On Tue, Jun 20, 2023 at 11:02:33AM -0500, Michael Parson wrote:
On Sat, 4 Mar 2023, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 04:15:33
From: Ralph Corderoy <ralph(a)inputplus.co.uk>
Subject: [COFF] Reading PDFs on a mobile. (Was: Requesting thoughts on
extended regular expressions in grep.)
Even inventorying and keeping track of the books
can be time
consuming. -- Thankfully I took some time to do exactly that and have
access to that information on the super computer in my pocket.
I seek recommendations for an Android app to comfortably read PDFs on
a mobile phone's screen. They were intended to be printed as a book.
In particular, once I've zoomed and panned to get the interesting part
of a page as large as possible, swiping between pages should persist
that view. An extra point for allowing odd and even pages to use
Sorry for responding to an old thread got behind on my list-mail
reading, but I wanted to share my $.02.
Someone else mentioned an e-book reader app, and I second that,
mostly...Moon+ Reader on Android is the e-book reader I've been using
for a while and it does a good job with standard e-book formats
as well as PDF files, IF the PDF is a PDF of formatted text. It
even has a mode where it will do a pretty decent job of on-the-fly
converting/reformatting the text of the PDF to something that can
actually be read on a small (phone) screen. However, if the PDF is just
a bunch of 1 image per page wrapped in a PDF container, you're out of
luck and back to zoom/pan around the page.
For most of my digtal book reading these days, I use a Boox e-ink
reader. It runs Android, so, I can use the same e-book reader I used
on my phone. It can even sync where you're at in the book/document via
dropbox and you can move between multiple devices if needed.
If I want to mark-up the PDF, the built-in stuff on the Boox handles
that nicely. If I'm on my phone, I use an app called Xodo.
I am not challenging your choices (to each his/her own), but to add
some alternative, my own preferences go toward:
a. have sd card slot in a reader (I mean hardware with e-ink, not some
app on a phone). This means a card can be slipped into the box without
opening it. This means the box is not water-proof. However, I had a
look inside and I suspect it can still be water-prooved with duct
tape, if someone wants it so much.
b. so far I was rather happy with Linux custom made by manufacturer,
but not an Android - I am yet to try Android based ebook reader (but
maybe not too fast). Phones with A* are rather lousy at keeping their
batteries loaded, I wonder how eink devices fare - do they, too, need
to be recharged every day? My reader is recharged every 2-3 weeks,
when batt drops to about 70%, while I keep using it at least every
second day for few hours at a time.
I had once (many years go, when I was to buy my first reader) a dream
of browsing web pages with it. However, built in browser in non-A*
reader proved to be lousy, equally lousy to browser in A* phones that
I have tried. So, my current ereader was never connected to the net
because I see no point. Of course each model nowadays comes with
wi-fi, it just does not add anything useful so no need to even
configure it on home router etc. Nowadays, I would rather convert
whatever to pdf or epub and upload to the reader. Reading wikipedia
pages printed to pdf saved me plenty of grief, as opposed to trying
them in a (builtin) browser. I suspect elinks could look much better,
but trying this requires some free time (compiling/porting,
As a side note, I have observed that some pdfs do not render too well
on my reader - it seems that they make this software "too new" to be
solid & fast nowadays. Same pdfs converted to djvu read like a dream,
however. Having more than few supported book formats is nice.
My reader also comes with BT, possibly meant to connect headphones but
perhaps usable for BT keyboard. Might be a thing to try in a future
(or not), I mention it to let others know there may be such an option
in case they care about it (I really do not, but I do not make those
things so what can I do...).
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