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Old 11-29-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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Adobe E-book support in the (updated) prs-500

Question about the prs-500 firmware upgrade.

My library has only a few books in epub format but a very large collection in the adobe pdf (drm'ed) format. Does the prs-500 only support the epub format or does it also support (or can you convert) the adobe pdf ebook format?

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Old 11-29-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Question about the prs-500 firmware upgrade.

My library has only a few books in epub format but a very large collection in the adobe pdf (drm'ed) format. Does the prs-500 only support the epub format or does it also support (or can you convert) the adobe pdf ebook format?

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To my knowledge, it supports EPUB and PDF (with PDF reflow too).
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You should be able to read both PDF and Epub from your local library.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:41 PM   #4
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As AprilHare and Grooks said--you should be able to read both. But, it probably suffers from the same problems as the 505--you can only have one type loaded at once. For some reason, if you have an ePub loaded, PDF's won't work and vice versa. It's my understanding that this is an Overdrive problem--not a Sony one. Also, although both ePubs and PDFs work, ePubs work a lot better. Most of the PDFs I've downloaded are too small unless reflowed--and if you reflow them weird paragraph/page breaks can occur. Something I'd be upset with if I had purchased the books--but I'm willing to put up with for library downloads!

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:55 AM   #5
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you can only have one type loaded at once. For some reason, if you have an ePub loaded, PDF's won't work and vice versa. It's my understanding that this is an Overdrive problem--not a Sony one.
I don't understand dordale - if you borrow a epub from Overdrive you can't read any borrowed PDF's from Overdrive and vice versa?
What a strange limitation..
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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You can borrow both... but for some reason, they both won't work on the reader at the same time. (One will work and the other type will give you a protected page error.) Note this only applies to DRMed ePubs and PDFs.

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Old 11-30-2009, 12:28 PM   #7
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Does this mean I can only have one book checked out and uploaded to the e-reader?; or I can have multiple books on the e-reader but only read one at a time. If reading one at a time, how do I switch books (unload one and load the other).

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You can borrow both... but for some reason, they both won't work on the reader at the same time. (One will work and the other type will give you a protected page error.) Note this only applies to DRMed ePubs and PDFs.

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This sort of thing is worth reporting to Sony and Overdrive. It aint good.
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:13 PM   #9
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This sort of thing is worth reporting to Sony and Overdrive. It aint good.
Sony is aware. Added quote in case the link doesn't work.

A Protected Page! error occurs on the Reader when opening a borrowed book that is in the ePub or PDF format.

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This may happen when borrowed Adobe DRM-protected ePub and PDF eBooks exist on the Reader at the same time. Follow this procedure to correct this issue:

Delete all borrowed books from the Reader.
Verify that all borrowed books are in the same format (either ePub or PDF) before transferring them back to the Reader.
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:23 PM   #10
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Hmmmmm.
Might be a problem with the Adobe codebase.
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