5 Replies Latest reply on Jun 7, 2013 2:17 PM by bobstro

    ePub or .pdf - just looking for tips

      I have the ability to rent books from my local library for my Nook Simple Touch, and most of them are available in either .pdf or ePub format. Wondering if anyone has any tips as to whether either format is preferable for some reason? 

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          The NST handles epubs much better than PDFs. You can change type size and font, as well as look up words in the built in dictionary. None of that works with a PDF.

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            Alex Garcia
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              celandinehobbit

              Mockduck wrote:

              I have the ability to rent books from my local library for my Nook Simple Touch, and most of them are available in either .pdf or ePub format. Wondering if anyone has any tips as to whether either format is preferable for some reason? 


              Definitely, epub. I associate pdf with manuals and the sort. Something that might have diagrams or dimensional pictures. Epub will give you more options as to font and the layout of the book. 

               

              Calibre is a fantastic tool to use for changing a books format, too, though I doubt that it can be done with a library book. I use it regularly to change formats and 'clean' up a book or add a cover when a file I have is stripped down to the basics. Makes everything tidy when reading on your Nook or other reading device. 

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                BruceMcF

                One special case is graphic novels ~ try those out with both and see which one works better for you. Nook comics are pretty good for the devices that can handle them, but generic epub is not really the ideal format for graphic novels. Its better than the Kindle format, but depending on your preferences, sometimes single-page pdf versions of graphic novels work better.

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                    bobstro
                    Bruce, I've got a pile of old scanned magazines in cbr format, and have been using ComicRack to read them. It works wonderfully, but I've been disappointed to discover that the format is not widely used. I assume that's because of DRM concerns. Is cbr a dying format? I ask because you seem to known a lot about these formats.