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ctol
10-12-2009, 01:38 AM
Just curious if anyone else out there besides me used the Franklin eBookman as their first ebook reader. If so, what did you think of it?

Sweetpea
10-14-2009, 05:18 AM
I loved it. I had to get it from ebay, because they didn't sell it over here, but the fact that it ran on AA batteries was just too good to pass by.

I only had a defective device, there were a few that had problems with the internal capacitor, so, whenever my batteries were dead, I had to re-install the entire OS again...

ctol
10-16-2009, 03:18 AM
I loved it. I had to get it from ebay, because they didn't sell it over here, but the fact that it ran on AA batteries was just too good to pass by.

I only had a defective device, there were a few that had problems with the internal capacitor, so, whenever my batteries were dead, I had to re-install the entire OS again...

I had the same problem. If I remember correctly it was because they did not include a backup battery to keep the operating system in memory so you had to replace the batteries before they ran out. Outside of that I found it to be a wonderful reader.

walterwill
11-01-2009, 03:32 PM
Hi ebm lovers, I've decided to put my ebm 900 in working order again because it's still the best when it comes to reading e-books, for me that is, as I have about a thousand books to read dating way back to the year 2000. Now, I have this problem: my usb connection does not recognize the reader though it is listed in the hardware. My pc is also a veteran working with usb 1.0 so I don't think that's the problem. My ebm keeps on asking to connect the usb cable which I do, but it doesn't activate. I've mistreated the reset button so many times that it has the marks of a cocaine addict. Help me out here please, I can't wait to start reading my books. Thank you very much.
Walter

250 Coupe
11-02-2009, 11:30 AM
Do you have the Desktop manager installed?

Find it here,
http://www.franklin.com/ebookman/download_software.asp

Michael

walterwill
11-06-2009, 02:59 AM
Thanks for the advice Michael. I still have the original software and have installed everything I know. Unfortunately I don't find updates anymore, so I'm afraid I'm stuck, though hopefully not forever.

250 Coupe
11-06-2009, 10:56 AM
You could always go old school and use sneakernet. Load the books onto a card, sneaker over to the EBM and plug it in. I don't remember what card the EBM takes but can tell you from experience that if you stick the incorrect card in the slot, it won't work and you''l never get it back out.

Michael

Lake person
11-07-2009, 12:08 PM
I am an old ebookman user. Loved it, miss it. I bought an old 901 on ebay. Thought as a back up it would be good. My computer did not recognize it. Turned out that Franklin products do not work with Windows Vista.

Lake

walterwill
11-08-2009, 04:28 AM
The 900 works with MMC cards, which are not compatible with SD cards, though that's not the issue here. The fact that it's not recognized by Vista might be the real reason. I have win XP on my pc and that might be the same issue here. As I recall I had win 98 at the time of my ebm using. I don't have win 98 anymore but win 2000 might do the trick, hopefully. I'll try to install it just to have my ebm working. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep you informed.

250 Coupe
11-08-2009, 02:15 PM
My EBM911 has always worked on my XP machine without any fuss.

I was pretty sure that the cards were MMC and can safely say that if you put a SD card in, it will be a bad thing.

Michael

walterwill
11-11-2009, 04:25 AM
It intrigues me that your EBM911 has no trouble working with XP. Now I have to find out why it does not on my pc, hard thinking needing. I have an Acer pda too which works perfectly, so it must be something with the hardware. I'll start with the usb cable, maybe it's not the right one (I don't have the original one anymore) for the EBM. Shops closed for the WW1 Armistice holiday I'll buy a new one tomorrow.

250 Coupe
11-11-2009, 09:00 AM
It is probably not related to your problem but I have some devices, a scanner for example, that only work with a powered hub or directly connected to the motherboard ports.

I've used both the software that came on the little CD and the software downloaded from Franklin and both have worked. You do have to have a little icon in the notification area near the clock. It's been a few weeks since I lasted used it so I don't remember what it looks like. I also run batgraph on the reader and leave it turned on and plugged into the PC. That way it runs off USB power rather than battery power, although there is some question as to whether it really saves the batteries.

If you have third party fire wall software running, might it stop the Desktop Manager from finding the reader?

If you still have trouble with yours, let me know and I'll document a step by step as I reinstall and connect my EBM911. I don't use it anymore, I'm reading on the eBookwise 1150 these days.

Michael

walterwill
11-13-2009, 04:23 AM
Hey Michael that's really nice of you. Your advice is valuable, I'll work on it in the weekend and let you know soon.

