[LINK] ebook impact on Australian bookstores

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Fri Aug 13 22:29:50 AEST 2010

On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 09:20:39PM +1000, David Boxall wrote:
> > that looks a lot like the kobo,
> No Dpad, 7 grams heavier, 6 mm shorter, 8.4 mm wider 0.01 mm thinner.
> ... is it

the dpad is just 5 buttons/switches.  size & weight difference is neligible.

> > based on the same netronix EB600[1] board?
> Samsung S3C2416.

but the EB600 uses an S3C2440-AL.

could be a clone of the hanlin v5, then.  there are several of them.


> Plus, broader file format support

i really don't understand why kobo removed html, txt, etc support from
their version of the EB600 firmware, everything except epub & pdf (and
pdf support is essentially worthless on a 6" device). most of the other
devices based on this board still support them.

OTOH, i can't say i really care much.  i've found that epub is the only
format i actually care about.

calibre[1] is good for converting pretty nearly any other format to
epub (although with varying results. .mobi and .lit generally convert
beautifully. as does well-formatted html. lrf and pdf convert badly).

[1] http://calibre-ebook.com/about

  "calibre is a free and open source e-book library management
   application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a
   cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories: 

   * Library Management
   * E-book conversion
   * Syncing to e-book reader devices
   * Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
   * Comprehensive e-book viewer
   * Content server for online access to your book collection"


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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