Tablets and ebook readers can be very useful if you have to read a lot of scientific texts and papers, and don't want to print them all out. However, it can sometimes be really annoying, especially if you are reading PDFs on a 7 inch tablet. Either you display the whole page in portrait, but then the fonts are too small, or you view it in landscape, and you have to scroll a lot. Many programs have a "reflow" mode, but that completely breaks texts with formulas.
I'd like to make some scientific texts I'm working on tablet friendly, with special emphasis that the formulas and figures remain readable. The end goal is of course to convince others to do the same. The output should be either:
- A reflow friendly PDF.
- A PDF with different page sizes, depending on the device (is that possible? it would certainly be useful).
- In a dedicated ebook format.
The first two options would be definitely preferable, as I'd only have one file. If people download it for their tablet, they wouldn't have to redownload it for printing.
The formulas in my document are short enough that they don't have to be relayouted (if there are some that need it, they are few, and I can do it easily by hand).
I'm not so much concerned about the actual layouting, that is covered in other questions (for kindle, regarding margins), and I can do that myself. I'm wondering with what commands I can actually produce a "smart" PDF, or a ebook file, with emphasis on formula-heavy text (e.g. conversion to HTML and then to something else would likely give bad looking formulas).