Originally Posted by readalot44
to a non nerd, how easy are all these file conversions? How long would it take? Would it be more straightforward eg to buy the Hanlin eReader V3 and just download content onto it?
The V3 supports: PDF, TXT, DOC, HTML, WOL, FB2 & DjVu
I do not know if DOC format supports graphics or links in DOC files. Also I do not know what version DOC is supported. Microsoft changes the format way too often. I have no experience with WOL and the software used to create this format. But, HTML should be fairly simple to deal with. You can also use Book Designer to create FB2 format. And if the V3 does get Mobipocket on board, then you can just load your Book Designer source and create PRC to be read on the V3.
The Sony has some good tools available for dealing with content. librps500 (and it's very nice conversion tools), Book Designer, PieLRF, and PDFLRF (for making PDF readable on a 6" screen).
For the Cybook Gen3, you can use Mobigen, Mobipocket Creator, Mobipocket Desktop (for Windows), or Book Designer.
For the V3 for can use Book Designer, any HTML editor, MS Word (if it's version of DOC is compatible).
So as you see, the options are not all that complicated for these devices. The only thing is if you want Mobipocket format, then you'll have to wait for the Gen3 to be released or the V3 to finalize it's deal with Mobipocket. So you are realistically looking at mid-November, to early-December for the V3 (if it adds Mobipocket) & Gen3 (to be released).
The good news however is the Sony PRS505, Hanlain V3, & Cybook Gen3 all will come with the new Vizplex screen.