kdconv is a program for converting a PDF document into a Kindle and/or Sony Reader(PRS-350) friendly format.
Kindle2/3 and Sony Reader can display PDF documents, but, especially if the documents holds data as image format, these devices are hard to display it with good readability.
This program converts a PDF document into Kindle2/3 or Sony Reader friendly paper size and improves readability. In addition, this program can eliminate extra margin from original document and transfer the file into Kindle2/3 or Sony Reader automatically.
Usually these processes reduce file-size, so you can store more documents into your device.
This program will run on:
- MacOS X 10.6 and later(earlier version is not tested)
Some users report me they can run it on Linux and/or FreeBSD.
This program supports these devices:
- Kindle2/3(KindleDX is not tested)
- Sony Reader PRS-350
This program depends on below programs. Please install them into a directory where in your PATH with using MacPorts so on.
- ghostscript(8.71 and layer)
- ImageMagick(6.6.1 and later)
- pdftk(1.12 and later. Optional)
For example, if you'd like to install with MacPorts in default setting:
$ sudo port install ghostscript ImageMagick pdftk
If you have not installed pdftk, you cannot embed an author name into meta data, which is provided by -a option.
After finishing installing related programs, you should put kdconv into a PATH search-able directory and set execute attribute. For example, if you'd like to install /opt/local/bin:
$ sudo install kdconv /opt/local/bin
Or if you'd like to install it with manual page:
$ sudo make install
Convert foo.pdf to bar.pdf for Kindle2/3:
$ kdconv foo.pdf bar.pdf
See manual pages which is included this package for more details and/or available options.
I appreciate follow people who contribute useful information and/or patch for enhancing script.
Noriaki Mitsunaga-san, @toplut-san, cinq-san.
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