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Old 12-06-2017, 04:54 AM   #1
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Hi,
I'm getting some nice deals on a Palm M500/505 device.
Is there any info on what ebook format it can read?
Both have an SD card slot (probably a Max of 1 or 2 GB)
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Wow. A blast from the past!

It can read Mobipocket if you can still find the Mobipocket Palm OS app.
I doubt that there's any ePub reader for it.
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Mobipocket Reader will be the only way. As far as I know Calibre still includes conversion to Mobi, so thats the way to go then.
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Mobi (you might also find the old app for eReader, but...), a quick Google shows Mobipocket Reader appears to be out there on various sites.


The first mobile device I read a book on was a Palm IIIe, later had a Tungsten-T and a Treo 650 (still have the Tungsten and the Treo around here somewhere) among other things.
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Hi,
I'm getting some nice deals on a Palm M500/505 device.
Is there any info on what ebook format it can read?
Both have an SD card slot (probably a Max of 1 or 2 GB)
Out of the box, Palm devices couldn't read any ebook formats. You need to acquire/download/sideload... a reading app. Back in the day, there were several.

The best choice now would be MobiPocket Reader, if you can find it. It will read the older MOBI format and can read the PalmDOC format (long extinct). It can't read the newer Amazon formats (AZW...) nor can it read ePub. Calibre's MOBI conversions should work fine, but keep in mind that the format doesn't support many of the more advanced features common in AZW3 and ePub these days.

I've read hundreds of ebooks on PalmOS devices. They work well for basic fiction reading where little formatting is needed. Screen resolution is low (standard in the later devices is 320x320 pixels and a very few were 320x480 like the Clie in my Avatar).
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The M500 is 160x160 pixels.
I just wanted it for programming apps for, as a fun job, but they sent me an M505, which has color lcd and double the resolution.
Would have preferred the black and white one, just because it lasts longer on a battery charge.

Now figuring out how to install the app on my device.
Probably via a FAT32 (or FAT16) formatted SD card?
It's nearly impossible to do on modern hardware, without emulation.
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I wonder if I could find a way to play these games on them?

http://www.guimp.com/pong.html

They're basically 18 by 18 pixel games, so I suppose it should work, no? (press escape, and click arrow keys to change game)


Seems like there was a compressed HTML reader out for palm devices, called 'Pluckr'.
The links I found, lead to an outdated website.
Any info you could offer would be great!
I love my M505. It has a color LCD, okay resolution, and no backlight, which means, long battery life!

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