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Palm Digital Media, announced that Palm Reader Pro was named Best eBook Reader at the Pocket PC Awards 2002 ceremony held at the Pocket PC Summit in Hollywood Oct. 23. The Pocket PC Awards are organized every year by Pocket PC magazine to honor the Best Pocket PC products.
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A bit funny to me

I_M_Anonymous @ 11/6/2002 10:57:11 AM #
that Palm's product won PocketPC award!

RE: A bit funny to me
T.W.G @ 11/6/2002 11:00:39 AM #
simply cool, isn't it :-)

Thomas W. Geuting

RE: A bit funny to me
alexp @ 11/6/2002 11:14:25 AM #
While it is funny that a Palm-branded product won a PPC award, let's keep it in perspective:

Palm Reader was originally developed by Peanut Press, and it was called Peanut Reader. Palm purchased Peanut Press sometime back, renaming it "Palm Digital Media." So Palm Reader is NOT a creation of Palm, but a property of Palm.

Still, kudos to Palm for having the smarts to buy Peanut and to keep a great product going.

RE: A bit funny to me
mashby @ 11/6/2002 12:23:15 PM #
True, but it's still funny.

Michael T. Ashby
RE: A bit funny to me
Galapagos @ 11/6/2002 2:05:43 PM #
Not to discredit the efforts of the developers of the Palm Reader. But it is in actual fact a new version of the Peanut Press Reader. Palmsource (when it was still Palm) bought Peanut Press and rebranded the reader.

It is still pretty cool to see most things that originated on the Palm-Plattform outperform original PPC-Products e.g. PIMs work better on Palm, Docs-to-Go and QuickOffice offer a better Office-integration than the actual PPC-Microsoft products. And Palm Reader beats Microsoft Reader.

RE: A bit funny to me
alexp @ 11/6/2002 10:35:57 PM #
I agree--further evidence that Palm-based products outdo PPC drivel.

I remember reading at one time that PPC developers were working on a PalmOS emulator "so PPC users can also use PalmOS and have the best of both worlds."

Personally, I can't wait. One day, then, they'll give an award for the best overall program for the PPC, and the winner will be...PalmOS.

RE: A bit funny to me
PacManFoo @ 11/7/2002 8:52:56 AM #
Yea and Microsoft "Created" all their software.

RE: A bit funny to me
Nate @ 11/8/2002 2:09:40 PM #
I've used the PPC version and quite frankly I don't think it's the best ebook reader. That award would still go to Starbuck, IMO. Not that Starbuck is great -- they haven't updated it in at least a year and it's buggy on PPC2002, but it's still better than the Palm Reader.


chainrust @ 11/6/2002 12:03:44 PM #
PALM WON THE PCO|\tet pc ward!

Hopefully . . .

Ronin @ 11/6/2002 1:49:21 PM #
This will be consider a vote of confidence for DRM that is less draconian then that of the Pocket PCs Microsoft Reader and the industry will follow suit.

I personally, believe that if we must have DRM for e-books then PalmReader's approach is the best balance I have seen between protecting copyright and preserving a positive user experience.

In the Spirit of Umoja,

RE: Hopefully . . .
rickyspears @ 11/7/2002 5:34:07 AM #
I agree. If other companies would do DRM (Digital Rights Management) the way that Palm has has with PalmReader, I think that we would see a change in the industry for not only ebooks, but mp3s, and other digital as well.

For those of you haven't purchased an ebook from, your credit card number is the key for unlocking the book on your device. You can certainly share your ebook with family or friends if you wanted to, but they would have to be close enough that you would trust them with you credit card number. If you purchased a print book or packaged music CD, you would probably only loan it to others in your household or very close friends. Palm's DRM bings this to electronic media.

RE: Hopefully . . .
MikeInDM @ 11/8/2002 8:48:57 AM #
When I purchase a print book, many times, I sell that book to a store like the 1/2 Price Book Store or even at garage sales.

Just because the book is digital doesn't mean that I shouldn't be able to sell it second hand.

That's why my e-book purchases have only been reference books that I anticipate using on an ongoing basis.




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