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Old 03-13-2024, 02:25 AM   #1
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Question E-readers with custom *online* dictionaries?

I have a particular requirement when shopping for e-readers.

I love using Calibre on my PC, and my favourite functionality is Calibre's ability to add custom online dictionaries. For instance, when reading Tolkien novels, I would add a Tolkien wiki as a "dictionary", so I can quickly get more context about certain characters or events or places when reading. When reading Malazan novels, I would add the Malazan wiki as dictionary. When reading ancient/classical Chinese books, I would add zdic.net and the "Multi-function Chinese Character Database" by the Chinese University of Hong Kong as dictionaries.

Does any e-reader hardware have this functionality?

Screenshots for how the custom online dictionary function works in Calibre: https://imgur.com/a/oM3U8pg
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Old 03-13-2024, 10:52 AM   #2
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This can be done on Kobo ereaders that are compatible with NickelMenu. The documentation includes an example of adding a DuckDuckGo search to the selection search menu. It's not built into the default firmware, but it is easy to install.
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The Calibre WordDumb plugin creates Kindle X-Ray files, which allow you to view general information about character, places, and other entities in a book. It is able to pull this information from *.fandom.com sites and from Wikipedia, which it then copies onto a Kindle devices alongside the book file.

It's also able to pull word definitions from Wiktionairy, and possibly local sources.

See a sample of how this looks on the right site of this image: https://user-images.githubuserconten...0018124040.png

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