12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2011 6:37 AM by jerrycostley

    Windows Mobile version anytime soon?

      Hello,

       

      Will there be a version of the e-reader for Windows Mobile smartphones anytime soon? 

       

      Thank you!

        • Re: Windows Mobile version anytime soon?

          Yes, do tell, when will this be available for windows mobile

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            I'll add a vote for this one !!!!

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              I just worked out a "workaround" for Windows Mobile users until the finalized version of the BN reader is released.

               

              The B&N eReader is based on the eReader acquired from their purchase of FictionWise, and the new B&N purchased books are still compatible with the eReader that can be downloaded for free from eReader.com.

               

              However, adding books is a little more complicated than simply copying the books to the ebook library on your WM device. You will need to do this in conjunction with a PC at this point.

               

              You will need to download the eReader application for Windows Mobile onto your PC, and run the installation process on your PC.  During the installation process, it will actually wait for you to plug in your WM device before completing the install.  Once the install is complete, you will have a new program on your actual PC (start>Programs - or "All Programs", depending on your set up>BookInstaller).  Running this program will allow you to browse to *.pdb book files on your PC and transfer them to your WM device.

               

              The next time you launch the eReader application, your books should be visble. Once you open them on your WM device, it will ask you for the same unlock information.

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                  BeckyWC

                  BruJr wrote:

                  I just worked out a "workaround" for Windows Mobile users until the finalized version of the BN reader is released.

                   

                  The B&N eReader is based on the eReader acquired from their purchase of FictionWise, and the new B&N purchased books are still compatible with the eReader that can be downloaded for free from eReader.com.

                   

                  However, adding books is a little more complicated than simply copying the books to the ebook library on your WM device. You will need to do this in conjunction with a PC at this point.

                   

                  You will need to download the eReader application for Windows Mobile onto your PC, and run the installation process on your PC.  During the installation process, it will actually wait for you to plug in your WM device before completing the install.  Once the install is complete, you will have a new program on your actual PC (start>Programs - or "All Programs", depending on your set up>BookInstaller).  Running this program will allow you to browse to *.pdb book files on your PC and transfer them to your WM device.

                   

                  The next time you launch the eReader application, your books should be visble. Once you open them on your WM device, it will ask you for the same unlock information.


                   

                  Thats exactly what I do except the other way around.  I use the Barns and Nobel reader but I purchase books from fictionwise and ereader.com.  But I use my browser on my phone go to ereader.com or fictionwise click the download and then just select the folder on my card where my b&n reader files go.  The B&N reader adds them to my list.

                   

                  What I would like is more features, like being able to sort my collection my author then title.  Makes it easier to find the book I've just added or want to re-read.

                   

                  Also the ability to change the color of the background from white to a color less straining on the eyes.

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                    It worked!!! Thanks for the work-around!!!

                     

                    For reference purposes: I have a Windows Mobile 6 Standard based device (Samsung i617). The BookInstaller is a stand-alone application and doesn't actually have to install. I installed the eReader directly from the CAB file.

                     

                    I'm concerned about the future of the application with Windows Mobile 7, since it will no longer support native applications. Everything will have to be based on Silverlight, the future isn't looking too bright...

                     

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                    I too have a Windows mobile phone.  I just found out a couple of days ago that the ereader application for windows mobile at ereader.com is able to read the b&n ebooks.  It would be nice to download directly from your b&n library instead of transferring from the pc though. ereader app.

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                      I have a windows mobile phone, Samsung Omnia with wm 6.1, long-time purchaser of ereader books and enjoy reading on my cell. I don't want to have to carry another device! Please prod those developers a little so we can get a compatible reader that syncs and links to BN properly.

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                          I might add that if Amazon makes a Kindle reader for windows mobile first, you will have lost potential customers so you should be motivated.

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                              Lets cut to the truth. Those of us who have been loyal customers of eReader.com for the last 6-7 years, who continue to use our Windows Mobile based PDAs as we have for the last 6-7 years and who look at the current craze over touch screen devices like the iPad and iPhone saying "Yawn. Been there, done that for the last 6-7 years", have been totally abandoned by Barnes and Noble. Their change of eReader format from a tried and proven .pbd platform to the .epub format without warning, dropping virtually all of the newest bestsellers from their eReader.com site, leaving only Romance, Mainstream, Science Fiction and Historical non-best seller ebooks behind, should infuriate all of us.They are trying to force us to accept their poorly designed software in formats that we do not want to use. How long does it take to write a software program for the Windows Mobile platform when you already own the rights to the original eReaderPro .pdb software. They say they are 'working on the problem". Get real. They have no intention of designing a functional Window Mobile B&N reader. If they did they would have designed one prior to the conversion to the .epub format. The only way is to resolve this issue is to totally drop our support of their company and switch to Mobipocket; yes, owned by Amazon and still offering new best sellers that are readable on a reader that is compatible with Windows Mobile, and is as well developed as the old eReader Pro (either program is light years better than the "new improved" B&N eReader). I am sorry to take this stand, but after having been a loyal customer of eReader.com since 2004 and having 464 titles in my eReader.com bookshelf, I feel that I have earned the right to call a spade a spade.

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                                  My understanding is that Mobipocket has announced that they have no plans ever for offering A5 books. pdb/eReader format books from at least 3 of the major publishers are available from Deisel eBooks. B&N eReader is available for WM 6.5 on the HTC HD2 at least. It is very basic and not perfect but does the job. ePub as an open standard has appeal to many publishers and self-publishing authors. In my opinion B&N bought the DRM technology and although I have issues with some aspects of their approach I really really appreciate that part. Mobipocket, Microsoft Reader etc lock the books to the devices and although you could get permission to add new devices, I just couldn't accept that. I was right - from what I read at Fictionwise a few months ago changes at Mobipocket cost many people their books and prevented them from ever adding new devices that would work with the books they had already purchased. I don't know how big their programming staff is and don't much like the uncertainty myself, but I think there is at least a good chance they will try to increase their device base. If not, hopefully they will allow the pdb format to continue even if they don't choose to offer it. I personally started buying pdb books from Peanut Press in 1999 and at least know I can read on any of the dozens of IPAQs, smart phones, PCs etc we have lying around the house, so my ebooks are probably better protected than the books boxed out in the garage.