Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Readers > Alternative Devices

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-06-2017, 04:54 AM   #1
ProDigit
Karmaniac
ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,545
Karma: 11499146
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Miami FL
Device: PRS-505, Jetbook, + Mini, +Color, Astak Ez Reader Pro, PPW1, Aura H2O
Palm devices for mobile reading?

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)
ProDigit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 05:34 AM   #2
pdurrant
The Grand Mouse 高貴的老鼠
pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pdurrant ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
pdurrant's Avatar
 
Posts: 55,144
Karma: 207737824
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Norfolk, England
Device: Kindle Voyage, Yotaphone 2
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.
pdurrant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 09:08 AM   #3
beachwanderer
-
beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.beachwanderer ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
beachwanderer's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,518
Karma: 11094078
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: At the Baltic Sea
Device: Some
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.
beachwanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 11:49 AM   #4
AnemicOak
Bookaholic
AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.AnemicOak ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
AnemicOak's Avatar
 
Posts: 14,170
Karma: 52961215
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Minnesota
Device: iPad Mini 4, HDX 8.9, AuraHD, NookHD+, Kindle 2,3,T, Opus, iPhone 6, +
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.
AnemicOak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 12:14 PM   #5
dwig
Wizard
dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.dwig ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
dwig's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,522
Karma: 4190000
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Paradise (Key West, FL)
Device: Current:Dell Venue 8 Pro & Kindle 3 - Retired: Clie UX50, T415, ...
Quote:
Originally Posted by ProDigit View Post
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).
dwig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 06:10 PM   #6
ProDigit
Karmaniac
ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,545
Karma: 11499146
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Miami FL
Device: PRS-505, Jetbook, + Mini, +Color, Astak Ez Reader Pro, PPW1, Aura H2O
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.
ProDigit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2017, 08:12 PM   #7
ProDigit
Karmaniac
ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ProDigit ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,545
Karma: 11499146
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Miami FL
Device: PRS-505, Jetbook, + Mini, +Color, Astak Ez Reader Pro, PPW1, Aura H2O
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!

Last edited by ProDigit; 12-06-2017 at 08:52 PM.
ProDigit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2018, 02:02 AM   #8
theinfamousj
Zealot
theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.theinfamousj ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
theinfamousj's Avatar
 
Posts: 145
Karma: 2030000
Join Date: Dec 2011
Device: Kobo Glo (pink back)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ProDigit View Post
I wonder if I could find a way to play these games on them?
Back in college, I played a lot of iRogue on a Palm and a Handspring Visor. So if you are up for a google adventure, I'd start with iRogue as that is a likely game.

It is a Rogue-like game which is its own rabbit hole in and of itself if you enjoy Dungeons and Dragons.
theinfamousj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2018, 02:53 PM   #9
Larken
Where's the backlight??
Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Larken ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 49
Karma: 2089116
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Kobo Glo HD
About 15 years ago, I was introduced to reading on Palm OS devices. I started on an m515 with a screen resolution of 160x160. It's pretty pixelly but if you don't care about font formatting, it works just fine. You could read with PalmReader, which was pretty basic, but would do the job. I preferred a program called Wordsmith. It could switch from View to Edit mode and you could make spelling corrections as needed if you wanted to improve the book as you read. It would also allow you to auto scroll and adjust the scrolling to your reading speed. It was pretty good stuff.

As for the books, I don't recall if Calibre can output to .pdb (Palm Database) file or not. I can picture the program I used that basically opened a window and I would drop a text file into it. It would spit out a .pdb file after a few seconds. I found a few websites that appear to do the same if you google txt to pdb converter.

I have the last model of Palm at home. I might have to try and charge it up tonight and play with it. I miss the days of the IT group at work standing around with a handheld device and everyone saying we look like dorks. Now, it seems, everyone has turned into dorks with their phones
Larken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2018, 06:55 PM   #10
DaleDe
Grand Sorcerer
DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DaleDe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DaleDe's Avatar
 
Posts: 11,062
Karma: 12294898
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Device: EB 1150, EZ Reader, Literati, iPad 2 & Air 2, iPhone 7
The Palm database format lives on in the Amazon Kindle MOBI format. Check the PDB info in our wiki and note that this same database was used in a number of different products. Note that it seems like a file when we see it but inside a Palm it was never a file.

Dale
DaleDe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reading a Book Versus a Screen: Different Reading Devices wodin General Discussions 9 10-25-2011 06:05 PM
ROM matrix for Palm and Pocket PC devices Colin Dunstan Lounge 0 01-21-2006 08:19 PM
2GB for Palm OS devices and other morning bits Alexander Turcic Lounge 3 03-15-2005 01:57 PM
Sammy on why he prefers Palm OS to Windows Mobile Alexander Turcic Lounge 0 01-14-2005 10:06 AM
Mobipocket Reader update for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices Mobipocket Reading and Management 5 10-21-2003 06:52 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:06 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.