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Old 10-02-2007, 07:13 AM   #1
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Two questions about TXT files and Fonts

Hello everyone.
I have been waiting for an e-ink reader for many years now
(ever since I first read about e-ink technology)
I'm thinking of getting the PRS-500 now that it's price will drop some
due to the new 505. I have a few questions.

First, I've read some bad reviews on the bundles software.
I'm not interested in buying online, I have tones and tons of reading
materials in plain text.
How hard is it to just shunt over text files to the reader ?
And what do you guys do when you want to read DOC or HTML files ?

Second,
Does it support Hebrew fonts ? with a hack maybe?
Can it display text aligned right ?

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:48 AM   #2
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A slightly off-topic question: Any connection to BCDS in CT?

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How hard is it to just shunt over text files to the reader ?
And what do you guys do when you want to read DOC or HTML files ?
The best way to move text files to the Reader is with Book Designer. This is a very good free manuscript editing program. But if you just want a quick job the you should try libprs500.

The same applies for HTML.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11786 Book Designer
https://libprs500.kovidgoyal.net/

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Second,
Does it support Hebrew fonts ? with a hack maybe?
Can it display text aligned right ?

Thanks,
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Yes it can should support Hebrew. The Reader supports "embedded fonts", which means that the font is inside the file. I know that we have part of the odyssey in Greek, and at least one of our members has his ebooks in Chinese.

The Reader doesn't support left alignment, so far as I know. If it had right alignment, I would be terribly surprised.
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Sorry, dont know what BCDS or CT is.

Thanks for the quick reply !
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:00 AM   #4
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Sorry, dont know what BCDS or CT is.

Thanks for the quick reply !
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BCDS is the Bi-Cultural Day School. It's a private Jewish school located in the state of Connecticut(CT). They just started using Sony Readers this fall. I had sent an email invitation to them on Saturday, and I thought from your questions that you might be from them. I'm sorry; I jumped to the wrong conlusion.
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Welcome, ShacharWeis!

For your text files, you can just drop them onto a memory card (no conversion) and load them that way, or you can use the Connect Software to transfer them to internal memory (also no conversion), but I would agree with Nate that you'll get the best results if you use something like BD to convert them to LRF.

I don't know if anyone has tried right alignment, but you can probably use the hack methods posted in the Developer's Corner of this forum to substitute the fonts if you care to.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #6
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Second,
Does it support Hebrew fonts ? with a hack maybe?
Can it display text aligned right ?

Thanks,
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While it can display text aligned right, I've not been able to get proper Hebrew fonts. With PDF's sized to the reader, they look perfect. But BookDesigner doesn't seem to support Hebrew, and HTML2LRF beautifully displays the Hebrew font...left to right!

It may be a problem with the source I was using (mixed Hebrew and English), so I can't say for sure that it doesn't support Hebrew, but mine sure looked goofed up (the Niquidot ended up between the letters which were displayed left to right!)

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Old 10-02-2007, 01:39 PM   #7
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The Bookeen CyBook Gen3 is supposed to have support for user-supplied fonts. In your case, I'd wait a month or so for that device to come out if such a feature is paramount.
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The Bookeen CyBook Gen3 is supposed to have support for user-supplied fonts. In your case, I'd wait a month or so for that device to come out if such a feature is paramount.
However, if any right-to-left languages (like Hebrew) are desired, check support for that separately!
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It doesn't fit well in the discussion, but the topic seems to cover my question:

Has the Sony Reader support for monospaced fonts?
Sometimes this would be very useful.
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Has the Sony Reader support for monospaced fonts?
Sometimes this would be very useful.
Yup. It has three built in fonts, a serif, a sans serif and a monospace. They're roughly analogous to Times Roman, Arial and Courier, respectively
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