[IAEP] Tonight's Question: Read vs Read ETexts?

Tim McNamara paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz
Thu Jun 24 23:08:00 EDT 2010

On 25 June 2010 14:39, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  Saturday I need to show someone via Skype how to use the XO as a book
> reader.  So far no luck with it.  I have tried both the Read Activity and
> the Read E Texts Activity and can't seem to get either to work well.  Are
> there any really good instructions anywhere for these?  I have been telling
> folks everywhere how the XO makes a great book reader, but haven't tried it
> in ages!  Am I lying to them?

Here are some pointers that may assist:

   - With Read, open downloaded documents from the Journal, not directly
   from the Activity itself. [1]
   - ebook formats can be tricky - some ebook formats are designed to be
   read by a particular type of device. XOs are highly unlikely to high up on
   the supported device list.
   - From memory, those Activities (possibly just Read E Texts) are derived
   from FBReader[1]. FBReader can open many several formats, but only a few are
   supported "fully".[2] This means that it will display text, but that display
   may not be pretty.

Also, does "No luck with it" mean that nothing opens at all, or does it mean
that files open but they are poorly rendered? If things are opening but they
look ugly, it's probably a software issue. If things are not opening at all,
you are probably trying to open ebooks in a way Sugar doesn't understand.

Best of luck!


[1] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Read#How_to_use
[2] http://www.fbreader.org/
[3] http://www.fbreader.org/docs/formats.php

Sometimes it depends on the type of
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