Like many, I love my Kindle. What a wonderful piece of technology. OK, the browser’s a bit slow and not powered by Opera but even so, having a world-wide 3G connection is fantastic, as is the great reading experience. However, some PDFs don’t look so good on that small screen. Here are some (almost) ideal settings that I’ve found make PDFs more readable for the Kindle.
I’ve tried to find the optimal PDF settings using lots of trial and error with OpenOffice/LibreOffice. The result is not perfect, in particular on pages with very few lines of text, so if you have any suggestions for improvement please leave a comment below. Anyway, enough talk…
Best PDF settings for the Kindle
9.1cm x 12.3cm
Left: 1cm Right: 1cm Top: 1cm Bottom: 2cm
9pt (I recommend Georgia or other serif font)
120% (or 12.5pt)
There you go – nice and simple but it makes a big difference. Don’t forget to add page breaks for each new section or chapter. Of course, you can also add headers but I’d avoid footers because of the Kindle’s progress bar at the bottom of the screen.
And finally, here’s a pre-made template you can download and use: