eBook reader applications (mobile)
Currently available eBook reader applications tried by users
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21 September 2009
Please add to the below if you have had personal experience of using eBook reader applications - please indicate the format and mobile platform you've used.
Adobe Reader, PDFs and OU eTexts - I've had an issue with PDF for a long time in terms of what users can actually do with the documents, and we heard a long time ago now (7yrs I think) that there were extensions that could be 'unlocked'. What I mean in this case is personalising documents including user annotation and highlighting in addition to cross-referencing to dictionaries or thesauri, and readaloud. It turns out that any recent eTexts created by the OU do indeed have these features - if created by LTS (so they're also tagged and accessible) and you use the Adobe Reader desktop application.
So...great improvement, it's just a shame that the mobile app (WindowsMobile) just aren't that great compared with the others (though later versions do allow reflow and resizing of content at least). Other PDF viewers are of course available for other mobile platforms but from what I've seen they are mostly aimed at trying to failthfully preserve layout, content and pagination.
18:52 on 21 September 2009