In part two of my continuing series describing my conversion from Palm OS to Android, I discuss how to read DRM Palm eReader and Mobipocket Reader books on your Android Phone.
(Read Part 1 here)
I love to read books on my smart phone. In my opinion, it is the perfect medium. Since my phone is almost always with me, it gives me ample opportunities to get some reading in.
Once I got the Sprint HTC Hero, I began looking for the Android Ebook readers that could read the books I already owned. I was somewhat disappointed to find the choices I had were poor.
First off, I naively thought that I would be able to find a Kindle reader for the Android. This does not exist (at least not yet). I figured, okay, the Barnes and Noble Nook reader runs on the Android OS so surely they have a compatible reader for my Hero. Not a chance. My belief is that Amazon and Barnes and Nobles what to sell as many Kindles and Nooks as possible. They don’t what to loose possible Kindle or Nook sales to Android users yet. Barnes and Nobles probably agreed to create a reader for the iPhone because of favorable licensing agreements. Just my two cents. Perhaps these two Ebook formats will have readers for the Android OS soon!
After that mild shock I discovered a sluggish (un-android) beta version of the eReader here:
Android OS eReader
By un-android, I mean, no scrolling pages, no night mode, etc. The non-beta release should bring improvements.
Mobipocket reader does not have a DRM reader for Android, or iPhone for that matter. Amazon owns the rights to the mobi format and apparently they want it too die. There future is the Kindle after all.
A great DRM eReader and Mobi Pocket Reader for your Android
I was happy to find the iReader for Android Smart Phones. This reader allows you to enter your Mobipocket PID and your eReader PID to unlock the books you already own. You can visit the iReader web site here: iReader Web Site, and you can download the iReader app from the Android Market Place.