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I'm proud to announce the newly redesigned, Librarian Chick, a wiki that provides links to hundreds upon hundreds of the best free educational resources! By popular demand, Librarian Chick now has a Category Breakdown page so you can see the contents of each category separately. Navigation and layout make a bit more sense now and it's less cluttered. Thanks to all of you who have supported Librarian Chick over the last couple years. With your help, we were able to move to our own server, which was a big step in having more control over the layout and content. Keep on spreading the word!

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.

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“David Baker’s Crocodile Keyboard is so named because its keys are shaped like the reptile’s sharp teeth.

Baker told Register Hardware today that each triangular key has significantly more dead space around it than you’d find on a standard Qwerty layout. Consequently, users are more likely to press the correct key each time they tap.”