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Old 06-14-2006, 04:42 AM   #1
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Help...Ebookwise 1150

Im planning on purchasing the 1150, however im still confused on a few things...

Will it run anything i find on the fictionwise site.. i found alot of books i want there, but when i look under the choose format, it shows Mobipocket, Microsoft reader, or Palm. I dont see any option for IMP.

Im confused...where do i find the ebooks that the 1150 runs?

How do i know for sure if the ebook is the correct format before buying?
Will it run Mobipocket...

Ive already got many .pdf, .lit, .txt ebooks on my pc... Is there an easy way to convert these to the 1150

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Old 06-14-2006, 10:02 AM   #2
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The eb-1150 is only capable of displaying files in its native imp format. You can buy those from fictionwise (1/2 VGA Greyscale) or ebookwise.

You cannot use any other type of file at all. There are utilities for converting text, rtf and word documents to imp files. But you will not be able to display secured pdf, mobipocket or ereader files.

There are ways to break apart Microsoft Reader (lit) files and convert them for use on the eb-1150, but those tools will be illegal if you live in the United States as they are a violation of the DMCA.

Fictionwise: www.fictionwise.com
Ebookwise: www.ebookwise.com (all eb-1150 files and nothing else)
They also sell a librarian program (windows only) that does conversions of non-encrypted files.
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Old 06-14-2006, 05:33 PM   #3
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Oh, cmon now...

Nevertheless, there are tools to do so. I'm not encouraging illegal activity or the like, but I'll tell you this: if I buy a .LIT book and it's not supported on my machine, I do not lose sleep over converting it to another format. My book, my use, my choice.

If you'd like to experiment with a tool to convert .LIT files to .IMP, check out ConvertLIT (Google it). For PDF and the rest, you're on your own, I don't really use them.

HTML, TXT, RTF, and DOC are all easily readable on the eBookWise with the EBookWise Librarian software. It's $10-15, and well worth it if you want an easy drag-and-drop solution to getting your own stuff on your EB-1150.
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:27 PM   #4
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thnx guys... as far as pdf...i can save/convert a pdf file to a .txt file. cant this .txt file then just be converted to imp...

of course, most everything i wanted to read on the 1150 isnt available in imp. ebookwise new book selection is... pitiful. i dunno bout you guys, but im not spending 100 bucks to read dracula, three musketeers, or art of war. im interested in modern best sellers.

i really, really cant understand why this is so complicated. so many damn formats. i should be able to purchase a dedicated ebook reader device, buy ebooks and go... i can take an mp3 player, drop in mp3s from my pc and thats it. there isnt five different formats of digital music, different devices only using this or that. what is the freakin problem with ebooks. if they are ever going to become really popular, they better get on the same page.

SO...WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I WANNA READ THE LATEST EBOOKS... Which only seem to come in .pdf or .lit.... a pc, laptop... so much for portability. Any suggestions, should i just give up the ebook idea and stick with paperbacks.

What makes this so frustrating for me is... im disabled, in a wheelchair with limited hand control. turning pages is hard, holding books open is hard. an ebook reader is perfect for my needs.

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Old 06-14-2006, 09:48 PM   #5
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OK...Done some experimenting...

Concerning converting html, txt, lit, pdf to .IMP Ebookwise 1150 Format....

On my WinXP PC..
Using converlit... converted .lit ebook to .html
Using Save as Text feature in Adobe Reader... converted .pdf to .txt

Using EBookwise Librarian.. Ive managed to convert both these .html and .txt ebooks to Ebookwise 1150 .IMP Format.

These converted .imp ebooks successfully displayed on my pc using the Gemstar Ebook Viewer that came with the Ebookwise Librarian Program.

My question is.... Will these converted ebooks definately run ok on the ebookwise 1150?
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:11 PM   #6
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If you can see it on the reader program, you should be able too. I've never had a discrepency between the two.

I can't say for sure, of course, but I can speak from experience and say I've never had a problem. From what I understand of hte viewer, it should mirror exactly what the book displays. I'm looking at a book and hte viewer right now, and I see no differences in random pages. If you got that far buddy, I think you're good to go.

