I use a Pocketbook Touch HD first gen. to read ebooks and I bought it in 2017 (oh dear!). It’s a really good device, despite being terribly slow according to current standards and battery have probably only 20% capacity comparing to the day I bought it. Anyway, it outperformed any of my smartphones on it’s longevity. I don’t use it that often anymore but it happen to me to read some stuff that I find on the Internet.

Recently I received a doc which I wanted to read but it was password protected PDF. Reader prompted me to share the password but it was unable to decrypt/read PDF, prompting again and again as if password was wrong. As it was a lengthy text which I preferred to read lying in the bed than in front of PC, I wanted to remove it.

There’s a nice tool for that, called qpdf1. You can install it like that:

Install Qpdf
apt update
apt install -y qpdf

Then just run2:

qpdf -password=<document-password> -decrypt /path/to/secured.pdf unprotected.pdf

Now I could send it to my Pocketbook and read 😄

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