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November 9, 2011

Release of new firmware for Sony Readers PRS-350/650/950 with touch screen support!

Main features:

  • Support for all major ebook, image, compression audio formats.
  • In-book dictionary
  • Ability to install additional dictionaries and fonts
  • Simple and intuitive interface, fully functional file manager and many other features

Download installers from here:

When alternative firmware is installed there is easy way to return to original fimrware

Supported formats:

  • Books: PDF, DOC, EPUB, RTF, HTML, CHM, TXT, DJVU, FB2, PDB, PRC, TCR, ZIP, RAR including multi-file ZIP и RAR compressed files
  • Comics formats: CBR, CBZ
  • Image formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PSD, PICT, PCX, PGM, PPM, SGI, TGA
  • Music: MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AAC

All features of alternative firmware:

  • Quick start (less than 5 seconds)
  • Simple and convenient interface
  • Fully functional file manager with support of all types of file operations.
  • Flexible user settings, such as fonts, page settings, supported languages, custom fonts etc.
  • Convenient in-book navigation
  • Bookmark, page and page layout settings
  • Flexible settings for  PDF/DjVu,CBR/CBZ and images scaling (zoom).
  • Bilt-in dictionary, support for custom dictionaries.
  • Screen capture

Current version has six applicaitons: Chess, Sudoku, Calculator, Schultse table and Dictionary in addition to the built–in dictionary.

73 Comments »

  1. why no prs-600 support ?

    Comment by dimchris — November 10, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Sorry, but we do not have any plans to develop our firmware for old models such as 600, 900, etc.
    We will partly support our firmware 300/505 models, but our primary task is x50 platform.

    Comment by admin — November 10, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

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  4. thanks so much for publishing!

    Good job!

    wondering if this firmware support east asian encoding? like Chinese and Japanese,etc.

    Also how about German books?

    will mobi format be added?

    Comment by conanyqq — November 11, 2011 @ 1:11 am

  5. if anyone in your team, or any of your friends can read chinese, I recommend you take a look at the “Duokan” system for Kindle, it’s a fairly developed firmware, and might be inspiring for you. I am actually considering switching back to kindle just for it, but your release for sony 350 saved me, thanks!

    Comment by conanyqq — November 11, 2011 @ 1:14 am

  6. About supported formats… I can’t see LRF. So strange…

    Comment by Kesha — November 11, 2011 @ 8:07 am

  7. We do not support proprietary SONY’s LRF format. Moreover, SONY does not support LRF anymore as well (PRS-T1).

    Comment by admin — November 11, 2011 @ 8:18 am

  8. Thank for great job!
    But I have one strange thing – with this new firmwre my books are opening much slower! Even Epub. On standard firmware it opens in a second. Now this takes about 40-60 seconds. Is it Ok?

    Comment by alexxm — November 11, 2011 @ 10:36 am

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  10. what a pity that don’t develop to the PRS X00 models …I thing will be many users who would like use this fine package on his/her PRS X00 …

    Comment by emoly — November 11, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  11. No, it is really strange. Can you send us this file for testing please?

    Comment by admin — November 11, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  12. Thanks for this amazing product ! I tried to install different dictionaries but none of theme works !
    For example :
    http://dl.cihar.com/slovnik/stardict-english-czech-latest.tar.gz
    http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/s/stardict-xmlittre/stardict-xmlittre_1.0.orig.tar.gz
    http://download.tuxfamily.org/polyglotte/dicos/dict/anglais/stardict-francais-anglais_apertium-2.4.2.zip

    I put each folder in ebookapplications/dictionary/

    Did I miss something ?

    Comment by Messian — November 11, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  13. from Help document:

    Firmware eBook Applications works with dictionaries in StarDict format.
    You can download it here: http://xdxf.revdanica.com/down

    By default the firmware archive includes English-Russian dictionary.

