eReader versions coming for Blackberry, Android, Linux, E-Ink

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eReader will soon be on all of these

eReader will soon be on all of these

It’s no secret what we think about eReader here on jkOnTheRun.  Kevin and I have both been using eReader and buying books for it for years.  One of the strengths of eReader has always been the multiple platform support, something that was last indicated with the great iPhone version that Fictionwise produced.

We got fresh information from the folks at Fictionwise that we just have to pass on.  There will be a beta version of eReader for the BlackBerry (s rimm) released very soon (think days).  This is great news for crackberries and for me in particular, with my brand-new Storm.  The BlackBerry platform is one for which owners have long cried for a version of eReader and a lot of folks are going to be very pleased at this news.

Fictionwise is not content to sit back with that big news, however — nope, they are also hard at work on an Android version of eReader.  The coders are locked in a room, and the first Android version should be out “springish.”  This is great for me too, given my T-Mobile G1 feels left out of the ebook reading goodness.

This is a lot of news to take in at once but it doesn’t end there.  There is also a Linux version of eReader in progress.  This version should see the light of day “summerish” and could be big news for netbook owners out there.  eReader would be a great fit for the netbook and Linux-based MIDs, so this is great to hear.

Last but not least comes some surprising news from Fictionwise about eReader.  They are also working on “several E-ink” ports.  They can’t give any details about what devices/platforms this might entail but there aren’t that many out there right now.  I don’t think Amazon (s amzn) would put eReader on the Kindle, but maybe Sony (s sne) would give it a shot?

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Robert J. Sawyer

Now that the iRex iLiad (an e-ink device) is open source, I’m hoping Fictionwise will port eReader to that device. Yes, iRex can’t hisp it on the iLiad, because it ships with Mobipocket, and they have an exclusive agreement with Mobi, but there’s no reason I can see why eReader can’t be offered as a third-party app for the iLiad (which has a much bigger screen than the Kindle).

Al

I love that they are working on a linux version. I can run ebooks on my nokia n800 without using the palm emulation software.

My blackberry could also use ereader support. This is great news. I am glad I stuck with ereader for all these years.

Adam Gott

Initially I was excited about using my Storm to help empty my pockets (MP3 player, Pocket PC to read books, cellphone) but I have yet to use it for anything other than to replace my phone (with a nice web browser as a plus). Why? This phone has the same weakness as all other current generation smart phones – the battery life sucks.

mojo

There is still a Windows Mobile based device missing in your ‘flagship collection’.
What about the HTC MAX 4G?

That would complete the quartett. :)

Baz

Well, this is good news.

I’ve only recently made the leap to Blackberry (the Flip, if one cares) – migrating from my *old* Motorola T720 and (more slowly) my Palm TX – and the move to MobiPocket Reader (while a perfectly fine product its yet another format) was a bit of a blow.

The ability to return to eReader sorts out many issues and might just make the migration that much more attractive.

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