How to Read EPUB and PDF Ebooks on Your Virgin Mobile LG Rumor Touch with Bookworm Reader
(9/5/2010) UPDATE: Since I first wrote this article, we have figured out how to install 3rd party apps. There are a few options such as the JAR books on Umnet.com or the book app listed on my "install...." hub. HOWEVER, this hub is still quite relevant, as the bookworm feature is a great way to get many books that are not in Java or simple text format. The freedom bookworm brings to use EPUB is truly valuable.
The Virgin Mobile LG Rumor Touch does not have access to an ebook reader (unless you count the "ghetto" Document Reader). Those of us who see our friends (and in my case, my sister) reading book after book on their fancy Iphones and Blackberries might rage at the dire straights of our situation.
I've spent the last day trying various ways to get around this problem with the basic assumption that I could not install an app on the LG Rumor Touch phone.
Things started looking up when I discovered Bookworm.
Bookworm is a free mobile/"normal" website dedicated to allowing users to upload EPUB format books and read them online. Their mobile site, m.bookworm.oreilly.com, works fair --> good on the Rumor Touch.
If we compare it with the native Document Reader, it is a significantly better option.
Now Another Problem
At this point, two things are true:
- Have WebApp that can read ebooks in EPUB format
- Have lots of ebooks on my computer in PDF format
I had to find a way to put transform the PDF files into EPUB format. For the more advanced readers, we know how cranky PDFs can be when urged to "convert" to anything. This truly was NO simple problem.
I enlisted the help of two software programs:
- MobiPocket Reader (to convert PDFs to a mobile format) -WINDOWS ONLY
- Calibre (to convert the mobile format from MobiPocket to EPUB)-CROSS PLATFORM
The links above will take you to their download page.
Calibre does have the ability to convert PDFs to EPUB on its own, but using both programs results in significantly faster conversion and better quality.
This is the process I went through to get my PDFs in EPUB format to look "ok" enough to upload to Bookworm:
1. Convert PDF in MobiPocket Reader to its pet format, PRC.
2. Convert PRC result to EPUB format using Calibre.
3. Upload result to Bookworm.
MobiPocket Import/Calibre ConvertClick thumbnail to view full-size
Make it Look the Best
Browser Note: Strangely the native browser (NetFront) works better than Opera Mini. Netfront keeps the formating of the text whereas in Opera, we end up with a bunch of little square boxes dispersed throughout the text with no formatting.
Book Choice Notes: Think "fewer images are better" when considering books to convert/read online. The regular online version does images well, but the mobile version does images not so well.
Conversion Notes: Try to find the book already in EPUB form. There are many websites that offer this- Project Gutenburg and EPUB Books are a few examples of sites that already have books in this format. The best part is that they are free!
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Other Free EPUB Sources
Free eBooks, thousands of bestsellers for $9.99, millions of free classic books, news and magazines, new york times best sellers, globe and mail bestsellers, ereading anytime, anyplace, online and on your mobile phone.
- Google Books
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.
- Feedbooks | Food for the mind
Free eBooks, the best collection of free public domain and original books, read on any mobile device.
- Free epub children's picture books