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Old 05-15-2008, 05:23 PM   #31
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I agree that these devices might very well tank big time if they don't have some decent format support.

I also think eReader is a really bad idea on a device with a 6" or larger screen. The problem is the way eReader eBooks are formatted. Again we are trying to fit old technology onto new technology. eReader is formatted for small palm type screens. That may work fine there, but not on a decent sized screen. Can you imagine reading a book with line separators for each paragraph and no indents? That looks awful on my computer screen. And it will not look any better on a 6" or 9.7" screen.
Hmmm, it might just be because I got so very used to reading eReader books on my pda but I have some books on my Cybook formatted with double paragraph breaks and no indents. I find I quite like them as long as I go one font size smaller than I do on 'regular' books.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:36 PM   #32
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What I've taken to doing for eBooks I reformat is to use no margin, no footers or headers, 10 point as the base font size and a narrower word spacing. This gives me a good amount of lines/words per-line on the screen.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:50 PM   #33
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Is there just a CE version? All of the versions I see, except the full Windows version, seem to be for a specific platform of CE (PocketPC, Windows Mobile, etc.). Those platforms are specific builds of WinCE (see here for a good explanation). If µbook is designed for those platforms, a WinCE machine may not have some of the tools or libraries the software requires and expects.

It's been some time since I used any WinCE products (I had a couple of HPC machines), but I do remember that even when you had the right processor and the right version of WinCE, the actual platform could cause compatibility issues.

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Yes, there is a WinCE version. I'm using it.
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I also think eReader is a really bad idea on a device with a 6" or larger screen. The problem is the way eReader eBooks are formatted. Again we are trying to fit old technology onto new technology. eReader is formatted for small palm type screens. That may work fine there, but not on a decent sized screen. Can you imagine reading a book with line separators for each paragraph and no indents? That looks awful on my computer screen. And it will not look any better on a 6" or 9.7" screen.
I know this thread hasn't been touched in a few weeks, but I wasn't home to respond to this comment when I first saw it, and I kept forgetting which thread this was part of.

Anyway, while blank lines would not bother me much (I stare at docs all day formatted that way), the paragraph formatting is handled by the software. The blank lines are used on small screens but, on the mac for instance, the paragraphs are displayed with an indented first line and no extra spacing in between. I am attaching an example.

By the way, the font, justification, line spacing, window size, margin sizes, and one- or two-page view are customizable. I did switch to a plain color scheme for the example.

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