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Old 02-02-2010, 07:39 AM   #1
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has sony updated the firmware on their readers since they switched over to epub? if not, do they intend to?

i keep reading here how their epub support on the sony devices is not as good as it could be, and that the format offers features that are not fully utilized by the firmware.

i ask because i want to amass a library of classics in anticipation of getting a 300 in a few weeks, and i'm not sure if i should get them in lrf, which obviously works great but is now 'outdated', or epub, which seems to have some quirks.

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Old 02-02-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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has sony updated the firmware on their readers since they switched over to epub? if not, do they intend to?

i keep reading here how their epub support on the sony devices is not as good as it could be, and that the format offers features that are not fully utilized by the firmware.

i ask because i want to amass a library of classics in anticipation of getting a 300 in a few weeks, and i'm not sure if i should get them in lrf, which obviously works great but is now 'outdated', or epub, which seems to have some quirks.

thanks!
Arguably the PRS-500 firmware upgrade was in parallel with the switchover to EPUB in their store (it added EPUB functionality and a few other things - it behaves like a PRS-505 now except with a slightly slower refresh rate and the early model slight ghosting effect).
If you can get a book in LRF, that would be preferable displaywise, but maybe not future compatible. Your choice.

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I can't swear for the 300, but for the prs-900 epub's actually display just as well as lrf's, if not better. In fact, the reader will take more time to do things like zoom in on my lrf's then it does on my epubs.

I've decided to switch everything over to epub's, so as to remain future-compatible, and because they work very nicely on the prs-900.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:13 AM   #4
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thanks for the replies.

perhaps the threads i was reading described older models or something. i read that epubs display odd line numbers that cannot be removed, and that full text justification is not available. but i also read they're faster than lrf...

well i suppose epub support can only improve. i might as well use the current standard, even if it has a few limitations.

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I prefer ePubs on my reader.... most look good. Like any format, it depends on the publisher and how much they care about their product. Some look perfect, others not so much. Still, most are fine.

If you convert to ePub in Calibre, be sure to make sure it is formatting for your PRS-300, the output option is in the convert settings.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:45 AM   #6
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If you convert to ePub in Calibre, be sure to make sure it is formatting for your PRS-300, the output option is in the convert settings.
good tip, thanks!
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Am I missing something? I thought the Sony eReaders still had problems with ePUB.. mine does at least.

@jissa: You say the PRS-900 displays ePUB just as well if not better than LRF, does it support full justification with ePUBs?

@Bremen Cole: You also say that some ePUBs display perfectly, is that with full justification? If so, how do you achieve that?

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Old 02-02-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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has sony updated the firmware on their readers since they switched over to epub? if not, do they intend to?
Sony is still using a years-old pre-release version of mobile Adobe Digital Editions on the PRS-300 and PRS-600. Since these were released relatively recently, there is little chance the firmware will be updated. The PRS-900 has a newer version of mobile ADE.

All the other 5" EInk devices have better ePub support than the PRS-300. The Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro is probably more expensive than the PRS-300, but is more capable and in my opinion a better value for the money. The PocketBook 360 is great hardware and software if you can afford it. The Cybook Opus allows you to change the font and some styling in ePubs (a first for a mobile ADE implementation).
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Am I missing something? I thought the Sony eReaders still had problems with ePUB.. mine does at least.

@jissa: You say the PRS-900 displays ePUB just as well if not better than LRF, does it support full justification with ePUBs?

@Bremen Cole: You also say that some ePUBs display perfectly, is that with full justification? If so, how do you achieve that?
The 900 displays ePubs with full justification automatically (if that's how the book was formatted). The other models do not. I prefer LRFs on my reader because the text appears to be darker and the font size a tad bigger. This allows me to use the small font size all of the time. I only bump it up to medium when I'm reading periodicals. LRFs also allow for headers which I use to insert the book title for each page.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:26 AM   #10
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little chance of firmware updates? that comes as a surprise. so Sony just puts these products into the wild and forgets about them?
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:41 AM   #11
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little chance of firmware updates? that comes as a surprise. so Sony just puts these products into the wild and forgets about them?
I wouldn't say that but they have been very slow at providing new firmware updates. So it's hard to say if they plan on releasing a new firmware or they are taking there sweet time to do it. One would've expected a firmware update for the other models since the 900 already contains a newer version of mobile ADE.

I can see delaying a firmware for the 500, 505 and 700 since they are no longer offically being sold but I can't see why they are delaying an update for the 300, 600. Better epub support would help drive sales in my opinion.

Just my guess, maybe mobile ADE is due for another update and that's why they are waiting.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:47 PM   #12
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All I have on my 300 are epubs and I've not noticed any problems. I got one for Christams and just picked up a second for my wife a week ago. Both work just fine, so if you are getting a new 300, you shouldn't have a problem...
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #13
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i'm not so sure. the more i download, the more apparent it is that formatting is all over the place. i guess if i commit to this purchase, i'll also commit to reformatting every book. so i guess i can pick my own format, eh?

can anyone report how RTF looks on the 300? i would love to stick with that format. it's easy to convert to and easy to work with...
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i'm not so sure. the more i download, the more apparent it is that formatting is all over the place. i guess if i commit to this purchase, i'll also commit to reformatting every book. so i guess i can pick my own format, eh?

can anyone report how RTF looks on the 300? i would love to stick with that format. it's easy to convert to and easy to work with...
You're correct, ePub formatting does vary greatly. I don't have any experience with RTFs; LRF is my go to conversion format.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:24 PM   #15
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well i've been grabbing both lrf and epub, and using calibre to view them it's apprent that there is no standard for formatting.

i think i'll convert everything to rtf, fix them, and store them. then, once i figue out which format works best on my reader, i can convert from there. rtf is an easy and intuitive format for me - i'm no good at scripts!
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