I happen to read more documents on my (android) phone, including scientific papers from the arXiv (where the TeX source is available). Obviously, such a narrow screen is not well suited to read papers made with the usual \documentclasses .

What is the best way to compile a LaTeX document in order to read it easily on a small screen (smart phone or e-book reader) ?


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you can specify your own paper size:

  • Thanks, it almost works. With this arXiv paper, tweaking the document class to remove some options and using \geometry{papersize={64.96 mm,48.72 mm}, margin=2mm} I have something which works, except for the abstract and long eguations, which dispears on the side of the page :-( I'll try some more tweaking with the geometry package. Mar 31, 2011 at 10:49
  • you can decrease the size of such formulas or using the several existing math environments from amsmath which allow line breaking
    – user2478
    Mar 31, 2011 at 12:40
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    I want to slightly change already written documents, not to look manually for the problematic equations and so on. A short modification of the preamble with \usepackage{geometry} is what I need. I've finally solved the "long equations problem" by providing a large page with a narrow text, the right margin giving the space for the equations, attained with an occasionnal scrolling. Mar 31, 2011 at 15:09

There's a discussion about that topic including some suggestions/workarounds at http://mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57861

One option could be to use the Memoir package, which offers an ebook option for the paper size.

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