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#1  talaivan 07-10-2008, 08:27 PM
I've tried both eReader and Bookshelf on the iPhone. eReader works fine and enables you to find text, BUT you can't add your own things (that you didn't buy from them) on it, at least that's how it looks. I was able to download some books that I bought years ago from Palm to it, as they were still on my online download shelf. Bookshelf seems potentially much better. I downloaded (from my Mac) about 10 fb2 books in 30 seconds wirelessly -- very impressive. BUT Bookshelf does not allow you to search text and, as far as I can see, the TOC doesn't work. That means you have to scroll through the whole book to find, say, chapter 15. I suspect this is a limitation of the first version. Both are easy to read -- better than I would have thought. They're perhaps a bit better than a Palm with a large screen.
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#2  Nate the great 07-10-2008, 09:26 PM
I'd like to hear more about Bookshelf. What other formats does it read? How much did it cost?
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#3  talaivan 07-10-2008, 10:17 PM
I wrote to support and got an email back immediately from Zac Bedell, who wrote the program. He's working on new features and promises an improved version in 2 weeks or so. The program reads text, html, palm, fb2 and "other formats" and apparently works for Russian also (I haven't tried it). It only costs $9.99 and is well worth it -- I think I'll be able, finally, to get rid of my Palm (assuming there's something like DocsToGo on the iPhone).
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#4  Nate the great 07-10-2008, 10:31 PM
Sounds like it's based on FBReader.
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#5  flumbo 07-10-2008, 10:37 PM
Quote Nate the great
Sounds like it's based on FBReader.
I think it is based on the jailbreak-only reader called books.app. Zac Bedell is the guy who made the original iphone reader.
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#6  JSWolf 07-10-2008, 11:12 PM
Are you really sure eReader for the iPod Touch won't allow reading eReader eBooks that I have sitting on my computer?
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#7  pilotbob 07-11-2008, 12:50 AM
Quote talaivan
I've tried both eReader and Bookshelf on the iPhone. eReader works fine and enables you to find text, B

How do you get the 2.0 firmware update? My son is trying to get it for his iPod Touch but he can't seem to find it.

BOb
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#8  HarryT 07-11-2008, 04:41 AM
Firmware 2.0 is available for the iPhone now, but not currently for the iPod Touch. The web site says "coming soon".
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#9  JSWolf 07-12-2008, 09:13 AM
Quote pilotbob
How do you get the 2.0 firmware update? My son is trying to get it for his iPod Touch but he can't seem to find it.

BOb
Make sure your iTunes is updated to 7.7 and then with the Touch connected to the USB port, look for updates for the Touch. You will have to pay $9.95 for the 2.0 update. I updated my wife's Touch last night just as we went to bed. And now it's all updated.
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#10  HarryT 07-12-2008, 09:15 AM
Warning - the update backs up all your content to your PC, does the update, then restores the content. In the case of a "full" 32GB iPod Touch like mine, the process takes something like 4h to complete (but there's no interaction, so you can just set it going and leave it). Don't start it if you know you'll need it in the next hour or so.
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