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Old 02-24-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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iPaq-as-ereader questions

I have an older model iPaq (model 3850) on which I still read ebooks. In fact, that's pretty much all I do with it, since it's really too big to be a useful PDA.

Two questions, please:

(1) What is the latest version of MS Pocket PC operating system that will run on this device?

(2) What are my ebook-reading software options? It already runs Microsoft Reader and Adobe Acroread. I would like to be able to read in other, newer formats as well.

Thank you!
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:39 AM   #2
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Can't help you with the first question, but MobiPocket will certainly run on it. That's probably your best bet for modern eBooks. Download the reader from http://www.mobipocket.com
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The IPAQ 3850 can be upgraded to windows mobile 2003, if it's not already running that OS. You may be able to find an upgrade by search through eBay.

If you already use Microsoft Reader and Adobe Reader, you are running the latest versions of those applications - there has not been many changes to the pocket pc versions of those software in a number of years - and you should be able to read DRM .Lit books on the device. DRM PDF books probably won't work since it seems that Adobe's pocket pc activation system is no longer operational.

But like Harry already mentioned, you should be able to install Mobipocket to your device and you should be able to read DRM Mobipocket books on it.
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Thank you, both, for your very helpful answers. I'll check out MobiPocket right away.
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The IPAQ 3850 can be upgraded to windows mobile 2003, if it's not already running that OS. You may be able to find an upgrade by search through eBay.

If you already use Microsoft Reader and Adobe Reader, you are running the latest versions of those applications - there has not been many changes to the pocket pc versions of those software in a number of years - and you should be able to read DRM .Lit books on the device. DRM PDF books probably won't work since it seems that Adobe's pocket pc activation system is no longer operational.

But like Harry already mentioned, you should be able to install Mobipocket to your device and you should be able to read DRM Mobipocket books on it.
Actually the Microsoft reader has been upgraded since the ROM version included in these older PDA's. The newer version includes the ability to click and zoom on images.

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Ipaq as ereader

I am resurrecting an old thread because, although I have an ereader, I have suddenly decided I love reading ebooks on my Ipaq 1950.

When I first starting using an Ipaq, several years ago, I found the small size of the screen frustrating. However, now that I am used to reading ebooks and clicking to turn the pages the size doesn't seem to worry me at all. I installed Mobipocket on the Ipaq, and when I download mobi files I just have to remember to change the suffix from .mobi to .prc

It is so much easier to carry the Ipaq in my handbag, and I can hold it in one hand while I am reading - can even use the automatic scroll function, though at present I don't like the feeling of being forced to read at a particular speed. And of course it has a touch screen, which my ereader doesn't have.

It is possible to buy used Ipaqs cheaply on eBay, so it seems to me to be a good alternative for anyone who feels they can't afford an ereader. Since my mobile phone doesn't have any bells and whistles, I still use the Ipaq as an appointment diary, and I make use of Word and Excel as well.

Altogether a fantastic little device!
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