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Gingersnap
03-04-2009, 09:15 PM
I'm thinking of getting an ebook reader but there seems to be a lot conflicting info out there on what's "best". I'm looking mainly to access free pdf files but I'd like something that handles multiple file types. I don't want to subscribe to newspapers or blogs. I do want to be able to change the font size and optional backlighting would be a big plus.

Ideas?

Celtic Rose
03-04-2009, 10:04 PM
I have the sony eBook reader, and I'm not too thrilled with it. The page turning isn't as fast as I'd like, and I have to change the font every time I change the page, which gets really old really fast.

I wish I had waited for the Kindle :(

PoliCon
03-04-2009, 10:06 PM
most MP3 players will do E books now too . . . .

Gingersnap
03-04-2009, 10:27 PM
most MP3 players will do E books now too . . . .

I want a portable device with a "page size" screen. I work with computers and techno-gadgets all day long so I'm pretty gadget-free on my own time. I don't even own a cell phone.

PoliCon
03-04-2009, 11:26 PM
I want a portable device with a "page size" screen. I work with computers and techno-gadgets all day long so I'm pretty gadget-free on my own time. I don't even own a cell phone.

Ipod touch is page size . . . . plus it can play music and games and go on the internet . . . . It's a multi-tool

AHeneen
03-05-2009, 12:30 AM
Ipod touch is page size . . .

For how small a book? I don't know about you, but spending hours staring at that little screen doesn't seem too pleasant.

I've heard good things about the Kindle. Plus, they just came out with the Kindle 2 (http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Wireless-Reading-Generation/dp/B00154JDAI/ref=amb_link_83624371_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=121DPGB1KX6JSQKNGGKZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=469942651&pf_rd_i=507846). It is, however, a bit pricey ($359).

PoliCon
03-05-2009, 12:47 AM
For how small a book? I don't know about you, but spending hours staring at that little screen doesn't seem too pleasant.

I've heard good things about the Kindle. Plus, they just came out with the Kindle 2 (http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Wireless-Reading-Generation/dp/B00154JDAI/ref=amb_link_83624371_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=121DPGB1KX6JSQKNGGKZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=469942651&pf_rd_i=507846). It is, however, a bit pricey ($359).

you can get an ipod touch for that price! And the screen is more than big enough and plenty easy to scroll. :cool:

Gingersnap
03-05-2009, 09:36 AM
Ipod touch is page size . . . . plus it can play music and games and go on the internet . . . . It's a multi-tool

It seems like a netbook would be the way to go if I wanted all that. I've thought using reader software with a netbook but I'm still hoping that there's something purpose-made that will fit the bill.

tacitus
03-05-2009, 01:36 PM
Ginger check out this link (http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/11/e-book-readers.html).

Those things are expensive!:eek:

Gingersnap
03-05-2009, 02:41 PM
Ginger check out this link (http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/11/e-book-readers.html).

Those things are expensive!:eek:

Very cool! Thanks! :)

PoliCon
03-05-2009, 03:10 PM
Lets think - $400 on a single use piece of outdated tech - or $400 on a state of the art piece of multi function technology. Hell you can get a basic lap top for that price!! lol

Gingersnap
03-05-2009, 04:00 PM
Lets think - $400 on a single use piece of outdated tech - or $400 on a state of the art piece of multi function technology. Hell you can get a basic lap top for that price!! lol

Part of the appeal of readers to people like me (people who expect to read off the devices for 2 - 4 hours at a stretch), is that readers are light, thin, and bright. Phones and PDAs are too small to read from when you're reading for hours. Laptops are too big and heavy. Both of them have tricky contrast problems in natural light. Netbooks might work.

Sometimes a cigar is better off being just a cigar, not a video downloading/email generating/global scheduler.

tacitus
03-05-2009, 04:12 PM
Ginger you might also want to check CNET reviews (http://reviews.cnet.com/1770-5_7-0.html?query=ebook+readers&tag=srch) for the product.

Water Closet
03-05-2009, 10:23 PM
The Cybook from Bookeen (http://www.bookeen.com/ebook/ebook-reading-device.aspx) meets all of your requirements excepting that it's not backlit. I would check the mail that's above the average temperature for more details.

Gingersnap
03-05-2009, 11:12 PM
The Cybook from Bookeen (http://www.bookeen.com/ebook/ebook-reading-device.aspx) meets all of your requirements excepting that it's not backlit. I would check the mail that's above the average temperature for more details.

I have indeed checked it. :D

PoliCon
03-06-2009, 12:22 AM
Part of the appeal of readers to people like me (people who expect to read off the devices for 2 - 4 hours at a stretch), is that readers are light, thin, and bright. Phones and PDAs are too small to read from when you're reading for hours. Laptops are too big and heavy. Both of them have tricky contrast problems in natural light. Netbooks might work.

Sometimes a cigar is better off being just a cigar, not a video downloading/email generating/global scheduler.

in that case my dear - read a REAL book!! :p