I'm looking to buy a very math-heavy textbook (LeSage's Spatial Econometrics). The Kindle version is about $20 cheaper. Normally, I would be happy with the Kindle version, but I'm nervous about how the formulae will show up in e-type. I know that the text of the book is written in LaTeX, but I don't know about math conversion to e-type Alas, the Kindle preview is not available.

What is the mechanism that Amazon (or other ebook dealers) use to convert LaTeX formulae to electronic type?

Does anyone know of a good Kindle preview for a LaTeX math document?

  • As @Przemysław pointed out, this is a [Print Replica], which I assume just means it's the PDF. So math will be fine, but won't actually make the Kindle edition useful. – gregmacfarlane May 17 '13 at 1:25
  • Just a comment on "What is the mechanism that Amazon (or other ebook dealers) use to convert LaTeX formulae to electronic type?" I would bet that the use XML as intermediate format. – Predrag Punosevac May 17 '13 at 2:43
  • Does the licence permit this?? – user10274 May 18 '13 at 6:14
  • @MarcvanDongen, who do you think is violating the license? – gregmacfarlane May 19 '13 at 10:16
  • What makes you believe I think somebody is violating the licence? – user10274 May 19 '13 at 11:26
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The following:

Print Replica: This Kindle book looks just like the printed book Available only on Kindle Fire Tablets, iPad, Android Tablets, PC and Mac

suggests that it is PDF not AZW or MOBI.

And a good preview of math documents... Not on any 6" display. Well, I use it sometimes, but it really painfull.

  • Ah, I now see what the [Print Replica] means. It would seem more useful to sell the .pdf file directly. – gregmacfarlane May 17 '13 at 1:18

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