    In order to add a new dictionary you have to perform the following actions:
    Download archive with your SratDict dictionary The archive should contain 3 files:
    dictionary_name.dict.dz
    dictionary_name.idx
    dictionary_name.ifo
    Copy these 3 files into the new folder
    Copy this new folder into “ebookapplications/dictionary” folder in the internal memory of the device

    Comment by admin — November 11, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  14. Thanks for your answer… I just tried :

    http://freefr.dl.sourceforge.net/project/xdxf/dicts-stardict-form-xdxf/002e/stardict-user_hctr01_Dico_result_37-2.4.2.tar.bz2
    http://netcologne.dl.sourceforge.net/project/xdxf/dicts-stardict-form-xdxf/002e/stardict-user_hctr01_dictionnaireCuisine38-2.4.2.tar.bz2
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/xdxf/files/dicts-stardict-form-xdxf/002c/stardict-comn_sdict05_french-english-2.4.2.tar.bz2/download

    None of theme works on a Sony PRS 350.

    :-(

    Comment by Messian — November 11, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  15. I installed the firmware on the Sony PRS-650,
    but is it possible to change it back to the factory firmware?

    Firmware update form sony doesn’t work anymore (don’t recongnize the reader)
    Hard Reset also don’t work (or I to it wrong)

    Comment by Piet — November 11, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

  16. from Installation guide for firmware for PRS-350/650/950 document:

    In order to remove eBook Applications fimware from the device it is necessary to connect it to USB and remove “ebook applications” and “test-startup” (if exists) folders from the internal memory.

    Comment by admin — November 11, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  17. I have Sony 650 with the firmware 1.0.00.08100 (which is supported) AND russian hack by porkupan (boroda) Version: 1.05e. Is it safe to install your product over this version?

    THANK YOU!

    Comment by Dmitry — November 11, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  18. Purchased Epub files and and news epubs generated by calibre are not opened… Reverting to default firmware

    Comment by Reg — November 11, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  19. In any case it is great to have option to revert back to original firmware without any belly-dancing around the device. Awesome!

    Comment by Reg — November 11, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  20. Absolutely safely.

    Comment by admin — November 11, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  21. We do not support DRM in current version.

    Comment by admin — November 11, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  22. Is there an option to load the original sony firmware vs the ebook application firmware?

    Comment by arnoldo — November 12, 2011 @ 2:17 am

  23. Only to remove our firmware. Please read Installation guide for firmware for PRS-350/650/950

    Comment by admin — November 12, 2011 @ 5:43 am

  24. opening pdf file is good, but the support of epub file is bad.
    opening epub file is very slow, it seems that the css file of epub doesn’t work.
    and don’t read lrf files .
    to solve the problem, shifting the two system is a solution.
    if the problem is solved, i think that the firmware is suitable for me.

    Comment by ben — November 12, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  25. Does anyone try to install other dictionaries ? Which woks ? On what device ? Thanks !!!

    Comment by Messian — November 12, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  26. from Help document:

    Firmware eBook Applications works with dictionaries in StarDict format.
    You can download it here: http://xdxf.revdanica.com/down

    Comment by admin — November 12, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

  27. Yes, yes… I read the documentation… but NONE of the dictionary found on http://xdxf.revdanica.com/down in StarDict format works on my Sony PRS 350.

    Moreover, when I tried to add fonts (find on dafont) it makes the Reader bug…

    :-(

    Comment by Messian — November 12, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  28. Try to format internal memory and reinstall everything.

    Comment by admin — November 12, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  29. How to change the direction of paging in a touchscreen?

    Comment by dpta — November 12, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  30. >> How to change the direction of paging in a touchscreen?

    It will be available in the next version.

    Comment by admin — November 12, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

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  32. Removing firmware to return to original sony firmware works but another method is the following:

    A. Rename “ebookapplications” folder to something like “xxebookapplications”
    B. Turn e reader completely off
    c. Upon restarting, sony firmware will load.

    To return back to the alternative firmware rename “xxebookapplications” folder to “ebookapplications”

    D. Shut down e reader
    E. Upon restarting, alternative firmware will load.

    It seems that earlier firmware had an option of loading either sony or alternative firmware. . it would be nice if a future updates would add this useful feature ;-)

    Comment by arnoldo — November 13, 2011 @ 1:31 am

  33. Is there available fullscreen viewing without status bar ?

    Comment by wan — November 14, 2011 @ 8:19 am

  34. In current version – no.

    Comment by admin — November 14, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  35. I suppose your faq isn’t up to date anymore since it mentions:
    Will there be a version for Sony PRS-600?

