Pocketbook InkPad Overview: Apps

Pocketbook InkPad Overview: Apps Reviews Long before Android became common on tablets, much less started showing up on ereaders, Pocketbook had quietly made a name for itself by supporting a framework of 3rd-party apps on its ereaders.

That framework was never very well organized, and it was never very well developed on a technical level, but it is possible to find and install apps on the InkPad and other Pocketbook ereaders.

I have not been able to install any additional apps on my InkPad, but it did ship with thirteen (13) apps. This excludes core InkPad functions like the settings menu, bookstore, and stock reading apps, but includes things like the Dropbox client.

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    For example, I would have really liked to have been able to read digital comics on the InkPad. I would have also liked an Epub app with better control of the formatting.

    One thing I have noticed in using the T68 Lynx and the T61/Illumina (2 ereaders which raun Android) is that the apps I used most on those devices focused on reading of one kind or another. Apps like Pocket were becoming more valuable to me as time went by.

    Given Pocketbook's head start in running apps on ereaders, this is something they should have figured out first and built on as a way to add more value for their customers.


    If you would like to develop apps, check out the SDKs on SourceForge. They were last updated in 2011, which should give you an idea of how well 3rd-party apps are supported by Pocketbook.

    If you would like to install additional apps, well, that's going to be a little harder to do. There's more to it than simply copying a file and clicking the install button.

    At a minimum, installing an app will involve going into the system folder and editing a config. You'll also need to identify the version of the app compatible with your specific Pocketbook device and copy the app file to the applications folder (and sometimes also to the system/bin folder). For more details, ask over at MobileRead.

    I have not been able to install any additional apps. This is due in part to the fact that the process is a PitA, but also because I made the mistake of updating my InkPad from a v4.x firmware to a v5.x firmware. Most of the apps were developed for the older frmware.

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    Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


    1. Name (required)23 November, 2014

      It looks like PocketBook company changed their attitude since the first PocketBooks – PB301 and PB360 were released. In the “good old times” they even sponsored programming competitions.
      For older devices there are interesting programs available. I have PB623 (firmware 4.4 – this is what you had) and I have an ftp server installed on my reader, Vim text editor (the full thing, including ability to run scripts), Linux terminal emulator, Coolreader and other less interesting, and much less useful apps.
      I know, ftp server sounds crazy, but the purpose is to be able to modify the internal system partition. I used it to get extensions.cfg configuration file, so we could have reference file that we could modify to install third-party reading apps.

      Here is one of pages with some programs made for previous generation of firmware: http://fedorchenko.net/pocket.php

      Please note, it always takes some time for software to become available for new model with a new firmware. Only a very small percentage of PocketBook owners have the knowledge and the inclination to do software hacking. Much of the development takes place at the-ebook.org forum – The biggest Russian-speaking forum. The other hub of activity is Germany, where PocketBooks are relatively popular.

      1. Nate Hoffelder23 November, 2014

        Do you know what I wish PB had released?

        A Windows app that would install and configure the apps for you. That would make it so much easier to add apps.

    2. zactral23 November, 2014

      I see that you are planning to make a thorough review. At least this seems to mean that you like the device, so the screen can’t be that bad..

      1. Nate Hoffelder23 November, 2014

        It’s not the best screen but it’s pretty good.

    3. Joel24 November, 2014

      Have you tryed the app
      InstaFetch ?

      Its my favorite. It is tweaked for ereaders. And pageturn buttons work on my sony prs-T2.

      Easier to read than Pocket.
      It hase paged pageturns rather than the painful schrolling…

      My wish is that they would make a large ereader with a good Evernote app, with offline reading…

      Why does the ereader makers dont use Instapaper?

      When is your review out?


      1. Nate Hoffelder24 November, 2014

        The review was going to be done this weekend – and last weekend. I keep finding myself with writer’s block, so instead I have been circling the review and writing peripheral posts.

    4. Tomas25 November, 2014

      Did you try to use Calibre with Inkpad? Does it work?

      1. Nate Hoffelder25 November, 2014

        I hadn’t tried it yet. But I just updated and calibre was able to recognize my InkPad, including telling me which formats could be sent over.

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