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Old 04-06-2008, 01:21 PM   #46
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I've got the "bug light" and I'm not sure anything but an extremely sophisticated and expensive light built into the case could compete.

The reason being erm, I'll draw a (bad) picture -



The light from it is very even - except where the orange bits are, you have to position the light so that it goes all over the Cybook, but the orange bit isn't over, or it'll reflect.
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I suggest the Nokia N800 or N810. See, for example, Eink Display's (Sony PRS505) vs. Nokia N800's LCD Display. However, these don't read any DRM-laden e-books. This isn't much of a problem now for LIT, or MOBI, or eReader (if you don't mind stripping the DRM), but Secure Adobe e-books are not readable on the Nokia's or on any E-Ink based reader.
When you meant stripping the DRM off eReader, did you mean Sony's ereader format or fictionwise´s (former peaunt press, palm and the other one) ereader.com format?

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When you meant stripping the DRM off eReader, did you mean Sony's ereader format or fictionwise´s (former peaunt press, palm and the other one) ereader.com format?

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Sony does not have, and never has had, an "eReader format". The Sony Reader's native format is "BBeB". "eReader" as a book format only ever refers to the format now owned by Fictionwise.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:46 AM   #49
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When you meant stripping the DRM off eReader, did you mean Sony's ereader format or fictionwise´s (former peaunt press, palm and the other one) ereader.com format?
See eReader Decoder Tool. Note that eReader has an OSX port, and runs under Wine if you have Linux and an x86 processor. So it may have the widest device coverage of any DRM-laden format. However, it is not supported natively on any E-Ink device.
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Sony does not have, and never has had, an "eReader format". The Sony Reader's native format is "BBeB". "eReader" as a book format only ever refers to the format now owned by Fictionwise.
A little "pet peve" of yours?

Granted I wish I had known this before I bought a book from eReader.com, and when I downloaded I coudn't figure out how to choose the format. Oh well, the author sent me a Sony version so it wasn't a loss.

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A little "pet peve" of yours?
Nope - JSWolf's the one with a bee in his bonnet about it, not me . I only mention it when there's potential for confusion. Doesn't bother me in the least if you want to call your Sony Reader an "eReader", as long as you're aware that it's NOT the same as the "eReader" format.
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A little "pet peve" of yours?

Granted I wish I had known this before I bought a book from eReader.com, and when I downloaded I coudn't figure out how to choose the format. Oh well, the author sent me a Sony version so it wasn't a loss.

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It used to bug me. I used to use files in that format back when it was PalmReader. Lots of people assumed PDB was a format. Once I got past that I got tired of telling people "PalmReader, formerly Peanut Press, not the same as PalmDoc." I thought the eReader name would nicely eliminate the confusion, so naturally along comes the Sony...

It wasn't the reason I switched to iSilo files, but that was a nice bonus when I switched.

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Lots of people assumed PDB was a format.
To be correct about it, PDB is a format, but it's a "container", like a ZIP file is. Just like a ZIP file it can contain absolutely anything.
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To be correct about it, PDB is a format, but it's a "container", like a ZIP file is. Just like a ZIP file it can contain absolutely anything.
More accurately it is the file representation of the internal database format used in Palm memory. The Palm, initially, did not have a file system and still doesn't internally in its RAM. All databases are referenced directly. When backed-up on a PC it is stored in a file and, to aid in the loading, the file is given an extension. There is no processing as there would be in a zip file to access the data. You are seeing a straight dump of a portion of Palm memory.

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Now onto the topic of backlighting... backlighting eats the battery more and give less reading time. I prefer to have an external light source so my reader keeps a longer charge.
I agree. If my booklight I use for my Reader runs out of juice while I'm reading in bed, I can just grab the flashlight off of my bedside table. I don't have to plug in the whole device and wait for it to charge.
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