Added January 6 2012. Note that this post refers to the kindle circa 2009. See this discussion on reddit for more recent (late 2011) information. Unfortunately I no longer use a Kindle so I cannot provide any updated information.
The new Kindle from Amazon is out, and it is receiving a lot of press. Aurelie Thiele points out the funny pricing of Amazon. Of course, none of this is open in any sense of the word: Amazon wants to keep control here. I bought a Kindle for a trip I am on, and I really enjoy it so far, but I really bought it for research reasons: for reasons I’ll make clear in an upcoming post, I really need to travel with a large amount of technical material, so I thought this would be a good thing. But how to get math on the Kindle? My friend and sometime co-author Stan Zin has been working on this and writes:
I converted a pdf file of a paper with lots of math into a
Kindle-readable azw file (using @free.kindle.com). It can’t handle the math very well, especially multi-line formulas. Basically the math is completely garbled in translation. I also tried to first convert pdf to a graphics file (eg, jpg, gif, png) then convert that to an azw file. Now it’s unreadable because of scale. The Kindle version doesn’t seem to be zoomable, and so is also unreadable. Since Kindle’s azw format will handle Greek letters, as well as subscripts and superscripts, it would seem to have all the necessary components for generating complicated math. But the conversion step from pdf doesn’t seem to be the way to go. I was wondering if your OR blog readers might take this as a challenge. How hard could it be for a hacker to create a LaTex2azw program? I think there would be a big demand if it worked reasonably well.
What do you think? Is there a way to get math on the Kindle?