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Old 06-20-2008, 05:55 AM   #1
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Convenient non-english dictionary

I'm trying to decide on an e-book device. Much of my e-book reading is going to be in French and Spanish (I'm a native English speaker myself), and the ability to have dictionary lookup is very important to me.

I'm having trouble figuring out which devices make it easy to access non-English dictionaries. The Kindle seems attractive because of the wireless features, but my impression after reading as much as I could is that you can't replace the standard English dictionary.

I think I'm leaning toward the Cybook, but is there much difference between the devices where dictionary availability and ease-of-use is concerned?

Thanks for any comments...
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:32 AM   #2
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The Gen3's dictionary lookup interface works extremely well. I use it a lot.
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You can replace the standard dictionary on the Kindle, but you can only have one "primary" dictionary at a time. Also, there are very few commercial dictionaries available yet.

There are many MobiPocket dictionaries for sale, and you can build your own with a bit of work. MobiPocket generally allows multiple dictionaries and will search all of them. Of the E-Ink devices, the Gen3 and the iLiad support MobiPocket and its multiple dictionaries. You can also use the same MobiPocket dictionaries on a Windows PC (but not a Mac or Linux desktop) and on, say, a PDA (MobiPocket allows 4 devices to be registered per "secure" dictionary/ebook).
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