If you’ve read this far and have no intention of even mucking around with any PDF files you should go and download it regardless.It’s a fantastic tool for managing ebooks and ebook readers.Large margins, multiple columns, and other formatting choices that aren’t such a big deal when the document in printed on 8.5×11 paper or displayed on a 20” monitor render the document almost unreadable when loaded into an e-reader with a 6” screen.
The end result is a new PDF file that is really true to the original document and free from odd OCR blunders (as it doesn’t attempt to convert or reflow the text). Extract the executable into a folder, drag a PDF file onto the EXE and let it work—as seen in the screenshot above.
We dropped the same difficult to format textbook PDF into K2pdfopt and crossed our fingers.
What we’re interested in, book management aside, is the conversion tool built into Calibre.
If you’re totally new to using Calibre and need help installing it and getting your books into it, check out one of our previous Calibre-based guides to get started.
Many ebook readers natively support PDF documents but, unfortunately, not all PDF documents are easy to read on a small ebook reader screen.
Let’s take a look at two simple and free ways to convert PDF files for enjoyable reading.
K2pdfopt is designed to optimize PDF documents for small screen e-readers.
Rather than convert the document into raw text and try to reformat it, it instead carefully crops and realigns the pieces as though they were a series of images.
If you find yourself in a similar boat, your complex PDF document didn’t turn out right, you’ll likely be thrilled with K2pdfopt.
First, we want to give a big thanks to Abhijeet at Guiding Tech; we’d been looking for a tool like this and he tipped us off at just the right time.
The multiple columns, odd formatting choices, and other factors really stumped Calibre.