    Yes, we are working on this already

    (I’m a prs-600 owner and would really like a better firmware)

    Comment by losleos — November 14, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  36. As we said before, we do not have any plans to develop our firmware for old models such as 600, 900, etc.
    We will partly support our firmware 300/505 models, but our primary task is x50 platform.

    We will renew FAQ soon.

    Comment by admin — November 14, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  37. So I would like to kindly ask you for some minor improvements in your great firmware.
    1) FB2 support is great, but epubs are opening toooo slowly.
    2) There would be nice to have ability of text selection or drawing something over it as it were in original Sony’s firmware — very useful for proofreading. Or, also for proofreading purposes, ability to edit text.
    2a) It would be nice also to have some kind of “Notes” application as it were in original firmware.
    3) Font list doesn’t scroll and some names of some specific cyrillic fonts aren’t shown.
    4) How can I select the new default font?

    Comment by Medvedev — November 18, 2011 @ 8:15 am

  38. This is so great, i really like my prs 950 but their software has serious limitations. I realy like that now I can have a real file manager. I didnt install the update yet, did you made some improvements in web browser, like zooming and rotating web pages the same way as the reader for books does? This would be realy helpful.

    Thank you for your time and effort!

    Comment by Laris — November 18, 2011 @ 9:04 am

  39. Thank you.

    1) ePub with CSS in progress.
    4) To set default font please go to Settings -> Book View Settings

    Comment by admin — November 18, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  40. Web browser is in short term plans. Please follow our news line.

    Comment by admin — November 18, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

  41. Does anybody succeed to install fonts or dictionary on a PRS 350 ??? Thanks !

    Comment by Messian — November 18, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

  42. >>>>Does anybody succeed to install fonts or dictionary on a PRS 350 ??? Thanks !<<<
    Yes, I was able to install a dictionary on my PRS-350 by following these steps;

    "In order to add a new dictionary you have to perform the following actions:
    Download archive with your SratDict dictionary The archive should contain 3 files:
    dictionary_name.dict.dz
    dictionary_name.idx
    dictionary_name.ifo
    Copy these 3 files into the new folder
    Copy this new folder into “ebookapplications/dictionary” folder in the internal memory of the device"

    The one time I had difficulty using the dictionary I discovered that the 3 files were stored in the subfolder of the new dictionary folder. For example, if you click on the default En-Ru dictionary immediately three files are displayed. On an arabic-english which initially didn't work the three files were stored in a subfolder. The solution was to copy the three files, delete the subfolder, and paste the three files to the main dictionary folder.

    Installing font's was without difficulty. After installing fonts/dictionary, don't forget to safely eject your e-reader and then reboot for the changes to work. .

    Comment by arnoldo — November 22, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  43. <>
    Sweet! :-)

    Comment by arnoldo — November 22, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

  44. . . . Adding a web browser that is.

    Comment by arnoldo — November 22, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  45. May be the problems come from I use a Mac and not a PC ?

    Comment by Messian — November 22, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  46. I’ve used a computer running Ubuntu OS in addition to Windows and had no problems installing fonts and dictionaries in my sony e reader. It’s doubtful using a Mac would’ve have any impact since the files are loaded directly into the internal memory of your e-reader.

    Regarding the web browser, it’s obviously only for the 950, correct?

