Reading multi-column articles on Kindle

I’m almost half way on reading my very first e-book on talented Kindle device. It happen to be Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell. Progess is a bit low these days due to some happy days that are lasting in my family but I feel no hurry. Only thing I would like to say is that reading experience on Kindle is awesome.

Other issue is reading articles on that device. Specially articles that are formulated on multi-column pages. As known, smaller Kindle (6″) isn’t perfect for reading PDF files due to its small screen size. Though it’s far more comfortable than reading PDFs on iPhone, it’s still a bit pain.

Thanks to some talented developers there are some workarounds available – PDF Scissors and Briss. Both written in Java and that’s making them pretty much cross platform tools.

Working methods of both ones are quite similar. First of all load PDF file, define cropping areas and apply your choice. Cropped PDF file is going to be saved in the same directory as your original file. And as developer of the PDF Scissors points out, it’s very handy for cropping scanned PDFs for better readability on e-reading devices.

The cheapest way to travel to London

Do you remember Icelandic volcanic ash news from the past spring? I do. Did you know that during this period there was tens of promotional offers from various companies, who tried to earn from this multinational event?

One of the firms who took advantage of it was the one behind the popular travel books – Lonely Planet. Their offer was called “Volcano Relief Sale“. During three days all iPhone users could download free city guides for cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna.

Users like me did download most of them almost instantly.


Because this is the most cheapest way to travel around the Europe.