|07-14-2009, 11:50 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Device: Kindle Paperwhite
jetBook feature suggestions (and feedback)
Since there's no dedicated jetBook section under E-Book Devices, I'll post this here. Several hours ago I posted this on the official Ectaco forum:
> Dear Tom,
> Thank you for your mail.
> The unit doesn't include such slang words [as "grok"].
> Thank you for choosing our products.
> The dictionary also doesn't include definitions for many
> other non-slang words. I'm curious, what English
> dictionary does it come with, and how many definitions
> does it have?
> All I'm asking for is the ability to upgrade the built-in
> dictionary. If you monitor the forums, you'll find that
> many other people are also asking for the same thing,
> and would even pay for it. You should really consider
> this as it would be a great service to your customers.
> We always work on improving the database.
> As soon as next version of the dictionary's base is
> available, we will publish it at our website.
Well, here's what I have to say to this response... I understand if Ectaco wants to keep their prices low, then they should go with an "open source"-like (free) dictionary database. Here are two that I recommend:
There are many new reference sites that are using these dictionaries; my favorite one is currently ninjawords (http://ninjawords.com/info/about/). It even has a concise definition for "grok" (whether this word is defined and how it's defined is my layman methodology for testing a dictionary's quality):
I hope Ectaco's IT department will seriously look at these two free dictionaries. I think if they replace their built-in dictionary with wiktionary, they will get three benefits:
1. They would no longer have to maintain and "work on improving the database" of their current dictionary because wiktionary is community driven and maintained by millions of people all over the world.
2. Their built-in dictionary would arguably be superior to any ebook reader dictionary out there and contain TONS of new definitions, including slang, idioms, hacker terms, and esoteric words such as 'grok'.
3. They would likely attract many more buyers as word spreads on forums such as this about how great their built-in dictionary is. To seriously challenge the Kindle, their built-in dictionary needs to be equal to or BETTER than the Kindle's built-in dictionary.
My reading experience is almost a ritual -- to settle into a novel I usually have three other things by my side: my trusty dog-eared 1080-page Oxford pocket dictionary, a notepad or yellow sticky notes, and a pen or pencil to jot things down as I read (e.g., page number of first introduction of a character). My OCB requires that I look up every single word I don't understand and write down that word. Having an ebook reader reduces all the things that I'd have to carry to just one item (the ebook reader) instead of four, but this requires that the ebook reader can search across books (checked) and comes with a built-in dictionary at least as good as my Oxford pocket dictionary (so far unchecked). If I keep having to carry my Oxford dictionary around then this defeats the purpose of me getting an ebook reader.
|07-15-2009, 07:56 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Borja (Lima), Peru
Device: Kinndle: Oasis 3G, Voyage WiFi;FireHD; Kobo: Aura One, Glo HD
Welcome to MobileRead, 10basetom.
Your reading habits - dictionary, pen/paper next to you - are admirable and set a good example for all of us who wish to increase our vocabulary. If only my students could be as organized as you are, then their vocabulary and language skills would develop in a more practiced manner.
If you haven't yet looked around at the many Forums, feel free to ask questions and post comments as you feel the need.
We also have a rather large library of very nicely formatted public domain titles and etc., in varying formats.
Again, Welcome, and Have fun!
|07-15-2009, 08:54 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Device: Kindle Paperwhite
Hi Dr. Drib,
Thank you for the comments and for welcoming me.
I'm trying really hard to like the jetBook ($180 + S&H at frys.com), but the more I use it on a day-to-day basis the more I'm considering to return it, mainly because of the poor text input system. Here's a summary of the little things that irk me:
Last edited by 10basetom; 07-15-2009 at 08:58 AM.
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