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Old 02-13-2010, 11:09 AM   #1
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HTC Touch Phones to get Adobe Digital Editions

As spotted by Nate the great, from WM Experts: HTC gets in the e-Book Reader business with new Manila 2.5.
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The latest version of Manila/Sense 2.5 (2012) features a tab dedicated to reading e-Books that can be purchased by Boarders or, evidently, though Adobe.
The start screen includes "Contain Reader mobile technology by Adobe", and there is a screen to login to Borders or to activate an AdobeID, so this is a port of mobile Adobe Digital Editions to Windows Mobile. It will presumably only be available on HTC smartphones with Windows Mobile and HTC Sense (the leaked version is for the Touch Pro 2). On the other hand HTC has also added "Sense" to some of its Android phones, so perhaps there will be an Android version too. See Wikipedia: TouchFLO 3D.

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Old 02-13-2010, 11:24 AM   #2
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:09 PM   #3
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Very! There's currently no ADE implementation available for mobile phones. I'd love to have such a thing. I don't understand the "purchased by Boarders" bit. though. Boarders of what?
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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That'd be cool. I'm looking at HTC for my next phone, but that won't be til October. Gives me time to see what happens with this.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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I've been looking at grabbing the HTC Droid from Verizon, so this should be very interesting. Kudos for finding it!
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:14 PM   #6
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Anyone interested in HTC phones particularly with large screens should investigate the HTC HD 2 coming this Spring with expanded RAM and GSM 3G capabilities. The older versions might not be able to upgrade to Windows Mobile 7, have no 3G capability, and this one apparently will. According to all reports, it will have no competitors for large screen/resolution. It will be available through T-Mobile or direct purchase not tied to any telephone plan.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:08 PM   #7
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Boarders of what?
This should be Borders. Their strategy of not producing their own ebook reader may be paying off, see Borders CEO nixes idea of own e-reader.
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Anyone interested in HTC phones particularly with large screens should investigate the HTC HD 2 coming this Spring...
I've presently got my eye on the HTC Touch Pro 2, planning to upgrade in mid-April. I'm especially looking forward to finding out which readers (and formats) I can use on the phone, to replace my WinOS PDA... I'm hoping to get ePub and Mobi on there, at least.
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I've presently got my eye on the HTC Touch Pro 2, planning to upgrade in mid-April. I'm especially looking forward to finding out which readers (and formats) I can use on the phone, to replace my WinOS PDA... I'm hoping to get ePub and Mobi on there, at least.
I have the Touch Pro 2. If you want the keyboard, you can't go wrong with this one. And even though the specs are a little dated, the operation is surprisingly smooth and fast. You can use Freda for Epub and the Mobi reader. PDF is also no problem. If you don't need the keyboard, then the HD2 is the best choice.
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What, what? So those of us with other makes of WM phones are still being left out in the cold?

Ugh... now I really wish I had gotten the Touch Pro.
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What, what? So those of us with other makes of WM phones are still being left out in the cold?

Ugh... now I really wish I had gotten the Touch Pro.
Don't worry, that app will be available as a cab very soon after its release ,
I am sure of that. Actually I remember reading for a workaround not integrating it into Sense UI.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:17 AM   #12
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So those of us with other makes of WM phones are still being left out in the cold?
This is a function of how Adobe licenses its Reader technology. In the old days, Adobe would have produced their own reader apps for WinMobile, Android, iPhone, etcetera. These would have been free and widely available, because Adobe makes money every time you buy and download an Adobe ebook. Under the new Adobe approach, vendors get to pay money to Adobe to develop their own Reader and then Adobe gets to make money from all the ebooks that are bought for that Reader. It is a wonderful business to have the monopoly on ePub DRM. This means that phone makers like HTC try to lock you in to one particular type of DRM and one particular store front, and mobile providers, like T-Mobile (with B&N Reader bundled with its HD2), try to lock you into another.
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Of course for those who want to avoid the whole DRM thing, you can use Freda to read DRM-free epubs. Gutenberg, Feedbooks, Google Books and many other sites provide plenty of those.

And (though I am not sure how much detail it is appropriate to go to in this forum), it is technically a fairly straightforward matter to remove DRM-protection from an Adobe Digital Editions ebook, giving you an epub that can be read with any e-reader program. Google will lead you to more details here, particularly if you remember that Adobe's content-protection system is called ADEPT, but some people think it to be INEPT.

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