Moving Content from a PC to the REB1200
updated Dec 2, 2003
Once you have converted your ebook content to a .IMP file there are
three ways to get that file onto your REB1200:
1. Use GEB librarian PC software
GEB eBook Librarian was created to allow users of the Gemstar GEB eBook
device to create (from HTML and TXT files) and download personal content
(in native .IMP file format) to their eBook devices directly from their
PCs for managing their own personal content.
Get it at: http://www.breeno.org/eBook/
2. Use REBlibrarian PC software
REBlibrarian is a server that runs on your PC. It acts like GemStar's
web server. It allows you to keep the .IMP files in a bookshelf folder
on your PC, and download them from your PC to the REB1200 by hooking
your REB to your PC via Ethernet.
Get REBlibrarian from http://www.ebookstoolbox.com/index.php?page=reblibra
(about 1.1MB) It costs about $20.
2. Copy content to a Compact Flash card
You can copy the document to a Compact Flash (CF) card using a CF
reader/writer device attached to your computer. No ethernet cables
or phone line needed.
You need a CompactFlash reader/writer device plugged into
your PC ($15-$40 at CompUSA). The device usually plugs into a
Plug a CF card into the reader device and the CF card will appear
to be an additional disk drive on your computer.
CF card comes with your REB1200 - it is a memory chip on which the
ebooks are stored.
If you do not have the latest firmware 3.3 on your REB, you have to convert the .IMP file
to a .RES folder. You need a program called:unimp.exe -- get
simply drag the .IMP
file that you see in Windows Explorer and drop it on the icon
for unimp.exe using Windows Explorer. A folder with a ".RES" suffix
will be created.
Take the CF card out of your REB1200 (slot on the bottom end) by pushing
the release button at the right end of the slot.
Plug the CF card into your PC reader/writer. You should be able to
see the CF card show up as a new removable disk drive on your PC using
Windows Explorer. Your ebooks are in a folder called "softbks".
Each ebook has a folder with a name with a .RES suffix.
|If you do not have firmware 3.3, you just copy
the .RES folder on your PC for the ebook to the "softbks" folder
that is on the CF card.
|If you have firmware 3.3, you just copy the .IMP file to the
CF card (the root folder, not in the softbks folder)
Put the CF card back in your REB1200
and voila, you have a new ebook in your bookshelf.
If you are putting .imp files on the device, you need to put them
the root level of the card, NOT in the SOFTBKS folder. Some
directions for putting books on a device are based on methods where
create the .RES folder for the book, but with firmware 3.3 you do not
need to do
the "unimp" step anymore as that functionality is built in
to the new firmware.
Some things to watch out for:
- Never use filenames with mixed-case. The 1200/1100 firmware will
frequently have problems with filenames that contain a mixture of
and lower case characters (it's related to the DOS 3.3 filesystem
that doesn't know about the Windows extended directory
entries). In Windows just use ALL UPPERCASE and it should be okay on
- Limit your filenames to 8 dot 3 names (8 characters in the filename
and 3 characters in the extension). It's a similar problem to the
The firmware is built-in software of the REB1200. It tells what the
REB1200 can or can not read. Firmware 2.x can only read contents in .RES
format while firmware 3.3 can read both .RES and .imp formats (firmware
3.1 & 3.2 can not read personal content). The benefit of 3.3 firmware
is that you no longer need to do an extra step in converting from .imp
to .RES .
To check your firmware version, open your ebook & press MENU | info
| more. The viewer number is your firmware version. Upgrading to firmware
3.3 is free via logging on to Gemstar's Online bookshelf, (or $30 if
you send it to Gemstar to do it for you).