[OS X TeX] Configuring LaTeX produced PDF's for a Kindle

Claus Gerhardt claus.gerhardt at uni-heidelberg.de
Tue Jan 4 22:45:27 CET 2011

Using the iBooks application one can read pdf documents (books, papers) on an iPad very comfortably provided the documents are formatted appropriately.

In case of a pdflatex produced document one has to add the following paper option to the .cls file

  \DeclareOption{paperipad}{\paperheight 196mm\paperwidth 150mm
\textheight 160mm}

(the example uses the terminology of amsart.cls)

and in the preamble one has to add the definition




 \textwidth = 11.7cm%your choice (any dimension is allowed)
\setlength{\textheight}{16cm -\topskip}




Those interested in viewing an example should have a look at 



On Jan 4, 2011, at 21:06, Louis Talman wrote:

> On Jan 4, 2011, at 7:50 AM, William Adams wrote:
>> How ePub got approved w/o support for MathML I'll never understand.
> Kindle books are .mobi, not ePub.  Amazon does offer Kindle users a free service for converting .pdf to Kindle format---see the documentation for Kindle regarding this.  It works fairly well for text, but it scrambles mathematical symbols, resulting in unreadable chaos.
> The .mobi format is probably robust enough to display mathematics correctly:  Many standard mathematics books are available in Kindle format---but they're almost as expensive as the real books, and I haven't bought any simply to see what they look like...
> Maybe the thing to do is for the TeX community to approach Amazon with a request that they implement a Kindle service for converting .dvi to readable e-text.  (The carrot would be that many TeX-users might then self-publish mathematics via the Kindle Store.)  Or maybe (and to my mind, preferably) one or more of the wizards that frequent this forum will write a .div t0 .mobi conversion program under GNU licensing.  (I would consider it myself, but I flunked out of Hogwarts and so remain a mere muggle.)
> --Lou Talman
>  Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
>  Metropolitan State College of Denver
>  <http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>
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