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About Rocket eBook
   Technical Details
   A History of Publishing
   Using the Rocket eBook
   Maintaining Your eBook

   About the RocketWriter
   Creating From a File
   Creating From a Website
   Image Design
   Reading a RocketEdition
   Getting Comfortable
   Using Reference Features
   Building Up Your Library
   Managing Your Library

   User's Guide

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Using the Rocket eBook

Q: What are the system requirements for the Rocket eBook?

- IBM-compatible 486 or higher PC
- Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4.0
- 16MB RAM recommended
- 10MB available hard disk space
- One available 9 pin serial port
- Internet access
- Web browser: such as Netscape® Navigator(version 4.0 or higher) or Internet Explorer (version 4.0 or higher)

NOTE: You must have Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher in order to use all of RocketLibrarian's features.

If you have a Mac:

- Power Macintosh (Power PC 601 or higher)
- Mac OS 8.5 or higher
- 16MB RAM recommended
- 10MB available hard disk space
- One available serial port or USB port
- Internet access
- Web browser: Web browser: such as Netscape® Navigator(version 4.0 or higher) or Internet Explorer (version 4.0 or higher)

Q: What is the RocketLibrarian ?
A: The RocketLibrarian is the desktop application for the Rocket eBook that is responsible for communication to and from the Rocket eBook and to and from the online bookstore where RocketEditions are purchased (with a Web Browser as intermediary). The RocketLibrarian provides an interface for managing your library of RocketEditions, along with the ability for you to specify the settings for the Rocket eBook (i.e., time, font, font size, etc.). It also includes the RocketWriter™ , which allows Rocket eBook owners to easily create their own titles in RocketEdition format, download web information and submit their works to Rocket-Library.

Q: How long does the battery last?
A: The rechargeable nickel metal hydride battery in the Rocket eBook will last about 5 years with moderate use before it needs replacement. The battery is replaceable without replacing the entire Rocket eBook.

Q: What books come pre-loaded on my Rocket eBook?
A: The Rocket eBook User Guide, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the Random House Webster's eDictionary ver. 1.0. For the Rocket eBook Pro: the Rocket eBook User Guide, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Random House Webster's eDictionary ver 2.0.

Q:Is the Rocket eBook customizable for right/left handers ?
A:The Rocket eBook is ergonomically designed for optimal reading by both right and left handed readers. The Rocket eBook screen can be oriented in landscape or portrait modes, so that is can be held in two hands or set on a desk or table for reading.

Q: How does the Rocket eBook handle page numbers ?
A: The Rocket eBook will calculate pages on each title depending on the font style, size and page orientation chosen. Because these factors make paging relative, the same title on different Rocket eBooks with different settings will have different page numbers.

Q: Can I save my notes, underlines and bookmarks to my PC when I finished reading my book?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I change the fonts, font sizes, and styles used for my RocketEditions?
A: Rocket eBook comes with two "default" fonts. The small print is set at 10-point, and the large-print font is 14-point. However, you may use the RocketLibrarian™ program (which comes with the Rocket eBook) to set either font style or size to any font you have on your computer. (Maximum size is 28-point)

Q: Can the Rocket eBook display non-roman fonts?
A: Not at this time.

Q: What kind of other documents can I read on the Rocket eBook?
A: In addition to books the Rocket eBook will support, newspapers, and magazines. The Rocket eBook also allows you to read your personal documents such as: HTML, Word Documents, and ASCII text files.

Q:Can I read a RocketEdition using other devices (i.e., Palm Pilot, CE Devices, Laptops, etc.) ?
A:You can read unencrypted content on the PC using eRocket. All encrypted content can only be read on the Rocket eBook.

Q: Does the Rocket eBook have sound and audio capabilities?
A: Yes, it does have voice quality audio capabilities. The current system allows WAV files to be embedded within the text.

Q: Can I use the Rocket eBook as an organizer? Upload my address book?
A: No, this version of the Rocket eBook is designed specifically for readers. Future generations may offer extra functionality.

Q: Will the Rocket eBook be in native European languages?
A: Yes, the product will be localized for each market when we decide to release in Europe.

Q: Can I download a book to a computer not connected to the Rocket eBook and transfer the files to a computer that is connected to the Rocket eBook?
A: Yes, this is possible. The individual RocketEditions are stored as separate files. These files can be moved from one system to another via any medium (i.e., Floppy, Zip, Click, and etc.). To upload titles to the Rocket eBook, the computer would need to have the RocketLibrarian installed.

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