4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2011 10:17 AM by Glitchster

    Stamza to read pdb books

    ekw
      I am not sure why it took me this long to realize that the solution for all of us with fictionwise pdb books, since b&n has not made them readable on the nookColor, is to get an app that can read them.
        • Re: Stamza to read pdb books
          Mark_OB1

          ekw wrote:
          I am not sure why it took me this long to realize that the solution for all of us with fictionwise pdb books, since b&n has not made them readable on the nookColor, is to get an app that can read them.

           

          ekw, I agree with you that adding a PDB reader app would be a good solution. 

           

          However, if from your title you meant Stanza, I don't think that is really an option.  That is because Stanza is only available for iDevices, and not Android.  If LexCycle has not felt it worth their time to port Stanza to Android, they're probably not going to do so for the NOOKcolor, which is a small subset of A-devices.

           

          However, there are other PDB readers on the A-Market that could be ported to the NC.  CoolReader and iReader are two that I'm aware of that handle PDB documents (and have over 100k downloads), but there are probably others as well.

           

          One problem that may arise is that the PDB books you have may have DRM on them (a protection mechanism that prevents a copy from being opened on an unauthorized device).  Getting B&N to allow a 3rd-party to incorporate that DRM into their product may be a difficult (or impossible) proposition. 

           

          But even handling just non-DRM'ed PDBs I think would be a win.  However, if folks weren't aware of the DRM-constraints, there could be a lot of complaints unfairly aimed at whatever product we got on the NC platform.  I'd rather not see that happen.  The name should possibly explicitly incorporate WhateverReader-NonDRM.

           

          The most effective way for anyone interesed to followup on this would be to contact the devs directly, and ask them to submit their apps to B&N for the NC:

           

          1)  for CoolReader, contact Vadim directly.  He can be reached through http://sourceforge.net/users/buggins

           

          2)  for iReader, ZhangYue can be contacted through, http://code.google.com/p/ireader/

           

          You can direct them to start at:  

           

          http://nookdeveloper.barnesandnoble.com/nook-app-dev.html

           

          - Mark

           

            • Re: Stamza to read pdb books
              Glitchster

               

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              One problem that may arise is that the PDB books you have may have DRM on them (a protection mechanism that prevents a copy from being opened on an unauthorized device).  Getting B&N to allow a 3rd-party to incorporate that DRM into their product may be a difficult (or impossible) proposition. 

               

              But even handling just non-DRM'ed PDBs I think would be a win.  However, if folks weren't aware of the DRM-constraints, there could be a lot of complaints unfairly aimed at whatever product we got on the NC platform.  I'd rather not see that happen.  The name should possibly explicitly incorporate WhateverReader-NonDRM.

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              Should there really be a problem with DRM?

               

              According to Fictionwise's banner:..    !

               

              If B&N owns Fictionwise, than shouldn't it cover B&N's copyright's?

               

              I'm not a lawyer but it would be worth an answer. I started with Fictionwise and still own the eBook reader they sold. I have a lot of pdb's that I'd love to access with my Nc.

               

               

               

            • Re: Stamza to read pdb books

              Does such an app currently exist?

                • Re: Stamza to read pdb books
                  mims-mor
                  B&N owns the fictionwise/ ereader app and it is available for Android devices. I use it with the N2A card to read the hundreds and hundreds of drmed pdbs I have. The app is also available for ios devices. Why B&N won't make this available for the nook is a mystery.