|07-30-2008, 07:46 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Formats for the Palm T/X
I have been using ereader for some time and enjoy reading with my Palm T/X and ereader. How many other formats are available for the Palm OS? Sometimes books are available for one format but not others.
|07-30-2008, 09:18 PM||#3|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
|07-30-2008, 09:39 PM||#4|
Join Date: May 2008
Device: Galaxy Nexus
|07-30-2008, 10:30 PM||#5|
New York Editor
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Tapwave Zodiac 2, Fujitsu Lifebook p2110 w/ FBReader
Aside from eReader, there is a version of the MobiPocket viewer available here, and an excellent open source PDF viewer called PalmPDF here.
A free, open source viewer from a Russian programmer called PalmFiction handles PalmDOC files, zTXT files, plain ASCII text files, and Word documents and RTF files (which it displays as plain text.) You can get it here.
My viewer of choice is Plucker, a free, open source offline HTML viewer for Palm devices. Plucker is intended to view web pages "plucked" by the Plucker desktop, a cross-platform application written in Python, which grabs the pages and converts to the format used by the Plucker on the device. I use it to convert locally stored HTML content, with the assistance of PDA Converter, a freeware Windows utility by Rafael Fetzer. PDA Converter provides a GUI you can use to select the desired conversion option, then calls the Plucker parser in the background to create the Plucker files. I have all of the Baen Free Library in Plucker format, as well a a large number of offerings from Project Gutenberg, and works issued under the Creative Commons license, for a total of about 3,200 Plucker docs in a 2GB SD card. Plucker is here, and PDA Converter is here.
It's annoying to have to recall which book is in which format, but at least I can handle just about everything. The major issue I can think of is that I don't believe PalmPDF handles DRM protected PDFs, but in practice, that isn't an issue here, as I don't buy them, and don't try to read PDFs on the PDA unless no other format is available for the book. Most don't reflow to fit the smaller screen, and sideways scrolling is a pain.
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