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Old 10-02-2006, 09:12 AM   #1
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The Sony Reader doesn't have any built-in support for dictionaries, so I thought about just having a regular dictionary in the form of an ebook on the device.

Here are some ones on Project Gutenberg:
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/673
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/247
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/248

All we should need to do is make an "Index" with links so that you can jump to A or B or C etc. etc. without having to manually flip through pages.

I don't have a Reader yet, but I will probably make a PDF-based ebook dictionary once I do, unless someone else does!

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Hi Sammy!

It happens that I just "made" a dictionary Italian-English from a "lit"-file that I got from a friend.
First I converted it with "clit" (MAC version) to an htm / picture-file(s), worked on sizes/colours, then imported it into Acrobat 7 to get a PDF.

The original lit was about 0.7 MB, the resulting pdf is 2.2 MB.
Links in a pdf only jump to pages (on my eReader 500) although the htm-links addressed anchors (href "#xyz" > name "xyz").

The dictionary seems to contain about 17,000 Italian words.

If any friend here is interested in testing it I might send it via (private) email.

Have a nice evening, Clemens
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:13 AM   #3
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If this dictionary is in the public domain (as I hope it is - otherwise your friend obviously should not have given it to you!) please post it in the "Book Uploads" section here for everyone to benefit from.
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All we should need to do is make an "Index" with links so that you can jump to A or B or C etc. etc. without having to manually flip through pages.
I guess this won't be enough... given the slow refresh time between page turns, looking for a word not near the beginning or end of a jump link could be a pain.
Possibly some volunteer could write for such a dict a tree-like structure, so that e.g. linking to "P" you would wind the sublinks
P
|-Pa
|-Pe
....

and so on in a nested structure

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Just click the "Edit" button in the lower right corner of your post to edit it, alexxxm
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:59 AM   #7
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Much as I'd like a good dictionary on my 500, I don't see how it is practical without a Search feature.

Both the old Rocket eBook and the Kindle have this feature, so a dictionary or an encyclopedia would be great. Pity Sony didn't think of this.

The Rocked eBook also had a built-in dictionary, so highlighting a word resulted in seeing the definition. Unfortunately, whenever I came across an arcane word that I did not know, their dictionary did not know it either, alas.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:05 AM   #8
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The Rocked eBook also had a built-in dictionary, so highlighting a word resulted in seeing the definition. Unfortunately, whenever I came across an arcane word that I did not know, their dictionary did not know it either, alas.
One of the nicest features of the CyBook Gen3 is its dictionary lookup, which works superbly. 200+ different dictionaries to choose from at MobiPocket, and you can have multiple dictionaries installed if you wish.

I think Sony rather "dropped the ball" in not implementing dictionary lookup. It's a feature it lacks which all its main rivals have. Let's hope they implement it in a future firmware upgrade.
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Hi !

To HarryT:

You really got me with this Public domain thing.

It took me some 2 hours to find a freeware dictionary (but: only text list), that I worked on for 3 consecutive days and nights to get it going for my SONY PRS500.

Now it's ready. Contains some 10,000plus Italian words. Just uploaded it. Tired. bed ...

(Well. I still can type this

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...ewpost&t=16929


glad for any remarks. thanx, Clemenseken
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:43 AM   #10
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Hi,

I am having the Sony touch 600. This one has a build in dictionary, which works nice by tabbing on a word. However, I am missing an italian dictionary. I need to translate from italian to english or german. Is it possible to somehow get a dictionary on it like the build ins?

This would be so nice to use to learn italian (reading books)

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There are people who have tried to implement other than english dictionaries on the 600. Unfortunately, this didn't get too far. I've looked into it, too, but it's really confusing. So I personally would tend to the "get a dictionary" on the reader as a book. The 600 has the advantage that you can search for words within a book (I didn't think of that in combination with a dictionary before). It's still a hassle though to read a book, find a word you want to look up, open the dictionary and search for the word. But at least it's a workaround
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