Options and Preferences

eReader contains many ways of customizing the user interface to better fit you, the user. These options include increasing the font size for easier reading, turning off the tapping sounds and inverting the screen for quiet night-time reading, and many others. These options can be set from the Options menu.

General Preferences

The first item under the Options menu, “General Preferences…” presents a dialog which allows control of sound, turning off the display of various warnings, and other general settings.


All Sound Off (Master)

If checked, the eReader operates completely silently (including alerts and dialogs). This is the "read-in-bed-late-at-night-spouse-friendly" option.

Allow Screen Page Tapping

If this preference item is checked, tapping the screen will turn the book's page. If this option is unchecked, normal page turning is only possible by using the page up/page down buttons.

Audible Page Tapping

If this preference item is checked, turning book pages by tapping the screen will cause an audible sound. Unchecking this item will make page turning behave silently. This is also useful if reading books late at night in the company of a sleeping partner.

Display Find Warning

If this preference item is checked, you will see the following help/warning dialog before executing a search for text:


Display Image Viewing Warning

If this preference item is checked, you will see the following help/warning dialog after tapping an icon to display a large image:


Display Conversion Warning

When upgrading from an older version of Palm Reader or from Peanut Reader, you may see a warning that the format of your bookmarks and annotations needs updating. If this preference item is not checked, you will not see this warning and the conversion will automatically take place.

Underline Links

If this preference item is checked, links will be underlined when displayed on a page.

Margins [Pro only]

In eReader Pro this option allows you to control the horizontal margins used when the page is displayed. You can set the margins to “Small,” “Medium,” “Large” or “Wide.” The Wide setting is recommended only for handhelds with wide screens. Note that changing the margin setting will cause the book to be repaginated.

Use Full Justification [Pro only]

In eReader Pro this option allows you to control if the text is fully justified (all lines have the same width but the spacing between words may vary) or ragged (the spacing between words is always the same, but the line length may vary).


Toolbar Preferences

The next item in the Options menu controls the appearance of the toolbar.

The toolbar is a line of small icons at the bottom of the book page display. Most of the toolbar icons perform the same functions as selecting a menu item. The Toolbar preferences dialog contains checkboxes for hiding these icons on the book display page. For more information on the function of each of these icons, see the Toolbar section.

NOTE: There is not always enough space for all of the icons in the toolbar. If they don't all fit, the icons at the end of the list will not be shown.

You can set the location of the toolbar to be at the bottom or top of the page. You can also hide the toolbar entirely by unchecking the Show Toolbar checkbox. Note that showing or hiding the toolbar will cause the book to be repaginated. You can also choose to use the traditional small icons, or the newer large icons. Changing the icon size may also cause the book to be repaginated.


Screen Preferences

The next item in the Options menu controls the orientation of the text on the handheld.

In this example, the user has chosen to read the book in landscape mode with the handheld's buttons orientated to the right. This orientation is particularly useful for a right-handed person reading with one hand.

The Page-tapping section of this dialog is used to configure the tapping location for page turning. In this example, tapping the top half of the text on the screen will take the user to the previous page and tapping the bottom half of the screen will take the user to the next page.

To configure the display quality, choose from the two settings (high and low). A low quality setting will sometimes speed up the display of each page. However, choosing low quality will also switch eReader to black and white or 8 bit color, so color options may not be available.


Selection Preferences [Pro only]

selection preferences

The Selection dialog controls how selections and highlighted text are treated in eReader Pro.

When the Action option is set to "Ask" the Selection menu will be shown every time you select text, allowing you to choose which action you wish to perform. If you want to always perform the same action for every selection, set the Action option to that choice.

The Pen option determines which pen is used to highlight the text when you choose a "Highlight" or "Add Note" action after making a selection.

Each of the four pens can have a different color assigned to it. On color devices sections of text that have a note attached to them will be highlighted with the corresponding pen color. You can change the pen assigned to a particular note in the Note dialog.