Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
ffutures

The Forgotten Futures CD-ROM contains a lot of period novels, stories and articles in HTML format.

After I got a couple of requests for it I started converting some of the longer pieces into Microsoft Reader .lit format. And the response was...

...total apathy. I never got any feedback suggesting that it was at all popular, or worth continuing with it. In fact I've continued to do so, since the work involved is only an hour or two per book and the software is free, but I've no reason to believe anyone ever looks at the damned things.

Today I read something which made me wonder if I might get a more positive response if I used the Palm Reader format instead, and I've been pointed at a site that carries free software for it. But before I start doing this I'd be grateful for some feedback; do people use these readers, and if so, which? And if they do, would they find the files more user-friendly than HTML, bearing in mind that illustrations will be smaller?

I should add that PDF is probably not an option - the files are too big and it looks crap unless you spend a LOT of time working at it.

Poll #450793 reader programs

I read e-texts in the following formats

Plain text
0(0.0%)
HTML
2(10.0%)
Microsoft's .lit format for Reader
0(0.0%)
Palm reader format
2(10.0%)
Other - if so, what?
1(5.0%)
oooh, shiny
2(10.0%)

If the answer above was "other", which do you use?

Which do you prefer?

Plain text
2(10.0%)
HTML
8(40.0%)
Microsoft .lit
1(5.0%)
Palm reader
1(5.0%)
Other
4(20.0%)
none of the above - I like paper
2(10.0%)
clicky
2(10.0%)
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