Q1: What type of files can I import with Read2Me?

A1: Read2Me supports the importing of *.txt files that are encoded using the UTF-8 ASCII-character set.

Read2Me is optimized to import Gutenberg.org text files that are of the type: Plain Text / us-ascii / none (compression).

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Q2: How can I import the text on my iPhone?

A2: Just navigate the browser to any UTF-8 Plain text *.txt file on the web, and hit the "Import Text" button. It's that simple.

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Q3: Can I import anything I want into Read2Me? Like a file on my Desktop?

A3: Technically, yes. As long as you convert or save the data into a UTF-8 .txt file, Read2Me can import it from any accessible URL.

To import a *.txt file that exists on your desktop, requires a web host and/or ftp client. You simply upload your pre-formatted file to an accessible URL. ex: http://www.myWebsite.com/newText.txt

****NOTE: "Secure eBooks" or DRM copies of texts that cannot be saved to a UTF-8 .txt file may not be imported in version 1.x ****

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Q4: I keep getting an error that says: "There is an error importing this text. Please make sure the file is .txt". Why?

A4: This error occurs for one of three reasons:

1. The file does not end with the .txt extension.

2. If the file is from Gutenberg.org, the wrong format was chosen. Read2Me is optimized to import Gutenberg.org text files that are of the type: Plain Text / us-ascii / none (compression). (See Q1)

3. If the file is from another URL, the .txt file is not saved in the correct ASCII UTF-8 encoding.

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Q5: How do I save a .txt file in UTF-8 encoding for importing into Read2Me?

A5: You can save a plain text .txt file (or any file that has been converted into a plain text .txt file) with UTF-8 encoding in the following manner:

Windows Users:

1. Open the plain text .txt file in WordPad (Windows) .

Proof-read the text to and edit it to your liking, since some of the characters and chapter headings may not translate precisely if the text was converted from a different source. Global replace is a handy feature in this regard.

2. Select Save As... at the bottom, use the Encoding drop-down to select the UTF-8 option, then save.

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Mac Users:

1. Open the .txt file in TextEdit (Mac).

2. If the file is not already plain text, select Format > Make Plain Text.

Proof-read the text to and edit it to your liking, since some of the characters and chapter headings may not translate precisely if the text was converted from a different source. Global replace is a handy feature in this regard.

3. Select Save As... At the bottom, use the Encoding drop-down to select the UTF-8 option, then save.

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Q6: How come I can't import any files over 1.5 MB?

A6: The iPhone has very limited resources. The operations on imported text strings are expensive and resource intensive. The importing procedures performed on text strings from plain text data > 1.5 MB, that is pulled down from the web, causes resource instability and may cause the application to crash.

Both future app updates and future iPhone updates may improve this situation in the near future.

Until then, we recommend breaking the source file into smaller source files and importing them individually, with descriptive titles such as "War And Peace, Part I", "War And Peace, Part II".

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Q7: How would I go about breaking a large file into smaller files for importing?

A7: Simply save the text file into multiple files. See Q5.

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Q8: Can I import anything other than .txt files? What about a .pdf?

A8: Any source will work, as long as a .txt version can be created or saved from it, such as with a PDF.

****NOTE: "Secure eBooks" or DRM copies of texts that cannot be saved to a UTF-8 .txt file may not be imported in version 1.x ****

A simple process for achieving this with a PDF is as follows:

1. Obtain a text of your choice in PDF format.

2. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 and select Save As Text...

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3. Open the text file in Notepad.

Proof-read the text to and edit it to your liking since some of the characters and chapter headings may not translate precisely (global replace is a handy feature in this regard).

4. Select Save As... at the bottom, use the Encoding drop-down to select the UTF-8 option, then save.

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5. Upload the new UTF-8 .txt file to a URL location, like a web server or FTP site. Ex. http://www.mydomain.com/mytext.txt

6. Open Read2Me and select Import New... Point the browser to the URL where your file is stored and Import Text.