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Old 11-05-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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FBReader - Archos 5 Android

I just got a new Archos 5 Android tablet. I've installed FBreaderJ 0.5.27.

But I cannot get FBReader to to see my epub books.

I've tried putting them on an SDCard in the /Books directory.
I've tried putting them on /storage/Books.
I've tried /Books.

Nothing seems to work.

Any ideas?
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:17 PM   #2
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I just got a new Archos 5 Android tablet. I've installed FBreaderJ 0.5.27.

But I cannot get FBReader to to see my epub books.

I've tried putting them on an SDCard in the /Books directory.
I've tried putting them on /storage/Books.
I've tried /Books.

Nothing seems to work.

Any ideas?
Use FBReader to download an epub book from the net and then see where on your machine it placed the file.
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:23 PM   #3
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Ah, you have an archos 5 ? What do you think of it so far ?
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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Use FBReader to download an epub book from the net and then see where on your machine it placed the file.
Ya, I tried that. It doesn't seem to place them in the area of the firmware that I have access to.

I'll try again. Maybe I missed something last time.

Now I remember. There is no way to "download" an epub through FBReader. According to FBReader, you use the built-in browser, which won't download epubs because they are not supported.

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Old 11-05-2009, 02:29 PM   #5
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Ah, you have an archos 5 ? What do you think of it so far ?
It's OK. Archos is trying to walk the line between their proprietary, locked down media system and the open Android system. There are some... strange... interactions between them sometimes.

As a media tablet, it works nice. As an Android tablet, it leaves much to be desired. All that may change, though, as the finish polishing the OS for it.

Unlike Bookeen, they Archos brings out firmware updates fairly quickly (until they come out with a new version of the device, of course).
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Unlike Bookeen, they Archos brings out firmware updates fairly quickly (until they come out with a new version of the device, of course).
Yeah, but it seams it was also way more buggy than bookeen's And actually unfinished, unlike bookeen's fireware.

I almost bought one today, but none was left. (That happened to be lucky, as a i want a sdd version, and the 160G is hdd). So i'm waiting for the 65G version.

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Problems like no Android market, and the screen size quite un-standard for android ?
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:46 PM   #7
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Use FBReader to download an epub book from the net and then see where on your machine it placed the file.
"Cannot download. The content type is not supported on the device."
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:09 PM   #8
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:30 PM   #9
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Yeah, but it seams it was also way more buggy than bookeen's And actually unfinished, unlike bookeen's fireware.

I almost bought one today, but none was left. (That happened to be lucky, as a i want a sdd version, and the 160G is hdd). So i'm waiting for the 65G version.

Problems like no Android market, and the screen size quite un-standard for android ?
Ya, it's definitely more buggy. But that's the strangeness between running both ArchOS and Android. I would have preferred a pure Android device that did a little media playing.

There are some issues in that apps don't work well with the screen, but that's something that Android apps need to deal with sooner or later. Not all Android devices are doing to be tiny phones.

But unless you're willing to deal with the issues right now, I would suggest that you wait a bit until they get (at least most of) the issues ironed out.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:48 PM   #10
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Interesting. He downloaded the book from Project Gutenberg and it worked.

So I did that and it worked. Well, it didn't error, the book still doesn't show up in FBReader, though.

My previous test was through MobileRead. That wouldn't download.
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Have you tried Aldiko yet?

http://www.aldiko.com/

Honestly, I don't have any android devices, so I'm not sure how works.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:44 PM   #12
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Have you tried Aldiko yet?

http://www.aldiko.com/

Honestly, I don't have any android devices, so I'm not sure how works.
Only a little bit. It looks very nice. Now that I have figured out what my epub/Android issue is, I can actually start using it.
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The file manager on the Archos does a Microsoft and doesn't display the file's extension in the list. Only when you rename the file doesn't it show you the whole file name.

I copied over what I thought were the .epub files from my Opus. What I actually copied over were the .epub.dat files. Which, of course, show up in the file list as .epub (since the .dat part is hidden).

So that's why the import didn't work. There really weren't any epub books in the directory. Once I copied over the actual eBooks, the import went fine for Aldiko. I haven't done FBReader yet. The one file that I did for FBReader didn't show up.

Since what I wanted to do was test out eBook reading on the Archos 5 Android, having Aldiko working will satisfy my needs.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:36 AM   #14
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Have you tried Aldiko yet?

http://www.aldiko.com/

Honestly, I don't have any android devices, so I'm not sure how works.
I've been giving Aldkio a try. So far, it works nice. Just make sure you get the 1.1.6 version - and not the 1.2.2 version - if you have the Archos., though.

The 1.2.2 version chops off the last line or 2 of every page. The 1.1.6 version was made for the Archos and it doesn't have that problem.
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I've been giving Aldkio a try. So far, it works nice. Just make sure you get the 1.1.6 version - and not the 1.2.2 version - if you have the Archos., though.

The 1.2.2 version chops off the last line or 2 of every page. The 1.1.6 version was made for the Archos and it doesn't have that problem.
Do you have the hard drive Archos (without SD slot). I installed FBreader and Aldiko and I can't install any books. Calibre doesn't recognize the dievice either. Any help you can give me would be great.

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