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Old 04-26-2019, 03:29 AM   #1
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Ebook on touch phone question


I have a 'HTC U11 life' I bought about a year ago with a Vodafone phone plan (screen about 90mm x 185mm). I have never used it and almost immediately removed the sim card which I put into a flip phone because I wanted a phone-only device. Now I have a few html files (about 500K of text) which render correctly on my PC and I am in the process of converting them into an Ebook (apparently no HTML tag change needed). This HTC touch phone seems to be ideal to test the Ebook on a small screen.

Can anyone suggest how I can do that? I Know nothing about touch phones and I know nothing about Ebooks (never even read one) except a few linux commands and the existence of 'Calibre' (just used a few times).

What I am aware I need to find is:
1) How to get the Ebook on the touch phone from my PC (without the sim card if possible although, as a last resort, I can always reinsert it temporarily (the Ebook is not on Internet yet).
2) How to remove everything of no use to this Ebook on the phone (I intended to bin it), the clutter of all the apps was my main reason for not using it.
3) How to display/read the Ebook on the phone.

I probably need to know some other things I am unaware of, so any hint/link welcome.

Thank you for your help.
 
Old 04-26-2019, 05:23 PM   #2
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I have a 'HTC U11 life' I bought about a year ago with a Vodafone phone plan (screen about 90mm x 185mm)...Can anyone suggest how I can do that?...What I am aware I need to find is:
1) How to get the Ebook on the touch phone from my PC (without the sim card if possible although, as a last resort, I can always reinsert it temporarily (the Ebook is not on Internet yet).
2) How to remove everything of no use to this Ebook on the phone (I intended to bin it), the clutter of all the apps was my main reason for not using it.
3) How to display/read the Ebook on the phone.

I probably need to know some other things I am unaware of, so any hint/link welcome.

Thank you for your help.
(1) My favourite is FBReader which I downloaded* from f-droid, but there are many others. Works well with epub books. Download the apk, transfer the file to the phone from your PC using gmtp or similar and execute it from whatever file manager is on your phone. You will need to select "allow unknown sources" somewhere in your "security" menu in "settings" on your phone first. Transfer the ebooks the same way.

(2) You won't be able to unless you've gotten root access to your phone, which may or may not be easy and will void any warranty (not that you're worried about that). The phone manufacturers consider this bug to be a feature.

(3) Either just tap on the ebook file from your file manager (it may give you a choice of apps to use the first time) or start your book reader to navigate to you ebook.

Edit: my phone screen is 100mm x 58mm.

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...I know nothing about Ebooks (never even read one)...
Be very, very careful - you won't believe how addictive they are.


*Probably available from the google store, I wouldn't know since I try to avoid all things google.

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Old 04-27-2019, 08:23 AM   #3
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Be very, very careful - you won't believe how addictive they are.
i wouldn't know that they are any more or less addictive than normal books, but being able to carry a whole library in your pocket surely is amazing!
 
Old 04-27-2019, 05:16 PM   #4
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i wouldn't know that they are any more or less addictive than normal books, but being able to carry a whole library in your pocket surely is amazing!
That's the really big attraction. There have been times that I've spent more time choosing what to read than actually reading while waiting in a queue.
 
Old 04-27-2019, 07:55 PM   #5
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You might also take a look at Airdroid. I use it almost daily to transfer podcasts to my HTC U11.

You do not need to create an Airdroid account in order to use it locally.
 
Old 05-01-2019, 03:33 AM   #6
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Thank you for the answers.
My ignorance on the subject shows. I tried a few things without success, after plugging the phone into the PC, the PC detected the phone but the phone was ignoring the PC and trying simple "drag and drop" from the PC did not seem to work. So I put the phone down and tried again about an hour later when a drag and drop from the PC did work. The Ebook is now visible using Chromium on the phone although I still have to learn how to read it past page 1 with an Ebook reader. I am not sure of what lead to success as it looks like the phone just needed a long time to find the PC. I did not have to install anything. The file had to be put in "file" --> "downloads" to be found by the phone.

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Old 05-01-2019, 10:08 AM   #7
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I have not managed to find an Ebook reader on the phone, I tried to install FBReader which seemed to go successfully (copied then extracted on the phone) but I could not find it from the phone itself.
Should I be able to succeed in what I am trying to do with a phone that is supposed to be "locked" (purchased with a plan from a telco but SIM card put in other phone), I only just remembered this "lock" status?
If yes, it looks like I have accidentally deleted a few things (Ebook gone from the phone) and trying to drag and drop does not work anymore giving message "Cannot write to this location". The gadget shows in the file manager with content of 0 file although it appears to work normally.
I realise it may be a complex issue given the many different ways Android phones work and I would not be surprised if I get no answer, may be I should "bin" it after all.

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Old 05-01-2019, 02:42 PM   #8
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i've been using pageturner. no complaints.
 
Old 05-01-2019, 04:41 PM   #9
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I was gifted a Kindle Paperwhite, so I haven't messed with mobile readers.
That said, there are Kindle reader apps for phones and tablets, and I have used Overdrive to read eBooks checked out from my library on several platforms.
 
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I have not managed to find an Ebook reader on the phone, I tried to install FBReader which seemed to go successfully (copied then extracted on the phone) but I could not find it from the phone itself.
Should I be able to succeed in what I am trying to do with a phone that is supposed to be "locked" (purchased with a plan from a telco but SIM card put in other phone), I only just remembered this "lock" status?...
You should find any installed application by tapping your applications icon (on my Samsung the icon is nine dots in a 3x3 pattern). If you don't find it there it means that it wasn't actually installed. Also, there are only a few directories for which you have write permission.

The "locked" means that you are restricted to one phone service provider, it shouldn't affect any application's installation.
 
Old 05-02-2019, 01:23 AM   #11
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Thank you for the clarification.
After a night left untouched and suddenly, everything shows again after phone "power on" and all the files where showing from the PC but then disappeared again, the PC showing again the phone (mounted as SDM.. but not showing in FSTAB) with 0 file content although there is now an icon for FBReader on the phone and the Ebook shows after tapping the file icon but I can only get it to be "read" by the browser of the phone, not the Ebook reader.
The application icon (the 9 dots) does not show even though the phone asked and installed the book reader (FBReader being an application!). I have previously tried a reset (pressing volume and power on for long enough till the phone vibrates) with no difference. FBReader and the ebook (.epub) are in the same phone directory (~Downloads) and I suspect the book must also be "installed" but I cannot find how to make it available to the reader which cannot see it.
While "tapping" sometimes need a fair bit of vigour/repetition to succeed, at other times, just getting the finger close enough to the glass is enough to make a change and I have probably got unexpected results doing just that.

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