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Old 06-15-2006, 12:37 AM   #7
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thanks man.. so far so good.

by the way.. any experience with pda/palm for ebooks... still trying to decide which is the best way to go
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:48 AM   #8
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Yeah, I have a Dell Axim X5, and it's pretty good for most, but the screen size kind of kills it. Plus, PDF support is pretty bad - I have to do a lot of scrolling, its slow, and it's generally pretty inconvienent. Battery life is less on a PDA too. Naturally, the upside is that PDAs can do other stuff like games, apps, email, web, etc.
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Old 06-15-2006, 10:59 AM   #9
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Speaking to Palms ... I do some reading on mine, and it works okay. As with PostGrant's Axim, the screen size is a pain. I use the e-Reader software, and I know the pdf reader for palm is kind of a hog on space and on the slow side. I can't speak to too many formats, as the books I have are all gutenburg or Baen products, which also come in open formats. I use a Word Macro to mark up the RTF files in the format that the e-Reader software expects to see.
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Old 06-17-2006, 04:49 AM   #10
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Another issue... i now realize that the ebooks i sucessfully converted were not secure DRM Files. Will this be alot harder, or not work at all... HAS anyone here actually converted a Secure Encrypted .lit or .pdf ebook to .txt or .doc then to ebookwise .imp???

ALSO... Ive noticed the vast majority of ebooks i wish to purchase are available as Palm OS...EReader Format. Any Success at converting these to .imp?

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Old 03-16-2010, 11:49 PM   #11
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I just got delivery of my Ebookwise 1150 and have following queries to the experts:

I charged it for full two hours and again for some 30 mts more but i see the battery level as 10 hrs and 50 odd minutes with full charge display. Is this the normal duration battery would last (in some forums i read up to 15 hours charge)- in front of your given adaptor, i have used a 220 to 120 V convertor i had for a US made radio i use- hope this is ok.
I live in New Delhi and have analog home phone line on which a broadband modem is also connected through which i use my computer. when i connect the phone line to the reader, it starts dialing 1 858 678 8695 but is unsuccessful, what else i am supposed to prefix? is this a US number, in which case do i have to be able to dial international?
when i connect with USB wire and start to register the reader, it asks me DEVICE ID and am unable to locate it from the directions it gives me on the window display. on the reader, i only see "device no registered yet"
how to switch off the backlight when reading in day light? but that is at moment not important query, above are more important as i must register the device first.
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I just got delivery of my Ebookwise 1150 and have following queries to the experts:

I charged it for full two hours and again for some 30 mts more but i see the battery level as 10 hrs and 50 odd minutes with full charge display. Is this the normal duration battery would last (in some forums i read up to 15 hours charge)- in front of your given adaptor, i have used a 220 to 120 V convertor i had for a US made radio i use- hope this is ok.

The battery life indicator needs to be calibrated by going to the last page of the settings menu and selecting the stay on when charging option. 10 hours sounds about right with the backlight on high. The 220/120 volt converter should work fine but if you can find a 220VAC adaptor with the same output it would be better. I'm not sure if you have 50Hz or 60Hz power there but the supplied adaptor does not like 50Hz, it runs much hotter than I like. I had to use a converter when in Tonga last year and altho it worked, it was hot.

I live in New Delhi and have analog home phone line on which a broadband modem is also connected through which i use my computer. when i connect the phone line to the reader, it starts dialing 1 858 678 8695 but is unsuccessful, what else i am supposed to prefix? is this a US number, in which case do i have to be able to dial international?

It's a USA only number and you will have to connect via the USB cable.

when i connect with USB wire and start to register the reader, it asks me DEVICE ID and am unable to locate it from the directions it gives me on the window display. on the reader, i only see "device no registered yet"

You don't need to register unless you wish to buy books from eBookwise or Fictionwise. Follow the instuctions in this thread to register the reader.

how to switch off the backlight when reading in day light? but that is at moment not important query, above are more important as i must register the device first.

To change the backlight, tap the top left icon and drag the backlight slider to the left. See the device tour at eBook Technologies. You have the ETI-2 reader, eBookwise calls it the 1150.

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To change the backlight, tap the top left icon and drag the backlight slider to the left.
On mine it's the top right, and shows both the 'rotate screen' and then under that the slider bar with the brightness icon - ?
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On mine it's the top right, and shows both the 'rotate screen' and then under that the slider bar with the brightness icon - ?
I hate when that happens...

You are correct, it's the top right icon, looks like a rotating page.

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