Apps for your phone



Sometimes you need (or want) to read some books, but you don't have a computer, a tablet, an electronic book or a smartphone on hand. There is only an old and simple phone. What to do? There are several programmes (they're called widgets in the phone) which enable to do it. Some of them show only the text without formatting and work only with text (.TXT) files, other can allocate titeles and support several formats. Let's study these programmes in detail.

Tequilacat

Программа Tequilacat для чтения с экрана мобильного телефона

Tequilacat is a very old programme, I used it about 7 years ago. At that time the version of this programme was called tcbr-2.2.27-2.3.5.zip. The programme was downloaded into computer and then there were downloaded books. After that you needed to choose the model of your phone (with supporting of java language) from the list and then the programme prepared a widget for your phone, which enables you to read from the screen. Besides, you could make an empty widget without the text and text files and FB2 files were opened from the phone. This version of the programme was made for the phones with buttons.

The last vesion (3.0.9) works well with sensory phones too, there's even setting of 9 tap-zones. Supporting of the programme was stopped about three years ago, but nowadays Tequilacat can be downloaded free from other sources.


Foliant

Программа Foliant для чтения с экрана мобильного телефона

Foliant is java app for the phone, which has much ampler opportunities than tequilacat: it supports book's formats .TXT, .FB2 and .ZIP archives, there's sterling show of FB2 books with supporting of styles, allocating of quotes and titles, navigation about the book, showing the table of contents, formatting and arrangement of hyphenations. More over, this app contains a little catalogue, wich sorts the books by genres and authors. You can add the books into this app not only from your phone's memory or SD-cards but from internet libraries too. There's an opportunity of choise of encoding: WIN-1251, ISO-8859-5, UTF-8, KOI8R and DOS in the widget. If you need, you can turn on autoscrolling, manage backlight and change orientation of the text.

There's only one but very big disadvantage in this programme, it needs a very big volume of random access memory so it doesn't work correctly in all models of phones.

The programme can be downloaded free from some sites.


Readmaniak

Программа Read Maniak для чтения с экрана мобильного телефона

Readmaniak is less powerful and accordingly less comfortable widget for reading from the phone's screen. Abilities of text showin are limited. There is a function of formatting, but the text, epigraphs and titles are shown in the same font. True, there is function of hyphenation. This programme works correctly with phones of brend Siemens, but in many other models you can download the book only with the internet connection what is very uncomfortable. To sum it up, we can say that for every smartphone, tab or electronic book which are managed by operating system Android are written dozens of very good programmes for reading books from the screen. Their abilities are on the order of magnitude higher than all widget which are described here. Among them the programmes Cool reader, Fbreader, MoonReader are the most popular.






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What to read?

Gregory David Roberts "Shantaram". A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. 'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan...

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Jean Kwok "Mambo in Chinatown". Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (American-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire life has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher...

Ray Bradbury "Fahrenheit 451". The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books...

To find these books, check out the "e-library".


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