DWWSCC
01-05-2010, 12:26 AM
I NEED HELP HERE IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS WOULD YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO REPLY AND EITHER GIVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR TELL ME IF I MIGHT CONTACT YOU TO GET SOME HELP? WITH MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE. MY FIRST NAME IS DOUG AND I LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE USA.

DWWSCC
01-05-2010, 12:29 AM
I NEED HELP HERE IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS WOULD YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO REPLY AND EITHER GIVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR TELL ME IF I MIGHT CONTACT YOU TO GET SOME HELP? WITH MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE. MY FIRST NAME IS DOUG AND I LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE USA. IF YOU REPLY I THINK I CAN HELP YOU WITH INFO ON A WORK AROUND FOR VIST ON EBM-911.

250 Coupe
01-05-2010, 10:32 AM
Good morning Doug.

What can we help you with?

Michael

joebee1
01-16-2010, 06:04 PM
It intrigues me that your EBM911 has no trouble working with XP. Now I have to find out why it does not on my pc, hard thinking needing. I have an Acer pda too which works perfectly, so it must be something with the hardware. I'll start with the usb cable, maybe it's not the right one (I don't have the original one anymore) for the EBM. Shops closed for the WW1 Armistice holiday I'll buy a new one tomorrow.

I have ebookmans,5 to be exact and have no trouble with XP, I also went out and bought some capacitors and have changed the defective ones, it's a simple pull out and push new one in. I too love mine as well, I also have a Palm Tungsten E and am looking to but either a Cybook or a Hanlin for the future.

misfitzx138
02-23-2010, 01:24 PM
i have an franklin ebookman ebm-911

are there drivers out there that work with windows 7 x64 bit?

if so plz link

if not, a workaround perhaps?

TIA

gortsew
08-06-2010, 05:23 AM
Hi,
I have a really big problem. I have got an EBM-911 which is faulty and loses the OS every time I replace battery. Up to this time it was not a problem, because I could download the OS via Internet from Franklin. But Franklin removed the web site and the EBM Desktop software crashes and no OS is installed. I have the original install CD but at this point it also goes to the Franklin web-site for validation, and since the referred eBookman website was removed the Desktop Manager crashes also. Could You or anyone make an MMC Backup (which includes the OS) from eBookman and make that available for me. I am terribly disappointed.
Thanks in advance: Ivan Gortsew

Lake person
08-13-2010, 08:11 AM
If no one can help you, you may want to try going to Ectico's (I think thats how to spell their name) web page. They sell ebookman products. They may be able to help you if you contact them.:)

crich70
08-28-2010, 12:38 AM
I have one though I'm not using it now days. Back when I got mine (through ebay) mobipocket was still upgrading the software then they decided to stop supporting it so newer ebooks in the mobipocket format weren't able to be opened on the unit anymore. And of course they upgraded their mobipocket publishing software so the old software for making mobipockets from scratch was taken down so you were out of luck that way too. I did save a copy of the old publisher program to cd but it's mislaid now among other disks.

Just curious if anyone else out there besides me used the Franklin eBookman as their first ebook reader. If so, what did you think of it?

caeebe
09-03-2010, 10:29 AM
I still use my ebookman 911 as my daily ereader. I get most of my ebooks from my local library (overdrive system) and I read mobipocket format. I've never really had a problem reading any books. You can download their newest (for ebookman) mobipocket software from their legacy page and it works well. My ereader also has the issue where it loses all memory if I lose power. My fix is to change the batteries really fast, one at a time, and never let the batteries run too low. If I manage to change each battery in less than 5 seconds I can usually keep my memory without reloading the OS. When I upgraded to a computer with Vista I had to start running the Destop Manager in Compatibility Mode for XP or lower. My library is starting to only buy new ebooks in epub format now and I'm going to have to start looking for a new reader soon.

gortsew
09-03-2010, 01:59 PM
Hi,
My problem is still valid. Could anyone make an MMC Backup (which includes the OS) from eBookman and make that available for me e.g. in a file in private message?
(No book or other application files are needed, only the OS files).
Thanks in advance: Ivan Gortsew

imaredr
09-03-2010, 04:01 PM
Hi,
My problem is still valid. Could anyone make an MMC Backup (which includes the OS) from eBookman and make that available for me e.g. in a file in private message?
(No book or other application files are needed, only the OS files).
Thanks in advance: Ivan Gortsew

