Best e-book reader

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  1. djshok
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    Hey everyone;
    What's the best e-book reader for the DS? It's cool if it only reads txt files, I just want one that looks decent and let's me bookmark pages. Possibly one that allows you to turn the DS on its side and read from it like a book. I know moonshell can read txt files, but It's not that good for reading longer texts. TIA
     
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    That's the best right there. Just remember to keep the file-names short.
     
  4. MarkDarkness

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    Are there really no alternatives in the works? It seems so strange that all readers for the DS are really limited... all projects seem abandonned.
     
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    I don't really read e-books but I've heard dslibris is really good. You'll have to convert the book to XHTML though.
     
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    Cool, I'll check out dslibris, I haven't heard about that one before.

    I read about DSreader, but it seems pretty old, no updates since 2007... not sure if they got it perfected back then or if it was just abandoned. Plus I read on another board that thing might corrupt my SD card, so I'm not too sure about it.

    I might give them both a try. If anyone has any reviews or personal experiences to share I'd appreciate it.
     
  7. DanTheManMS

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    I use DSReader. It did corrupt my card once, but to avoid that, simply make a "DSREADER" folder on the root of your card rather than letting the application do it for you. The nice thing about DSReader is that you can use fonts directly from your computer system, which is handy. I haven't tried DSLibris however, so that may also be worth a look.
     
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    Well I've decided to go with DSreader after all. Primarily because it lets you put the nds file and all the other files into a folder, as opposed to having them all sit in the root directory (which I really dislike), also it gets bonus points for being able to have white text on a black background (easier on the eyes for me). Thanks for all the suggestions though [​IMG]

    One question I do have, and I swear I saw this in a thread some time ago, but can't find it now...

    Is there an easy way to format the txt file to look nice in DSreader the way the ALICE.TXT file does? I mean with the proper linespacing, without having to manually space a 300 page document. I could've sworn I've seen someone on here suggest some software that allows you to easily format the line length of txt files...
     
  9. DanTheManMS

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    There's a Java tool made for the CycloDS Evolution's in-game guide function that should work. Look for "Linebreaker" and see if it helps.
     
  10. RupeeClock

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    If you have Moonshell, that can read some textfiles for you, and pretty nicely as well.
    Adjustable fontsizes, ANSI/unicode support, smooth scrolling, cleartype support, bookmarking, and supports streaming music.

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    It's what I use, I think there is a catch of text files having a certain character limit though, can't remember what.
     
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    I also use the Moonshell2's text viewer. All of the stuff I have put on my DS seemed to fit within the limit (put in whole books xD).
     
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    Got a question about this software - could it read CZE font?
    I mean these symbols "ěščřžýáíéůú" and so on... I was using DSreader, but these symbols are unreadable...
     
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    I have absolutely no idea, but I have heard that if you swap some message.000 or something, you can obtain English with Japanese character suppoert, so it might be possible, if it isn't already implemented.
     
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    Looks nifty! Sigh... too bad I could never quite get around making Moonshell live in peace inside my AceKard... they just don't get along.
     
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    oh yeah for some reason some combinations of characters in moonshell 2 (at least a coupla versions ago) appeared as blanks... which really annoyed me
     
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    Use comic book ds [​IMG] its awesomeness
     
  17. RupeeClock

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    Lol, that's a specialised image viewer, not an e-book reader.
    E-books are you know, BOOKS.
     
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    Well, I may be a little late, and this application is a little old, not sure whether they still update it or not, but you might want to try Dolphin Reader.

    It is the best reader for me, and I do know they allow you to bookmark where you last stop without much trouble. You can change the background and text color, and you read it on the ds sideways. It also allows you to store your files in folders, and can locate them even if you hide the folders.

    The only downside is you have to convert them into dr files, but their conversion takes less than a second, so it shouldn't be much of a problem. You should try it.
     
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    Personally, I use dslibris. Its really good and its the only DS ebook reader that supports epub format. I have tons of books in epub format, so I just have to drag and drop them onto my card!
     
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    Interesting, sounds like it does everything I'd want it to do. I'll look into this. Thanks!

    EDIT: Do you have a readme for it? The one that comes in the archive from Filetrip is all screwed up, just displays weird characters.