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To what extent can an e-book reader be streamlined for language learning?

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To what extent can an e-book reader be streamlined for language learning?

I met the manufacturer of a Chinese e-book reader more than 2 years ago and bought their prototype at that time. Now they have developed it further and it really is a nice device for reading a wide range of file formats, like PDF, ePUB, DjVu, MOBI, PRC, DOC etc. as well as for listening to MP3. It runs on a Linux operative system. Also supports 30 languages/script systems.

I will soon try to sell this device in my online store but I would like to streamline it for language learning and instead of targeting the general customer who wants a device to read ebooks instead target language learners. To do this, I would need to streamline it, such as incorporate some kind of software in it suitable for learning languages. For example, ability to add words and phrases from ebooks to a personal dictionary incorporated in the ebook reader. And to enhance the reading experience by using a software like MartView: http://www.martview.com/index.php?ref=adwords&gclid=COXQkby_8agCFQIb6wody2FXCQ

Would this be possible, considering this device runs on a Linux operative system? Or would the Chinese manufacturer need to modify the hardware?

I know that most file formats works to view in this ebook reader but the best is to use ePUB.
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with both
1.various book format reading ability
2.mp3 ability
You have a pretty good device to design a language learning software comparableto rosetta stone (tm) , this is a list of 5 free replacements for it:
http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/10/featured/free-language-learning-software-free-replacement-rosetta-stone.html
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Just for Linux there're wide options too:
Foreign Language Learning Software

Klang
VocableTrainerX
Flare
Pere
Vocabulary Trainer
Nihon-go Flash
JLearner

look them up all at :
http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/tools.htm
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also at http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/tools.htm
there're multiple other options for other target groups:
Accounting Software

CTB
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XIWA
OBA
SQL-Ledger Accounting
PHPBalanceSheet
Muhasebeci
AccWhizz
Fruity Banking!
phpRechnung


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Data mining

Weka
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Dental Software

LinuDent
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Open Dental Software

Memory testing

Memtest86
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Real Estate Management

REMS
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Open-Realty
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These are great suggestions from you oleggold, thanks! It's a really good device but it's very hard to come across (partly because the marketing lacks a lot, people don't know where to get hold of it). And I'm confident that if it gets streamlined AND marketed to the right prospective buyers there are good opportunities to sell large quantities of it.

Can I somehow program this device from the laptop (with a LInux-distribution)? In other words, move programs from laptop to e-book device? Will the program be able to be run then on this e-book device? What more is required? What type of Linux on this device, what Linux-distribution can it most closely be compared to? I'm about to install two Linux-distros on my laptop, is there any special Linux that would be particularly beneficial for me to install for this purpose?

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