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The grumpy editor's e-book reader
Posted Jul 22, 2009 16:51 UTC (Wed) by grahame (subscriber, #5823)
In the end I didn't produce anything amazingly useful, as the builtin book
reading software was good enough. I did get basic PDF support going for the
Librie using Poppler.
PDF is actually a really terrible ebook format, EPUB is much more sensible. PDF
is largely pages of a fixed size, doesn't reflow well (on most documents, not
at all), and it's a pain to scale fonts. EPUB is just HTML + Images (and other
files) in a JAR style zip file.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 18:05 UTC (Wed) by Baylink (subscriber, #755)
My Nokia n800 is an even worse reader for those PDFs, but when you really *have* to read them, it will do... and it fits in a belt holster.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 17:41 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
these install the hack binaries on the kindle, so the mechanism is known. one of the people working on this has said that he has been able to get a root shell on the device.
unfortunantly the people working on this are afraid that if they make their work too public, people will try to hack the kindle to use it as a computer internet connection, and in the process cost amazon enough money that amazon will cancel the free cell-based Internet access that the devices currently enjoy.
I suspect that this is not really a problem for a couple of reasons.
1. Internet access goes through a proxy at amazon, which limits (to some extent) what you can get to. However, I don't know if this is mandatory routing based on IP or just configured in the kindle browser
2. I suspect that the contract with sprint for the 'wispernet' service only allows the kindles to use otherwise idle bandwidth (in other words, it really doesn't cost sprint anything)
Posted Jul 22, 2009 22:40 UTC (Wed) by ebs (guest, #30411)
Posted Jul 22, 2009 22:44 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
the standard (limited) wispernet for free
unrestricted access for a fee
I know that for a reasonable fee (something less thhan I pay for an unlimited sprint card for my much faster laptop), I would be willing to pay for such a service, I would start off by loading a mail client on it (alpine in my case) for easy, remote access to my imap folders.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 20:25 UTC (Wed) by cjb (guest, #40354)
I just ordered an iLiad Book Edition, which is exactly this. Looks like there's a healthy amount of free software available to install, including a full offline snapshot of English Wikipedia:
Posted Jul 23, 2009 19:06 UTC (Thu) by dwayne (subscriber, #17004)
Posted Jul 23, 2009 19:13 UTC (Thu) by dwayne (subscriber, #17004)
Posted Jul 22, 2009 20:26 UTC (Wed) by dottedmag (subscriber, #18590)
Posted Jul 22, 2009 20:33 UTC (Wed) by Hanno (guest, #41730)
This is great news to me. It's wonderful to know that there is a free firmware for e-ink readers. The whole e-book thing just became even more interesting.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 21:49 UTC (Wed) by JoeF (subscriber, #4486)
Posted Jul 23, 2009 6:51 UTC (Thu) by dvandyk (subscriber, #49727)
There will be this Fall. Have a look at the Txtr Reader (and the acompanying "Web 2.0" portal for eBook sharing). The reader will run under Linux and have an SDK for interested parties to add new functions to it:
Posted Jul 23, 2009 7:32 UTC (Thu) by Hanno (guest, #41730)
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