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I've been downloading stuff from Project Gutenberg onto the Nook for the last three days. It doesn't take long per book. I'm just saving the epub version off the site and typing in recognizable names for the files. This is a much easier process than the old hand conversion of each file I had to do with the RCA ebook.

I've now got nearly 700 books on this tiny little device! And it's only 3% full. I will probably discover if there is an upper limit on the number of files you can put on one of these things.

new toy

May. 27th, 2010 12:14 pm
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We bought a Barnes and Noble Nook on Monday. Since then I've been unable to pry it from [livejournal.com profile] derien's hands. I think it may end up like Charlton Heston's gun.

Review, cut for length )


Overall:

The big pluses are ease of use, ease of adding user content, respectable battery life coupled with versatile charging. For a book fan looking for an e-reader, this is a good bit of technology. It doesn't have a lot of extra bells and whistles and it doesn't come with a premium price.
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I updated my ebook list for the recent additions. 259 works. Not listed here are the unpublished works, one novel (A Walk...), one collection of short stories (from another LJ'er), and my various lists and reminders.

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Yesterday I added another 46 items to the ebook collection, mostly Plato, Chesterton, London, and the Bronte sisters. Well, I didn't do all the work yesterday by any means. I've been working my way through the process and just finished the last bit today.

I've also started reading the Asimov's 30th Anniversary Edition, which is massive.

Yesterday I swept the sand out of the van and shook out the removable bits of carpet. I'm in the planning stages of installing a new propane heater. I'll do most of it, but the actually propane piping I'll leave to a professional. I don't want to go boom. I'm not sure I'll have it done for the spring season, but it should be done by fall anyway.
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The ebook reader I refer to as my ebook is a RCA REB1200 model. For most practical purposes it is the same as the Gemstar GEB2150. It's also know as ETI-1 model.

I've investigated many of the other ebook systems out there. I keep coming back to this one as having the most features I want for reading. I don't know how people can stand to read off a palm or the like, screen size and font size are just too small. The new E-ink machines are appealing (and expensive). I would never buy the Sony PRS-500, it's too much to pay for a reader tied to a proprietary format. The Iliad is more appealing because it has gone open source and has a cool name. I am curious to see it and play with it, but I'm not willing to pay the price. I'll review the Ebookwise 1150 that [livejournal.com profile] derien has used later.

The device is about the size of a hardcover book although thinner than most hardcovers. If you're a book fanatic, it feels naturally right. You hold it as you would a book if you, gasp, folded the cover back. Battery life is over 8 hours of continuous reading.
Details )

I have several of these devices. In fact I'm hording them in case I smash the screen on my beloved toy. The large adjustable screen allows for a very pleasant reading experience. The line width is of particular use in reading poetry. I load my books using the compact flash card for readers where the firmware supports it. For those that can't handle that I've got a server set up that will allow download over ethernet. I've yet to fill mine, despite having an unabridged dictionary, War and Peace, Moby Dick, lots of Dickens, and over 200 books in total on it.

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The REB1150, Ebookwise 1150, ETI-2 is a smaller greyscale version of the REB1200. It's about the size of a paperback with a gripable shape. Battery life from what I recall is around 16 hours.

Details )

This device has many of the advantages of its full color brethren. The interface is equally useable, the page forward/back keys are big and obvious. It is not as good for poetry as the 1200 because the lines tend to wrap a lot and make things confusing. I don't like the limitations of the smartmedia card, but that's not a show stopper. If my USB worked I'd probably be much more enthusiastic.

Ebooks

Jan. 9th, 2007 07:52 pm
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Now that I have a reasonable number of books converted to my ebook format I decided to dump a list. This list is not quite complete. Notable exceptions which I have finished, but haven't added to my server, are the Unabridged Dictionary, A Walk in the Karakorum, and The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (in one ebook).

IMP Full means a .imp file formatted for full vga readers in the REB 1200 and 1250 family. IMP Half is usable on the RCA 1100 and 1150 family including the currently available eBookwise 1150. All of these files are also available in HTML but I'm not sure why you'd want to try to read War and Peace on a PC or a Palm for that matter.

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books, plans, and results )
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I finally finished formatting Darwin's "Voyage of the Beagle" for the ebook readers today. It took so long because I couldn't be satisfied with the simple version. When I realized it had footnotes for each chapter I had to make them work so that you can pop from the text, to the footnote, and back again without having to scroll for your place. Then when I was done with that I realized the original text had over a hundred nice black and white plates. So I went through and linked in the plates with correct captions and orientation in the text.

I've got three more Darwin books to do, but I'm not going to touch them until I'm finished with just about everything else I want to get done this lifetime.

Next on the list is Don Quixote.

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