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Please Supply Zero Margin PDF eBooks

Could O'Reilly supply PDF eBooks with zero margins for the Kindle. I have a Kindle DX on order, but from viewing PDFs of O'Reilly ebooks on my Kindle 2, I know the wide margins are a problem. I think the screen on the Kindle DX will be large enough (just barely) for convenient reading of eBooks if the margins are zero width. I realize the problem is really caused by the Kindle not having proper page scaling, but I suspect zero margins are a reasonable fix.

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David Lees
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  • Hi David,

    Thanks for the feedback. This is the first time we've heard that request, and we did stop and consider it. As a general approach to our ebook creation, we try not to target a particular reading system or platform, focusing instead on creating the best possible product in accordance with the standards of that format. As such, we partly rely on reading platforms to include basic features that take advantage of the ebook formats, which is missing in this case, unfortunately. Regardless, I can't justify removing the margins on our PDFs because I think most customers would miss them, and also, most other PDF readers include the ability to zoom.

    Again, thanks for the feedback, and support.

    Adam
    • Adam,
      Thanks for taking the time to examine my request. I think if you Google around, you will see that the issue of margin width in electronic readers is a big one and not just on Kindles. For example, note the one filed on this board 6 days ago titled: “cooking for geeks - not happy with the formatting of the ebook”. This happens to be for a different format than PDF, but it is the same problem.. The basic problem is that the resolution of ebook readers and the screen size are not large enough to view pages. The Kindle DX has a 9.7 inch screen (which is large for an ebook reader) and if you measure the diagonal width of typical print versions of your books they are about 10 inches for the text part. But you add about 2 inches with your margins and that makes the text too small to comfortably read.. The most common ebook readers from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony and others have only 6 inch screens. You really, really want to minimize the margin sizes for these devices.

      My impression is you are thinking about printing, not electronic display when you have any margins.

      Zooming on an e-book reader with a 6 inch screen is not particularly useful for reading a whole book. I am discussing e-book readers, not laptops here. On a 6 inch screen you can zoom in to get an image large enough to read, but then you need to scroll around, which is too clumsy for reading a whole book,. What ebook reader do you have in mind that is comfortable for reading PDFs?

      David
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  • I wish someone would reply to this question as I am writing a craft ebook and need to know this information. After reading this question I am going to assume that I should make my page the same size , 6" and the font 14.
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