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Here’s a 43 page guide on how to format your PDFs so that they are optimized for the screen of the Sony Reader, it’s not on Sony’s site yet so we’ve put a copy on MAKE – Link (PDF).

More:

  • Sony Reader Internals 2.0 (pics!) – Link.
  • EBook – OSR – RSS feeds on the Sony Reader – Link.
  • MAKE on the new Sony PRS-500 e-ink/ebook reader – Link.
  • Sony responds to our Sony Reader questions— – Link.
  • Sony reader action photos – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. HobbyGirl says:

    Thank you so much! I had been wanting to figure this out but hadn’t gotten around to spending time on it. I love my Sony Reader, and this was just the piece I was missing! Thanks for the additional Reader links as well.

  2. pglaskowsky says:

    Oh, so close!

    Actually when making PDFs for the Sony Reader, the preferred page size is a width of 3.57″ and a height of 4.59″. The slightly shorter height (vs. 4.82″ as recommended in this article) figure compensates for the portion of the screen that is reserved for the battery and font-size icons and the page number.

    I find I prefer to use 10-point type for reading books. It means more page turns, but it helps make up for the graininess and low contrast of the E-Ink display.

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