I have a back up. I just need to dig it out. It may have some of my stuff on it, but you can just delete as you go. Mostly the extra stuff consists of some games that I got free. I will PM you once I find it. Should take long.

spear
09-03-2010, 05:09 PM
I have two EBM 911s, one with a serial port cradle and the other with a USB cradle. One works pretty good and it seems to play well with my XP. They both have the capacitor issue (I have actually bought new capacitors, but haven't installed them yet...scared to... they are soo tiny). There is a Yahoo forum for EBMs and either from there or here (not sure anymore) I learned a trick that helps when changing the batteries. IF the batteries have not died out completely, plug the EBM into the computer via the USB cord (doesn't matter if its recognized or the software is running, this is just about keeping a flow of electricity into the unit), as we know the EBM doesn't charge up this way but enough electricity is running through the unit that you can then change the batteries without losing the OS (of course unplug after the battery change).

I believe there are a couple of conditions to this procedure: having a USB cord that works with the EBM, and I mean CORD because the USB cradle that came with them can't work for this procedure (when in the cradle, the battery compartment is trapped underneath and can't be reached). My biggest problem is that I have multiple devices (and yes I just caved into ordering a Kindle 3, never thought I would that...), and whenever I have decided to use the EBM the batteries were already drained (wonder if keeping on a USB charger all the time would prevent that...or would it hurt the device?) and I usually have to reload the OS. This has happened enough times that I finally took some more advice I found online (where? not sure anymore...) of making a full (both OS and ebook) backup on the MMC card. With the backup on the card, even if you do lose all power, after you replace the batteries it automatically (sometimes I've had to "convince" it) reloads the information without having to hook it up to Desk Manager...this is good for when you are traveling with it.

As said before, I don't use it that much, the battery life is practically non-existant, and the contrast of text color and background color is not good (heck my eBookWise is almost e-ink in comparison). However I don't think I can part with it, its the perfect size and weight of what my dream of the perfect travel size ereader should be (my 5" pocket Pro just isn't small enough to hold comfortably in one hand or slid into my tiny purse...I hate purses...another rant...), yet bigger than the Blackberry, and until recently (when I get the K3...I think I am truely sick here) it was my only reader that can do mobipocket (and I have transfered recent mobi purchases onto it at least as recently as 3 months ago, no problems there).

Anyway I hope some of the above is helpful to someone...back into lurk mode I go.....

250 Coupe
09-04-2010, 06:46 AM
Hi,
My problem is still valid. Could anyone make an MMC Backup (which includes the OS) from eBookman and make that available for me e.g. in a file in private message?
(No book or other application files are needed, only the OS files).
Thanks in advance: Ivan Gortsew

I've PM'd a link to Ivan, does anyone else need a link?

Michael

250 Coupe
09-04-2010, 07:22 AM
When I do use mine, I maximize battery life by running batgraph and leaving it docked with the driver running on my PC. As long as the battery indicator is showing a lightning bolt, it's being powered via USB. I've left it that way for several weeks without it draining the battery. It must be powered on and batgraph seems to keep it from going to sleep while it's running and docked.

At least, that's how I remember it working, it's been a year since I last powered it up.

Michael

caeebe
09-10-2010, 09:21 AM
Hi,
Could You or anyone make an MMC Backup (which includes the OS) from eBookman and make that available for me.

http://66.179.52.177/ebookman/download_software.asp#step1

If you have the desktop manager it will copy the os to your eBookman when you sync it with the computer. I wouldn't use the copy of Desktop Manager from your CD but the one from the website since it is probably newer. I am always losing my OS and this is how I recover it. There are no separate files because of this. In order to copy the OS to your ebookman, run Desktop Manager, connect your ebookman, then run Syncronize from within the Desktop Manager. If you want to put the OS onto your MMC card you can Change the Sync Folder from under the file menu. this will copy the ebookman OS to your MMC. Again Desktop Manager is all you need. If your copy of Desktop manager does not have the OS (I once accidentally deleted all the content files) just download another copy of Desktop Manager and it will reset itself. If Desktop Manager continues to crash you may need to set it to run in Compatibility Mode. Right Click on the .exe file and change the compatibility to an older version of windows.

250 Coupe
09-14-2010, 06:07 AM
I've PM'd a link to Ivan, does anyone else need a link?

Michael

Turns out my backup doesn't restore to a unit other than mine. I'm still working on it though.

