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Old 01-25-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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Which Ones DON'T have an internet browser? Don't require a bookstore account?

Can you remind me which ones do not have an internet browser. I have had a query from an organization that wants a reader with no internet browser. They also want a reader that's not tied to an account (ie, no Amazon account) since their real purpose is to load internal doc's and not to read books. They don't want employees purchasing/loading books.

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Old 01-25-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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The Kobo doesn't have an internet browser and you can sideload documents without having to use the desktop app.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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I have a Pocketbook 360 and it doesn't have connectivity or tied to a store. It's books are stored in folders so easy to load.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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Well, the Sony PRS-350 and PRS-650 are probably the most easily accessible readers that are not connected to a book store by at least wifi. The Kobo and Nook both are tied to their respective stores.

There are a number of the smaller players who lack wifi on at least some of their models. That being said, with the exception of the Jetbook Mini, I can't think of any readers that cannot be registered with Adobe (or in the case of the Kindle with Amazon). And no book reader will prevent a user from side loading DRM free books.

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Old 01-25-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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If the employees can't load books, then how will the documents get on there? I'm not sure that their expectations are reasonable. What's the use of having a reading device, if not to read things? I suppose they could just forbid employees to load anything "unauthorized", but why?
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:46 PM   #6
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Can you remind me which ones do not have an internet browser. I have had a query from an organization that wants a reader with no internet browser. They also want a reader that's not tied to an account (ie, no Amazon account) since their real purpose is to load internal doc's and not to read books. They don't want employees purchasing/loading books.

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There are many possibilities. I have access to quite a few. how many are they thinking about and what size display? Would they like it "branded" with company/organization logo and start up screen?

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:07 PM   #8
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So, I don't really have permission to talk directly about them. And right now I'm talking through a third party. Hopefully I will get a direct contact soon.

The general concept is that they want to distribute policy manuals to many employees. They don't want them used to read books. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they would have conflicts/problems with employees making a personal use of an organization device.

Secondly, the point about 'no bookstore' is not just that they don't need the bookstore. They want to make sure that the unit does not need to be registered with a bookstore account so that employees can't/won't run up charges or purchase unauthorized books.

Thanks for all of your input so far.

p.s. My opinion is that once I talk to them, the right answer will be that they do need an internet browser. Consider the way that you can download MR books on the Kindle by going to a MR web page. Similarly, it appears to me that this would be the correct way to sideload the device. Assuming they have many of these, how would you get up to date manuals on all of them. It appears to me that access through a web page to up-to-date stuff might be the best solution.
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quite easy to put an icon that gets clicked and takes you to a specific website without giving the user the ability to go anywhere else on the net.

minus hackers and rooters of course
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There are plenty of devices without wireless connectivity. Sony and Pocketbook are the bigger names, plus the old Kobo if it's still available. None of them have be registered to a bookstore. I imagine there is something that could be done in the software to disable the connectivity in any device.

Sideloading is usually done by connecting the device to a computer by cable, and copying the files across as you would normally. Distributing updates would therefore require users to connect their devices and download the updates manually. I suspect that your client wants the ability to automatically send updates? Actually, they could possibly use the sync feature present on most systems, and modify it to ensure that it only syncs one way (ie from the server to the device). This might also stop personal use, as it possibly could be set up to delete the unrecognised files from the device. This would still require the physical connection to the computer - but since they mostly have to recharged via the computer anyway it shouldn't be a problem.
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The general concept is that they want to distribute policy manuals to many employees. They don't want them used to read books. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they would have conflicts/problems with employees making a personal use of an organization device.
There is absolutely no device that would fit this. A wireless connection or a wired connection, what's the difference? Unless they have no access to any computer with an USB cable... You would also need at least a device without any external memory, because I could put books on a SD card and read books on my Sony.
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