Friday, April 04, 2008

Reading eBooks on Blackberry

BlackBerry 8320 Curve Titanium Phone (Unlocked)
This picture shows a Blackberry Curve 8320. It's a lovely device to read email on and with Mobipocket reader installed, I am using it to read ebooks too! It's now the 8th day since I've had this device and spent about 20 minutes a day reading on it.

To preserve battery strength, I disabled the wi-fi and bluetooth. The device can then cover approximately 5 days without draining the battery entirely! As the words are very crisp (using font family BBClarity size 18), reading is a pleasure. The pictures/graphics are also rendered very well on the screen.

This is my first experience reading ebooks on a blackberry. Before that I wasn't sure if I would be used to the idea (as my old BB device could not be used for ebook reading) but I now found myself reaching out for my blackberry several times a day just to read on it. Also looking forward to buying more ebooks from the ebookstore, and perhaps a dictionary. The Mobipocket reader supports annotation (add bookmark, highlight, add note), search, and look up word in a dictionary.

Every ebook device has its pros and cons. The Blackberry as an ebook reading device is quite appropriate if one does not use it for a prolonged period of time as small fonts can cause eye strain and bigger fonts means more page turning. But it's extremely convenient to carry and fits in a pocket! And because I always have it around, I tend to reach out to it as and when I want to read something. It turns on in an instant and does not look out of place whether I'm reading on it in a bus, on the train, and even while waiting in a restaurant.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Reading eBooks On Blackberry Curve 8320

BlackBerry 8320 Curve Titanium Phone (Unlocked)

After a week of research and visiting the various stores to look at many smartphones and Blackberry devices, I finally settled for the Blackberry Curve 8320. This device weighs only 115g, is slim enough to fit into a shirt pocket, but most of all, has wi-fi! Another advantage is that the device charges as I connect it to the USB while synchronizing. It's convenient when I travel. The camera behind is a nice added feature.
Although it will take another few more days before the device can be activated by my service provider, I am already using it to read Gmail! But most of all, after installing the Blackberry desktop, I was able to download the Mobipocket Reader to my PC, synchronized my Blackberry to my Mobipocket library, and the ebooks are transfered to my Blackberry for reading - all in a matter of few minutes!
I was thrilled to find that the font size could be changed. For me, size 19 in bold feels comfortable on the eye. With this sized font, the average page holds about 4 words across with 9 lines down. I tried size 18 font and is able to get about 5-6 words across and 9 lines down. Both settings are good.
With a 1G Mini SD in the device, I can store many ebooks. So far, if reading on mobile devices, my choice is still the Mobipocket reader. It's very easy to use.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Reading eBooks on Blackberry

Reading ebooks on Blackberry is a possibility, but I became very interested in it just recently. After having used a Blackberry device for almost 5 years since 2003 (the oldest model - 5820), I am ready to switch to a newer model (probably the 8300 range) - and is looking into using it to read ebooks. So what software / ebook reader supports this function?

Mobipocket Reader for Blackberry supports the following devices.
Mobipocket eBook Reader runs on all Blackberry devices with a firmware 3.7 or higher (just very old BBs are not supported):
Blackberry Curve: Blackberry 8300, Blackberry 8310, Blackberry 8320.
Blackberry 8800 series: Blackberry 8800, Blackberry 8820, Blackberry 8830.
Blackberry Pearl: Blackberry 8100, Blackberry 8110, Blackberry 8120, Blackberry 8130.
Blackberry 8700 series: Blackberry 8700c, Blackberry 8700f, Blackberry 8700g, Blackberry 8700r, Blackberry 8700v, Blackberry 8703e, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8707g, Blackberry 8707h, Blackberry 8707v...
Blackberry 7130 series: Blackberry 7130c, Blackberry 7130e, Blackberry 7130g, Blackberry 7130v...
Blackberry 7100 series: Blackberry 7100g, Blackberry 7100i, Blackberry 7100r, Blackberry 7100t, Blackberry 7100v, Blackberry 7100x, Blackberry 7105t...
Blackberry 7200 series: Blackberry 7230, Blackberry 7250, Blackberry 7280, Blackberry 7290...
Blackberry 7520.
Blackberry 7700 series: Blackberry 7730, Blackberry 7780...

Wattpad Reader supports ebook reading on mobile phones and also Blackberry
RIM BlackBerry 7100 series, 7200 series, 7500 series, 7700 series, 8700 series, Pearl 8100, Curve 8300, 8800 series

ReadManiac supports BlackBerry: 6220, 6230, 6280, 6720, 7100, 7100i, 7130, 7130e, 7210, 7230, 7250, 7280, 7290, 7510, 7520, 7730, 8100, 8130, 8300, 8310, 8320, 8700, 8703e, 8707, 8800, 8820, 8830

Anyview 3.125 (for those who wants to read in Chinese) supports Blackberry: 8300,8310,8800,8820

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