Your PlayStation Portable (PSP) can be used for so many things already -- games, video, pictures and Web browsing. Unfortunately, the PSP does not offer a way to read e-books. However, if you want to enjoy your e-books on the go, several software solutions are available. PSP eBook Creator converts each page of an e-book into a JPEG image, while a second app, Bookr, requires custom firmware to install and use.
PSP eBook Creator
Download "PSP eBook Creator" using the link in the Resources section of this article. Install the software on your computer and then launch the program.
Click "File > Load text (source) file" to load the e-book that you want to read. You must have the original text of the e-book in plain text format.
Designate the output folder for the converted e-book by going to "File > Select output folder." Choose a folder name that you can easily remember and find.
Convert the formatting of your e-book. You can select the background of your pages as well as font size, font color and title. Preview your formatting by going to 'Action > 1:1 Preview" to ensure that the text is readable.
Go to "Actions > Build eBook" to create the e-book files. Once you've created the e-book, connect your PSP or Pro Duo memory card to your computer and move the freshly converted e-book folder to the "X:\PSP\PHOTO" folder.
Download and install "Bookr" on your computer (see Resources). Because Bookr has not been updated since August 2006, it has not been tested with recent versions of PSP firmware. Testing with newer firmware will not damage your PSP, but test it at your own risk.
Connect either your PSP or PSP-formatted Pro Duo memory card to your computer.
Move the two folders in the Bookr zip file -- "__SCE__bookr" and "%__SCE__bookr" -- to the X:\PSP\GAME folder on your PSP or Pro Duo memory card.
Copy your e-books in PDF and TXT file formats to the "__SCE__bookr\books" folder. Two books are already loaded in this folder: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" in PDF format and George Orwell's "1984" in plain text format.
- You can get free e-books in a variety of formats from sites like Project Gutenberg and ManyBooks.net (see Resources).
- Bookr is untested in firmware beyond version 1.5 and requires you to have custom firmware installed on your PSP.