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    Ihave been a Visor user for a year or so...so I should have a good portion of the answers, but I don't.

    I tried to talk my wife into getting a PDA but until she saw me reading a book on it she wasn't interested. So she got one of the refurbished Neos.

    My problem is that peanutpress.com doesn't have the books she prefers to read. What other sites can I direct her to for Palm books?

    Also is it possible to read other book formats? ie the Adobe pda, and Microsoft?

    Any help you could lend or place you could direct me for info would be much apprieciated.
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    I am not a big PDA reader, but www.memoware.com looks like a good site. Alight is really the one to ask.
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    www.memoware.com
    www.fictionwise.com
    www.Amazon.com (a whole section for e-books)
    http://u.webring.com/hub?ring=pilot_text&list&page=0 (Pilot E-text Web Ring)

    There are LOTS of sites with documents, and of course, you can convert most .txt and .html documents to PDA-readable formats with a bit of effort and some other software. Pilot install (pinstall) and InstallBuddy, for example, will pretty much automatically transfer .txt to .PDB format.

    iSilo and other programs will also quickly and easily convert other formats to an iSilo-readable format.

    Memoware has some good introductory information in their help section. LaunchPlug.com can help you use your memory card to store the data without taking up valuable memory space.
    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are at!
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    Thank you all for your time and input, I will check these sites out and if they still don't have "her" reading preferences maybe I can convert some of the ones she does like.

    I did find some books at Barnes & Noble's web site that were in adobe ebook format that she likes, maybe I can convert them?? I'm just a tightwad and didn't want to spend $ for something that may be a pain in the ****, or not work at all.
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    Don't forget project Gutenberg www.gutenberg.org , which has a lot of stuff that's old enough to be off copyright. I usually edit them with global search and replace because there are hard returns at the ends of lines. The text files are converted to doc files either with Wordsmith conduit (not free) or a free utility like DocReader (palmgear).
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    the best are palmdigitalnedia.com for new books that you pay for and blackmask .com for about 10,000+ free classics.
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    Wow, great. I had no idea that there were that many sites available.

    Since I've allready got WordSmith I will give that site a try too.
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    I just found this link to even more eBook sites:
    http://www.microsoft.com/reader/us/shop/default.asp
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    Conversion tips:
    If you have Mobipocket versions, but don't want to use MobipocketReader to read them, you will want to get rid of, or modify, the formatting. Here's an easy way:
    Open the prc file on your desktop with DocReader, and then save as text without editing. Now open the text file in Word, and it will be formatted, without showing the formatting codes. Just save as text again, without editing to get a clean text version, or save as a doc file to use the Wordsmith conduit and retain the formatting.

    For converting clean text files to doc files, PilotInstall, suggested above, is even simpler than Wordsmith conduit.
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    Sorry I didn't see the post sooner.

    Drop me a line if you have any questions about this article.
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    alight, Thanks for the link. I think it explains it very well.
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    Always happy to share that information.
    Today I got an email from someone who was personally offended because Pocket PC is not covered in the article. I felt no need to respond but I did have to laugh.

    When it comes to an inexpensive (free)book reading devise, the difference between Palm and MS is apples and oranges. On second thought, make that raisins and WATERMELONS.
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    The New Joy Of Reading - UPDATE - What You Should Know

    Also, thought I'd mention that some of the help information on a few sites is inaccurate, misleading, and sometimes, flat out wrong.

    I've emailed a couple major sites with some updated info. (even included corrected links for their convenience!). I get back great thank you notes, but nobody seems to actually make the corrections, updates.

    I certainly don't claim to be the end all and be all in the book reading area, but I do actually use what I recommend myself.

    So much of what we read about is written by people who haven't even put the product (hardware or software) to the test. But, then, what else is new?!
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    Hi,
    I got some oldies, but goodies free ebooks
    on my web page.



    ByronC
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    Cool Site.

    As you may know, I'm a CSpotRun devotee. As both a reader and writer/publisher, once I finally found CSpotRun, I found no need to look at anything else.

    However, I'm starting to see "Plucker" around and would like to know a little about it. I know it is free, but I don't even download software just to try it out anymore.

    So, would appreciate some info. from folks who use it. Would very much like to hear from anyone who has experience with both CSpotRun and Plucker (realizing that they are different types of software).

    Thanks very much.
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    Originally posted by alight
    Cool Site.

    As you may know, I'm a CSpotRun devotee. As both a reader and writer/publisher, once I finally found CSpotRun, I found no need to look at anything else.

    However, I'm starting to see "Plucker" around and would like to know a little about it. I know it is free, but I don't even download software just to try it out anymore.

    So, would appreciate some info. from folks who use it. Would very much like to hear from anyone who has experience with both CSpotRun and Plucker (realizing that they are different types of software).

    Thanks very much.
    Hi,

    I still use CSpotRun for the palm doc files (even thought I
    can open them with PalmReader and TomeRaider).
    Plucker is a different ball park. It can grab content from
    off the web or locally off your desktop storage hardware.
    If you're new to Plucker, I would suggest you download the
    Plucker Desktop software also. You should be able to figure
    out how to set up your own channel(s) a lot better using it.
    I still use the plucker database builder that comes with the
    regular Plucker window installer also. What can I say, Plucker
    is a cool and very useful application that may change the
    way you use your palm device as it had did for me.



    ByronC
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    Thanks for your comments, Byron. I also did take a few minutes to skim over the info. on the Plucker site.

    For me, it doesn't really do anything that I can't already do. As long as I can select, copy and paste any text into Metapad text editor and then run it through MakeDoc, I can put anything I want (except graphics) on my Neo and read it in CspotRun.

    And, practically speaking, I still use my little old printer for short articles and clips/notes from pages and I still use pen and little scraps of paper for notes. Some old fashioned things are just quicker.

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