Michael

For those with links, look for an ISO file, burn it to a CD and let me know if it works.

ctol
09-14-2010, 10:53 AM
Will soon be upgrading my laptop to Windows 7. Just curious if anyone has tried running the Desktop Manager in XP mode under Windows 7 Pro and above? If so, were you successful? And were there any special tweeks you had to do to get it running right?

Lincoln
09-21-2010, 05:08 AM
G'day fellow portable computerized reading device aficionados.
I had an Ebookman a few years ago and it was cool. I recently bought another Ebookman 900, but when I try to syncronize the operating system and data to the unit, a box appears reading 'contacting Franklin.com' and then it comes up in error. From what I have read here the authority webpage had been down for over a month. I wonder if anyone can advise me how to bypass this stage, as without it the unit is merely a rather expensive paperweight, and I have no need for applying weight to my papers, the need for which this technology is supposed to supersede.
Another post mentioned sending the "PMs" to other users with the same problem, so I Googled PMs... but the results were more concerned with female plumbing.
Thankyou, sorry, thanks.
Linc

250 Coupe
09-21-2010, 07:16 AM
G'day fellow portable computerized reading device aficionados.
I had an Ebookman a few years ago and it was cool. I recently bought another Ebookman 900, but when I try to syncronize the operating system and data to the unit, a box appears reading 'contacting Franklin.com' and then it comes up in error. From what I have read here the authority webpage had been down for over a month. I wonder if anyone can advise me how to bypass this stage, as without it the unit is merely a rather expensive paperweight, and I have no need for applying weight to my papers, the need for which this technology is supposed to supersede.
Another post mentioned sending the "PMs" to other users with the same problem, so I Googled PMs... but the results were more concerned with female plumbing.
Thankyou, sorry, thanks.
Linc

To "PM" means to send a private message to a forum member.

Click on the 250 Coupe in the upper left of this message, select "Send private message to 250 Coupe"

Send me your email address and I'll send you a link to a copy of the install CD. I don't know if that will help with your problem but I think you can select "Install from CD" VS "Install via internet" at some point and that should work.

Michael

walterwill
11-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Since my last posting I had sort of abondoned the EBM reader. Yesterday, I picked it up again (couldn't get it out of my mind) and wonderfully, it started to install the OS instantly. Is it because my new laptop has Windows 7 on board? Or perhaps better batteries? Anyway, it's working as it always did. I just have one small problem: I have lost all my seb ebooks. I tried to read my ebooks in the mobi and txt formats, but to no avail. I couldn't find a converter to the seb format on the web either. There's no sense in having a great EBM without the books, isn't it. :smack:

gortsew
11-16-2012, 03:44 AM
Since my last posting I had sort of abondoned the EBM reader. Yesterday, I picked it up again (couldn't get it out of my mind) and wonderfully, it started to install the OS instantly. Is it because my new laptop has Windows 7 on board? Or perhaps better batteries? Anyway, it's working as it always did. I just have one small problem: I have lost all my seb ebooks. I tried to read my ebooks in the mobi and txt formats, but to no avail. I couldn't find a converter to the seb format on the web either. There's no sense in having a great EBM without the books, isn't it. :smack:

You don't need books with seb extension, You only have to convert txt to pdb and that can be read by mobi reader.
The easiest way is to do that is to use the free software doc reader which can convert txt to and fro pdb. If You need it and can not download it, just write to me an e-mail and I will send it.

arekaybee
01-26-2013, 12:17 PM
I bought one of these MANY years ago, before ebooks became so hip. I was country when country wasn't cool type of thing. Believe it or not, I sold it at a garage sale in 2010. What was I thinking, you might ask. Well, I have been and will always will be a Mac person. The more I tried to find updates, the less I found and finally I just figured that Franklin had forsaken me. So, I bought a Sony Pocket reader. Longing for the good old days of reading in bed without another contraption stuck to my reader, I went on a quest to find an old reader. Ebay will never fail you. There is always someone willing to sell you something you feel you desperately need. Got it. NuvoMedia Rocket eBook READER Collectible W/case & Ac Adaper~DOCKING as-is.

So, how do I get the myriad unread books in my reader library onto the Rocket? Mac software is nowhere to be found (by me, at least). Can some nice PC user please take pity on me and give me some info? You would have my undying gratitude.

exscentric
01-26-2013, 01:07 PM
Buy a pc to run your reader with :-)

You might take a loot at http://calibre-ebook.com/ it converts books and transfers, do not know about your unit though.