Reading academic papers on a Kindle Paperwhite

I recently discovered a great little tool called K2pdfopt for reformatting PDFs such as two-column academic papers so that they are easy to read on a Kindle. (On a related note, it’s ESEM paper review season).

To format for my Kindle Paperwhite, I invoke it like this:

k2pdfopt filename.pdf -dev kpw


Then I just copy the reformatted PDF file to my Kindle. Works great.

Edit: The author of k2pdfopt, William Menninger, informed me that the "-fc" flag is on by default (no need to specify it), and that you can set "-dev kpw" in the K2PDFOPT environment variable so it doesn’t have to be set on the command line each time.