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spankyistheman92 02-24-2011 06:29 PM

new e-reader app
 
how do you download books? do you have to have a zune pass or microsoft points?

alexiznumber1 02-24-2011 06:34 PM

no you dont... you just use the catalog and download. however, idk how to get other books on it. its kind of a bummer that every thing on there is like pre-50's.

spankyistheman92 02-24-2011 06:36 PM

i was searching terms like UFC and such got books about matt hughes and chuck liddell but it wnt let me download. it did how ever let me download a book about criticzing humes

alexiznumber1 02-24-2011 06:41 PM

yea i clicked on "ebook store" and it wont let me download anything from there.

Deathscythe 02-24-2011 06:49 PM

Interesting and pretty big app, but I don't like e-books and rather have a real book instead(imo, do what you wanna do) . But Low Quality apps? Yeah Right

ubi79 02-24-2011 06:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexiznumber1 (Post 539869)
no you dont... you just use the catalog and download. however, idk how to get other books on it. its kind of a bummer that every thing on there is like pre-50's.

Because it's public domain books: they need to be at least 50 years old, I believe.

winrez 02-24-2011 07:00 PM

I'm Loving the ebook reader!


I was always wishing Zune had something like this and my hopes went down when Microsoft Reader was scrapped

Olley 02-24-2011 09:13 PM

Bugs in the Zune Reader app. I downloaded Benjamen buttons, then opened it to read. Went back to the main menu and change the setting from dark to light. Went back to the menu, then my book, then picked the book to read. Picked Last reading Position.

For some reason the dark/light setting page showed up on top of the screen, and no matter what I could do I couldn't get it off the screen. Had to close the app.

On another subject, I was happy to discover two-fingers spread/pinch would enlarge or reduce the size of the text.

Ajaxmonkey 02-25-2011 12:03 AM

The only thing that I hate is that, it has to use wifi even to read the downloaded books, I may be otg you know.

epithetless 02-25-2011 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ajaxmonkey (Post 539953)
The only thing that I hate is that, it has to use wifi even to read the downloaded books, I may be otg you know.

Wait, seriously?

x1n30 02-25-2011 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ajaxmonkey (Post 539953)
The only thing that I hate is that, it has to use wifi even to read the downloaded books, I may be otg you know.

No, you don't have to have Wifi to read books that you've downloaded - it tries to connect when you start using it, but it still lets you use it even if it can't.

epithetless 02-25-2011 02:02 AM

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Originally Posted by x1n30 (Post 539960)
No, you don't have to have Wifi to read books that you've downloaded - it tries to connect when you start using it, but it still lets you use it even if it can't.

Okay, that makes more sense. :)

Olley 02-25-2011 08:47 AM

Any reason the pages have to scroll instead of flip like 99% of the ebook apps out there? Unnatural and inefficient to have to slide text up read on. There is a reason the old-fashion book analogy persists.

alexiznumber1 02-25-2011 07:33 PM

Ok so i think you have to do this:

http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2010...-opds-dropbox/

I havent tried it (too much work and kind of complicated) but i guess itll work.
also, if you just dropbox an epub file it'll work.
although....its only worked for me once ://
i wish Dave would give some feed back on this.

plus. a lot of books wont download from the default catalog and its real buggy and slowish.
and, you must use "http://" before the site url. you dont have to use www but you do have to use http.

so hopefully someone can make this much simpler for us all.

alexiznumber1 02-26-2011 12:14 PM

Sorry for the double post but i figured this would be a way to bring this thread more attention.

anywho, i tried what i stated before ^^ its not as hard as it appears. you just download, install, click on an jar file and set up the catalog. The catalog works great, it shows up on my computer and theres even a dropbox link.

However...it does not work on the Zune ://
yes, it is an OPDS catalog. Yes i tried the XML and HTML Links. it won't work. Dave, please help us out with this. The guys on Zuneboards cant find a way to do this either.

james1 02-26-2011 12:21 PM

you cant download books from ebook store for some reason, the only books you seem to be able to download are some original books and all of the public domain books. shame you can only have up to 10 books on it at a time though. it doesnt have a word limit or file size limit, just 10 books and thats it. so, any of you wanting lots of short stories are screwed. for now, im sticking to kafka lol. also it seems very buggy...

alexiznumber1 02-26-2011 12:47 PM

wow. this app is seriously handicapped.
plus, none of the other OPDS sites ive used have worked :(

steinburger1109 02-26-2011 02:20 PM

Looks to me like it might have been a bit rushed...

alexiznumber1 02-27-2011 11:52 PM

i honestly think it was. you cant delete bookmarks or have more than 10 books and the import process is pretty much impossible. no other catalogs will work (except once but it was usless as it wasnt mine)
and now dropbox won't work. so yea they seriously need to update it.

DaveMac-MS 02-28-2011 01:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Olley (Post 540003)
Any reason the pages have to scroll instead of flip like 99% of the ebook apps out there? Unnatural and inefficient to have to slide text up read on. There is a reason the old-fashion book analogy persists.

So this app was an employee developed title submitted to us - I'm going to see if I can get the employee in question to come on the forum here and offer some comment about the functionality, etc...

I do remember us talking about this very point though - flipping versus scrolling. There were technical limitations that made flipping very, very difficult.

Don't forget that these apps are all built using the XNA Game SDK - it is, in some cases, very difficult to do things in a game SDK that would otherwise be fairly easy in an app SDK. See my many posts about the Zune HD not being designed as a portable apps devices (despite our efforts to deliver as much as we can within those constraints).

Cheers, Dave.


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