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Old 02-04-2011, 09:50 AM   #21
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Here are the iPod screenshots from a Kindle reader (Jeeves) and the Overdrive reader (Monica). Kindle is significantly better -- more screen devoted to text, contrast is better. What's wrong with the engineers at Overdrive?

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I exchanged some emails with the overdrive people, suggesting that they use more of the screen space for text, and less for other information (time of day, batter level, images to make it look like a book, current page, etc. The response:
Hi Al,

The issue is actually with the formatting of the book and not with the
OverDrive app. The publishers specify the amount of white space to
display in their metadata with the title. Unfortunately while this
works for larger screens, it does not always render the best on smaller
screens. This will vary depending on the ebook that you have checked
out and are viewing.

Thanks,
Drew
OverDrive Support Team
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #23
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Today I found a way to read the library's downloaded ePub books in Stanza. Stanza is much better for reading than the Overdrive app on the iPod touch. More of the screen is available for the text (fewer page turns), you can get definitions of words, and you can search for text.

It is necessary to remove the DRM from the file.

Getting and installing the apps that will allow you to remove the DRM is a little messy. You have to install the Adobe Editions on your computer, then install a Python Interpreter, then install two Python scripts.

Once you've run through the setup, you can simply run a python app and enter the name of the epub file.

Of course this bypasses all the messy library expiration stuff too. I won't post links, but you can google "Remove DRM from epub" to get details. Copy the python scripts into notepad, and save them to the same directory to which you installed python. Use the UTF-8 format.
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