manuals in PDF format that I am trying to convert to a suitable format for a Kindle reader. I have tried 2 online converters so far (pdf2kindle and online-convert) and they both give similar results. The text in the PDF is on 2 columns on each page, but the converter has ignored the column structure and has alternately read a line from each column. How crazy is that! Is there a better converter somewhere?

By the way, I wouldn't care too much if the converter ignores images and just ends up with the text in the resulting document. But the text needs to be decently formatted and legible.
Title: Re: Convert from PDF
Post by: Paperbackstash on December 28, 2017, 08:53:06 AM
Calibre is a pretty good converter that you may want to try. It's free and popular. It's not an online based product though - it's a downloadable program. They can convert the formats to .mobi and send to Kindle. I can't promise you won't have formatting issues with it still, though, but it's worth a try.
Title: Re: Convert from PDF
Post by: KBD on December 29, 2017, 04:00:04 AM
Thanks, I'll check it out.
Title: Re: Convert from PDF
Post by: Ann in Arlington on December 29, 2017, 04:00:57 AM
FWIW, I've found conversion from PDF uniformly problematic. But Calibre is probably the best option available.
Title: Re: Convert from PDF
Post by: nomesque on December 29, 2017, 04:20:08 AM
PDFs are a pain in the neck if you're trying to get them into a different format. It's because of the way PDFs store information - a Word document stores a block of text with all the formatting and placement a secondary consideration, but a PDF focuses first on placement and second on the actual text itself.

If Calibre doesn't help, you might find that opening the PDF in Word, then saving as a .doc and THEN converting to Kindle format, offers the best reading experience. I sympathise, though - trying to get text out of a PDF can be a huge exercise in frustration.
Title: Re: Convert from PDF
Post by: KBD on January 15, 2018, 10:35:56 PM
Unfortunately I didn't have time to try any more conversion experiments before going away on holiday. I ended up switching to landscape view, which made the pdf text a bit easier to read.

Thanks for all the suggestions.