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Old 12-22-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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Can we add the XO-1 to Devices?

So I just got my XO-1 through the Give One Get One program at Laptopgiving.org and have been playing a bit with the e-reader. Its pretty decent and in B&W mode the screen has better resolution (but the same pixel count) as the iREX Iliad.

I'm particularly interested in putting together a set of e-books that would be helpful for kids (and their parents) in nations where they might have an XO-1 given to them. So things like text books, "classics" (I'm scrounging titles from the PG archives), and Independent study books I think are all good candidates.

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Old 12-22-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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Does the XO run FBReader yet? If so, then the Mobipocket ebooks we have here should work on it (I think). Try one.
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So I just got my XO-1 through the Give One Get One program at Laptopgiving.org and have been playing a bit with the e-reader. Its pretty decent and in B&W mode the screen has better resolution (but the same pixel count) as the iREX Iliad.

I'm particularly interested in putting together a set of e-books that would be helpful for kids (and their parents) in nations where they might have an XO-1 given to them. So things like text books, "classics" (I'm scrounging titles from the PG archives), and Independent study books I think are all good candidates.

--Chuck
That didn't really answer your question did it? Sorry.

The current plan is to wait and see how many XOs show up here, and how useful the device is as an ebook reader.

It's really not more of an ebook reader than a PDA or UMPC, not yet.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:02 PM   #4
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It's really not more of an ebook reader than a PDA or UMPC, not yet.
Ya, I'd agree with that assessment.

As a dedicated eBook reader, the OLPC isn't there. My OLPC was able to use my iLiad formatted PDFs without a problem. But the text editor doesn't support ODF and RTF files take forever to load.

Also, it's not really meant to read eBooks. So powering it off makes it forget where it was in the eBook.

To answer the original question: Nope, fbreader doesn't work yet, but I figure it won't take too long for them to port it over. But the intended audience of the OLPC really doesn't need fbreader. Building a simple xo package will make a nice eBook using just HTML.
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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But fbreader remembers where it was in your book, which an HTML reader doesn't. Just a thought.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:04 PM   #6
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i have an OLPC XO laptop, and I did successfully install FBReader on it a few days ago.

When I turn off the backlight and rely on the sunlight-readable black-and-white ebook display, I use either the ambient light in the room or an LED book light that I found out about on these forums, a Dual Flex music stand light from Mighty Bright.

I went on a download-athon on a few free sites, especially after installing FBReader which I prefer over the built-in PDF reader.

I haven't got a dedicated ebook device, but I after getting my feet wet with ebooks on the XO, I can easily see this becoming a regular habit for this avid reader of paper books.
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i have an OLPC XO laptop, and I did successfully install FBReader on it a few days ago.

When I turn off the backlight and rely on the sunlight-readable black-and-white ebook display, I use either the ambient light in the room or an LED book light that I found out about on these forums, a Dual Flex music stand light from Mighty Bright.

I went on a download-athon on a few free sites, especially after installing FBReader which I prefer over the built-in PDF reader.

I haven't got a dedicated ebook device, but I after getting my feet wet with ebooks on the XO, I can easily see this becoming a regular habit for this avid reader of paper books.
If you were to use it strictly for an eBook reader how long will the battery last?

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If you were to use it strictly for an eBook reader how long will the battery last?

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I'm not sure. But I'm going to hold off just a bit before I experiment with this question, as there's supposed to be a software upgrade available this month that offers improved power management.

Having said that, I have gotten at least five hours out of the battery when operating the XO with the backlight off... however, that's with the radio (wifi) on. I haven't experimented with turning off the wifi and backlight, but that's mostly because I keep alternating between reading, surfing, blogging, etc. (Like right now, for instance, when I have an ebook in one window and a browser in another. ) I know that's less battery life than a dedicated ebook reader gets, but the tradeoff is that the XO is spending that battery energy doing tasks that a dedicated ebook device doesn't do (or need to do).

Once the software/firmware upgrades are released, I'll experiment with battery life and be better able to answer your question.
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