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Old 01-02-2009, 11:54 AM   #16
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you've just made me very very happy. let's hope that guy knew what he was talking about.
Yes, because we know sales clerks are 100% honest and extremely knowledgeable.

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in the search list, there is also a book titled "The Damp Squid." They must know about us over in Amazonia...
you should buy that book.
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Yes, because we know sales clerks are 100% honest and extremely knowledgeable.

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yeah yeah yeah, cynic... just let me dream.

(you never know, a sony rep could have mentioned that to him while there to demo the thing. stranger things have happened. )
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(you never know, a sony rep could have mentioned that to him while there to demo the thing. stranger things have happened. )
Actually, Sony did say at the unveiling that they were looking in to it. Then again, they also said there would be 100k ebooks in the Sony eBook store by end of 2008 and that didn't happen.

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Actually, Sony did say at the unveiling that they were looking in to it.
AHA !!!!!

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Then again, they also said there would be 100k ebooks in the Sony eBook store by end of 2008 and that didn't happen.

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so maybe the dictionary will be the promise they actually follow through on.
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:01 PM   #20
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For this... a Cybook should have been the choice.
If a dictionary had been my priority, I might have picked a Cybook. But for me, the light was first, touch screen and search functions second, and other considerations third.

I'm thinking of getting the Pocket OED and seeing how that works, converted. I'm hoping that with the PRS700's ability to search, it might be a decent workaround.
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:35 PM   #21
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Is there a dictionary that will work with the Sony prs-500? The 500 cannot use epub.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:20 PM   #22
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I had previously tried to convert the 1913 Webster's Dictionary source .html to a .lrf ebook, but the attempt failed after TWO DAYS of processing... (it crashed with a memory overrun error).

Perhaps someone can have another go at making a .lrf version...
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:33 AM   #23
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I decided to take a gamble on the Pocket OED, in secure mobipocket (which, if nothing else, I can read on my PDA). I ran it through deDRM, but an attempt to convert from there to LRF failed. The non-DRM version doesn't display at all in Calibre's viewer, even in .prc format--though it does display in Mobi Reader.

I guess, until a fix comes along for Calibre, that experiment is a failure.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:40 AM   #24
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Thanks for trying Starrigger. There are so many readers here who have the
PRS-500, someone will probably come up with a dictionary for us.

I always liked the way that the Ubook with the dictionary worked but that is not practical with the Sony 500.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:44 AM   #25
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for the 700 (and even 505), the best is to make a dictionary in epub format. see this thread. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?p=319574

for 500 / 505, check this thread for a possible solution : http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22320
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:53 PM   #26
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An update. Calibre development has come along, and I did get a successful conversion of the Pocket OED from deDRMed mobi to epub. (Or rather, someone with a more powerful computer than mine did it for me.) The epub OED displays fine on my PRS700. However... (you knew there was going to be a however, didn't you?)...it's only marginally useful, because the built-in search links don't work, and the Reader's Search function takes so long you can have lunch while you're waiting.

When I use the Reader's Go to Page function and the scroll bar to advance through the book, I can get to a word I want in less time--though it would still probably be faster to go get the paper dictionary off the shelf. Or grab my PDA and use the original mobipocket version on it.

I am presently attempting a conversion from the epub to lrf to see if that format works better. But my computer's been cranking for 15 hours on that and it hasn't finished yet.

I was curious whether response time was faster from the Reader's memory or from the SD card, so I put it on both. I think it's a little faster from main memory, but I didn't do a careful study.
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An update. Calibre development has come along, and I did get a successful conversion of the Pocket OED from deDRMed mobi to epub. (Or rather, someone with a more powerful computer than mine did it for me.) The epub OED displays fine on my PRS700. However... (you knew there was going to be a however, didn't you?)...it's only marginally useful, because the built-in search links don't work, and the Reader's Search function takes so long you can have lunch while you're waiting.

When I use the Reader's Go to Page function and the scroll bar to advance through the book, I can get to a word I want in less time--though it would still probably be faster to go get the paper dictionary off the shelf. Or grab my PDA and use the original mobipocket version on it.

I am presently attempting a conversion from the epub to lrf to see if that format works better. But my computer's been cranking for 15 hours on that and it hasn't finished yet.

I was curious whether response time was faster from the Reader's memory or from the SD card, so I put it on both. I think it's a little faster from main memory, but I didn't do a careful study.
thanks for the update ! i'll be very interested in hearing how that works, please let us know.

someone else suggested making a dictionary in separate volumes, to reduce the search time (like, AB only, then CD, etc.) would you be interested in trying that ? i'm working on a french dictionary which i was going to test it on, but work has gotten really busy lately so i'm not sure when i'll have time to go back to it...
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someone else suggested making a dictionary in separate volumes, to reduce the search time (like, AB only, then CD, etc.) would you be interested in trying that?
Er...no. For one thing, I wouldn't know how. For another, I'm really supposed to be writing books, not endlessly fiddling with putting them on my machine.
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Er...no. For one thing, I wouldn't know how. For another, I'm really supposed to be writing books, not endlessly fiddling with putting them on my machine.
yes, i see your point. it just looked like you were already heading down the fiddling path, so to speak... no worries.
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