Kindle DX 2 PDF – Kindle DX Graphite PDF Guide

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 –

  1. Edit PDFs.
  2. 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.
  3. Highlight passages.
  4. Take Notes. You can convert a PDF to kindle format to be able to take Notes on it and highlight passages.
  5. 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 –

  1. Search the PDF.
  2. Add bookmarks.
  3. Go to a particular Page. Click ‘Go To’ from the Menu, then enter Page Number and click on ‘Page’.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. PDFs load quickly.
  7. PDF page turns are quick.

Formatting of PDFs translates very well on to the Kindle DX 2 –

  1. Table formatting is preserved.  
  2. Non English languages and embedded fonts work.  
  3. Images and Illustrations work.
  4. Formulae show up fine. 
  5. 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 –

  1. To get features like highlighting and text to speech and note-taking just convert the PDF to Kindle format using Calibre or another software.
  2. Use the 150%, 200%, and 300% Zoom settings liberally.
  3. Use landscape mode liberally.  
  4. If Kindle DX 2 is slow with PDFs it might be indexing books. You could wait or try re-starting.
  5. 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.

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