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Old 12-09-2007, 04:11 PM   #31
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convertlit is also available for mac, so i don't think you need a PC for anything.
You need the Windows system to actually download the DRM laden MS Reader ebooks.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:18 PM   #34
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Thank You

Thank you all for sharing your experience. Clearly everyone on this site is generous with their time and insight!

I'll be placing an order for a Cybook tomorrow.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:25 AM   #35
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Hi Gerry,

I am a Mac fan - MacBook Pro - and a SONY PRS-505 happy owner. To use PC-only applications I installed Parrallels on my Mac and it works wonderfully. With its [Coherence] feature, it becomes seamless to me if I am opening a Mac or PC application.

In other words, I open the ebook Library application from Sony directly from Mac OS, and I don't even notice that Parallels launched Windows to open it.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:30 AM   #36
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Just make sure that you don't try to do a firmware upgrade with Parallels. It doesn't get the USB timing quite right, and if you try to do a ROM update with it you'll probably end up "bricking" your Sony. Use a real Windows machine, or Bookcamp for reflashing the ROM.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:56 AM   #37
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:02 AM   #38
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:39 AM   #39
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Old 12-10-2007, 01:39 PM   #40
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Being a mac user and a PRS-505 owner, I'm quite satisfied with the Sony. I've been using the pielrf program available from this site to convert a lot of my text files, and then just copying them over to the Sony via usb. Working great so far. :-)
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:29 PM   #41
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I'm way happier with my Kindle than with my Sony 500. It's very cool to be able to download a book wherever. I haven't even hooked it up to a computer yet! Highly recommend for mac users.
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:47 PM   #42
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The Kindle: Download a book, use up the battery.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:55 PM   #43
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I'm a Mac user who's perfectly happy with a prs500, thanks to libprs500. There're plenty of multi-format books at Fictionwise and Baen. There's all of Project Gutenberg (including bunches of books pre-formatted here are MobileRead). Given how sucky the pricing is at Sony's store (even after the kindle-related price cuts), who needs 'em? The right pricing for novels is $6.00 quantity one, or $15.00 for six (c.f. Baen and their DRM-free pricing).

I can use libprs500 to convert just about any non-DRM'd book to Sony's format. The only time I ever hooked up my prs500 (or my wife's -- we're a two-reader family!) to a PC was for the initial registration and again for a firmware upgrade.

You can successfully use any of the current crop of readers with a Mac without worry.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:53 PM   #44
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In what way is the iLiad not cross platform? There is the Companion Software which is Windows only, but (just about) no-one uses it. The WiFi file transfer uses a windows style network share, but Samba on Linux or OSX will work just as well.

Most of the iLiad interaction is via the USB cable, where it looks like a USB disk to any OS that supports it.
right - my main computer is a macbookpro - i just attach the Iliad to my USB port and copy documents and applications directly over. I've never even looked at the companion software.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:29 AM   #45
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In other words, you will probably be happy with whatever reader you decide to buy. Myself, I have a Macbook and a Kindle, but I live in the US and I couldn't afford to buy an Iliad though I like the larger screen.

The Kindle makes things so easy that even a non-techie can do it. There is no need for a computer. That is a nice feature in my household where everyone isn't into technology... They say, "Just give me something that works and doesn't require a lot of fussing around." <sigh>

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