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Old 01-04-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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I am trying to decide which ebook device to buy (Sony, iLiad, CyBook or Kindle).
Since I intend to write my own software to run on my PC to sync and manage files onto the device, I would like to understand how the synchronization works on different devices.

My main question is: does the synchronization software simply manipulate files on the device as if it was a mounted hard-drive, or is there some kind of proprietary protocol involved?
If there is a protocol, where can I find any details about how they work?

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I am trying to decide which ebook device to buy (Sony, iLiad, CyBook or Kindle).
Since I intend to write my own software to run on my PC to sync and manage files onto the device, I would like to understand how the synchronization works on different devices.

My main question is: does the synchronization software simply manipulate files on the device as if it was a mounted hard-drive, or is there some kind of proprietary protocol involved?
If there is a protocol, where can I find any details about how they work?

Thanks,
Julien Couvreur
http://blog.monstuff.com
The Sony PRS-505, iLiad, Cybook and Kindle are UMS devices. They basically work like a mounted hard-drive.
The Sony PRS-500 on the other end use a proprietary protocol: take a look at libprs500 if you'd like to see how it works.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:33 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot Hadrien.
This will make it easy to sync any device from this generation. Cool!
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