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Old 09-30-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Where might one find...

... a free dictionary and thesaurus for the Sony eReader?

Thank you for any help you can give me.

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Old 09-30-2008, 11:14 AM   #2
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www.fictionwise.com and click on "free ebooks"
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:18 AM   #3
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www.fictionwise.com and click on "free ebooks"
Thank you, but they seem to be limited to samples i.e. partial dictionaries. I'm after a complete version.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:21 AM   #4
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The Sony Reader (not "eReader", please!) does not support dictionaries.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:26 AM   #5
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Just to clarify Harry's comment, you can put a dictionary on a Reader but you will need to know what page to jump to for a particular word definition or else page through it manually. There is no mechanism to jump to a particular word.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:33 AM   #6
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Just to clarify Harry's comment, you can put a dictionary on a Reader but you will need to know what page to jump to for a particular word definition or else page through it manually. There is no mechanism to jump to a particular word.
That's fine. But where would I find a free one to put on there, please?
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Actually, I don't know of one. I assumed that using one would require a minimum of 20 or more button pushes per look-up and that's if I was lucky at guessing a word's location in the dictionary. So I haven't bothered to try to find one. However, there is a thread here about a dictionary for the Sony Readers that involves a hack. You might read through and decide if it's something for you to try or not: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22320
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:53 AM   #8
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Actually, I don't know of one. I assumed that using one would require a minimum of 20 or more button pushes per look-up and that's if I was lucky at guessing a word's location in the dictionary. So I haven't bothered to try to find one. However, there is a thread here about a dictionary for the Sony Readers that involves a hack. You might read through and decide if it's something for you to try or not: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22320
Thanks, but that's not exactly what I'm looking for; I don't need a searchable one, just a strightforward one, and I will flick back and forth until I find the page I want. Does anyone know if ther eis such a thing out there?
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There's the 1913 Websters, available from PG. You're not going to find a free modern dictionary, though. You'll have to buy one.
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There's the 1913 Websters, available from PG. You're not going to find a free modern dictionary, though. You'll have to buy one.
And I don't see one available from Sony except for specialty dictionaries (e.g., Computational Hydraulics and Hydrology - An Illustrated Dictionary).
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #11
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And I don't see one available from Sony except for specialty dictionaries (e.g., Computational Hydraulics and Hydrology - An Illustrated Dictionary).
As riveting as that tome undoubtedly must be, I'm looking for something a little more general.

Does anyone have any other ideas, please?
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Does anyone have any other ideas, please?
You're just not going to find a modern dictionary for free (legally). They're all under copyright.

However, if you're willing to pay to get one, I suggest searching BooksOnBoard. Here are a few I was able to find:

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Electronic Pocket Oxford English Dictionary

There are more, of course.
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Those appear to be only available in Mobipocket format, not Sony. Sorry, Athos, I've looked also and can't find one anywhere. If there was a good one that was free and legal in HTML format, I'd be willing to give a shot at converting it to Sony LRF format and add a two-tiered table of contents (clicking on E takes you to another table of contents for those words beginning with E; clicking on EL takes you to a section of the dictionary with words starting with EL so that you can more quickly look up ELUCIDATE, for example). If anyone ever finds one, let me know.
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Those appear to be only available in Mobipocket format, not Sony.
Isn't DRM laden Mobipocket crackable? And if so, it should be possible to convert it to LRF. Or not?

BTW vivaldi, HarryT mentioned there was an older dictionary available from PG. Yeah it's a bit old, but I'm guessing the English language didn't completely reinvent itself in the last 100 years. It should still be quite useful.
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