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View Poll Results: Do you want/need dictionary support in your reader?
Yes. 301 78.39%
No. 79 20.57%
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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Epub dictionaries

I want to move from Mobipocket to Epub. The main reason I haven't is the lack of features like dictionary support. No Epub reader software supports it (aside from maybe FBReader).

I was just exchanging emails with someone at Adobe, and I was told that while it's a neat feature, most people don't use it. Let's see if that is true.

This poll is open to everyone who reads ebooks, not just Epub users.

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Dictionary support will be a Primary factor in my selection of an e-Reader. While I'm not fond of Amazon's trend toward a closed-market approach, their dictionary feature makes the K2 and Kdx very desireable in my view. In fact, if the new Sony device this summer/fall doesn't have dictionary support, I'll be a Kindle owner.

If Adobe supports dictionary capabilities, I'll be inclined to use their products, otherwise not. Can't say I wouldn't ever buy in that format, but given the choice of purchasing in a format that supports dictionary lookup (ePub) and one that doesn't (Adobe), I'd pick the one that does even if it required a 10-15% premium. I'm just one of those readers that likes a dictionary because I purposefully select books to expand me and introduce concepts and words I don't already know.
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I don't do dictionary lookups very much if at all.

But I do like knowing the facility is there. I would hope to see it in ePub readers, once they get around to defining a dictionary format for ePub books...


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I want to move from Mobipocket to Epub. The main reason I haven't is the lack of features like dictionary support. No Epub reader software supports it (aside from maybe FBReader).

I was just exchanging emails with someone at Adobe, and I was told that while it's a neat feature, most people don't use it. Let's see if that is true.

This poll is open to everyone who reads ebooks, not just Epub users.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:26 PM   #4
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I usually eschew using dictionaries while reading, whether physical books or eBooks, in favor of figuring out the meaning of the word from context. I am much more likely to do a quick dictionary search while writing, to double check a word means what I think it means.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:27 PM   #5
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Since 90% of the ebooks I read are in English and that isn't my native language, YES I do want dictionary support.
When de cybook firmwareupdate comes and they will replace mobi by epub, I won't even update my cybook just for that reason alone.

So show the guy at Adobe this poll.........so far 100% in favor of dictionary support ......

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:31 PM   #6
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I, also, try to gain the understanding of a word or phrase from its context rather than a dictionary and only resort to looking up a word when I feel I have missed the point of the passage or sentence
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:31 PM   #7
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I think the enhanced dictionary look-up feature on the K2 is the greatest improvement from K1 to K2 - the ability to put the cursor on the word and at least see a partial definition without having to leave the page is a real plus for me.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:34 PM   #8
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I was just exchanging emails with someone at Adobe, and I was told that while it's a neat feature, most people don't use it.
It's vital if you like to read books in other then your native language! And why try to make a new standard format for ebooks that is a step back?!
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All through my school years, I spent a lot of mornings reading the dictionaries in the school library (primarily to have rhyming word or a word with the right number of sylables when writing metric verse). My ride put me at the school about forty minutes before classes started so that was a lot of time spent.

I hardly ever need a dictionary for anything except technical jargon in an area with which I am unfamiliar. But I only read novels on book readers.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #10
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when I saw this poll I immediately decided to finally register here in this wonderful forum ! I am definitely in need of dictionary support.. it is vital to my reading experience and I would be happy if Sony and other companies integrated this function into their devices/if the epub format could also offer this feature as I live in Europe and epub will obviously be the most supported format over here! As English is not my mother tongue I deeply appreciate the idea to be able to look up an English word without interrupting my reading experience for too long.

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:59 PM   #11
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I was very happy when Stanza offered dictionary look-up for words. I didn't know how great it was till I actually used it.
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I am willing to look up words in a paper dictionary if I need to look something up. The experience of a link to a dictionary definition is too computer like and disturbs my reading experience. I want something that functions like a book, not another laptop. If the feature is incorporated I want to be able to disable it.
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Although I use MS Word's dictionary/thesaurus quite a lot while I'm writing (what *is* that word, it's on the tips of my fingers. . . ?) I don't think I've ever used a dictionary while reading, except when I took French in college.

Although I do like to *read* dictionaries - it's not anything I use when I'm reading books.

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I hardly ever need a dictionary for anything except technical jargon in an area with which I am unfamiliar. But I only read novels on book readers.
Wow.

And novels that you read never-ever-ever venture into the technical jargon in area that you are not familiar with? Say, sailboats? Airplanes? Ancient artisan tools or methods?
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Wow.

And novels that you read never-ever-ever venture into the technical jargon in area that you are not familiar with? Say, sailboats? Airplanes? Ancient artisan tools or methods?
I am actually pretty familiar with all of those.
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