    Comment by arnoldo — November 22, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  47. I have correctly downloaded and transferred the three files in STADICT format
    of the English-English dictionary into both PRS-350 and PRS-950.
    The files show in the correct folder, however neither device will work in
    such dictionary. It is non responsive – keyboard shows up, type a word and
    than nothing happens.
    ( I removed the English-Russian dictionary – is that a problem now ? )

    Comment by edk187 — November 24, 2011 @ 3:33 am

  48. No, you can remove or add any dictionary – this is not a problem.
    Please try follow instructions from help:

    Firmware eBook Applications works with dictionaries in StarDict format.
    You can download it here: http://xdxf.revdanica.com/down

    In order to add a new dictionary you have to perform the following actions:

    1. Download archive with your SratDict dictionary
    The archive should contain 3 files:
    • dictionary_name.dict.dz
    • dictionary_name.idx
    • dictionary_name.ifo
    2. Copy these 3 files into the new folder
    3. Copy this new folder into “ebookapplications/dictionary” folder in the internal memory of the device
    4. Restart device by switching it completely off.

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  49. On my PRS-350 I have installed PRS+ yet. it is safe to install this awesome firmware? Or I need to get rid of PRS+? Someone tried this combination yet?
    The awesome solution would be a sort of boot loader that let the user to choice between Original FW, PRS+ and this custom firmware at startup

    Comment by eXistenZ — November 24, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  50. It is safe for your device. Our firmware does not affect original SONY’ firmware.

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  51. is there is the way to set the font size in pdf ? like it was in original version ?

    Comment by alex — November 28, 2011 @ 4:22 am

  52. No in current version, just custom scale for PDF/DjVu/CBR/CBZ and pictures.

    Comment by admin — November 28, 2011 @ 7:28 am

  53. Прошу помощи, являюсь владельцем PRS-300, все поиски в сети нормальной прошивки приводят так или иначе к Вам но!!!:
    for PRS-350
    for PRS-650
    for PRS-950
    Ради интереса запустил экзешник 350, но мою 300 установщик не увидел…
    Как быть?…

    Comment by Sergey M. — November 30, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  54. http://ebookapplications.com/downloads/3

    Comment by admin — December 1, 2011 @ 6:01 am

  55. I have purchased Sony e reader PRS950, but after adding books I found that device doesn’t support cyrllic fonts. what should I do in this case? Is there any way of installing cyrllic fonts. It is very important for me :(

    Comment by ofeliya — December 2, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

  56. Install our firmware.

    Comment by admin — December 3, 2011 @ 6:20 am

  57. I like your firmware! It is fast and the rendering of pages it seems better than that on the default firmware. The ability to use a custom dictionary is fantastic. Have you planned to implement the possibility to highlight and annotate on books? Thanks!

    Comment by Saiph — December 4, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

  58. Thank you.
    Yes, we are going to implement this functionality.

    Comment by admin — December 4, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  59. Dear sir,
    I bought the PRS-650 from Japan, and has been upgrade the device version to 2.0.00.06070. However the new firmware does not support this device version. Is there any alternative soluation for this problem? such as downgrade the device version…etc.
    Many thanks for your kindly support.

    Comment by Zep — December 7, 2011 @ 3:14 am

  60. Currently we do not support original Japan firmware.

    From Installation Guide:
    Firmware eBook Applications can be installed to Sony devices with following original firmware versions:
    PRS-350 – v.1.0.00.08100 and v.1.0.00.14080,
    PRS-650 – v.1.0.00.08100 and v.1.0.00.14080,
    PRS-950 – v.1.0.00.09300 and v.2.0.00.11300.

    Please try downgrade original firmware and install ours.

    Comment by admin — December 7, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  61. Dear Sir,
    Is there any solution to downgrade to v.1.0.00.14080?
    I have searched the SONY offical site, no assist provided.

    Comment by Zep — December 8, 2011 @ 1:31 am

  62. Please contact SONY’s support.

    Comment by admin — December 9, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  63. Hi!
    Good job.
    But… Do you have any idea about isilo format?
    No any information about any ereader is able to sapport that format.

    Comment by Sergey — December 12, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  64. Thank you for your effort…
    Everything is ok. but there are some problems in Korean.
    How can I view Korean language in dictionary and book’s title?

    Comment by Sean — December 14, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  65. We do not support Korean language. Please help us to translate the interface to your language.
    You can download zip-archive with all the existing translations from here. When done send us your file to info@ebookapplications.com.

    Comment by admin — December 16, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  66. Excellent job, really! I love you guys.

