Dontprint is a free extension for Chrome and Firefox. Use Dontprint to send scientific articles to your e-reader directly from the websites of most journals and preprint servers.

Dontprint optimizes the layout of articles so that you can read them comfortably on the small screen of your e-reader.

Download for free
(version 1.1 beta for Google Chrome™)

Try it out right here:

The browser window below displays a Dontprint icon in the address bar. Tap on it and watch what happens.


Dontprint has optimized the article layout and sent it to your e-reader. This is what the article would look like on your device:

Why Dontprint?

compatible with almost all e-readers
automatically detect websites of journals
optimize layout for small screens
no problems with equations
transfer documents wirelessly or via USB
single click—easier than printing
... and no more paper jam!

Features & Screenshots

Screenshot: automatic detection of journal websites

Automatically detect journal websites.

Dontprint automatically detects whenever the page in your browser window corresponds to a scientific article—no matter if you're reading a preprint on or an abstract on the website of any major publishing company. Just click the Dontprint icon in the address bar and start reading the article on your e-reader.
Screenshot: Reformatted articles are comfortably to read on your e-reader (even if they contain equations).

Reformat articles for a small screen.

Dontprint uses a program called "k2pdfopt" to rearrange the text flow of articles so that you can read them comfortably on the small screen of your e-reader. This works even with multi-column articles that contain figures and complicated equations. Dontprint knows the exact screen size of your e-reader and has an internal database of special formatting instructions for many common journals.
Screenshot: Dontprint can send articles to your e-reader by e-mail.

Send articles to your e-reader by e-mail ...

If your e-reader can receive documents via e-mail, then you can configure Dontprint to send articles directly to your device. This works with all modern generations of the Amazon Kindle and also with other e-readers. You will get clear instructions on how to set up your e-mail addresses when you use Dontprint for the first time.
Screenshot: You can also transfer documents manually.

... or transfer documents manually via USB.

You can also choose to transfer the optimized documents to your e-reader manually over a USB cable. This is useful if your e-reader cannot receive documents by e-mail.
Screenshot: You can also use Dontprint for PDF documents that are already on your computer.

Use Dontprint also for PDF documents on your disk.

In addition to sending articles directly from the websites of journals without even having to download them manually Dontprint also allows you to pick any PDF document that is already on your computer and sends it to your e-reader in an optimized layout.
Screenshot: You can use Dontprint also to send PDF attachments from Zotero directly to your e-reader if Zotero is installed.

Integrate with Zotero (optional).

If you use the Zotero Firefox add-on then Dontprint will also augment its functionality. You can send attached PDF documents from your Zotero library to your e-reader with a single click. Zotero is not a requirement for Dontprint, though, and you don't have to install Zotero in order to use Dontprint.
Screenshot: Dontprint's printing job queue

Dontprint with a single click—easier than printing.

Dontprint processes each article you send to your e-reader in a number of steps to make sure you get the best possible result. But most of the time this all happens automatically and all you have to do is to click a single button. Dontprint learns on the go so even if it sometimes does need your help, e.g. finding the correct page margins of a particular journal, it will become smarter the more you use it.


Dontprint heavily relies on software developed independently by third parties:

Of course, Dontprint uses both of the above pieces of software in accordance with their respective licenses.

Free Software License

GNU Affero General Public License version 3 Dontprint is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3 (AGPLv3), as published by the Free Software Foundation.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

A copy of the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 is available on the page "license agreement".

A small part of Donptrint is implemented as a script that runs on a web server. The above copyright statements also apply to the server-side part of Dontprint.

The source code of Dontprint (including the small server-side part) is available on GitHub. The source code of the third party tool "k2pdfopt", which is used to optimize the layout of PDF documents, can most easily be obtained from the original website. For legal reasons, a copy of the source code of k2pdfopt can also be requested from the author of Dontprint (see contact page; please refrain from this option and consider downloading the source code yourself).