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Old 09-16-2007, 11:06 PM   #1
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either of which can carry the unfortunate possibility of bothering my wife.

Hello! I am pretty much always a lurker, no matter the forum, email list, or whatever, but I decided to venture out of my shell enough to extend greetings, and to let you all know how much I have appreciated the information you have shared.

I have an old Rocket eBook, an old SmartBook (but I've lost track of its AC cable), an eBookwise eBook, several PDAs (the most recent of which is a Palm Tungsten T5), and I just bought a Sony PRS-500. I've tried a lot of different types of reader software on my PDAs and my computers. Right now, I've got eReader and Mobipocket on the T5, a few books in .rb format on the eBookwise reader, and a bunch of stuff on the Sony (primarily because of the Connect 100 classics promotion). I keep wondering if I made the right choice buying the Sony rather than forking out the really big bucks for an Iliad. I can see upsides and downsides either way.

Probably my biggest frustration with the Sony is the PDF problem. I've downloaded several free converters/modifiers/etc., but none of them solve the problem to my satisfaction. However, I like the Sony. I am still within the time limit of returning it, which would give me a better financial chance to get the Iliad, 2 ed., but I just can't seem to go through with it. Since Fictionwise has begun providing LRF format on so many titles, and I can see how well the Sony can work with its native format, I guess I'll be sticking with it for now. Also, booklights work pretty well with the Sony, but I have my doubts about how well they would work with the Iliad. For one thing, where would you attach a booklight on the Iliad?

Enough with boring y'all. And thanks again for all the help you've given me by answering the questions of others.

Joe
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:59 AM   #2
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You and me both Joe, the pdf problem drives me insane! So many ebooks that are unreadable even with the conversion software....its frustrating! But here at Mobile Read there are a lot of very helpful people who really make it a lot easier. I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for the help, advice, and ebooks that I get off of a site like this, I know I'd return my Sony Reader!
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either of which can carry the unfortunate possibility of bothering my wife.

Hello! I am pretty much always a lurker, no matter the forum, email list, or whatever, but I decided to venture out of my shell enough to extend greetings, and to let you all know how much I have appreciated the information you have shared.

I have an old Rocket eBook, an old SmartBook (but I've lost track of its AC cable), an eBookwise eBook, several PDAs (the most recent of which is a Palm Tungsten T5), and I just bought a Sony PRS-500. I've tried a lot of different types of reader software on my PDAs and my computers. Right now, I've got eReader and Mobipocket on the T5, a few books in .rb format on the eBookwise reader, and a bunch of stuff on the Sony (primarily because of the Connect 100 classics promotion). I keep wondering if I made the right choice buying the Sony rather than forking out the really big bucks for an Iliad. I can see upsides and downsides either way.

Probably my biggest frustration with the Sony is the PDF problem. I've downloaded several free converters/modifiers/etc., but none of them solve the problem to my satisfaction. However, I like the Sony. I am still within the time limit of returning it, which would give me a better financial chance to get the Iliad, 2 ed., but I just can't seem to go through with it. Since Fictionwise has begun providing LRF format on so many titles, and I can see how well the Sony can work with its native format, I guess I'll be sticking with it for now. Also, booklights work pretty well with the Sony, but I have my doubts about how well they would work with the Iliad. For one thing, where would you attach a booklight on the Iliad?

Enough with boring y'all. And thanks again for all the help you've given me by answering the questions of others.

Joe
Can you link us to a PDF you want converted and we'll see what can be done with it.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:00 AM   #4
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:56 AM   #5
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heheh, I've reached a blissful compromise with the whole Reader can't do PDF well issue. I picked up and installed the PDF convertor for the Words Gear device and PDF's look awesome on it. It sucked I have to shell out a little extra cash for this, but the PDF's are spot-on and scrolling doesn't institute whole-screen redraws; in other words, it scrolls just like on your PC screen. That being said, while I now have two gadgets to read books on, one it for plain 'ol books and the other suit my needs for comics, magazine, and techie books.

I know this doesn't help too much with the Reader issue and PDF's, but I'd suggest running them through either Rasterfarian or PDFRead. Both do a darn good job at making PDF's more usable on the Reader, though they're really hampered by the Reader itself in how it renders/redraws PDF's. Good luck, have fun, and welcome to the club!
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