View Full Version : problem with PDB file I created (Palm eReader, B&N)


permutations
08-04-2009, 01:32 PM
Is there a validation tool somewhere for PDB files?

I created ebook versions of my book in a variety of formats for distribution through Ingram, and they are having problems with the PDB file.

At the risk of starting a firestorm, I will tell you that the problem is in encrypting the file. Their system just says it can't be encrypted, but gives no other error message so I don't know how to fix it.

DIGRESSION--

I put off releasing digital versions of my book for months because I couldn't decide what to do about the DRM-piracy issue. On one hand I don't like DRM, and on the other hand I simply can't afford to be ripped off.

What I finally decided to do was release it with DRM through the usual channels, and then offer it unprotected from my own Web site at some point in the future (after I finish writing the download code).

--END OF DIGRESSION

Back to the topic... I am concerned that there is something wrong with my PDB file - though it displays fine in both eReader and the B&N reader. It's handcoded. Is there a way to validate it? Why would Ingram be unable to encrypt it?

Thank you.

user_none
09-03-2009, 08:14 PM
How are you creating the PDB file? PDB is a container which can hold a number of different formats. What type of PDB does Ingram want? If it's an eReader formatted PDB then anything you create with Dropbook (http://www.ereader.com/ereader/help/dropbook/) will be valid. There is no validator tool for eReader formatted PDB files because the format is proprietary. If you are creating an eReader PDB file with calibre (http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/) than that may not work because it does not produce 100% perfect files. It just produces ones that will work with the desktop software (I'm told there are issues with some reading on some mobile versions of the software).

wallcraft
09-03-2009, 08:52 PM
If it's an eReader formatted PDB then anything you create with Dropbook (http://www.ereader.com/ereader/help/dropbook/) will be valid. Note that Calibre can output a PML file, rather than a PDB file, and this can presumably be input to Dropbook.

urbane_gorilla
07-17-2010, 09:30 AM
Hello Karma (and anyone else who knows!)

Will openinkpot read Palm files ((PDB, I think) created by Plucker? It's one of the best pieces of software that I have come across - the only problem is using a Palm device to read the output, the screen size is about the size of a dog biscuit and cannot be used in strong daylight.

Dave_S
07-19-2010, 06:46 AM
Will openinkpot read Palm files ((PDB, I think) created by Plucker?

Plucker files are listed on the OI Wiki as a supported format, but not considered as a format with priority support.

http://openinkpot.org/wiki/SupportedFormats