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Introduction to the eReader application (eBooks on your Palm device)

Introduction to the eReader application (eBooks on your Palm device)

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The eReader application lets you carry electronic books with you, and read them anywhere you go. The eBook marketplace is getting bigger every day, and now you can read current bestsellers, new arrivals, and old favorites in a completely portable electronic format.

Getting started

What is an eBook?
eBooks are real books. Books aren't paper, print and binding. They're the inspiration and perspiration; the ideas and concepts; the love and labor of people who have to communicate with others. Paper is nothing more than the way many of those books are packaged and delivered.

Although the fundamental reading experience between an eBook and a conventional paper book is the same, there are special benefits of Palm eBook Store eBooks not found in paper books.

  • Portability: It's always convenient to carry your handheld with you. Whenever you're at the dentist's office, waiting at a cafe, on a weekend getaway, even at home ? you can open your book and pick up where you left off.
  • You can't lose your book: What do you do if your paper book was ruined because you spilled coffee all over it, or because your dog suddenly decided it was his new toy? Since the Palm eBook Store maintains your personal library on our servers, you can always reinstall your eBooks without charge at any time.
  • Read in the dark: Have you had much success with those small lights that attach to a book? What a pain. However, your handheld computer has a built-in backlight so you can be engrossed in your eBook instead of fiddling with the position of a teeny tiny book light.
  • You've got 10 books in your pocket: Storing multiple eBooks on your handheld doesn't make it heavier or bulkier! Whenever you wish to take a short break from The Power of Positive Thinking in Business, just open up the latest Stephen King novel ? your personal favorites are always with you.

What do I need?
In order to read eBooks on your device, you'll need two things: the eReader software and an eBook.

Today, eBooks come in several formats. Some of these formats may not be compatible with the eReader application. When you buy an eBook, make sure the eBook is in a format that's compatible with eReader. Contact the eBook vendor for more information.

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Install eReader

Some Palm devices (like the Palm Z22) already include the eReader application, either built into the device or installable from the CD-ROM. Other Palm devices do not include the eReader application.

Get eReader here.

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Get some eBooks to read

Before you buy an eBook, make sure it is in a format that's compatible with the eReader application. Contact the eBook vendor for more information.

Download eBooks directly from our site

Other third-party eBook vendors:

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Need more help getting going?

  • Converting text files to reader files: Some readers come with a desktop component that converts documents into an eReader format. Make sure you choose one for your platform. Or, use MakeDoc. For more information, see below.

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Converting text files into eBooks

Most eBooks that you get from eBook stores come in a format that's easy to move to your handheld. No conversion necessary: just download, transfer and go. But sometimes you may want to read a document that's not in eReader format. This section explains a few extra steps you'll need to take for this special conversion procss.

Note: Books in Microsoft Reader format are not currently viewable on Palm OS devices: info.

Before you can read a text file (.txt) on your device, you'll need to convert it into a format that the eBook reader can understand. If you want to read a document that has graphics, tables and other extended word processing features (PDF, Word documents, etc.), you'll need a more advanced Palm OS word processor such as Adobe Reader for Palm OS (info) or DataViz Documents To Go (info) which do support more advanced formatting.

Text files (.txt): Text files are the simplest format. Text files are just that: text only, no graphics, tables, fonts or formatting. The classic books at the Project Gutenberg site are in .txt format. You'll need to convert them to .pdb format in order to read them with the eReader application.

  1. If necessary, install eReader on your Palm device (see above).
  2. Install a text-file-to-PDB converter such as MakeDoc onto your desktop computer. (Note: MakeDoc is a third-party product. If you need help, please consult the developer).
  3. Locate the .txt file you want to convert.
  4. Use MakeDoc (or other converter) to convert the .txt file into a .pdb file.
  5. The converter may automatically transfer the .pdb file to your Install Tool. If not, launch the Install Tool: open Palm Desktop, then from the View menu, select Install. Drag and drop the .pdb file into the Install Tool window.
  6. Perform a HotSync operation to transfer the eBook to your device.
  7. On your device, launch eReader. Open the eBook you transferred. Start reading. Enjoy.

Word documents (.doc), Acrobat files (.PDF) and others: In order to read these types of files, you'll need special software to convert the files into a format that's understandable by the reader on your device. Follow the links below for additional information

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Third-party software disclaimer

Note: the presence of a third party product in this article should be not be construed as an endorsement of that product, nor should its absence be considered a denigration. Palm does not manufacture any third-party products mentioned above, and cannot provide support for them. If you purchase a third-party product and require help with it, contact the manufacturer.