Lots of questions about the Kindle DX 2 and Kindle DX 2 PDF support capabilities - Well, it does a great job.
After the jump (the latter portion of this post) there are lots of photos and a detailed video illustrating Kindle DX 2 PDF support. The first section spells out what you can and can’t do with PDFs on the Kindle DX 2.
Kindle DX 2 PDF – Is the graphite Kindle DX good with PDFs?
While Kindle DX 2 PDF Support is not perfect it’s pretty good.
What you can’t do with PDFs on the Kindle DX 2
Here are some things you can’t do -
- Edit PDFs.
- Change Font Size of PDFs on the Kindle DX 2 itself. If you change font size of a PDF on your PC that reflects when you transfer it to your Kindle DX 2.
- Highlight passages.
- Take Notes. You can convert a PDF to kindle format to be able to take Notes on it and highlight passages.
- Use Text to Speech. This also works only after PDFs are converted to Kindle format.
It’s not a PC and there’s no Adobe PDF editing software so you aren’t going to be able to do magical things like change the PDF’s font size or edit it or create new PDFs.
Kindle DX 2 PDF Support – What you can do with PDFs on the Kindle DX 2
Kindle DX 2 PDF support includes -
- Search the PDF.
- Add bookmarks.
- Go to a particular Page. Click ‘Go To’ from the Menu, then enter Page Number and click on ‘Page’.
- Zoom – There is support for ‘Fit to Page’, ‘Original Size’ and zooming to 150%, 200%, and 300%. Zoom is preserved as you flip through the pages (thankfully).
- Pan around when you have zoomed a PDF. There are little guides at the bottom and right side that show where you are in the PDF page.
- PDFs load quickly.
- PDF page turns are quick.
Formatting of PDFs translates very well on to the Kindle DX 2 -
- Table formatting is preserved.
- Non English languages and embedded fonts work.
- Images and Illustrations work.
- Formulae show up fine.
- Most Formatting shows up fine. Haven’t run into any examples yet where formatting isn’t preserved. There probably are some.
Scanned PDFs seem to work well – However, haven’t tried out enough to know for sure.
Things to do to make PDFs work better -
- To get features like highlighting and text to speech and note-taking just convert the PDF to Kindle format using Calibre or another software.
- Use the 150%, 200%, and 300% Zoom settings liberally.
- Use landscape mode liberally.
- If Kindle DX 2 is slow with PDFs it might be indexing books. You could wait or try re-starting.
- Use Collections to categorize your PDFs. Then use ‘Collections’ view to see only these Collections and not all the individual PDFs on the Kindle’s Home Page.
Click through to the next part of the post for Photos and a Video.
Kindle DX 2 PDF Photos
These photos will show you Kindle DX 2 PDF capabilities. You can click on them to look at them in glorious detail.
First, let’s look at a Kindle DX 2 PDF magazine.
PDFs with Photos and Magazine PDFs on Kindle DX 2
The Magazine PDF is here in case you want to compare -
Next, let’s look at the same page in Landscape Mode which, not surprisingly, shows the text better -
Notice that the screen looks much better here and this is more illustrative of the Kindle DX 2 screen. Text is larger in Landscape Mode and the combination of 300% zoom (by the way this PDF is not zoomed) and Landscape Mode leads to pretty large font.
A photo page from the magazine PDF on Kindle DX 2 -
The lighting isn’t ideal – it actually looks nicer in real life. Please try the Kindle DX 2 Photos Page – the screensaver image (3rd from the top) is more indicative of how images look on the Kindle DX 2.
Technical, Research, Scientific PDFs on Kindle DX 2
It can be hard to believe that PDFs will format correctly given all the formulae and tables. Well, take a look -
That’s in Landscape Mode. Here’s an image in Portrait Mode -
As you can see both the formulae and the Table show up fine. Finally, here’s a zoomed in portion of a PDF. The 5-way can be used to pan around while the guides at the top and bottom help you see where you are in the PDF page.
Let’s continue by looking at a research PDF in landscape mode. The two column formatting translates very well (you could compare with the actual PDF) -
Next, there’s a rather poor quality photo of this same research PDF in landscape mode -
Next, let’s look at PDF Manuals.
Kindle DX 2 – PDF Manuals
The only manual around was a repair guide for the Sony Reader 600. Well, here it is in portrait mode -
The images and formatting are preserved very well. The same manual looks even better in landscape mode -
It really does look great.
Let me know if there are any other aspects of Kindle DX 2 PDF support you’d like to know more about.
Kindle DX 2 PDF Video
Please note that this video was shot indoors in non-optimal lighting conditions. You should check out the Kindle DX 2 Video page for videos that more accurately show the Kindle DX 2 screen. Kindle DX 2 looks much better than it does in this video.
Kindle DX 2 PDF Support Video should be up in 40 minutes.
This video clearly demonstrates that Kindle DX 2 PDF support is pretty good. It also shows that PDF page turns and PDF loads are both quite fast on the Kindle DX 2.