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  1. notaguru

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    I have hundreds of books, manuals, and blocks of text information that I wish to read, but with no Eris app that "works" for me I must carry a Palm TX. The material is 100% text, no images.

    My requirements are
    1. Load text files
    2. Adjust font size
    3. Controllable scroll
    4. Instructions (user guide, manual, etc.)


    I've tried Laputa, Aldiko, JJReader, Wordplayer, eReader, and others - and every one of them fails on at least one of the above.

    And it's critical that the app provide help in loading, storing, and accessing the files.

    Price is unimportant - I really REALLY need an ebook reader!!

    This Eris is on 2.1, and is not rooted.

    Recommendations?
     

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    Maybe when Kindle for Android comes out it will be what you want. Supposed to be out sometime this summer. good luck.
     
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    not sure if this android market app would work, but it is what I use to download and read books. "Aldiko"
     
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    Barnes and Noble are supposed to be releasing an android ebook app to use in conjunction with their nook product. (I own a nook). I know their ereader app for the pc will read multiple file types etc so I'd expect the same from the android app, but I can only speculate.
     
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    Well, readers are all going to depend on the format you are trying to use. If you already have ebooks in a specific format and don't wish to convert them then your choices will be limited.

    I use Calibre for converting and Aldiko for reading.
     
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    well what i do is there is a program that converts txts and pdfs into epubs which can be imported into aldiko. i forget the name of it but google should help. not sure if on conversion though you can manipulate the font but i don't see why not.
     
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    This.

    As far as I know, Aldiko has all those other options you're looking for as well.
     
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    How do you get the books from Calibre to Aldiko? I hae tried soing it wirelessly and dragging and dropping? When I go to pull it up it says no ebooks found.
     
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    Create a folder on your SD card called ebooks (the name isn't really important) and then a folder inside that one named imports. Place the ebooks you want in the import folder and disconnect from the computer. Open up aldiko and select menu > import. It will search you SD card for books and they will show up in your library. You may have to select the ebook folder the first time.
     
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    I followed this carefully (I think).
    After creating an ePub with Calibre I put it in the Imports folder that's inside the ebooks folder, then told Aldiko to Import.

    No books found.

    And worse, when I try to download books from sources listed in Aldiko, I get

    CANNOT DOWNLOAD BOOK
    Please make sure your SD card
    is present and that your device is
    not in "USB Storage" mode.
     
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    If your phone is still connected to your PC Aldiko cannot 'see' the SD card (I've made that mistake before). From here, it sounds like that's what the problem might be.
     
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    No, the phone isn't connected when that problem appears. I wrote to Aldiko a week ago, but so far no response.
     
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    if you put the phone in "charge only" mode, the pc will see it
     
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    If it isn't letting you even download then I would guess it is a problem with the SD card or how Aldiko is viewing the SD card. I would try uninstalling Aldiko, deleting any folders connected to it from your SD card and starting from scratch.
     
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    Uninstall/re-install worked. I left the existing library intact (in the ebook folder), and now all is well.

    Thanks.
     

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