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Old 10-09-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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All,

I have decided to do some more Public Domain works. Since Mobi and Epub seem to be leading the race as formats, I need to port to those 2 formats.

When I am done, I want to check out the results on a common e-reader for the format. Mobi is easy, buy the cheapest Kindle. But for checking out the Epub, I don't know...

What do you think?

(P.S. I not going to use either one as my e-reader, so things like folders don't matter. I perfectly pleased with my ASTAK/BeBook 6" with OpenInkPot...)
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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The Sony 300 is on sale -- some have picked it up for $40 at local Target stores. That might work for EPUB
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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Since you are not dealing with DRM, why can't you use OpenInkPot? It claims suport for epub at http://openinkpot.org/wiki/SupportedFormats
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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The older Sonys (everything except the 900 and the new 350 and 650) are not a good choice, unless you are looking for a lowest common denominator. They have a very old version of mobile Adobe Digital Editions.

FBReader isn't a good choice because it does not fully support ePub (e.g. no SVG, different handling of images, not all CSS).

At one point the Windows Sony Reader was a good test for mobile Digital Editions because, unlike Adobe's own Windows Digital Editions, it is based on the mobile code base. It has moved further away from strict emulation of Sony Readers, but it may still be good enough for verification (and is free). It still displays text in a 600x800 reader pane for example.
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Used Bookeen models pop up on eBay occasionally and sell for ~$100.

Another option is the Kobo.
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