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Old 04-08-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
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Read Borrowed Library Books on the Cybook - How to Fix the Date

I searched the forum and didn't find this even though it was there, so I am just making a post with the instructions right here, hopefully it will be easier for others to find.
Info copied from this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...t=21988&page=2

Problem: your borrowed ebook won't open, you're getting a message "this book is not active yet".

How to set the cybook internal clock so your books will open:

1) In a text editor, create a file with the current date and time in this format:
2008-04-08-10:45 (YYYY-MM-DD-24hour time)
save the file, naming it rtc.dat An example file is attached.
2) Plug your Cybook to your computer through USB and delete all time bomb ebooks from your library (files initially transferred from your public library).
3) Copy the "rtc.dat" file to the Cybook "/system" folder.
4) Unplug your Cybook.
5) When you are back on the "Library", switch off your Cybook.
6) Switch on your Cybook.
7) Plug the USB cable again and copy your public library titles to the Cybook (or to the SD card) "/eBooks" folder.
8) By the way, you can check that the "rtc.dat" was automatically deleted (i.e. taken into account) from the "/system" folder.
9) Unplug, when you are back on the "Library", you should be able to open the public library titles.

This should be a one time procedure to set your system date which will stay coherent thanks to the internal clock battery. (according to bookeen)

Addendum:
There is a wiki page listing some libraries where you can borrow ebooks; if you know of more libraries, you're welcome and encouraged to add your information to the wiki.
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:37 PM   #2
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I searched the forum and didn't find this even though it was there, so I am just making a post with the instructions right here, hopefully it will be easier for others to find. And now I've copied it to the troubleshooter forum, maybe I should have put it here to begin with.

Problem: your borrowed ebook won't open, you're getting a message "this book is not active yet".

How to set the cybook internal clock so your books will open:

1) In a text editor, create a file with the current date and time in this format:
2008-04-08-10:45 (24hour time)
save the file, naming it rtc.dat
2) Plug your Cybook to your computer through USB and delete all time bomb ebooks from your library (files initially transferred from your public library).
3) Copy the “rtc.dat” file to the Cybook “/system” folder.
4) Unplug your Cybook.
5) When you are back on the “Library”, switch off your Cybook.
6) Switch on your Cybook.
7) Plug the USB cable again and copy your public library titles to the Cybook (or to the SD card) “/eBooks” folder.
8) By the way, you can check that the “rtc.dat” was automatically deleted (i.e. taken into account) from the “/system” folder.
9) Unplug, when you are back on the “Library”, you should be able to open the public library titles.

This should be a one time procedure to set your system date which will stay coherent thanks to the internal clock battery. (according to bookeen)

If you don't mind, I'd like to post this set of instructions to the NAEB website. Would that be okay?

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Old 04-08-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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It came from a forum poster (several actually, because of the additional fact that you have to modify the date), and from bookeen before that. I just slightly clarified. It's ok with me, but I don't have the authority to give permission for everyone. Maybe you could just link them to this post.

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Old 04-08-2008, 12:55 PM   #4
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If you don't mind, I'd like to post this set of instructions to the NAEB website. Would that be okay?

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No problem, Derek, posting it to NAEB's website. It is useful information that should be readily and easily available to all Cybook users. Hopefully the thread will become obsolete whenever Bookeen provides the long awaited update.
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Hopefully the thread will become obsolete whenever Bookeen provides the long awaited update.
I seem to recall that they told the person who was originally supplied with the instructions that the update would include a UI to set the clock.
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I seem to recall that they told the person who was originally supplied with the instructions that the update would include a UI to set the clock.
Yes, that was me, and that is what was implied in their email, so that's why I hope this workaround will be obsolete with the upcoming update.
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Thanks, Julie - I couldn't remember who the original info came from.
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It says in the first post on this page:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...t=18110&page=2

So bookeen has had this "fixed" since at least January. The fix was to be included in the next update, to be released in the next few weeks.

So the first week of april is at least the third time period they've given for this update.
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So bookeen has had this "fixed" since at least January. The fix was to be included in the next update, to be released in the next few weeks.
It was. That was the v538 update they were talking about, which seems to have been released around mid Jan, although not publicised. The bug was fixed in the v538 build.
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It was. That was the v538 update they were talking about, which seems to have been released around mid Jan, although not publicised. The bug was fixed in the v538 build.
And yet I bought mine in mid december and it came with the v538 already installed, and of course it doesn't fix the problem. So I'm thinking that they were talking about this update.
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And yet I bought mine in mid december and it came with the v538 already installed, and of course it doesn't fix the problem. So I'm thinking that they were talking about this update.
To clarify: Gen3's started SHIPPING with v538 from some time in December (yours must have been one of the first to have it), but it was only made available as an UPGRADE for older machines from about the end of Jan.

In the older build v476, the real-time clock of the Gen3 didn't preserve the date when the machine was switched off; in v538 it does. What build 538 doesnt have is a user interface to set the date, which is why it has to be done using a file. Once you've set it, though, it should "stay" set, and library books should work OK. The forthcoming update should provide a user interface to set the clock without having to go through all the fuss with the file.
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So they partly fixed it. Their fix only made it so another required fix would finally work.
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Yes, that's right. The firmware update made the Gen3 store the date, then they came up with the file method of actually setting the date.
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Hi First time post here..BTW great site and very well informed opinions and view points..truly enjoy the site

My question is with ref to above..Can i use the Sony Reader to read borrowed books from the Los Angeles Public Library system..? or th ebuilt in DRM would prevent that? I think the ebooks from the Public Library are in Adobe PDF. Or shouldI look at Cybook to read borrowed books?

Any help would be highly appreciated.
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