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[News] New eBook Runs Linux, Redeems from DRM

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Hands On: New Cool-er E-Book Reader Turns Up the Heat

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| Despite the light weight and thin form factor, the finish on the device isn’t 
| tacky–though it does have a ‘plasticky’ feel to it.  The Cool-er runs a Linux 
| operating system and has a 1GB storage card slot.  
| [...]
| Interead is also hoping to strike deals with retailers. If successful, the 
| company could further get the kind of volumes that it needs to drop prices 
| down to $200. The company is also open to working with software develops to 
| create apps for the device which runs the Linux OS and launch an iPhone-like 
| app store for the Cool-er.    


Is this Cool-er than Amazon's Kindle?

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| Amazon's Kindle runs GNU/Linux, which is no surprise given its suitability 
| for these kind of consumer systems. The Kindle is fast establishing itself as 
| the leading ebook platform, so, at first blush, that might seem unalloyed 
| good news for free software.   
| Sadly, though, Amazon has also proved that it is no great friend of freedom - 
| first, by embracing DRM for its books, and secondly, by cravenly disabling 
| the text-to-speech capability because The Authors' Guild has 
| eighteenth-century ideas of what copyright is about.   
| [...]
| Here's one, with the rather hubristic name of Cool-er, which has the bonus of 
| being British (although it doesn't seem available here yet). 


Kindle owners start to lose text-to-speech on purchased books -- how do
DRM-free Kindle books work?



$200 E-book Reader set to Make its Debut

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| It runs Linux operating system and unlike the Amazon Kindle has no wireless
| capability.  BeBook like most of its rivals uses the E Ink display.


E-Book Reader Roundup: Samsung's Papyrus Joins the Crowd

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| Hanlin eReader
| The e-book reader from Chinese company Tianjin Jinke Electronics was released
| in 2007. Featurewise there may not be much to differentiate it from its
| peers. It has all the basics: a 6-inch display, 32-MB SDRAM and support for
| the usual text, docs and images. It runs Linux OS but has no wireless
| capability. The Hanlin eReader is available under different brand names, such
| as BeBook in Netherlands.


Calibre: A Good, Free Open Source eBook App

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| You'll find a list of Calibre's features here, and there is a User Manual,
| and a Tips and Tricks collection. You can access ebooks with it from your
| browser via a View button, or sync your books to ebook reader devices and
| convert them to ePub, MOBI, or LRF formats. You can also fetch metadata with
| it, for book cover art, summaries of the content in books, etc.


Make ebooks pretty with GutenMark

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| Project Gutenberg is a real treasure trove for bookworms and casual readers
| alike, but turning etext files into a readable form is not as easy as it may
| seem. In theory, since etexts are just plain text files, you should be able
| to open and read them on any platform without any tweaking. In practice,
| however, this approach rarely works. Hard line breaks, for example, ruin the
| text flow, making it virtually impossible to read the book on a mobile
| device. Another problem is that most books are stored as single files, so
| locating a particular chapter or section in a lengthy book can quickly become
| a serious nuisance. Then there are minor, but still annoying formatting
| quirks, such as inconsistent handling of italicized text, use of straight
| quotes instead of smart ones, and so on.


Linux dominates in Amazon Kindle competitors

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| Linux runs on the first e-book reader released this year ... and on the
| second ... and the third.


Ultra-light ebook reader runs Linux

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| PDF software company Foxit is readying an electronic book reader that weighs
| 6.4 ounces, measures 0.4 inches thick, and runs Linux. The Foxit eSlick
| offers E Ink's low-power electronic-paper display, ships with an MP3 player,
| and sells for $100 less than an Amazon Kindle.


New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader Prices

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| Available in black, gray, or white, the device will have 128MB of internal
| memory, plus USB and an SD Card slot (it'll come with a 2GB card, too).
| Because its screen draws very little power, battery life should be extremely
| long; Foxit says it'll go for 8,000 page turns between recharges; it
| recharges via either USB or an included AC adapter. It uses an embedded Linux
| operating system, too.


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.


Linux Journal Live - eBook Readers and DRM

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| The November 13, 2008 edition of Linux Journal Live! Shawn Powers and special
| guest, Linux Journal Author Daniel Bartholomew, talk e-book readers and
| Daniel's Kindle, DRM, and other goodness.


How Linux (and Ebooks) will save the publishing world!

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| Linux can also help these publications in the server department, on desktops,
| PDA's, mobile devices, cameras, and a wide range of other things.  It'll be
| everywhere, helping them to adapt to this new market and make the move into
| the 21st century of technology.
| With all these wonderful Linux powered devices standing by to help them, it's
| now up to the companies to do the right thing and make the switch.  But when
| and if they do it is another matter entirely.  Then again, if they don't,
| they'll only have themselves to blame for their failure.

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