9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2011 12:38 PM by cooker47

    Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

      Support at the MAC level is really required for me if I want the Nook.  I have been trying to see ifthe ereader fulfills my needs before the nook purchase but I only have the orginal PowerPC Mac.  Any posted timeframe for this version/support?

       

      Thanks

        • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

           


          Kidsafe wrote:

          Support at the MAC level is really required for me if I want the Nook.  I have been trying to see ifthe ereader fulfills my needs before the nook purchase but I only have the orginal PowerPC Mac.  Any posted timeframe for this version/support?

           

          Thanks


           

          Probably never, given that PowerPC Macs are a depreciated system by several years at this point, and if they haven't designed software for it yet, they probably aren't going to start now (and I say this as someone who uses multiple macs and has family members who still use my old powerpc macs).  

           

          • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?
            GoldenHeart

            If you mean for the e-reader software for Mac, it is compatible with PowerPC. I have the both the original and latest version running on my Mac G5. I think they have the system requirements listed incorrectly on the mac software because this is copied directly from the mac e-reader help guide.

             

            "To run eReader on a Macintosh computer, you need Mac® OS 8.6 or later with CarbonLib 1.6 or later. If you are running Mac® OS X, eReader requires version 10.1 or later. Mac® OS 10.1.5 or later is recommended.", [Barnes&Noble, eReader for Mac 1.0 Guide]

             

            Version 8.6 is a vintage Mac OS at this point and it's supported. It won't even run on my mac or the newer Intel Macs.

             

            It's worth downloading it for free to see if it works on your setup.

             

            If you mean you want to hook up a nook e-reader to an older Mac, even that probably wouldn't be a problem with many G3 and G4 macs as long as they have USB ports. I had a 2001 iMac and it had USB. In any case, once you have your nook setup, the only reason you'd need to hook it directly to a computer would be to transfer photos and music or e-books from different websites.

              • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

                The Barnes and Noble ereader doesn't seem to work with the G4 Mac.  I downloaded it again and it never opens up.  It has a suffix of .app.  Don't think that works with non intel Macs.  The problem with not using the B&N ereader is that when you download or select samples its online and only availble through the ereader library feature.  You cannot get to it through ereader pro from Fictionwise.  But this ereader seems to work with their secure ebooks.

                 

                Thanks for your response.

              • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

                As PPC has not been used for years, I would say that it will never be supported. Apple doesn't even support it in its OS updates any more. I am a Mac user, and my advice to all mac users is to update your outdated hardware. I know this sacrilege for many mac users, but you just need to get a new computer.

                 

                BTW, ereader software does not work on my 6502or 680XX based Apple products either.

                • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

                  I have a G3 iMac, no eReader support now or ever (for the PPC) ?

                  • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

                    If you have OSX 10.4 or later, down load eReader here:

                    http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/product/15008_pro_mac.htm

                     

                    This will work with B&N ebooks even if you have a powerpc (I have an ibook g4). I just tried it with a sample ebook.

                    • Re: Does anyone know WHEN the powerPC will be supported for ereader?

                      I own a late 2005 Mac Mini G4, the last one Apple made with a Power PC processor before switching to Intel. I've been messing about with this "how to read e-books" issue myself and here's a summary of what I found out:

                       

                      e-Book readers for OSX 10.4 Tiger
                      PRODUCT  CAN OPEN FILES OF TYPE
                      - Stanza is just a Beta but it will open .epub, .mobi
                      - Acrobat or Preview /  .pdf
                      - eREader will open .txt, .pnut.pdb but not .plkr.pdb, .pdb from memoware.com or Open Office, but will not load .epub or .mobi
                      - SONY Reader will load  .epub, .pdf, .txt, .doc, .rtf, etc. .. it uses some components from ..
                      - Adobe Digital Editions which opens  .epub, .pdf .. requires Adobe registration.

                       

                      So, which e-book reader software you want to use depends on the type of e-book you've got and there are really 4 generally useful formats: file types .txt, .pdf, .pdb (which seems to have at least 3 flavours), plus .epub, and not to mention Palm .mobi format and a whole slew of other less popular formats.

                       

                      Since B&N's e-books are .epub format I suggest the SONY Reader software which you can get for free from http://ebookstore.sony.com/. It's fast, flexible and free and you can readily use it to load files from anywhere on your 'puter, whereas Adobe Digital is more of a closed system, quite a bit more clunky to use, plus you have to register.

                       

                      For writers, lots of word processing programs can generate different types of e-book from different types of input. For example, Open Office can save files in Palm .pdb format which eReader can read. Also check out the WSIWYG .epub editor program Sigil at http://code.google.com/p/sigil/  For OSX 10.4 you'll want Sigil-0.2.4-Mac-Package.dmg. Lastly, Calibre can convert .txt files into .epub format. See http://calibre-ebook.com/download_osx You'll want calibre-0.7.2.8.dmg for OSX 10.4. 
                       
                      This information doesn't seem to be collected anyplace else so I'll also be posting it on my blog at m06orama.blogspot.com and in the OSX section of my Hints and Tips section at http://www.skyprod.net
                      If I can help further, just reply to this message and I'll get an e-mail.