A downloadable reader

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Simple reader app for Playdate.

  • Supports TXT files
  • Automatically saves your position
  • Adjustable scroll speed and margins

The books featured in the screenshots were downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

Updated 13 days ago
Made withPlaydate
Tags1-bit, Open Source, Playdate
Code licenseMIT License
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, High-contrast
LinksSource code


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Pocket Reader 1.3.pdx.zip 27 kB
README.txt 1 kB

Development log


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First - this is cool as hell, thank you for making it. 

Do you have any advice for accidental input? I hesitate to try actually reading anything with any length when dpad left/right takes to the start/end. Is there an 'undo'? Or, barring that, a way to turn off left/right, or maybe to re-map left/right to page fwd/back instead? 


If you press right and go to the end, pressing left should take you back to your position (unless you've scrolled up after going to the end). Same thing for going to the beginning. I seem to have forgotten to mention that in the README. It never occurred to me that there might be a problem with accidentally pressing left or right, but I could see about adding a setting to turn it off.


Oh great, that actually makes good intuitive sense - I'll keep it in mind. Thank you again. 

I'm sure this isn't your planned lifelong project or anything, but if I run into anything interesting, I'll let you know. 


hey there, this app looks wonderful and i'm very eager to use it however i'm having trouble adding any books to pocket reader because when i load my playdate in data disk mode and look in the file system i don't see a pocket reader folder at all...any ideas?

This could be one of two things. Either you sideloaded via the website, which for some reason makes the folder be called something other than what I've specified, but it should still have "PocketReader" at the end of the name. Or it's that data folders aren't created until they are needed, so you can try opening the app once and it should create the folder.

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for what it's worth, i just got my playdate and ran into the same issue. the for me, the filename if you sideload the app via the website  \Data\user.XXXXX.pocketreader 

otherwise, everything worked exactly as displayed! thanks for the awesome app!


This app rules! You've done a great job bringing an e-reader experience over to Playdate. It would be cool to have page flipping as an alternative option to scrolling but I imagine that might be challenging with txt files. I'm surprised by how much I enjoy reading on this little device vs a larger e-reader or smartphone.