    Just a couple of issues:

    1) When I turn the device off, the screen of my 650 does not get completely blank. How can this be fixed?

    2) Sometimes when I read a book (even in .epub format) the device gets stuck, rapidly discharging the battery, and there is no way to restart it unless I giggle with the usb cable in and out for like an hour. this can be really annoying, especially if I’m away from my computer;

    3) Can you make it support “.lit” format?

    4) Is it normal to take 10 seconds to open a pure text book?

    Thank you so much, and really congrats for your firmware. Now I don’t regret anymore having bought a Reader!

    ciao

    PS Where can I find some other dictionaries?

    Comment by Paolo De Vast — December 17, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  67. Thank you.

    Please try follow recommendations from help:

    Firmware eBook Applications works with dictionaries in StarDict format.
    You can download it here: http://xdxf.revdanica.com/down

    Comment by admin — December 17, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  68. >>>> Sometimes when I read a book (even in .epub format) the device gets stuck, rapidly discharging the battery, and there is no way to restart it unless I giggle with the usb cable in and out for like an hour. this can be really annoying, especially if I’m away from my computer<<<<

    I had the same issue the other day with the device getting stuck while loading a book in .epub format/changing font size. The solution was to do a "soft reset" and then restart the device.

    Comment by arnoldo — December 24, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

  69. a question, I found a Spanish dictionary, I mean a Spanish – Spanish for the DRAE, then the format that I found this dictionary is (. dz), but nothing more, or (. idx) or (. ifo), only one file (. dz), so does the EBOOKAPPLICATIONS recognize me this dictionary?

    sorry for my English

    Comment by Diego — February 16, 2012 @ 3:30 am

  70. Hi Ebookapplications Team

    Thank you very much for your effort to make such kind nice firmware.
    Now I am using Sony PRS 350 with your firmware 1.11.1.OS.

    Dictionary :
    The best option I love love love. The Custom Dictionary build on Stardict format is great. I can create my own dictionary then just put it inside without any problem.

    Nice on reading : Only for FB2 and RTF format. EPUB and others is so slow.
    So all of my ebook collection I have to convert to FB2 first, so I have to loss the CSS format on EPUB. But it is not a big deal for me as long as Custum Dictionary available.

    Ebookapplications Teams :
    1. Could you please just create Custum Dictionary on Stardic as like on Duokan Format (On Kindle 3). On Duokan format we just paste all those 3 stardict files on the same folder. For Example En-France, En-Latin, Eng-Indonesian etc etc. When we read only tab the word and the meaning just pop up. (Your version must need to choice which dictionary we use)

    Diego (this is my version that worked for me), I have got same problem as you before and got trial and error).
    1. Just install as like admin steps above.
    2. Do not Delete En-Ru, Only paste yours 3 Stardic dictionary files in this folder. (I create my own dictionary with Stardict Editor.
    3. If you failed, go to step 1 again and do this :
    – Compress file .dict with 7zip, and rename dictionary_name.dict.dz
    4. Put these all 3 files to En-Ru Folder : dictionary_name.idx, dictionary_name.ifo, dictionary_name.dict.dz

    Good Luck Brother.

    For Ebookapplications Teams, keep update please.
    Still waiting for faster version :)

    Comment by Akumanggo — April 17, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  71. Can someone please help me. I have a sony prs 900 reader. But it has only an English dictionary installed. I downloaded some dic files of other dictionaries. I need a portuguese english dic, a spanish english dic and a french english dic. How to install them?

    Comment by Bosco — July 6, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  72. Dear Sony Reader 350:

    After the reader’s battery gets low, I naturally, charge it through the computer interface line.

    After a while the red light goes off.

    When I try to get back to the book text, the reader flashes and returns to the same position. Simply said, I cannot get it started again!

    What to do?????

    Thank you for any advice, but please, no comp jargon, just simple English.

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,

    Iharka
    iharkazak@gmail.com

    Comment by ihar kazak — October 24, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  73. hey guys at ebook apps are there plans on making firmware for prs 600 yet?

    Comment by prs600 user — April 9, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

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