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[News] Linux Powers Many E-book Readers; De Facto Platform Yet?

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10 Linux-powered E-book Readers

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| Linux just keeps popping up on many of the popular gadgets that are hogging 
| the limelight nowadays. Some are quite conspicuous about it, like the Android 
| phone that is being developed by a group that makes it very obvious, calling 
| themselves the Open Handset Alliance. However, there are some that don't 
| flaunt Linux around, like the Amazon Kindle. Not that they have to, but well, 
| allow me to do it for them here anyway.      



Rollup e-reader runs Linux

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| Philips spinoff Polymer Vision has announced plans to ship a Linux-based 
| e-reader with a flexible, rollup display. Thanks to the screen's low power 
| consumption, the "Readius" offers up to 30 hours of reading without a battery 
| charge, according to the company.   


E-paper support for Linux

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| One of the electrophoretic display controllers for which Linux support has 
| been posted (tarball) is a controller from E-Ink called Apollo. This 
| controller is interfaced to the host through 8-bit data and 6-bit control 
| over General Purpose IO (GPIO) interfaces.   


Amazon's Kindle eBook Reader

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| But in the final analysis, the point of the thing is to be a better book. It 
| does this very well. Everything else is just icing on the cake, which is, in 
| this case, not a lie.  


Down with paper: A review of the Sony Reader

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| Not only does the new Reader sport an SD card slot alongside the Pro Duo 
| slot, but it plays AAC and MP3 files; ATRAC doesn't even make an appearance 
| on the spec sheet. Oh, and did I mention that the Reader is Penguin-powered?  


Sharp intros RD-CX100 dictionary / e-book reader

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| It may not boast quite the versatility of its souped-up
| Linux-based "electronic dictionary," but if you're just looking for
| some basic e-book reading capabilities along with your
| multi-lingual dictionary, Sharp's new RD-CX100 looks like it
| may fit the bill.


HP offers peek at next-gen gadgets

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| HP has unveiled some of the gadgets it is working on in its worldwide 
| laboratories.
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| The e-book attracted most interest from delegates at the HP Mobility
| Summit in Shanghai. It uses touch sensitive strips on the base of
| the rectangular unit to select books and turn pages, runs a Linux
| OS and has a USB port to install new titles.


Kindle sold out

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| There is no telling if this is a consequence of consumer demand exceeding 
| Amazon's forecasts as to how many people would want this thing, or if Amazon 
| is taking a page out of Nintendo's book and creating a little product 
| scarcity to drum up business. All I know is I got mine in the mail today, and 
| I'm already in love.    
| Flop? I think not.


Amazon.com Launches Wireless Reader

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| The Linux-based device weighs 10.3 ounces, can store 200 titles on its 250 MB 
| of onboard flash memory, and its battery can hold a charge for two days with 
| the wireless feature on and seven days with it off, Amazon said. The reader 
| is made by a Chinese OEM and can be purchased on Amazon.com for $399.   


Linux-based eBook reader leverages lightweight browser

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| The NetFront browser enables users to click through to linked reference 
| sites, such as Wikipedia, while they are reading.  


Adobe Digital Editions: a Fraud!

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| I am not decided yet whose fraud is bigger: Adobe's one, or that of the 
| e-book publishers who infamously market the digital content for Adobe Digital 
| Editions as content for Adobe Reader?  
| [...]
| You should therefore avoid e-books from HarperCollins, and be cautious: when 
| the DRM'ed contents "fine-grained rights", it's unlikely to be a PDF (even if 
| marketed as "Adobe Reader"), but something worse.  


Mobipocket books on Kindle

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| We've known for some time already that Amazon's AZW files are actually Mobi 
| files, but Amazon didn't share Kindle's Mobi PID which would allow one to buy 
| encrypted Mobi books for Kindle.  
| Well, I've discovered the algorithm used to generate the PID and was able to 
| use it on Fictionwise, but there was another catch. AZW files have a flag set 
| in the DRM info which is not present in books bought from other vendors. 
| After fixing that, I could read the book on Kindle.   


Don't let DRM get between you and a good book

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| Amazon Kindle (Swindle), Sony Reader (Sh-reader), and others are all 
| competing to control how, what, and when we can read with their competing 
| Digital Restrictions Management technologies. Let's let them know that we 
| won't buy their ebook readers until they get rid of the DRM!   


The Kindle Swindle

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| It seems that Amazon only cares to oppose DRM when they can profit from it, 
| such as when they advertise their MP3's as "Play Anywhere, DRM-Free 
| Downloads." The same is not true for Kindle ebooks. Perhaps if they were 
| honest they would advertise their ebooks as "Play Only Here, DRM-Laden Kindle 
| Ebooks."    

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