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Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
« on: January 15, 2010, 05:46:34 pm »
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-10436073-248.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

PDF enthusiasts have a new Web converter tool at their disposal with PDFmyURL, a simple, one-function site that converts any live Web site into a static PDF file--something handy for offline reading, long-term archiving, and sticking on PDF-friendly e-book readers like Amazon's Kindle. It can also be a lifesaver, if you're on a computer without PDF-making software that would otherwise enable you to "print" a PDF copy of your own.

In every way, PDFmyURL, which launched on Tuesday, is the exact opposite of one of our favorite PDF sites, PDFMeNot (currently down), which takes hosted PDF links and turns them into HTML-friendly Web pages--the big difference, of course, being that when PDFMeNot is done, you have a lean, mean Web page to tear through, whereas PDFmyURL leaves you with, well...a PDF. Not quite as sexy.

The tool does a phenomenal job at maintaining formatting, including correct font sizes and in-line images. Advanced users also have a number of tweaks they can add to the end of whichever URL they drop in that can change how the PDF is created, my favorite being the size of the paper on which you may intend to printing it. This let me turn the front door of CNET News into something that would fit on an 11x17-inch tabloid print. All this without any software required--except that is, to read the finished product.

http://www.pdfmyurl.com/

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    Re: Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
    « Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 06:06:03 pm »
    There are some advanced settings, they are somewhat complicated to figure out (at least for me)... althought I was able to specify the height/width to create a PDF that is properly sized for the Kindle 2. I got the sizes from a thread over on MobileRead that suggested 85mm x 114mm is ideal. Therefore, if you put this url into your browser and just change www.autoblog.com to whatever site you want to convert, it should be formatted properly for your K2.

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    http://pdfmyurl.com?url=www.autoblog.com&--page-height=114mm&--page-width=85mm

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    Re: Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
    « Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 09:51:04 pm »
    Oh, that's very neat.

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    Re: Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
    « Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010, 06:21:48 am »
    There is similar web site at http://www.web2pdfconvert.com Has some cool features like pdf by e-mail.
    Interesting one is web page conversion by referral. You put

    <a href="http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/convert.aspx">Save to PDF</a>

    code into any web site and by clicking service do conversion, no need to set any url.

    For example by clicking on this sentence url http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/convert.aspx the service will convert this Kindle Boards thread to pdf.

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    Re: Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
    « Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010, 06:24:28 am »
    Jason and Tomazaz, thanks for the the info!

    And Tomaza, welcome to KindleBoards and congratulations on your first post!

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    Re: Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
    « Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 05:49:39 am »
    thanks for sharing link here

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    Re: Convert any website into a PDF for your Kindle
    « Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 06:26:59 am »
    Great find! Seems like a nice, install-free substitute for Instapaper. Clearly not as convenient, but if you don't want leave traces behind, can be useful.

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