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Cool-ER reader device information - where is it?
#1  orwell2k 12-03-2009, 08:22 AM
I'm really at a loss as to where to post this - I put a comment in the Feedback thread on the Opus forum:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...52430&p=678588

But thought I should ask here also.

Where do Cool-ER owners go on these forums for help, to share tips and tricks, write reviews, and so on?

I see Cool-ER threads spread across various forums - "announcements," "which device," and so on. But we still have no Cool-ER thread, and I for one can't find it included in any of the device threads already here.

I have read it is a Netronix device, but don't see a Netronix thread. Somehow they're related to Cybook, but I can't find much there.

So Cool-ER users and owners, let me (and others) know where you share your information, and if you are (as I suspect) essentially stateless, speak up!

The Cool-ER may have had its problems, but it's still a nice device and one some people may wish to consider. I'm not a Cool-ER owner, but am considering it as one of my devices, and some points in their favour seem to be:

(1) From a consumer point of view, they seem to have a pretty simple approach to the device and usage - buy it, buy some books, read.

(2) They're not region limited (i.e. they'll sell to you worldwide and you don't have to use their bookshop, although they have a reasonable selection and I have bought a book from there that was hard to find elsewhere) and they at least attempt to set their pricing with some kind of parity in different regions (US, UK and Euro prices, and availability to other regions as well).

(3) And whilst offering ePub (ADE) - and a pretty good implementation by all accounts, as well (if you can find them buried in the forums! ) they also support another popular non-DRM format in FB2, as well as TXT, RTF, HTML, PRC, etc.

And of course, if you'va had major problems with the device and/or support, potential buyers should also be made aware of that.
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#2  mtravellerh 12-03-2009, 08:31 AM
Quote orwell2k
I'm really at a loss as to where to post this - I put a comment in the Feedback thread on the Opus forum:
And of course, if you'va had major problems with the device and/or support, potential buyers should also be made aware of that.
You're obviously right, Orwell! I will report this to my fellow editors and will come back with a solution. Thanks for bringing this up!
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#3  codeMonkey 12-03-2009, 08:33 AM
Cool-ER owner here!

The Cool-ER and the Cybook are both a type of Netronix.

I've had the same problem tracking down posts related to the Cool-ER.
Please admins/moderators - give us an area so we can stop cluttering up other sections.

I've even released a small firmware modification for the Cool-ER that I put into the News and Commentary section because I couldn't find anywhere else suitable for it.
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#4  codeMonkey 12-03-2009, 08:41 AM
I've just noticed that Interead have put up a new firmware update.
Also put into the Cooler finally arrived thread so people will notice it
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#5  mtravellerh 12-03-2009, 08:51 AM
I already took good note of the fact! Thanks for pointing it out!
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#6  Ivel 12-04-2009, 05:24 AM
Yess

It's a good idea to start a separate thread to inform each other about Cool-er's problems and solutions.
Any information about the changelog of the new firmware?

I'm from Hungary and I have problems with font sets , or unicode settings I don't know , but my Cool-er have issues with displaying special hungarian fonts (e.g.: ű, ő)
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#7  codeMonkey 12-04-2009, 05:55 AM
I've emailed cooler support asking for information about what has changed, but I'm still waiting for a response at the moment.

From visual inspection the following changes have been made:
* Turned off automatically opening the last book you read where you left it.
* Added date/time section so you can set this - although the only place you can view it is in the library, not whilst reading.
* Replaced a bunch of graphics, they're still a bit tacky though.
* Turned off the greyscale loading rainbow and instead replaced it with progress-bar style loader.
* They broke the turn-off-whilst-device-is-horizontal power-off image display. In the 0828 firmware version if you turned the device off whilst it was horizontal the power-off image was displayed correctly - now the image is truncated slightly because they don't reotate back to portrait mode before switching the device off.

I haven't seen much difference in terms of reading.
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#8  mtravellerh 12-04-2009, 06:20 AM
Quote codeMonkey
I've emailed cooler support asking for information about what has changed, but I'm still waiting for a response at the moment.

From visual inspection the following changes have been made:
* Turned off automatically opening the last book you read where you left it.
* Added date/time section so you can set this - although the only place you can view it is in the library, not whilst reading.
* Replaced a bunch of graphics, they're still a bit tacky though.
* Turned off the greyscale loading rainbow and instead replaced it with progress-bar style loader.
* They broke the turn-off-whilst-device-is-horizontal power-off image display. In the 0828 firmware version if you turned the device off whilst it was horizontal the power-off image was displayed correctly - now the image is truncated slightly because they don't reotate back to portrait mode before switching the device off.

I haven't seen much difference in terms of reading.
Same here. About time someone comes up with a good hack!
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#9  orwell2k 12-04-2009, 06:32 AM
How is the reading on the Cool-ER? I was under the impression that, when it wasn't crashing or freezing, the ePub and FB2 displaying were quite good in terms of readability and options. Is this correct or a myth?
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#10  panda53 12-04-2009, 06:46 AM
Hi -

I put in a request to the mobileread.com forum in October for a dedicated Cool-er ebook device subforum, and never got a reply. As you've all commented, it's really hard work finding relevant information across all the forums.

Let's hope they do implement this!

As for the cool-er as an ebook reader, I think it's pretty good, and I really like the open system philosophy. Easy to read, lightweight and easy to use. Yeah, there are things that could be improved but hopefully the firmware updates will keep improving the product.

I ordered a super neoprene sleeve for mine from Amazon.com and even with the postage it was under £9. However, I've just seen today that there are now sleeves and covers available on ebay uk.

Has any one had any difficuly installing the latest firmware? I'm just waiting until I finish the book I'm reading.

best,
Pamela
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