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Droid users, let me recommend the app FBReader as a book reader for your Droid. I have tried 13* of them since Saturday, and some lack decent support, some lack basic functionality, some lack even the ability to change pages without a sub menu. FBReader handles too few regular formats, and at first I overlooked it as a result. I did find a solution, noted in the next paragraph.
The application Calibre will let you convert almost any ebook to a epub (The free and open e-book standard), or several other formats. I recommend it if you have an inferior phone also, heh, since Epub is rather commonly available, and it is usable over many platforms (as is FBReader). Regardless of what you use, I recommend checking this out!
I started this process by downloading and installing the top 5* free ebooks readers from the Droid market. If they crashed, I read their forums, followed their recommended fixes, verified files, used their test files etc. So, when I say it crashes it is based on what it does when you and your hardware have done everything right already.
FBReader – I give this app about a 95% approval rating. The only feature others have that it lacks is autoscrolling, and since my old BB never supported it, I guess that I do not miss it. The apps that do offer the autoscroll option never make it fast enough to be useful to me. It allows a full choice of fonts/size/colors/margins. You can select multiple hard keys for page turning, you can pick the folder it sees the library in (and it read subdirectories, which 3 of the 5 seemed incapable of doing). It is cross platform, distributed under GNU GPL and supports the following system choices so you do not have to deal with changing readers between portable and home.
* For Linux desktop computer.
* For Windows XP/Vista/7 computer.
* For SmartQ 5/7 MID.
* For Maemo (Nokia 770/N800/N810) Internet Tablet.
* For Sharp Zaurus with Qtopia-based ROM (e.g., original Sharp, Cacko) installed.
* For Sharp Zaurus with pdaXrom installed.
* For Sharp Zaurus with OpenZaurus installed.
* For Siemens Simpad with OpenSimpad 0.9.0.
* For Archos PMA430.
* For PepperPad.
* For Motorola A1200 smartphone.
* FBReaderJ for Google Android.
* FBReader for Motorola E680i/A780 (ported by Ketut P. Kumajaya).
* FBReader for MacOS X (by Stanislav Gobunov).
* Fbreader for IRex iLiad (ported by Adam B.).
* FBReader FreeBSD ports (thanks to Andrew Pantyukhin)
Aldiko – Limited Formats it can read, VERY VERY SLOW, crashed one time in three, requires you use a unchangeable folder for storage of files (which several others also fail with). It scrolls pages nicely and give you button options for page changing in addition to using on screen gestures. If it had more stability or worked more consistently I would have better to say of it, but too slow and too buggy.
Word Player (sometimes called Art of War since it comes with it) Crash, Crash, Crash, Ooo it is working, check out the feat…oh it crashed again. Ohh it is working now, let's wait half an hour for a page to load in its native format, oh no it crashed.
eReaderPro – Okay, this app is decent overall (and has autoscroll with adjustable speed) but has two major flaws. First, it seems to only be able to see books in the root of your memory, if you have one ebook I can see that being okay, I on the other hand am loading 33k books/manuals onto my phone. Second, it only allows screen gestures to change pages. This is simply unacceptable to me, and might be to you, but if you are trying to read something with gloves on having the option to map page up/down to the volume keys is required.
The fifth, well, I have zero good to say about it.
As a side note, the Sci-Fi Publisher Baen gives away thousands of free books in multiple formats, and you can download entire CD's of marterial they have released from The Fifth Imperium
* Started with 13, I do want to mention that all the others I tried dramatically failed, support DRM only, required you buy books only from them, etc. None were worth abandoning a library of open books, nor would I ever.

Stacy Reed seeks out the best of the web in The Sweet Stuff: Web Watch. From the well known to the next big thing, every day to the lesser known, the best and worst of Web Watch is fair game. Whether it’s the latest online office suite, the newest online email service, the best of blogs, the best hidden Easter Eggs, it’s all coming with The Sweet Stuff: Web Watch.

From the page: “Each portion forming a reduced-size copy of the whole, a fractal is forever fragmented, both chaotic and ordered, endlessly complex. Timothy Green’s American Fractal sees this pattern emerge from the fabric of modern culture, as it navigates the personal, the political, and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the faade of order…”

If you've ever had the need to recover data from a hard drive thanks to malicious trojans, worms or a bad device error, you already know that sick feeling that washes over you when it suddenly hits you — it being the possible loss of all that data — and when it hits you, it's enough to throw you into a panic. It's the stuff you love, the stuff you want and need. It's your music, your family's important documents, private information or photos. It's that project you've spent a week completing and it's due tomorrow. I've been there. I think we all have at one time or another and if you haven't, knock on wood, because it truly sucks.

Better yet, just chill out. There's an easy resolution that doesn't require counting on your lucky stars, devoutly making backups, not even pre-installation. It's called Selkie Rescue. All you have to do is sit back and relax. If anything happens to your computer that causes the operating system to fail, you just burn a CD, pop it in, connect to another computer and recover your files. It also works great in those instances where you'd like to upgrade to a new computer because Selkie is the perfect tool for migrating data from the one machine to another. It doesn't even matter if the old or broken computer has a failing operating system because Selkie bypasses it and turns the old machine into a File Server complete with full network support.

Check it out for yourself, you never know when it will come in handy and save you the hassle of taking the job to Geek Squad or your local computer repair shop (who would love to invade your folders and charge you an arm and a leg to do so).

I got a chuckle out of the woman's voice in this cute little animation. Also, there's another quick video that explains how Selkie works if you're interested in learning more.

Sprout is an amazingly customizable and free widget creator. This one was super easy to make and publish on iGoogle. I was curious if it would actually show up in a blog post. This is just a test.
Update: It looks like it has lost the thumbnails for the second and third pages, though they are all there on the first. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty powerful tool. Make them any size using one of their templates or from scratch. You can even add music and video! At any rate, it's a quick and easy way for any type of business to set up their own little custom widget cuz widgets are teh shiznat. You know you want one of your very own. I want to make like a gajillion of them.
Click on the little “share” button in the lower-right corner to see a list of sites Sprout widgets are compatible with.