For those users that have not yet tried using impserve, let me tell you what a typical session may be like.
First and foremost, run the impserve
program (double-click impserve.py
to accept the defaults) and turn on your reader.
Next (always) tap your Online Bookshelf
icon to initalize the communications and retrieve your local content library booklist.
To start surfing the internet, tap your menu
button (little ebook guy at the top left) and select the Bookstore
If you use the content index.html
page I supplied here
, then you can google for any term using the search box and the reader's on-screen keyboard to enter any text. Once done, tap the (google) search button and google will return the results.
Usually this page will have words down the left side and that's it! BUT it's not....
Using your page button, advance one screen forward and viola, google results galore! Just click a link to surf the internet. You may notice that often the text runs off the screen to the right. We'll that's just (bad) fixed width
coding done by many websites. There is a plugin available which will help get more text crammed onto the screen (using the smallest font), but it won't make this problem go away, unfortunately.
A word of caution, though. The EBW1150 is very memory-constrained and cannot surf to too many pages with large images; it will eventually crash. You will then have to wait 10-15 sec. until the 'reset' button appears and then hold that button for 3-5 sec. until the reader resets! In extreme cases, you might have to use the reset hole on the back of the reader, under the SM flap.
I hope not!
PDA-friendly pages work best as do the www.mobileread.mobi
site, the upload ebook forums here, the Munsey's Mobile site http://www.munseys.com/joomla
or the Feedbooks' Mobile page http://www.feedbooks.com/mobile/list/books
! To return to a previous page, tap the menu
button and tap the Directory
icon; in essence, this simulates the 'back' buttton on a browser (for now, max. cached sites is 10). To start over and clear the cached websites, just tap the Online Bookshelf
icon, then the Bookstore
icon and then quickly the Directory
icon (just ignore the last page shown again; that's a hardware/firmware issue).
There are many Mobileread links on that content index.html
page that you should surf to. Also, there is a reference at the bottom to 'next'; this is where you placed your own personal links (entered in next.html
in the content directory). Experiment and explore what works and what doesn't. Consider sharing your story
If you see a .imp ebook that you like here, then just click it's link and in seconds it's being downloaded onto your reader. You'll have to find it in your eBookshelf
first and then open it as you would for any other ebook on your reader. (TODO: allow a copy to be placed in your local content 'shelf' directory!
Or if you see a .prc ebook that you like, then just click it and within a minute it's downloaded onto your reader. (Requires a plugin)
Or if you see a .pdf ebook that you like, then just click it and in several minutes it's downloaded onto your reader. (Requires a plugin)
You get the idea!
Now what also can be done is to download a .imp that has links to the internet within it and then you may
be able to access those links while reading. I say may because this part relies on the original links being capatible with impserve and the reader's firmware. If you need assistance here, just request help in this thread!