Comments on: eReader Pro Now Available for Free

ereader Palm OSFictionwise, the new owners of, have made the eReader Pro versions of its ebook software available for free. The enhanced Palm OS and Windows Mobile Pro application formerly sold for $14.95, then shortly following the purchase Fictionwise lowered the price to $4.95. According to the company the price cut is permanent. The price of the add-on font packs remains unchanged at $14.95 each.

Versions of eReader Pro are available for a number of platforms including Palm OS and Windows Mobile.

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So what does this mean?

PacManFoo @ 2/18/2008 3:35:20 PM # Q
I sure hope they continue to update eReader. I've used it since the Peanut Reader days. Still don't like they way you have to use your credit card number as an unlock key for ebooks. Wonder how they get away with this with the credit card companies? Still a great application and you can always create PalmDocs that can be viewed with this application with different third party software.

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RE: So what does this mean?
hkklife @ 2/18/2008 8:15:30 PM # Q
That sums up my feeling exactly, PMFoo. I've used it since the old Peanut Press/Peanut Reader days back on whatever device that was at the time (Palm Vx I suppose). I never cared for the CC "unlock" method either and always thought of it as a little questionable.

Still, I'd just like to see them roll the regular E-Reader and the Pro version into a single unified, updated product. Maybe really beef up the connectivity features and make it a poor man's Kindle where you can browse, purchase, and download e-books right to your Treo etc?

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RE: So what does this mean?
Ronin @ 2/20/2008 1:55:24 PM # Q
To my mind, this method of DRM is the least intrusive I have come across. Keep in mind that the CC number is not actually stored by the eReader software. If I am remembering correctly, the number creates a "hash" key which is stored on the device to unlock the books and there is no way to determine the CC from this key.

In the Spirit of Umoja,
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Free eReader

philpalm @ 2/18/2008 3:41:56 PM # Q
It is a part of the solution, which comes first the chicken or the egg? The Chicken in this case is the eReader which used to come in a demo. Supposedly the reader would be hooked and purchased both the eReader and purchase an ebook using the eReader.

Mobipocket has been giving their ebook reader for free and has a desktop that goes to their various ebook suppliers. The ease in signing up and buying ebooks may be crucial in winning more readers to a particular format. Thus mobipocket steals readers away from eReader because eReader books transfers over to mobipocket.

Giving away eReader may be too late for me, once I got accustomed to mobipocket I figure why change?

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cstamper @ 2/19/2008 11:59:35 AM # Q
I used to use PeautReader, then palmreader. Now I use mobipocket. Mobipocket's better, and I use the desktop app to load RSS feeds onto my palm.

So I'm not even going to try eReader. :-)

RE: Free eReader
Ronin @ 2/20/2008 2:12:50 PM # Q
I always thought that the interface of eReader was more user friendly. However, though its been years now, I recall what got me to choose eReader over MobiPocket was that the books were cheaper and, at the time, the selection was better.

In the Spirit of Umoja,
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Ronin @ 2/20/2008 2:18:45 PM # Q
Also, I seem to recall that MobiPocket had a gigantic footprint.

In the Spirit of Umoja,
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