download tutorial in PDF format
Being that I only have a Barnes and Noble Nook, I can only assume this method will work for other ereaders that support PDF files. If you have a different ereader, I suggest testing out one of these PDFs before putting time into doing this yourself. (Update 12/15/12: Sinful Karma has tested this on his Nook Simple Touch and gives his seal of approval.)
You will need:
- Digital copies of manga - I've been downloading mine from Goldlily's Media Archive as of late.
- An unzipping tool - I prefer WinRAR.
- A JPG to PDF converter - I mostly use JPEG to PDF by Compulsive Code (free). I've tried many other programs, but something or other has always gone wrong with them.
You will want:
- IrfanView - Unless you want to resize files and [potentially] rename them one at a time. IrfanView can do this in bulk. Like magic. See steps two and four below.
- Your preferred image editing software - Such as Photoshop or Gimp. See step three below.
Getting Manga on Your Nook in 6 Steps:
- Download manga.
- Note: Once a manga has been licensed in America, it is illegal to download it. Just, uh, buy the official English copy. If it's not licensed, you can support the mangaka buy buying the original Japanese stuff.
- Recommendation: Download manga that is already complete. Projects in progress tend to either get licensed and therefore dropped, or just forgotten about. It's annoying.
- In IrfanView Thumbnails, select all of the images. Right-click and select Rename... The Batch conversion window will come up.
- Select the radio button for Batch conversion (or Batch conversion - Rename result files if you want to).
- Click the Options button. Drag the slider to change the save quality from the default 80 to 100, and check the box for Save as grayscale JPG. Click OK to go back to the Batch conversion window.
- Click the Advanced button. Under Resize, set the width to 600 and height to 730. Be sure the Preserve aspect ratio and Use Resample function boxes are checked and hit OK and then Start Batch.
- Note: I have been unable to find a conversion program that is able to convert longer manga series--say, like, more than five volumes--into a single PDF. They simply seem to be unable to handle that many image files. In the cases of longer manga, you can just split them up into several PDFs.