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#1  Elektron 01-24-2021, 12:54 AM
Some of the things I want are: Pocket, Bluetooth audio, a headphone jack (not necessary), an inverted screen option, a web browser (this is a must for me!), OverDrive, and easy modding/hacking.
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#2  ottischwenk 01-24-2021, 05:11 AM
Quote Elektron
Some of the things I want are: Pocket, Bluetooth audio, a headphone jack (not necessary), an inverted screen option, a web browser (this is a must for me!), OverDrive, and easy modding/hacking.
EInk Android Tablets: Boyue-Likebook, Onyx-Boox
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#3  Quoth 01-24-2021, 09:40 AM
Except most websites don't work on eink well. A flaw of Android is that it's not finished and they keep incompatibly changing bits, so on the Lifebook Mars and most Android phones and tablets, if you have the SD card removable, the contents are inaccessible to many Apps. Or Apps that could access SD on an earlier Android can't on 8.x. Android is a mess.
However the Mars does work with earphone jack, possibly with BT earphones and certainly with a BT keyboard.

Really if you want all that an LCD Tablet is 1/2 the price and will work better. Turn the brightness down.

Really I find WFWG 3.11 (last version before win95) worked better than Android. It's very frustrating.


I could see no point to Sony switching to Android as it didn't support Playstore. At least the Lifebook Mars can switch the Google Framework on/off. Google PlayBooks does work, (audio, text and comic), but vanishes when Google Framework is off. So far most other Apps from my Google Account Android Playstore Library installed and work:
Kobo ereader, Kindle ereader, BorrowBox Library/ereader/audioplayer. Jota text editor works with the BT or soft keyboard. No Playstore apps can see the SD card, nor can KOReader. The presupplied Boyue ereader/PDF reader and Music do work.
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#4  JSWolf 01-24-2021, 09:48 AM
Other then BT, a Kobo Forma has everything else you want. Do realize that BT audio will be a battery drain?
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#5  pazos 01-24-2021, 10:20 AM
Indeed Android is a mess in terms of compatibility. There're no file APIs to write to the sdcard, so mkdir, touch, rm ... won't work. Even then most ereader software should be able to read documents from sdcard just fine.

I cannot speak for all of them, but KOReader reads files from sdcard without problems (see attachments). It just happens that sdcard cannot be navigated using the File manager because the parent dir is not readable.
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#6  Quoth 01-24-2021, 10:25 AM
Though if you forgo audio, the Kobo Libra is best value.
The Lifebook Mars is a similar size screen to the Forma and about €50 cheaper here. Overall it's the same width as the Libra as it's like a PaperWhite 3 on steriods in appearance. It does have the adjustable orange to white front light like a Libra and unlike the Forma or Libra has SD slot, Playstore and earphone socket. Also the MTP via USB works less well or not all all with Calibre compared to Mass Storage mode of Kindle or Kobo.

However for actual reading, value, battery life etc without apps or audio the Libra is the best value. Kobos are best for annotation export on Calibre.
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#7  Quoth 01-24-2021, 10:27 AM
Quote pazos
I cannot speak for all of them, but KOReader reads files from sdcard without problems (see attachments). It just happens that sdcard cannot be navigated using the File manager because the parent dir is not readable.
So how do you setup KOReader on a Lifebook Mars for the SD Card? Or even for the internal books. It can't see either. Though I can navigate to notes I make with Jota Text editor on the internal flash!
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#8  pazos 01-24-2021, 10:36 AM
Quote Quoth
So how do you setup KOReader on a Lifebook Mars for the SD Card? Or even for the internal books. It can't see either. Though I can navigate to notes I make with Jota Text editor on the internal flash!
1. See the gif I attached.
2. Use that procedure to navigate to sdcard
3. once in sdcard navigate to the book you want and open it

If you want to make whatever dir in the sdcard your home dir just navigate to it and long press the home button. It will ask you, confirm.

Edit: sorry, not visible in the gif. You open the menu pressing the + button
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#9  Quoth 01-24-2021, 10:50 AM
The gif is too fast and flickery, I'd need separate frames/images to be able to read.
I did open the + menu but had no idea if it was offering to create a directory or wanting something I didn't now.

I did dialogue to make a 32G SD card be internal storage, but can't see it anywhere. A message briefly flashed up during format.
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#10  pazos 01-24-2021, 11:10 AM
Uumh, you're mixing concepts I guess. That menu you talk about to format the sdcard has nothing to do with KO or any other program.

Anyways: if your sdcard is formatted as external you switch to it using + and "switch to sdcard". If you want to return to internal storage + and "switch to internal storage"

If the sdcard is formatted as internal the "switch to sdcard" is greyed out because there's no sdcard other than internal storage.

Anyways feel free to open a thread on KOReader subforum if you have other questions related to the program. My point is not that KO is what you need or is better than any other. Just that is able to read books from a external sdcard.

Have fun with your device
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