|08-23-2009, 07:26 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Device: Kindle, Jetbook
Why no search function?
I've been perusing the forums, kind of getting my "sea legs" established. I purchased an Astak EZReader a few weeks ago and I really love it.
I am very new with the eReader technology, still trying to take in all the the ways I can use my device to the best of its (and my own) capabilities.
I do have one question that has been nagging me...
Why isn't a search function standard on ANY eReader?
I carry a couple of reference books in my EZReader and a search function would prove invaluable.
Please forgive me if I've asked the easy question, and this has been asked before.
By the way, great community here, glad I found it!
|08-23-2009, 07:42 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The Sandwich Isles
Device: Samsung Galaxy Note, Nook HD+
Text search is standard on jetBook, and I think Kindle and Sony PRS-700. There are some others around too, but I'm not sure which ones. The WIKI matrix lists some.
It's also on FBReader on my Nokia N800, and MobiPocket and eReader on my cell phone.
Last edited by wodin; 08-23-2009 at 07:46 PM.
|08-23-2009, 08:00 PM||#3|
Suave Swabby, Savvy?
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Harrison, ARrrr, USA - southern Ozark mountains
Device: Slate Blue PEZ (Astak Pocket Pro), CVSCX-9300 Quad-band watch phone
I think a reader of 5-6" sizes aren't really conducive to being used as a ref-doc reader. Whereas you can read the files, most ref-docs are pdf, are are generally suited to a larger-screened reader.
I can see implementing a T9 system into the reader, they way a lot of phones are. It wouldn't be too terribly hard to implement. I can't recall if OpenInkPot supports this, or if it's in plans, but I recall something about an alternate firmware might be working on it. Someone more knowledgeable could verify this though.
|08-23-2009, 08:35 PM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mississippi, USA
Device: Kindle 3 and Fire
Search (within the current ebook) isn't all that hard to implement, but you first need a way to enter the search string. So devices with a real keyboard or a touch screen (virtual keyboard) almost always have search, but it is hit and miss if not. CoolReader under Open InkPot has search, but not under the standard Hanlin firmware (which uses CoolReader for FB2). I have not used it for a while, but I think the LBook firmware for the Hanlin V3 may have search (at least for FB2).
|08-23-2009, 11:03 PM||#6|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Device: Nexus 7, jetBook-Lite, jetBook mini, Toshiba Thrive, JETBOOK COLOR
I use search very often when I read documents in rtf format on my jetBook so I think that this feature very helpful and important.
|08-24-2009, 03:10 PM||#7|
Astak Director, Bus. Devl
Join Date: Apr 2008
Device: Astak Pocket PRO
A search function
I agree a search function is a fine thing to have. It is planned for some future devices. To do it right you need at least a soft keyboard and our factories are sending us some prototypes using it.
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