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 Anyone knows how to convert CFAI ebook to PDF? 
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I’m waiting for the Vitalsource reader app to come out for the iPad. If the reviews are good, it’ll give me an excuse to buy one. Surprisingly, my wife was the one who brought up the idea that it would be a worthwhile study tool =)


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map1 Wrote:
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People are on the lookout for a way to use the CFA
materials on e-readers, which is not possible
right now. That’s what you’re missing.
Wrong. It’s just takes some work.
1) Take your printed CFA books to a FedEx / Kinkos or other printhaus and tell them to cut the binding off as thinly as possible. They have machines that will do this. It’s cheap. Don’t mix up the pages.
2) Learn how to use your office photocopier and load up the pages in the sheet feeder. Tell it to scan the now-slightly-smaller-than-8.5”x11” pages double-sided to PDF, using the max resolution that the scanner has available (within reason - I did mine at 600ppi, most good office photocopiers / scanners go higher than this. 600 or 1200 should be sufficient)
3) Once you have your PDF Files, use Adobe Acrobat (not the free Acrobat Reader) to organize the pages (using the “Pages” sidebar), making sure everything is divided up the way you want it (dividing up into the 18 study sessions works nicely), the pages are rotated in the correct orientation (if you scanned them right the first time, you shouldn’t need to rotate). Note that you’re going to want a fast computer (ideally quadcore running Acrobat 9) with a ton of RAM to do this, since you are organizing a lot of hi-resolution scans.
4) Use OCR Text Recognition built into Adobe Acrobat. In Acrobat 8, this is under “Document” - “OCR Text Recognition” - “Recognize Text Using OCR”. This is why you scanned at the highest resolution possible, because it ensures the most accurate OCR.
5) Once all the processing is done (even on a fast computer, OCR takes a while), repeat the process for your other PDF files and save. You may also want to use the “Document” - “Reduce File Size” command once OCR is done to make the files smaller and easier to handle with your E-Reader.
And yes, I have done this before. It’s worth it for one main reason - you can create a separate file with the pages from all six books in it, and then use the “search” tool in Acrobat to search the entire curriculum at once. This is indispensable for reviewing and taking practice tests.
Edit: Note that I am not advocating plagiarism or anything that goes against the CFA Code of Ethics. You bought the books, you are allowed to convert their format for your use as long as they are for your use only. It would be similar to a blind guy having the books converted to braille so that he could actually read them.


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I know how it is done robertonderdonk, that’s how I got to keep my former “library” on an eNTourage eDGe. We were talking about the ebooks of CFAI, not the actual books of CFAI.


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On a mac:
Apple P (for Print)
When you’re printer options come up you have an option to Print (save) as a PDF
It let me do 170 pages maximum at a time.
Use Preview or Acrobat to splice PDF documents.
Voila!
There should be a similar workaround on a PC. If they give you the final output there is always a way around it.


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map1 Wrote:
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People are on the lookout for a way to use the CFA
materials on e-readers, which is not possible
right now. That’s what you’re missing.
Nothing in there about using the e-books only, but I guess I misunderstood. :shrug:
Regardless, if you want the CFA books in a high-quality, readable, printable, searchable, industry-standard PDF format that you can optimize for either your home computer or put on an e-reader, using the VitalSource formatted ebooks is not the answer.
Pretty much as expected though. You certainly can’t count on the CFA society to keep with the times. That’s why the 2010 level 3 material was chock-full of examples from the tech bubble (now well over 10 years ago), and had almost nothing in it about the last three years of unprecedented market movements/changes/collapses/bubbles etc. Really, it’s amazing that the main CFAI site isn’t hosted on GeoCities or AOL haha. Next up, downloadable ebooks of the CBOK - for your Apple Newton and Palm Pilot!


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ChickenTikka Wrote:
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On a mac:

Apple P (for Print)

When you’re printer options come up you have an
option to Print (save) as a PDF

It let me do 170 pages maximum at a time.

Use Preview or Acrobat to splice PDF documents.

Voila!

There should be a similar workaround on a PC. If
they give you the final output there is always a
way around it.
I just tried this on my work PC and it let me print 170 pages to my installed PDF creator. I’m not sure what that one person’s problem w/ only being able to print 2 pages was.


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FYI: I bought the eBook last year and I’m pretty sure that printing it all up or converting it into a format that will last beyond your license agreement would be a copywright violation. The license (at least last year) expired sometime after the exam date and it is no longer in my library.
Just a word of caution to look into this before acting because I know we all worked too hard for this.
The book can be put on 2 computers and it is also searchable (each individual book, not as a complete volume search.)


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bestimage wrote:
i always reading ebook after converting to pdf c#.net , i hope there would be some software work compatible with ipad or phone. creating and printing pdf files would be much easier in this way. here are some steps.

Thanks for your nice info. It will be appreciated very much.


Best regards,
Arron


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yes, PDF converter may be what you are looking for. it is easy to convert CFAI ebook to PDF document. you can also try create PDF from word or create PDF from tiff or create pdf from various types of image like JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG and so on.

Best Luck to you
Lily


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any other suggestions would be appreciated.


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